Head of Technology
Yale University Library
**Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include three major museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.**
**General Purpose: **Reporting to the Director of Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Head of Technology is a key member of the library's senior management, responsible for providing vision, strategic direction, & administrative leadership for all aspects of Beinecke's IT operations. The library seeks a candidate with a keen perspective on the challenges and opportunities faced by research libraries in a dynamic and evolving technological landscape.
The Head is responsible for informing, advising, and facilitating Beinecke
Library's senior leadership in: establishing priorities for IT-related
initiatives including investments in staff, hardware, and software; reviewing
issues with existing infrastructure and software used by Beinecke including
assessment of Beinecke's return on its IT investments; assessing strategic
opportunities and challenges presented by emerging technologies; understanding
the implications of IT developments in the profession, at Yale, and within the
The Head of Beinecke IT will collaborate closely with the leadership and staff
of the University Library's IT department to direct efforts that design,
implement, and maintain systems that support the Beinecke Library's staff as
well as the scholars and students who use the Library. The Head will develop
and oversee Beinecke Library's technological infrastructure and systems and
may assist in managing aspects of the University Library's IT infrastructure.
The Head will represent Beinecke's IT interests within the University Library
and the broader University. The Head will help develop and/or support campus-
wide IT initiatives that support Beinecke Library's broader mission.
The Head will lead a collaborative effort of Beinecke Library staff to develop
annual and three-year plans to improve the Library's IT programs and achieve
the library's strategic objectives. Immediate goals for Beinecke IT include
developing tools that: enhance the efficiency of library operations; improve
the library's ability to measure and evaluate its collections and services;
enrich the research experience of library patrons; make it easier and more
convenient for students, scholars, and library professionals to discover and
use Beinecke's scholarly resources (including metadata) without visiting the
The Head will foster communication about IT across Beinecke and chair Beinecke
Library's Standing Committee on IT composed of staff with day-to-day
responsibility for employing and maintaining the library's production systems.
The Head of Beinecke IT directly supervises 1.5 FTE support specialists but is
also responsible for collaborating with the Director of University Library IT
to deploy approximately 3,250 hours a year of University Library IT staff time
to meet Beinecke's needs. With the approval of the Director of Beinecke
Library, the Head may hire and oversee outside consultants and contractors to
address library needs.
**Required Education and Experience: **Bachelor's Degree in a related field and ten years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills including the ability to
communicate complex technical solutions to non-technical stakeholders.
• Interpersonal, analytic, and project management skills including the ability
to collaborate with peers across reporting lines.
• Demonstrated commitment to serving the needs of end-users.
• Experience in coordinating teams to develop and implement short and
• Commitment to continuing education and innovation.
**Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:**
• A Masters in Library, Information or Computer Science or related field.
• Experience with technology in a research library or other organization
concerned with cultural heritage and scholarly research.
• Financial management.
• Experience with an integrated library system such as Voyager or such tools
as ArchivesSpace, Aeon, Fedora, Hydra, BlackLight, or Apache Solr.
**BEINECKE RARE BOOK & MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY**
The Beinecke Library is Yale's principal repository for literary archives,
early manuscripts, and rare books. One of the great collections in North
America, the Beinecke collections are internationally known and heavily used
by scholars from around the world. For further information about the Beinecke
Library, consult the library's web site at:
**THE UNIVERSITY AND THE LIBRARY**
The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries,
collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich
and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual
growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and
scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum
of resources, including around 12.8 million volumes and information in all
media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic
databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to
its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including
the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately
five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers.
For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the
Library's web site at [www.library.yale.edu](http://www.library.yale.edu).
**Application:** For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at [www.yale.edu/jobs](http://www.yale.edu/jobs) - **the STARS req ID for this position is 36655BR**. Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of
a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale
University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and
true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide
variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and
educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational
facilities, and much more.
_Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and
does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, race, color,
religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin;
nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender
identity or expression._
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