Kaplanoff Librarian for American History
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 two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory
theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of
Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.
**Position Focus: **Reporting to the Head of Humanities Collections and Research Education, the Kaplanoff Librarian facilitates access to collections and services in a complex, multi-faceted research library environment through direct contact with library patrons and the development and promotion of services and collections.
The Kaplanoff Librarian provides research support to students and faculty in
the Departments of African American Studies, and History and the program of
American Studies through extensive one-on-one research consultations, class
instruction, and virtual reference services; raises awareness of research
resources through blogs, mailing lists, and workshops; engages with students
and faculty to support exhibits, digital projects, conferences, and other
academic efforts; creates and maintains research guides and other research
support tools. The librarian also collaborates with other
library subject specialists, special collections librarians and archivists,
and digital humanities specialists in support of a rich and varied research
The librarian is responsible for selection of materials in all formats (analog
and digital) covering the following subject areas: American
History, American Studies, and African American Studies.
The incumbent is also responsible for the management of collection development
The incumbent participates in research and instruction program planning and
implementation, Yale Library strategic planning, committees, and task forces,
and campus, regional, and national professional collaborative activities.
The librarian participates in professional activities outside of Yale and
monitors developments and best practices elsewhere to help ensure the
excellence of the Yale humanities collections and research support services.
May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts.
**Required Education, Skills and Experience:**
• Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school. In selected
instances, a post-graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or
substituted for a master's degree in library science.
Advanced degree in American History required, preferably a PhD
• Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and
• Demonstrated teaching ability in a library or academic setting.
• Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion
in a timely fashion.
• Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across
• Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups
within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment.
• Demonstrated skill with digital tools and applications for academic research
• Demonstrated excellence in public service provision, preferably in an
academic library setting. Strong service orientation.
Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of
professional experience and accomplishments. Librarian ranking information can
be found at: http://www.library.yale.edu/about/departments/lhr/rank.html.
**Preferred Education, Skills and Experience:**
• PhD in American History
• Experience advising undergraduate and graduate researchers
• Experience developing web content
• Knowledge of emerging technologies
• Knowledge of and/or experience in digital humanities.
**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,
the Center for Science and Social Science Information, 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.
**Salary and Benefits**
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.
**How to Apply**
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the
position is filled. Applications, consisting of a cover
letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional
references should be submitted by applying online at http://www.yale.edu/jobs.
**The STARS req. ID for this position is 37889BR.**
_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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