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: **Under the direction of the Head of Arrangement and Description, the Archivist is primarily responsible for describing and making accessible manuscript and archival materials and promoting their use for teaching and research.
Work with staff in MSSA and across Yale University Library in the creation of
quality, standards-based archival metadata and the maximization of its use.
Contribute to quality control of metadata operations; maintain documentation
on best practices and track developments on standards of all types
(descriptive, technical, preservation, and administrative) to recommend and
design appropriate metadata schema and products for discovery and access.
Articulate the business value of archival metadata and data quality. Provide
ongoing support of the department's use of ArchivesSpace; serve as an
ArchivesSpace super-user. Collaborate across the Library on ArchivesSpace
implementation and use. Perform database queries and generate reports.
Process and catalog archive and manuscript collections in all formats,
including born digital, in accordance with approved plans and departmental
procedures, including screening for sensitive material and implementation of
necessary preservation procedures. Devise processing plans for collections
requiring more than minimum processing. Prepare and update access tools such
as finding aids and catalog records for archival and manuscript holdings in
accordance with archival and library standards. Perform original and complex
metadata creation and editing.
Participate in departmental planning; represent the department on a variety of
collaborative projects and programs inside and outside the department; seek
opportunities for cooperation with other departments or institutions; plan and
manage specific library projects. Participate in departmental reference and
outreach program through weekly rotations on the reference desk and
involvement in primary source instruction. Undertake special projects as
assigned. Plan, direct, and review the work of support staff and student
assistants. Participate in departmental and library-wide planning and
committee activities. Actively contribute to the archival
**Required Education, Skills and Experience:**
• Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent
accredited degree, with formal training in archival theory and practice. In
selected instances, a post-graduate degree in museum studies or a related
discipline in the humanities or social sciences may be substituted for a
master's degree in library science.
• Qualified individuals new to the library profession are welcome to apply.
• Experience arranging and describing or providing public services for
manuscript and/or archival collections.
• Strong working knowledge of metadata frameworks, specifically EAD and
MARC. Ability to evaluate and edit metadata in bulk.
• Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups
within a complex organization and rapidly changing team environment. Ability
to readily adapt to change. Ability to exercise initiative,
sound judgment, creativity, and flexibility.
• Demonstrated knowledge of current national data content and structure
standards related to the archival control of collection materials.
Demonstrated ability processing and describing manuscript and/or archival
collections, using DACS and other relevant content standards.
• Demonstrated knowledge of archival and library management systems.
Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice may be substituted for
• Demonstrated job or school experience with basic preservation and
conservation standards for archival and manuscript collections.
• Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and
• Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion
in a timely fashion.
• Ability to manage a variety of tasks and multiple
priorities. Logical and enthusiastic approach to work;
careful attention to detail; initiative and follow-though.
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: **Experience with ArchivesSpace; metadata schema, including EAC-CPF, MODS, METS; scripting languages, such as Python, Ruby; SQL, XQuery, SPARQL. Creative approaches to introducing/using online tools to enhance access. Experience accessioning and/or processing born-digital materials. Knowledge of American history, and/or broad knowledge in the 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.
**Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library**
Manuscripts and Archives is a major center for historical inquiry and also
serves as the documentary memory of Yale University. For
more information about the department, please consult the
**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 39179BR.**
_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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