Collection Development Librarian, Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support
Yale University Library
New Haven, CT
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Position Focus: Reporting to the Director of the Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support (DASHRS), the Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities provides vision and leadership for collection development for DASHRS, including budget planning and spending oversight; departmental policy development, review, and implementation; and serials and approval plan profile development, performance review, and assessment. In collaboration with the Director, the Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities assists in leading goal-setting and strategic planning initiatives to develop responsive and innovative collection development and outreach services. The Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities must demonstrate a strong commitment to agile, responsive, and innovative research collection development in support of teaching and research in the area studies and humanities.
The Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities leads and manages the collections-related work of the research support librarians in the department, including goal-setting and performance review related to collection development duties. Works with colleagues across Yale University Library (YUL) to compile and analyze collection usage data from a variety of sources to inform decisions. Understands the distinctive nature of responsive, discipline-specific collection development and utilizes metrics and other evaluation criteria to support data-informed collection development decisions. Provides budget projections for library collections to ensure the effective management of general and endowed collection funds in accordance with university and library fiscal policies. Implements practices and tools to increase the efficiency of departmental processes and workflows, in partnership with other YUL departments. Serves as the primary liaison with YUL Technical Services Department to ensure efficient processing of materials in all formats and languages.
Collaborates with collections staff throughout the YUL on approaches to resource expenditures and coordinated collection development and policies. Represents the department on the YUL-wide Collections Steering Committee and works closely with the central Collection Development Department. The Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities participates in various YUL committees, task forces, and working groups, and is expected to demonstrate professional leadership and commitment in appropriate regional, national, and/or international professional organizations. May participate in YUL outreach activities, such as the Personal Librarian program for undergraduates.
Required Education, Skills and Experience:
- Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school. An additional advanced degree in the area studies or humanities is strongly preferred; minimum of 5 years of professional experience.
- Demonstrated ability in collection development and knowledge of scholarly publishing practices and trends. Experience supervising subject specialists. Demonstrated commitment to innovation and excellence in library public services.
- Demonstrated ability to manage budgets. Demonstrated ability to design and manage projects, bringing them to a successful conclusion in a timely manner.
- Excellent analytical and organizational skills. Demonstrated proficiency in Excel. Experience with a Library Management System for acquisitions. Experience using quantitative and/or qualitative data to inform decision-making.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively across organizational units in a diverse, rapidly-changing, team-based environment
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Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Experience working with academic research library collections and services. Experience providing training and creating documentation. Experience with Voyager software.
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 15 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://bit.ly/2EnqT9I
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