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Saturday, August 15, 2009

F/T - Electronic Collections Librarian - Yale

Electronic Collections Librarian
Collection Development
Sterling Memorial Library
Yale University
Rank: Librarian III - IV

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 approximately thirteen 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 twenty-two buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the new Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of nearly six hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers. For additional information on the Yale University Library, !
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General Purpose
Reporting to the Head of Electronic Collections, the Electronic Collections Librarian assumes both a leadership and liaison role in working with staff from all areas of the Library to support electronic collections development and management. Provides support as needed across the library system, particularly selectors, but also technical services staff in Acquisitions and Cataloging & Metadata Services.

Serves as a key participant and/or leader in the acquisition, management, and evaluation of electronic resources to ensure consistent and integrated access for the Yale University Library (YUL). Works across the entire YUL, serving as Selector/Collection Unit Coordinator for electronic resources that cross more than two libraries or subject areas. Develops and/or manages the development of policies, procedures, best practices, and documentation with detailed guidelines for managing the lifecycle of electronic resources. Leads ERM (Electronic Resources Management system, Verde software) library-wide activities, which are delegated to others and/or coordinated across the YUL system. Provides training and information as needed across the library system, including selectors, as well as technical services staff in Acquisitions and Cataloging & Metadata Services. Serves as a key participant and/or leader in understanding and developing the best ways to manage the lifecycle of! major interdisciplinary electronic resource packages at YUL. Serves as a key participant and/or leader in YUL's e-Access Troubleshooting service. Participates on the staff license review, negotiating, and compliance processes, for delivery to the Associate University Librarian (AUL).

Leads and/or coordinates authentication and authorization issues for electronic resources, communicating as appropriate with vendors, selectors, AUL, and others. Monitors trends in emerging technologies, business models, and licensing of electronic resources. Works with Head of Electronic Collections to nurture effective relationships with e-resource suppliers and publishers, for the benefit of the YUL system. Expected to be professionally active and to serve on select Library-wide committees. Participates in and contributes to library long-term planning and is professionally active in library, scholarly and/or academic organizations. Represents the Library and the University in the academic and professional community by serving on various committees and task forces. May supervise non-exempt staff. May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts. May be assigned to work at West Campus location in West Haven, CT.

Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program of library and information science, and five years of professional library experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank. At least two years of directly applicable experience in the procurement, licensing, and management of electronic resources; and relevant additional experience which may be in related areas such as e-resources collections development, library publishing, or library technical activities. Appointment to the rank of Librarian IV requires eight years of professional library experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank.

The position requires knowledge of the complex, ever-changing electronic publishing environment and scholarly communications issues. Must have the ability to work with a varied user groups and function effectively in a team environment and in a complex and culturally diverse organization. Excellent oral and written communication and training skills are required. Excellent organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills are required. Evidence of high productivity when working independently or in groups, as changing situations is required. Previous specific activities in one or more of the following areas are required: acquisitions operations related to licensed electronic resources, using and instructing in the use of information technologies, reviewing and identifying issues with license agreements for electronic resources, using an Integrated Library System and/or an Electronic Resource Management system.

Preferred: Experience supporting an OpenURL resolver and metasearch software; experience providing troubleshooting for problem reports; familiarity or experience working with Library vendors ExLibris SFX, Verde, and MetLib. Knowledge of scholarly communication industry norms and practices of information technology; demonstrated skills in project management; skill in "translating" between the world of electronic resources and traditional library formats; ability to supervise and mentor non-exempt staff.

Salary and Benefits
Rank and competitive salary will be based upon the successful candidate's qualifications and experience. Full benefits package including pro-rated 22 vacation days; 18 holiday, recess and personal days; comprehensive health care; TIAA/CREF or Yale retirement plan; and relocation assistance. Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names, titles, and contact information for three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at for immediate consideration - the STARS req ID for these position is 8020BR. Please be sure to reference #8020BR in your cover letter.

Background Check Requirements
All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment screening. All offers are contingent on successful completion of a background check.

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

Originally posted on a library school listserv.