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F/T - Head, Digital Svcs Unit, Yale U (CT)

Head, Beinecke Digital Svcs. Unit, Yale Univ. – CT

Yale University’s Beinecke Library is seeking to fill the position of Head, Digital Services Unit. This position is located in New Haven, CT.

Under the direction of the Head of Technical Services and working in close collaboration with units across the Beinecke Library and the Yale University Library, the Head of Beinecke Digital Services leads a newly formed Digital Services Unit. As such, the Head coordinates the Beinecke Library’s digitization program, its digital projects, and its user experience initiatives to enhance access to and use of Beinecke Library and its collections, including the Beinecke Digital Library, collection web pages, and online exhibits. The Head leads the investigation, development, and implementation of metadata and digitization workflows and standards as well as user interfaces and tools that affect the user experience.

The Head of Beinecke Digital Services is responsible for integrating two units, the Digital Projects & Metadata Unit and the Digital Studio, into a single cohesive unit. The Head supervises the work of three senior photographers and three metadata catalog assistants to coordinate metadata creation, digitization, and quality control activities. Leadership of user experience development requires collaboration across Beinecke and University library departments. The Head participates in the Beinecke’s Technical Services Management Group to develop technical services strategies, policies, and procedures for the Beinecke Library.

The Head liaises with the Yale University Library’s Information Technology and Digital Initiatives departments and works collaboratively with Yale University Library staff. The Head may represent the Beinecke within Yale University Library and nationally and internationally in discussions and committees pertaining to user experience initiatives, metadata, and digitization at Yale and is active professionally.
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Principal Responsibilities:

1. Actively practice and advocate effective communication in all aspects of digital initiatives within the Library and throughout the YUL system. Establish productive relationships with individuals and organizations both at Yale and at other institutions in order to advance Library objectives. 2. Work closely with curators and key staff to assess feasibility, propose, and develop plans for digital projects. 3. Work with Library IT and the Director of Digital Initiatives to design and implement technical infrastructure and workflows. 4. Evaluate and make recommendations on digitization procedures for a wide range of collection materials, considering issues of original format, productivity, and preservation, as well as YUL standards. 5. Analyze researcher, faculty, and student needs and develop programming in support of digital research and teaching. Analyze the feasibility of new services or modifications to existing Library services. Work independently or lead a project team to implement Library goals. 6. Assume full or partial responsibility in project management for Library digital initiatives, including assessment and evaluation of project scope, analysis, project proposals, quality assurance, workflows, staffing, budgeting, documentation, and reporting. 7. Evaluate, recommend, and assist with digitization equipment and software selection as well as facility oversight including staff and patron workstations located in the library. 8. Manage local and/or vendor digitization. 9. Serve on various Library, Yale University Library, and Yale University committees in support of the Library and University’s mission relevant to digital initiatives. 10. Participate in professional activities outside of Yale and monitor developments and best practices elsewhere to help ensure the excellence of the Library’s technology activities. 11. May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts. 12. May be assigned to work at any Yale University Library location.

Required Education and Experience:

1. Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree. 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. 2. Demonstrated knowledge of current national and international metadata content and structure standards related to library and archival control of collection materials. 3. Demonstrated knowledge of library digitization standards and practices. 4. Demonstrated excellent oral and written communications and analytical ability. 5. Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to conclusion in a timely fashion. 6. Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and independently with various groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing team environment. Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments (see range assigned to this description as noted in the posting position title). Librarian ranking information can be found at:

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