Monday, November 17, 2014

Associate University Librarian for Technical Services - Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, New Haven

Associate University Librarian for Technical Services - Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, New Haven. Rank: Associate University Librarian. Position Focus: Reporting to the University Librarian, the AUL for Technical Services provides vision, leadership, and strategic direction for all aspects of acquisitions, cataloging and metadata services, and electronic resources management. The AUL oversees technical services activities with a strong focus on enabling and enhancing discovery of Yale’s extraordinary collections by both the Yale community and the world-wide scholarly community. The AUL oversees a central organization of 80 staff, including 25 librarians, and coordinates policy for technical services work performed outside of the department, spanning the Library system. With a clear understanding of both the opportunities and challenges inherent in the rapidly changing landscape of academic libraries and higher education, the AUL is responsible for aligning the technical services division with the present and future collection and discovery needs of the Library’s diverse users. The AUL fosters and facilitates collaboration with departments throughout the Library and University to improve teaching, learning and research at Yale. The AUL is responsible for maintaining a strong understanding of technical services throughout the rest of the Library and, where appropriate, the University, to ensure broad recognition of the connections between technical services and the projects and initiatives of the Library and University. The AUL will lead a vital change process spanning the Library’s technical services organization, beginning with this new vision ( This includes strengthening the vision, developing a new organization structure and leading an iterative change process. The technical services department will be moving to a new location in the fall of 2015, and the AUL will be responsible for managing that transition at a very high level, while keeping attuned to the personal challenges that can be experienced by all staff when going through significant changes. Required Education, Skills and Experience: Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited library school or a post-graduate degree in a related field and ten years of progressively responsible experience, five of which should be in a leadership role in an academic or research library or similar institution or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrable interpersonal, analytical and project management skills in a service-oriented environment. Demonstrated ability in understanding and exercising innovative thinking on emerging issues and best practices related to acquisitions, including foreign and digital collections, resource licensing, cataloging, metadata services, discovery services and integrated library systems. Demonstrated management skills with a strong commitment to fostering growth and development of others. Demonstrated skills managing and inspiring staff in the delivery of user-centric technical services. Demonstrated ability in working with large-scale transition management, and workflow analysis and improvement. Demonstrated ability in working with technologies and systems involved in technical services work, including integrated library systems and discovery systems. Ability to explain complex plans and concepts in an articulate, open and approachable manner. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively to develop productive partnerships within/across organizations. Effective ability in developing innovative processes and solutions with a team-based approach. Demonstrated leadership ability on a national scale. Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Formal project management training. Experience in a labor union environment. Experience with an integrated library system migration. Experience implementing discovery systems and digital repositories. Understanding of special collection and archival systems and processing. Financial management experience. Facilities planning experience. Grant development and management experience. 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 The STARS req. ID for this position is 28234BR. Please be sure to reference #28234BR in your cover letter. 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.