Librarian, Archivist at Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New Haven
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Created: April 30, 2014


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 supervision of the Head of Processing in the Manuscript Unit of the Beinecke Library, processes and catalogs archival and manuscript material, in the fields of American and modern European literature, history, and the humanities from the eighteenth through the twenty-first centuries. Prepares finding aids according to established local practice, including encoding in EAD. Performs original cataloging in the MARC format for the library's online catalog. Plans, directs, and reviews work of processing assistants and student assistants. Assists in the preservation assessment of collections and in the selection of materials for conservation treatment. Assists in the ongoing development of the unit’s processing and cataloging procedures for archival collections. Completes special projects as assigned. Participates in Library-wide planning and committee activities, and is expected to be active professionally.

The Manuscript Unit is a division of Technical Services. The Manuscript Unit supports the Beinecke Library's robust acquisition program and is responsible for the accessioning, processing, and cataloging of Beinecke's manuscript collections. The manuscript collections range from papyrus and medieval manuscripts to twenty-first century literary archives. In addition to literary and historical manuscripts, formats include photography and artwork, audio and moving image recordings, digital files, and music.

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is Yale's principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. Its collections are internationally known and heavily used by scholars. In addition to distinguished general collections, the library houses outstanding special collections devoted to British literary and historical manuscripts, American literature, German literature, and Western Americana.  For further information about the Beinecke Library, please consult the library’s web site at:

Required Education, Skills and Experience:
• Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree, or a post-graduate degree in museum studies or a related discipline in the humanities or social sciences, and up to two years of related experience.  Formal training in archival theory and practice. Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice may be substituted for formal training.
• Demonstrated knowledge of current national data content and structure standards related to the archival control of collection materials.
• Demonstrated knowledge of archival and library management systems.
• Demonstrated job or school experience with basic preservation and conservation standards for archival and manuscript collections.
• Strong knowledge of American or modern European history or literature, and broad knowledge in the humanities, as demonstrated through academic degrees, training or experience.    Good reading knowledge of at least one modern European language.Demonstrated ability to process or catalog manuscript and archival collections.
• Preferred: Experience processing literary manuscripts and archival collections. Experience processing and cataloging visual materials, especially photographs. Graduate-level training in American or European history or literature.
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, 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

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.  For the full job description and to apply online, please go to  Please include a cover letter along with your resume.  The STARS requisition ID for this position is 25107BR. 

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.


Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 18:24 UTC

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