Senior Systems Librarian / Technical Lead

New Haven
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Created: August 31, 2016


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: Reporting to the Director of Enterprise Systems and Services in Library IT, the Senior Systems Librarian/Technical Lead oversees, monitors, and administers both the functional and technical components of library-based production services.  Responsibility would extend to systems related to collections management, fulfillment, discovery and access, as well as digital repository and preservation. The Senior Systems Librarian/Technical Lead is expected to maintain a broad and detailed mastery of these services as well as the internal operations of the units served.  The incumbent actively works with stakeholders across the Library to assess, further develop, and enhance services, as well as explore opportunities to increase departmental efficiency and broader adoption. This position works closely and collaboratively with a wide range of staff in Library IT, stakeholders across the Library, Yale ITS, as well as with external partners and vendors.

Depending on education and experience, the final candidate will be hired as a Senior Systems Librarian or as a Senior Systems Technical Lead.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:
• Master’s degree from an ALA‐accredited library school. In selected instances, a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant technical field and four years of related technical experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Demonstrated experience managing library based systems and services.
• A minimum of four years of intensive experience with automated library systems.
• Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and independently with various groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing team environment.
• Solid understanding of library IT operations across two or more of the following departments: Access Services, Acquisitions, Administration, Cataloging, Collection Development, Electronic Resources, IT, Off-site Collection Services, Preservation, Reference, Special Collections.
• Demonstrated project management and business systems analysis skills.
• Knowledge of Unicode and other standards for representation of library information in electronic form such as MARC, MARCXML, BIBFRAME, METS, MODS, EAD, TEI, etc.
• Strong analytical, organizational, and facilitation skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

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Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Experience with ExLibris Voyager is highly desirable. Systems experience with one or more of the following is desirable: collections management, fulfillment, access, or digital repositories. Preferred programming experience; familiarity crafting and executing SQL queries; hands-on experience working with modern server operating systems and/or cloud hosted software/infrastructure providers.

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, 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

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 39394BR.

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, August 31, 2016 19:17 UTC

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