Electronic Resources Support Librarian

New Haven
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Created: October 26, 2012


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 www.library.yale.edu.

Departmental Focus
The Electronic Resources unit leads, coordinates, and supports the collection and management of licensed electronic resources throughout Yale University Library. The library’s electronic collections have grown over the past decade to include more than 70,000 full text serial titles, approximately 1,000 databases, and close to 1 million online books. The library is transitioning from print and print with online, to electronic-only formats. The Electronic Resources Support Librarian reports to the Team Leader of the Electronic Resources unit and is a member of a departmental team that provides responsive, effective, and evolving coordination of electronic resource collecting and management.

Representative Job Summary
Yale University librarians work in libraries across the Central, West, Medical, and Science campuses, to build, manage, and provide access to a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. They demonstrate flexibility, creativity, and imagination in their work and adapt to and help shape a continuously evolving work environment. Yale librarians provide consistently high quality service to the University, and help meet the needs of the local, national, and international teaching and research communities.

Representative Responsibilities
1.      The Librarian 1 is the beginning rank and is expected to demonstrate excellence in meeting the position responsibilities, as defined by the job description and annual goals.
2.      Begin to fulfill the criteria for service to the library, university, and/or community.
3.      Begin to fulfill the criteria for professional contributions.
4.      For a complete description of the position and department, please see the department URL.

Departmental Responsibilities
The Electronic Resources Support Librarian will work closely with staff across the Yale University Library to support and coordinate the management of electronic resources.

1.      Manage the electronic resources life-cycle through close collaboration with acquisitions personnel throughout the library, and serve as a resource person for selectors and library units for issues related to electronic resource workflow.
2.      Serve as a member of the license review team to approve licenses for electronic materials, and serve on the trouble-shooting team.
3.      Manage metadata for electronic resources using various library resource management applications including Yale Links (ExLibris SFX OpenURL link resolver), the Integrated Library System (ExLibris Voyager), and other local databases.
4.      Assist in the development of workflows, best practices, and documentation to facilitate the library’s transition to online collections.
5.      Develop an assessment program for data related to electronic resources, and coordinate with the Library’s developing assessment program.   Organize, analyze and interpret usage data and assist selectors with the interpretation of data.

Required Education and Experience
Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited Library school. In selected instances, a post-graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or substituted for an MLS. Appointment to this rank is limited to two years at which time it is expected that the individual will develop necessary requirements to meet expectations of performance at the Librarian 2 level.

Required Skills and Abilities
1.      Appointment to L-II requires a minimum of 2 years professional library experience and professional accomplishments.  Appointment at Librarian III level requires a minimum of five years relevant professional library experience and professional accomplishments.
2.      Demonstrated  understanding of the complex, ever-changing electronic publishing environment and scholarly communications issues.
3.      The ability to work with a varied user groups and function effectively in a team environment and in a complex organization. Demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.
4.      Excellent analytical, oral and written communication skills.   Evidence of high productivity and problem solving skills when working independently or in groups, as changing situations require.
5.      Skills with a range of desktop software applications.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills
Experience supporting an OpenURL resolver. Knowledge of scholarly communication industry norms and practices. Experience providing troubleshooting for problem reports. Project management skills. Experience in supporting electronic resource activities. Experience with the management of continuing resources in print and other formats.

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