Librarian for Assessment

New Haven
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Created: February 4, 2013


Librarian for Assessment
Program Development & Research
Yale University Library

New Haven, CT
Rank:  Librarian 1-3 (Grade 23-25)

Schedule: Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)

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.

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

The Librarian for Assessment provides leadership and vision for assessment, measurement, planning and analysis throughout the Yale University Library (YUL) and strives to ensure that these activities are integral parts of the Library’s programs, services, and collections. Oversees and participates in assessment efforts throughout YUL; serves as an internal consultant for data-gathering and assessment activities conducted by other Library staff;  works with Library colleagues to analyze and report assessment data;  represents the Library in campus, regional and national assessment efforts;  evaluates the effectiveness of Library assessment efforts and how they support the mission and strategic goals of the Library and the University;  and recommends ways to strengthen the Library’s assessment and measurement programs.  This position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Program Development and Research.

1.      Directs assessment efforts within the Yale University Library.  Initiates assessment activities and provides consultation for assessment work done by other Library staff and departments.  Promotes awareness and communication of other related assessment efforts within the Library, University, and externally.
2.      Works with Library IT and other organizations within the University and external to it to gather and create tools that enable managers and staff to make data-driven decisions.
3.      Works with the Director of Collection Development to research, design, and test methodologies for collection assessment appropriate to the needs of the Yale University Library.
4.      Analyzes assessment-related data and communicates assessment activities and results to appropriate individuals and groups, including Library staff and the Yale campus community. 
5.      Develops and maintains expertise in assessment methods, techniques and best practices.
6.      Establishes training and documentation programs for Library staff on use of appropriate assessment tools and methods.
7.      Evaluates effectiveness of Library assessment activities on a regular basis and makes recommendations on ways to strengthen assessment work, including support needed.  Develops and fosters a culture of assessment within the Library.
8.      Contributes to the profession and represents the Library and the University in the academic, scholarly, and professional community. Responds to, collaborates with and participates as appropriate in other campus, regional and national assessment-related efforts.

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.

1.      Appointment to the Librarian 2 level requires a minimum of two years of professional library experience and professional accomplishments. Appointment at the Librarian 3 level requires a minimum of five years professional experience and professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank.
2.      Proven ability to use various database tools to provide staff with reports and information as requested, including using queries and scripting tools to display reports in web interfaces.
3.      Proven ability to perform high-level business analytics, to interpret data, and to deliver quality analysis in a fast-paced environment.
4.      Strong customer service orientation.  Excellent analytical skills.  Strong interpersonal and listening skills.  Excellent organizational, management, and oral and written communication skills.
5.      Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with varied groups in a complex organization and to work collaboratively in a rapidly changing team environment.  A firm understanding of Library services and work process.

Experience in a research library.

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.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at for immediate consideration - the STARS req ID for this position is 20111BR.  Please be sure to reference #20111BR in your cover letter.

All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Internal candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.


Published: Monday, February 4, 2013 16:37 UTC

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