Librarian for Digital Resources

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Created: February 26, 2013


Librarian for Digital Resources
Lillian Goldman Law Library
Yale University
New Haven, CT
Rank:  Librarian 1-3 (Grade 23-25)

Please note: Position may open to external applications after February 20, 2013.

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 Lillian Goldman Law Library:
In support of Yale Law School's outstanding legal scholarship and lawyer training, the Lillian Goldman Law Library is dedicated to acquiring and preserving a superb collection of resources in all formats, furnishing access to information wherever it exists, providing the most highly competent assistance to use information resources, and maintaining a welcoming, comfortable facility. The Lillian Goldman Law Library provides services which exceed the expectations of users by its leadership in the innovative use of technology and the continuing development of its most highly valued asset, its staff. To learn more about the Lillian Goldman Law Library and its collections and services, visit .

The Lillian Goldman Law Library is located within the heart of the Yale Law School complex, providing the Law School community with ready access to one of the world's finest collections of printed legal materials. These collections are complemented by access to a growing array of online sources as well as the strong interdisciplinary collections housed nearby at more than twenty other campus libraries, including Sterling Memorial Library and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Utilizing these resources combined with our excellent, service-oriented staff, we strive daily to be the best academic law library in the world.

Position Focus:
Under the general direction of the Associate Librarian for Technical Services, the Librarian for Digital Resources works independently and uses professional judgment to oversee the lifecycle of all Law Library electronic resource purchases and subscriptions, from trials to payments, including renewals and cancellations. Works closely with colleagues and contractors to design, develop and maintain a unified research tool incorporating print, licensed, and locally developed content for the Law Library’s researchers. Troubleshoots advanced problem reports. Liaises with Law Library departments and committees regarding electronic resources management and represents the Law Library on University Library committees related to electronic resources.

Principal 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.

Position Responsibilities:
1.       Working independently and using professional judgment, manages the lifecycle of e-journals, packages of e-resources, and other electronic content, purchased or subscribed to by the Law Library.  Maintains and manages productive vendor relationships with producers and providers of e-resources. Addresses authorization and authentication issues for e-resources including planning for new systems.

2.       Creates records and maintains e-journal coverage information in vendor and local systems.  Maintains and manages productive vendor relationships with producers and providers of bibliographic records for e-journals, packages of e-resources and other electronic content.  Manages bibliographic records for e-journals and other electronic content. Creates new load tables as required.  Monitors quality of records from vendors and develops and manages database maintenance projects as necessary to integrate records with MORRIS database.

3.       Coordinates with Associate Librarian for Collections & Access to insure licenses conform to Yale University and Law School guidelines.  Maintains licensing details in ERM and other Law Library databases.  Sets up and monitors usage statistics gathered through ERM or collected directly from vendors.  Troubleshoots advanced problem reports including access and billing issues.  Communicates with vendors/publishers to expedite and sustain access to electronic resources.

4.       Coordinates with reference librarians and selectors to monitor trials of electronic resource, renewals, and plans for discontinuation of resources.  Coordinates with Librarian for Acquisitions and Continuing Resources to manage the relationship between print and online subscriptions to e-journals.  Creates bibliographic data for e-resources not included in vendor supplied metadata sets.

5.       In the absence of the Librarian for Acquisitions and Continuing Resources, supervises key acquisitions processes and personnel.  Will be cross-trained in other technical services functions as required.

6.       Represents the Law Library on University Library committees related to electronic resources.  Participates in library planning committees and task forces and engages in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and collaborative activities.  Expected to be professionally active and represents the Library and the University in the academic, scholarly, and professional community.

7.       May be required to assist in disaster recovery efforts.

Required Education & 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 the rank of Librarian 2 requires a minimum of two years of professional experience; Appointment to the rank of Librarian 3 requires at least five years of professional experience; and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank.
2.       Demonstrated ability in working with print or electronic serials control and an electronic resource management tool. Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot e-resources access issues.
3.       Demonstrated ability to work in an electronic publishing environment and in handling scholarly communication issues. Familiarity with MARC and basic understanding of authority control.
4.       Strong computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office applications and an integrated library system, and the ability and willingness to learn new applications.
5.       Excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated analytical and organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team environment. Ability to exercise appropriate professional judgment with collegiality, flexibility, and accuracy and attention to detail.

Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills:
1.       J.D. and/or public services experience in an academic law library; two years of experience supporting electronic resource activities.
2.       Reading knowledge of a foreign language besides English.
3.       Experience working with Innovative’s ERM and ILS.  Knowledge of SQL; one or more programming/scripting language;  Drupal or other CMS.
4.       Experience managing/working with contract or temp workers.

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.

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 20382BR.  Please be sure to reference #20382BR in your cover letter.

Background Check Requirements:
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.  Please 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.

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