Divinity Special Collections Librarian
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Librarian, Special Collections
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New Haven, CT 06511
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Reporting to the Divinity Library Director and in close collaboration with special collections colleagues across the Yale University Library, the Special Collections Librarian oversees research and instructional services of the Yale Divinity School Library Special Collections Department, including overseeing the reading room, liaising with Divinity faculty, and planning and execution of the unit's virtual and physical exhibition program. The incumbent serves as a member of the Divinity Library's management team and is expected to make substantive contributions to YUL's, and to the Divinity Library's long-range planning for facilities and collections care. The Special Collections Librarian works collaboratively with other Divinity Library librarians to actively support the School's research and teaching mission.
The Special Collections in the Divinity Library is one of seven special collections at the Yale University Library. In support of a new vision to unify practices across special collections to improve users' experiences, the Divinity Special Collections Librarian also receives direction from the Library's special collections leadership and works in close coordination with other special collection units and committees pertaining to all aspects of special collections operations, including public services, technical services, digitization, and collection development. The incumbent is also responsible for assuring that policies and procedures governing the use of the collections in the Divinity special collections reading room and classroom are in compliance with the YUL's security standards.
The Divinity Special Collections Librarian focuses on Yale Divinity Library research support, and, in collaboration with other Yale Library special collections curators and library subject specialists, oversees reference and research services primarily related to Divinity Special Collections. He/she facilitates access to other YUL special collections materials by building and maintaining strong relationships with other Yale Library special collections curators and subject specialists throughout the system. Works with faculty and instructors on presentations, assignments, and lesson plans to integrate Yale's special collections materials into the curriculum. Strengthens partnerships within the Divinity School. Coordinates bibliographic instruction and the preparation of guides, manuals, and other instructional materials.
Manages collections in the Divinity Special Collections. Identifies materials requiring conservation, preservation, processing, or cataloging. Makes recommendations for improving maintenance of the collections. Coordinates with other special collections units to facilitate the cataloging, processing, and digitization of the Divinity special collections. May perform or supervise archival processing projects as necessary.
Supervises two archives assistants, student assistants, and interns who support reference and instruction, ensure security protocols, and contribute to collection maintenance.
In consultation with the Divinity Library Director and the Director of Collections, Research, and Education of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Special Collections Librarian may recommend the acquisition of materials. S/He interprets Special Collections to students, faculty, and other constituencies, internal and external, by preparing exhibits and occasional publications; participating in Yale University Library special collections initiatives; presenting seminars and papers; and providing research services.
This position will be assigned a rank of Librarian 3 to Librarian 5. Librarian ranking information can be found at http://bit.ly/YULRanksPromotions.
- Assume a variety of responsibilities related to Special Collections/Restricted materials (archives, manuscripts, rare and antiquarian books, audiovisual materials, and ephemera, in all formats.)
- Responsibilities include selection, appraisal, description, preservation, access and outreach, and security.
- Develop an engaging environment conducive to discovery and research.
- Work with Yale libraries and scholars as well as with libraries and scholars at other institutions with similar collections to meet the needs of local, national, and international teaching and research communities.
Required Education and Experience:
- Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree and a master’s degree in a field of study reflecting or related to the departmental library.
- Ability to successfully navigate a special collections environment in a library that is lodged in a professional school or academic department and is an integral part of a major university library system.
- Familiarity with archives, manuscripts, rare and antiquarian books, audio-visual materials, and ephemera as well as in acquiring, cataloging, processing, preserving, securing, and digitizing them.
- Experience with selecting, arranging, describing, and interpreting special collections materials for classroom instruction and exhibits.
- Knowledge of archival theory and practice/best practices.
- Experience with initiatives using new technologies as tools for discovery and display.
- Experience working collaboratively and individually to bring projects to completion in a timely fashion.
- Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytic ability. Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments (see range assigned to this description as noted in the posting position title).
Required Skill/Ability 1:
Five years of professional experience. Ability to support research and teaching on the history of Christianity and Christian missions.
Required Skill/Ability 2:
Ability to forge strong ties with faculty members so that the use of special collections materials continues to be a vibrant part of the Yale University curriculum.
Required Skill/Ability 3:
Ability to oversee a multi-faceted special collections operation.
Required Skill/Ability 4:
Ability to work in an increasingly digital environment, use special collections software technologies (e.g., ArchivesSpace and Aeon) effectively, and manage digital content and website presence related to special collections.
Required Skill/Ability 5:
Ability to work effectively in a complex and sophisticated university library environment, representing the Divinity Library in developing and implementing special collections policies.
Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills:
PhD or equivalent in theology or religious studies. Experience in a theological library. Knowledge of the history of Christian missions and American Church history.
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