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Electronic Resources Librarian, Yale University, New Haven CT

Electronic Resources Librarian

Acquisitions Department

Yale University Library

New Haven, CT

Rank:  Librarian 2-4 (Grade 24-27)

Requisition:  #21917BR


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 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 is a highly valued partner in the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide.  A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including more than 12.5 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases.  The Library is engaged in numerous digital initiatives designed to provide access to a full array of scholarly information.   Housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and fifteen school and departmental libraries, it employs a dynamic, diverse, and innovative staff of over 500 who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students, participate on committees, and are involved in other areas of staff development.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at


Position Focus:

Reporting to the Chief Acquisitions Librarian, the Electronic Resources Librarian provides professional, technical, and fiscal expertise in the overall coordination and management of electronic resources. Manages the work of the Electronic Resources Group and supervises staff who perform a variety of activities related acquired electronic resources, including licensing, acquisition, management, maintenance, statistical analysis, troubleshooting, and preservation. Keeps abreast of and provides advice and guidance with relationship to trends in publishing, licensing, pricing practices, vendor technologies, and software developments as they relate to the electronic resources lifecycle, to colleagues and staff in Acquisitions, Collection Development, Cataloging & Metadata Services, Library IT, and units that provide user support services.


1.      Assesses and addresses electronic resources lifecycle management issues across the Library and recommends, develops, manages, and documents policies, procedures, documentation and best practices related to e-resources, using understanding of industry best practices and working collaboratively and collegially Library-wide with all acquisitions units, collection development staff, selectors, catalogers, and Library IT.

2.      Serves as a point of contact with vendors and with consortia for electronic resource acquisitions.

3.      Manages process change and workflow shifts based on organizational departmental changes. Collaborates with other acquisitions managers to develop and implement optimal electronic resources workflows. Coordinates renewal and annual review of e-resources.

4.      Oversees the development of an assessment program for data related to electronic resources and coordinates with the Library’s developing assessment program. Organizes, analyzes, and interprets usage data and assists selectors with the interpretation of data.

5.      Oversees digital preservation activities for acquired electronic resources (ingest of archival copies into Yale University Library’s Rescue Repository, LOCKSS box content management, etc.).

6.      Serves on and/or leads University Library committees related to electronic resources and discovery services. Participates in planning committees and task forces and engages in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and collaborative activities. Expected to be professionally active and represent the Library and the University in academic, scholarly, and professional community.


Required Education and Experience:

Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited Library school and two years of related experience. 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 three years at which time it is expected that the individual will develop necessary requirements to meet expectations of performance at the Librarian 3 level.


Required Skills & Abilities:

1.      Appointment to Librarian 3 rank requires a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience and professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank. Librarian 4 rank requires a minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional experience and accomplishments appropriate to the rank.

2.      Demonstrated knowledge and ability in supporting electronic resource lifecycle activities.

3.      Demonstrated ability in working with: complex electronic publishing environment and scholarly communications issues; negotiating licenses for electronic content; electronic resource management systems; integrated library systems; and metadata and digitization standards.

4.      Demonstrated ability to train and supervise staff. Ability to work collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment.

5.      Evidence of high productivity and skill at problem solving when working independently or in groups. Excellent analytical and organizational skills, oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal and team collaboration skills.


Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

1.      A minimum of two (2) years of professional library experience supporting electronic resource lifecycle activities.

2.      Project management experience or training.

3.      Experience or training related to change management.

4.      Experience with an OpenURL resolver, Voyager ILS, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Access, and/or Serials Solutions 360 services.

5.      Knowledge of SQL.


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 letterresume, 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 21917BR.  Please be sure to reference #21917BR in your cover letter.