The Librarian for Literature in English and Comparative Literature supports the research and teaching mission of Yale as a liaison to the Departments of English Language and Literature, and Comparative Literature. The librarian reports to the Director, DASHRS.
The librarian develops strong working relationships with faculty, students, and affiliated researchers across departments, taking initiative to identify and meet their expectations for collections and services. In support of YULs public services mission, participates in research education and outreach, such as instruction, orientations, and tours. Provides advanced reference and research consultations, maintains online research guides, conducts collection development, and keeps abreast of relevant technology to support their work. May also have opportunities for involvement in outreach, instruction, exhibits, or collection development of archival and special collections and/or participation in digital initiatives. The librarian is responsible for selection of publications in all formats to support the study of assigned areas. Collection development responsibilities include budgeting and fund management, approval plan oversight, selection of materials in all formats, gift review, and electronic resource acquisition. Works collaboratively with other members of DASHRS to support interdisciplinary teaching and research needs. Establishes and maintains good relationships with dealers, content providers, exchange partners, libraries, and other institutions. Contributes to department strategic planning; participates in YUL committees, task forces, and programs; and is active professionally through service in library organizations, research and publishing, or other means.
This position will be assigned a rank of Librarian 1 to 5 based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments. Librarian ranking information can be found at .
1. Serves as subject specialist for relevant academic departments and students and faculty throughout the university. Provides research consultations, instruction sessions, in-person and virtual reference services, and other liaison librarian support. 2. Develops library collections in all appropriate formats (print, digital, audio-visual, etc.) through acquisitions. 3. Raises awareness of collections through outreach efforts such as maintaining reading rooms, office hours, social media, exhibits, tours, mailing list messages, library workshops, and the sponsorship of academic conferences and lectures. 4. Creates and maintains web sites, online research guides, and other digital tools for research and teaching. 5. May work closely with, or directly supervises, staff who order and process collection materials. May supervise processing of special collections, including decisions on arrangement and description and oversight of finding aid creation. 6. May collaborate with relevant departments on projects related to collection preservation and digitization. 7. Collaborates with librarians, GIS specialists, archivists, special collection curators, etc. to support research and teaching. 8. May collaborate as appropriate with library staff engaged in fund-raising and development efforts. 9. Maintains networks of individuals and institutions located in relevant fields of study to facilitate access to information and collections for Yale affiliates. 10. Maintains affiliation with Yale departments, programs, and organizations, serving as official library representative when appropriate. Actively contributes to the academic activities of these organizations. 11. Participates in departmental library planning for research support and the collections program. Participates in library system-wide planning, committees, and working groups, and engages in collaborations and professional activities at Yale, as well as regionally and nationally. 12. May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts. 13. May be assigned to work at West Campus location in West Haven, Connecticut. 14. May perform other duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience
1. Masters degree from an ALA-accredited library school and an advanced degree in a field related to the study of the relevant area or an advanced degree in a related field and relevant library experience. 2. Knowledge of the history of, and current trends in, scholarly research related to English language and literature and Comparative Literature. 3. Familiarity with major bibliographic tools (print and electronic) and research methods for the study of literature. 4. Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment.
Required Skill/Ability 1:
Demonstrated excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
Required Skill/Ability 2:
Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
Required Skill/Ability 3:
Demonstrated ability to design projects and bring them to conclusion in a timely fashion.
Required Skill/Ability 4:
Demonstrated skill in providing high-quality, user-centered research support services, preferably in an academic library.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:
PhD in English language & literature or Comparative Literature. Excellent reading knowledge of related foreign languages, particularly Western European. Experience teaching in a library or academic setting. Experience with software for citation management & creation of web content, and using archives or libraries. Interest in learning emerging technologies & web applications.
Background Check Requirements
All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check.
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