Monday, December 14, 2009

Catalog Librarian, Yale University Library

Catalog Librarian
Catalog & Metadata Services
Yale University Library
Rank: Librarian I-III

Fixed Duration: 2 years from date of hire, non-renewable
Schedule: Full Time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30 – 5:00)

The University and the Library
One of the world's leading research libraries, Yale University Library is a full partner in teaching, research, and learning at Yale and is visited by scholars from around the world. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including approximately thirteen 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 twenty-two buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the new Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of nearly six hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers. To learn more about Yale University Library and its collections and services, visit

Within the University Library, Technical Services departments pursue a course of continual change and innovation in building integrated, university-wide information access systems. These systems are designed to provide readers timely access to new materials in all formats as well as a high-quality bibliographic record of Yale's extraordinary library collections, which have developed over the last three centuries. Our collections continue to grow at more than 200,000 volumes per year, including an increasing number of materials in digital form.

Position Description
Under the general direction of the Original Cataloging Team Leader, provides original cataloging for Spanish and Portuguese language library material in subject areas other than literature and linguistics, in all formats. The print-based descriptive cataloging is performed in accordance with national standards and complies with all of the requirements for Yale’s local online Voyager system (Orbis). The Catalog Librarian keeps abreast of developments and trends in the cataloging community. All subject analysis and classification assignment follow Library of Congress standards and local practice. Authority record creation follows NACO standards and the library participates in the PCC BIBCO program.

The Catalog Librarian creates original bibliographic and authority records for all non-fiction library materials in Spanish and Portuguese. These include materials published in Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and Hispano- and Lusophone areas of Africa and Asia. Works closely with other team members to ensure coordination of acquisitions and cataloging functions, and implements a system of cataloging priorities that best supports user needs. The Catalog Librarian is expected to participate actively in the Library’s management, assessment, training, and development programs, and to contribute to implementing the mission of the Library. Catalog librarians engage in continuous professional development, take advantage of professional training and learning opportunities inside and outside of Yale, and participate in departmental and library-wide committees and collaborative programs as appropriate. May be required to assist in disaster recovery efforts. May be assigned to work at West Campus location in West Haven, CT.

Master's Degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information sciences. Appointment to the rank of Librarian II requires two years of relevant professional experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank. Appointment to Librarian III requires five years of professional library experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank.

Strong reading knowledge of Spanish. Excellent knowledge of English, including ability to understand and interpret complex documentation. In-depth knowledge of MARC21, AACR2, Library of Congress Rule Interpretations, Library of Congress Classification, and LCSH. Strong computer skills, including experience with personal computer software. Experience with bibliographic services, such as OCLC, and network-based tools. Ability to manage a variety of tasks and multiple priorities, and demonstrated experience developing and implementing effective work routines and procedures. Logical and enthusiastic approach to work; careful attention to detail; initiative and follow-through in equal measure. Strong communication and analytical skills. Ability to learn quickly, and work independently and with others in a dynamic and collaborative work environment. Ability to excel in a rapidly changing team and academic environment.

Preferred: Subject area knowledge as evidenced by coursework or other preparation of Latin America and/or Iberia, in subject areas other than linguistics and literature. Reading knowledge of Portuguese, as well as reading knowledge of any of the indigenous languages of Latin America, Haitian Creole, or Papiamento.

Salary and Benefits
Rank and competitive salary will be based upon the successful candidate's qualifications and experience. Full benefits package including pro-rated 22 vacation days; 18 holiday, recess and personal days; comprehensive health care; TIAA/CREF or Yale retirement plan; and relocation assistance. Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names 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 8765BR. Please be sure to reference #8765BR in your cover letter.

Background Check Requirements
All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment screening. All offers are contingent on successful completion of a background check.

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.