Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Librarian for Medical History: Yale University (Medical Historical Library): New Haven, CT

John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History
Medical Historical Library,
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
Yale University
New Haven, CT
Rank: Librarian I-III

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.

Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
The Harvey Cushing / John Hay Whitney Medical Library, with a collection of 400,000 volumes and a wide range of state-of the art electronic services, serves the Yale Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, the Yale-New Haven Hospital and other affiliated institutions of the Yale-New Haven Medical Center as well as Yale College and the Yale Graduate School. Library staff works together as a team to provide responsive and effective information support to the Medical Center's missions of research, education, and patient care. There is a continuing effort in support of outreach, knowledge management, and technology to facilitate access to information from the library and remote locations.

Medical Historical Library
The unique and distinguished Medical Historical Library has a collection in excess of 135,000 volumes in the history of medicine and science from the 12th century to the present, including notable collections of incunabula and manuscripts. The Library's collections of early anatomy, surgery, botanicals, and holdings of works by Hippocrates, Galen, Andreas Vesalius, William Harvey, and Robert Boyle, among others, are often represented in unusually fine, well documented volumes reflecting the collecting of the Library's founders--physicians and bibliophiles Harvey Cushing, John F. Fulton, and Arnold Klebs. Holdings also include a premiere collection of inoculation and vaccination materials. Special collections include the Clements C. Fry Collection of Prints and Drawings, the Edward C. Streeter Collection of Weights and Measures, as well as medical instruments and a growing collection of historical medical posters and other unique collections.
The Medical Historical Library maintains an active exhibit program in the Library's numerous exhibit spaces, and promotes the collections through exhibit tours, research education sessions, and tours of facilities for faculty, students, and guests. Increasingly, the Medical Historical Library hosts faculty and students from the main campus, presenting materials in seminar settings.

Position Description
Reporting to the Director of the Medical Library, the John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History is responsible for managing and promoting the collections and services of the Medical Historical Library, including consultation and instruction in the discovery and use of rare and historical materials. Serves as a member of the Medical Library administrative team and works with other Library staff members to further the overall goals of the Medical Library. The Librarian for Medical History also works closely with: Yale Medical School's Section of the History of Medicine, Yale's interdisciplinary Program in the History of Medicine and Science, the Associates of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, colleagues in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Manuscripts and Archives, and donors.

Identifies, acquires, and organizes new rare books and current works in the history of medicine and science. Provides reference assistance (in person, email, telephone), liaison services, and bibliographical instruction. Promotes locally and globally the Medical Historical Library collections through guides, publications, presentations, exhibits, and the Library’s web site. Manages a staff of 3 FTEs, including a preservation/collection management librarian, a part-time rare book cataloger, a part-time Curator of Prints and Drawings, and a library assistant. In collaboration with others, makes portions of the historical collections available electronically. Aligns practices and procedures with current RBMS ACRL/ALA rare book and archival standards.

Participates in planning and policy formulation for the Medical Library. Expected to function in a collegial fashion as part of a team sustaining collection development, scholarly and educational outreach, cataloging, preservation, and exhibits. Contributes to the University Library and the School of Medicine planning activities, committees, and task forces and engages in campus, regional, and nation professional organizations and collaborative activities. Expected to be professionally active and represents the Library and the University in the academic, scholarly, and professional community. May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts. May be assigned to work at West Campus location in West Haven, CT.

A completed PhD in a related field with a commitment to ongoing scholarly growth beyond the area of initial disciplinary specialization; or Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science and a Master’s degree in a related field with completion of a thesis or a series of major research papers based in primary resources. Requires a strong grasp of the information needs of scholars in the history of medicine and understanding of ways in which those needs can be met. Appointment to the rank of Librarian II requires a minimum of two years of professional experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank, as well as ongoing engagement in professional development, research, or services. Appointment to the Librarian III rank requires at least five years of professional experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank.

Strong public service orientation is required, as is excellent analytical, organizational, management, oral and written communications, and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to work collegially, cooperatively, and independently with varied groups in a complex organization and function collaboratively in a rapidly changing team environment. Innovative, resourceful, and flexible, and familiar with information technology as applied to special collections. Reading knowledge of at least one modern European or classical language.

Preferred: Work experience in a research library or museum. Formal archival training or education and/or demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice. Familiarity with basic preservation and conservation standards for archival and manuscript collections. Experience in using the Archivists’ Toolkit for accessioning, collections management, and finding aid creation. Supervisory experience. Knowledge of MARC cataloging and EAD finding aids for manuscripts collection. Ability to plan, manage, and coordinate complex projects; demonstrated record of devising and bringing projects to a conclusion in a timely fashion.

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 of three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at www.yale.edu/jobs for immediate consideration - the STARS req ID for this position is 11144BR. Please be sure to reference #11144BR in your cover letter. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

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. Internal candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check. Please visit www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/screening/faqs.html 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.