Friday, February 25, 2011

Librarian for Digital Resources: Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School (New Haven, CT)

Rank: Librarian II-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.

In support of Yale Law School's outstanding legal scholarship and lawyer training, the Lillian Goldman Law Library is dedicated to acquiring and preserving a superb collection of resources in all formats, furnishing access to information wherever it exists, providing the most highly competent assistance to use information resources, and maintaining a welcoming, comfortable facility. The Lillian Goldman Law Library provides services which exceed the expectations of users by its leadership in the innovative use of technology and the continuing development of its most highly valued asset, its staff. To learn more about the Lillian Goldman Law Library and its collections and services, visit .

The Lillian Goldman Law Library is located within the heart of the Yale Law School complex, providing the Law School community with ready access to one of the world's finest collections of printed legal materials. These collections are complemented by access to a growing array of online sources as well as the strong interdisciplinary collections housed nearby at more than twenty other campus libraries, including Sterling Memorial Library and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Utilizing these resources combined with our excellent, service-oriented staff, we strive daily to be the best academic law library in the world.

Under the direction of the Associate Director for Technical Services, the Librarian for Digital Resources oversees the lifecycle of all Law Library electronic resources purchases and subscriptions, from trials to payments, including renewals and cancellations. Troubleshoots all problem reports. Liaises with Law Library departments and committees regarding electronic resources management and represents the Law Library on University Library committees related to electronic resources. Expected to keep abreast of initiatives in electronic publishing and to be professionally active. NOTE: Review of applications will begin immediately and posting will close on March 14, 2011.

Manages the lifecycle of e-journals, packages of e-resources and other electronic content, purchased or subscribed to by the Law Library. Maintains and manages productive vendor relationships with producers and providers of e-resources. Addresses authorization and authentication issues for e-resources.
Creates records and maintains e-journal coverage information data in Innovative Interfaces electronic resources management system (ERM). Maintains and manages productive vendor relationships with producers and providers of bibliographic records for e-journals, packages of e-resources and other electronic content. Maintains Law Library’s Serials Solutions database. Downloads bibliographic records for e-journals and other electronic content. Creates new load tables as required. Monitors quality of records from vendors and performs database maintenance projects as necessary to integrate records with MORRIS database.

Coordinates with Associate Librarian for Collections to insure that licenses conform to Yale University and Law School guidelines. Maintains licensing details in ERM and other Law Library databases. Sets up and monitors usage statistics gathered through ERM or collected directly from vendors. Verifies the accuracy of URLs in bibliographic records using Innovative Interfaces URL checking software. Troubleshoots all problem reports including access and billing issues. Communicates with vendors/publishers to expedite and sustain access to electronic resources. Coordinates with references librarians and selectors to monitor trials of electronic resource, renewals, and plans for discontinuation of resources. Coordinates with Librarian for Acquisitions and Continuing Resources to manage the relationship between print and online subscriptions to e-journals. Creates bibliographic data for e-resources not included in vendor supplied metadata sets. In the absence of the Librarian for Acquisitions and Continuing Resources, manages transmission of electronic vouchers to University accounts payable and downloads records for new acquisitions received by the library.

Represents the Law Library on University Library committees related to electronic resources. Participates in library planning committees and task forces and engages in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and collaborative activities. Expected to be professionally active and represents the Library and the University in the academic, scholarly, and professional community. Will be cross-trained in other technical services functions as required. May be required to assist in disaster recovery efforts.

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science and a minimum of two years of professional experience, and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank; preferably with at least 1 year of experience supporting electronic resource activities. Appointment to the rank of Librarian III requires at least five years of professional experience, and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank; preferably with at least 2 years of experience supporting electronic resource activities.

Experience with print or electronic serials control. Experience with an Electronic Resource Management tool, preferably Innovative Interfaces' ERM. Knowledge of the electronic publishing environment and scholarly communication issues. Familiarity with MARC and basic understanding of authority control. Strong computer skills; familiarity with Microsoft Windows and Office applications, and an integrated library system (ILS), preferably Innovative Interfaces Millennium. Ability and willingness to learn new applications. Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot e-resources access issues, review and identify issues with licenses. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team environment with collegiality, flexibility, and accuracy and attention to detail. Demonstrated analytical and organizational skills.

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 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 12270BR. Please be sure to reference #12270BR in your cover letter.

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. All offers are contingent on successful completion of a background check. Please visit 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.