Monday, May 23, 2011

Assistant Librarian (Reference): Reference Library and Archives, Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Rank: Librarian I

Schedule: Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for professional 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 Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), both a research institute and a public museum, houses the largest collection of British paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, rare books and manuscripts outside Great Britain. Given to Yale University by the late Paul Mellon (Yale Class of 1929), the YCBA is a flourishing center for research and scholarship on all aspects of the history of British art since the 16th century. For additional information about the Center, consult the web site at

The Reference Library and Archives support the research activities of the Center as well as those of the faculty and students of Yale. Docents, volunteers, visiting scholars, and general visitors to the Center are also important constituents of the Library. The Reference Library holds over 30,000 secondary resources in a variety of formats supporting the study of British art and related fields including British architecture, history, literature, costume, and culture. The Center’s Institutional Archive, which was created in 2009, holds architectural drawings and records that document the Center’s construction and stewardship from the mid 1960s onward. The Photograph Archive, located within the Reference Library, consists of over 200,000 black-and-white study photographs of British art worldwide, with a special focus on holdings in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

The Reference Library and Archives particularly support the work of the three curatorial departments of the Center. The Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts contains approximately 40,000 titles consisting of material relating to the visual arts and cultural life in the United Kingdom and former British Empire from the 16th century to the present. The Prints and Drawings collection of over 60,000 items, offers a comprehensive view of the development of British graphic art, and includes an emphasis on the flowering of the British watercolor school. The Paintings and Sculpture collection is comprised of over 2000 masterpieces by artists of note including: Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Stubbs, Constable, and Turner.


Under the supervision of the Chief Librarian of the Yale Center for British Art Reference Library and Archives, assists in the day-to-day activities of the Library including reference services, bibliographic instruction, and the planning and implementation of public service policies and activities.


Shares responsibility for reference services. Shares responsibility for bibliographic instruction and outreach activities for students in the Yale History of Art program, Center staff and Visiting Scholars. Manages the Field Librarian Program in conjunction with History of Art courses taught at the Center. Shares responsibility in the Library’s efforts to enhance bibliographic data in the Center’s object management system. Manages the Publication Exchange Program. Manages circulation and stack maintenance activities. Trains and supervises the work of students and other support staff. Contributes one (1) hour per week to Yale’s AskLive! reference service. 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 to represent the Library and the University in the academic, scholarly, and professional community. May be required to participate with disaster recovery efforts.


Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science; undergraduate or graduate study in art or art history preferred.

Reading knowledge of one or more Western European languages. Knowledge of art historical reference sources, both print and online, as well as general reference sources. Demonstrated commitment to public service. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong analytical and problem solving skills. Strong computer skills. Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a service oriented, team environment. Excellent teaching skills. Demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations. Ability to plan, manage, and coordinate complex projects; demonstrated record of devising and bringing projects to a conclusion in a timely fashion.


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 professional accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, offering extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three (3) professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at for immediate consideration - the STARS req ID for this position is 12828BR. Please be sure to reference #12828BR in your cover letter.


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