Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Head, Collection Development and Management - Medical Library, Yale University

Head, Collection Development and Management
Harvey Cushing / John Hay Whitney Medical Library
Yale University
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.

The University and the Library: The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and is a highly valued partner in the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including more than 12.5 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaged in numerous digital initiatives designed to provide access to a full array of scholarly information. Housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and twenty school and departmental libraries, it employs a dynamic, diverse, and innovative staff of over 500 who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students, participate on committees, and are involved in other areas of staff development. For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at http://www.library.yale.edu/.

The Medical Library: The Harvey Cushing / John Hay Whitney Medical Library, with a collection of more than 450,000 volumes, 10,000 online journals and a wide range of state-of the art electronic services, serves the Yale Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing, the Yale-New Haven Hospital and other affiliated institutions of the Yale-New Haven Medical Center. 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 to use technology fully to facilitate patron access to information from library, campus, or remote locations.

The Position: The Head of Collection Development & Management provides leadership and vision in developing and sustaining collection development activities at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Specific areas of responsibilities include resource selection, license and product negotiation, vendor relations, acquisitions, bibliographic control, collection analysis and assessment, and collections budget development and management. The position will be knowledgeable about innovations and changes in the profession, as well as in the scholarly publishing industry. The position will serve as a member of the Medical Library’s senior management team, and report to the Director of the Medical Library.

The Head of Collection Development & Management supervises collection management staff (3 FTE), and directs collections-related projects. The position acts as liaison to the central Collections, Acquisitions, and Cataloging Departments, and keeps current with changing system-wide policies and procedures in which the Medical Library is increasingly integrated. Chairs the Medical Library’s Collection Development Committee charged to provide guidance and decision support to the Director of the Medical Library on collection development and related matters. Collaborates with staff throughout the Yale University Library on best approaches to resource expenditures and coordinated collection development and management.


• Outreach and public services responsibilities, including participation in the Medical Library’s departmental liaison and personal librarian programs.
• Works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and researchers to identify resources and collections for research, teaching and clinical care.
• Manage funds of the Medical Historical and Nursing Libraries.
• Evaluates and implements new practices, services and tools to increase the efficiency of collection management processes and workflows.
• Compile and analyze collection usage data from a variety of sources to support data-driven collection development decisions and comply with university library and national library association statistical reporting requirements.
• Works closely with the Medical Library’s Business Manager, the History of Medicine Librarian and the Director to insure the effective management of general account and endowed collection funds, in accordance with university fiscal policies. Collaborates on projects and services.
• Expected to be professionally active and to represent the Library and University in the academic, scholarly and professional community.
• May be required to participate with disaster recovery efforts.


• M.L.S. from an ALA-accredited library school, with a minimum of two years of professional library experience and professional accomplishments, preferably in an academic setting. For appointment at the LIII level, requires five years professional library experience and professional accomplishments, preferably in an academic setting.
• Experience managing library technical services with an emphasis on electronic resources management, including acquisitions, collection development and management, and vendor relations.

• Experience and understanding with library collections and biomedical information resources, as well as knowledge of health science libraries and their evolving roles in medical education, biomedical research, clinical practice and scholarly communication.
• At least two years of demonstrated supervisory experience.
• Knowledge of the complex, ever-changing electronic publishing environment and scholarly communications issues; experience negotiating licenses for electronic content; experience with electronic resource management systems; experience with analyzing usage statistics (e.g. COUNTER compliant usage statistics).
• Experience with use of integrated library systems and OpenURL link resolvers; understanding of emerging metadata and digitization standards.
• Ability to plan, initiate, and implement effective programs, projects and services.
• Experience in vendor and publisher relations and in conducting license and product negotiations.
• Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to solve problems and manage complex workflows.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public presentations.
• Excellent interpersonal and team collaboration skills; and the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, rapidly changing and ambiguous environment.
• Must be able to work with faculty, staff and students in a culturally diverse environment.
• Demonstrated accomplishments and ongoing engagement in professional development, research or services for appointment at the Librarian III level.

• Experience in digitization projects.
• Public services experience and training, preferably in a health sciences library setting.

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 and contact information of three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at http://www.yale.edu/jobs for immediate consideration - the STARS req ID for this position is 14751BR. Please be sure to reference # 14751BR in your cover letter.

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 http://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.