Librarian, Department Head -New Haven, CT

Librarian, Department Head

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Yale University Library

New Haven, CT

Rank: Librarian, Department Head (00)

Requisition:  28722BR

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.

Position Focus: Reporting to the Director of Beinecke Library, the Head of Access Services provides leadership and direction of a broad range of services and programs which support use of Beinecke collections by Yale faculty, students and the international scholarly community. The Head of Access Services must have a strong commitment to public service, a proven ability to interact effectively and productively with diverse individuals and groups, and an understanding of and commitment to the role of technology in special collections. The incumbent will provide leadership, instill high standards of service and administer the department’s resources to provide excellent services. The incumbent is responsible for long-range strategic planning for Beinecke’s Access Services and serves on Beinecke’s senior management team.

The incumbent leads a staff of 16 FTE, who are the primary contact for researchers, classes, and virtual users of the collections. The incumbent fosters a creative collaborative, and team oriented work-environment and facilitates communication and coordination within Beinecke and the University Library.

Works collaboratively with Beinecke and University Library staff to initiate projects and explore innovative technologies for incorporation into library’s programs. Contributes technical expertise to improve system-wide circulation and access, research support and instruction services. Implements program of usability and assessment of services. Participates in developing, evaluating and implementing system-wide policies and procedures, represents the Library on committees.

Develops, oversees and implements a range of services for researchers including the reading room, classroom, photo duplication, and reference services, as well as support for, exhibitions, library publications, master classes, and the fellowship program. Evaluates the way services are offered. Implements new procedures and technologies to ensure efficient and effective services. Maintains policy and procedural manuals. Develops plans for managing expanded number of classrooms.

Directs stacks maintenance and space management. Works with the Library Shelving Facility staff to ensure prompt and safe transport of material among the Beinecke Library operations.

With the Research Services Librarian and in coordination with curatorial staff, plans and implements reference, bibliographic instruction, and outreach activities.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree. In selected instances, a post graduate degree in museum studies or a related discipline may be substituted for a master’s degree in library science.
  • Minimum of 5 years of related professional experience required.
  • Demonstrated skills supervising staff and managing services. Demonstrated significant background in special collection public services. Demonstrated ability working with special collection reference sources.
  • Excellent management skills with a strong commitment to fostering growth and development of others. Demonstrated ability in working with large-scale transition management, and workflow analysis and improvement.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and analyze problems, especially in the context of technology initiatives related to special collections. Demonstrated experience with assessment of services.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively to develop productive partnerships within/across organizations. Effective ability in developing innovative processes and solutions with a team-based approach.

Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments (see range assigned to this description as noted in the posting position title). Librarian ranking information can be found at:

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience:

  • At least 5 years’ experience in special collections public services.
  • Experience in a labor union environment.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Aeon including creating documentation and implementation.
  • Strong commitment to service and ability to work with a diverse community.

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 supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 12.8 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 eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library:

The Beinecke Library is Yale’s principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. One of the great collections in North America, the Beinecke collections are internationally known and heavily used by scholars from around the world. For further information about the Beinecke Library, consult the library’s web site at: .


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.

How to apply:  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at The STARS req. ID for this position is 28722BR.  Please be sure to reference 28722BR in your cover letter.


Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

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