New Haven, CT: Head of Beinecke Library Digital Services Unit, Yale University

Original Posting Date 30-Oct-2014
STARS Requisition number 28032BR
Department Beinecke Lib Tech Srvcs
University Job Title Librarian, Digital
Posting Position Title Head, Beinecke Library Digital Services Unit (Librarian 2-4)
Type of Employment Full Time
Duration Type Regular
Salary Grade 00
Work Location University Library System
Worksite Address 121 Wall Street
Work Week Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)

Position Focus: Under the direction of the Head of Technical Services and working in close collaboration with units across the Beinecke Library and the Yale University Library, the Head of Beinecke Digital Services leads a newly formed Digital Services Unit. As such, the Head coordinates the Beinecke Library’s digitization program, its digital projects, and its user experience initiatives to enhance access to and use of Beinecke Library and its collections, including the Beinecke Digital Library, collection web pages, and online exhibits. The Head leads the investigation, development, and implementation of metadata and digitization workflows and standards as well as user interfaces and tools that affect the user experience.

The Head of Beinecke Digital Services is responsible for integrating two units, the Digital Projects & Metadata Unit and the Digital Studio, into a single cohesive unit. The Head supervises the work of three senior photographers and three metadata catalog assistants to coordinate metadata creation, digitization, and quality control activities. Leadership of user experience development requires collaboration across Beinecke and University library departments. The Head participates in the Beinecke’s Technical Services Management Group to develop technical services strategies, policies, and procedures for the Beinecke Library.

The Head liaises with the Yale University Library’s Information Technology and Digital Initiatives departments and works collaboratively with Yale University Library staff. The Head may represent the Beinecke within Yale University Library and nationally and internationally in discussions and committees pertaining to user experience initiatives, metadata, and digitization at Yale and is active professionally.
Principal Responsibilities

1. Actively practice and advocate effective communication in all aspects of digital initiatives within the Library and throughout the YUL system. Establish productive relationships with individuals and organizations both at Yale and at other institutions in order to advance Library objectives. 2. Work closely with curators and key staff to assess feasibility, propose, and develop plans for digital projects. 3. Work with Library IT and the Director of Digital Initiatives to design and implement technical infrastructure and workflows. 4. Evaluate and make recommendations on digitization procedures for a wide range of collection materials, considering issues of original format, productivity, and preservation, as well as YUL standards. 5. Analyze researcher, faculty, and student needs and develop programming in support of digital research and teaching. Analyze the feasibility of new services or modifications to existing Library services. Work independently or lead a project team to implement Library goals. 6. Assume full or partial responsibility in project management for Library digital initiatives, including assessment and evaluation of project scope, analysis, project proposals, quality assurance, workflows, staffing, budgeting, documentation, and reporting. 7. Evaluate, recommend, and assist with digitization equipment and software selection as well as facility oversight including staff and patron workstations located in the library. 8. Manage local and/or vendor digitization. 9. Serve on various Library, Yale University Library, and Yale University committees in support of the Library and University’s mission relevant to digital initiatives. 10. Participate in professional activities outside of Yale and monitor developments and best practices elsewhere to help ensure the excellence of the Library’s technology activities. 11. May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts. 12. May be assigned to work at any Yale University Library location.

Required Education and Experience

1. 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 in the humanities or social sciences may be substituted for a master’s degree in library science. 2. Demonstrated knowledge of current national and international metadata content and structure standards related to library and archival control of collection materials. 3. Demonstrated knowledge of library digitization standards and practices. 4. Demonstrated excellent oral and written communications and analytical ability. 5. Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to conclusion in a timely fashion. 6. Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and independently with various groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing team environment. 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:

Required Skill/Ability 1: Excellent supervisory and strong leadership abilities.
Required Skill/Ability 2: Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to work with a wide range of digital library standards and practices, such as digitization, digital preservation, standards for media content, metadata, controlled authorities, and user experience.
Required Skill/Ability 3: Demonstrated project management skills, especially the ability to devise and achieve agreed-upon completion dates for projects; ability to multitask and keep priorities aligned to objectives; ability to identify and analyze problems in the context of special collections technology initiatives.
Required Skill/Ability 4: Excellent analytical, oral, and written communication skills, especially the ability to convey and explain to non-technical audiences the importance and impact of technology trends and issues relevant to the Yale University Library’s operation and mission.
Required Skill/Ability 5: Strong commitment to customer service with well-developed interpersonal skills and demonstrated abilities to work collegially with staff, researchers, and colleagues, especially in the context of technology initiatives that are specific to academic libraries and special collections

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Familiarity with digital photography and color management. Familiarity with intellectual property rights and Fair Use applied to libraries. Familiarity with one or more major digital content management systems appropriate for repositories.

Weekend Hours Required? No
Evening Hours Required? No
Drug Screen No
Health Screening No

Background Check Requirements All External and Internal candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

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