The Collection Development & Scholarly Communication Librarian provides leadership in developing and sustaining collection development and scholarly communication activities at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Primary areas of responsibilities include license and price negotiation, vendor relations, collection analysis and assessment, budget management, trouble-shooting Medical Center e-resource access issues, and serving as the in-house expert for staff and users on matters of open access, alternative publishing models, and other issues related to scholarly information. Reports to the Associate Director of the Medical Library and collaborates closely with all departments. Provides guidance and decision support to the Director for joint-licensing resources for academic and health system partnerships, including working with the Yale New Haven Health System-affiliated hospitals and librarians. Collaborates with collections staff throughout the Yale University Library (YUL) on approaches to resource expenditures and coordinated collection development and policies. Supports the selection, acquisition, licensing, discovery, and marketing of collections, databases, and information tools and resources that enhance the clinical, curricular, research and missions of Yale New Haven Medical Center schools, programs, and departments. Provides advice and guidance to both Medical Library staff and users about open access and other scholarly publication trends and issues and develops and offers classes, consultations and workshops.
Works closely with the Medical Library's Business Manager to provide budget projections for library collections, and to insure the effective management of general account and endowed collection funds, in accordance with university and library fiscal policies. Manages a budget of $4.4M. Works with procurement and legal staff at the Yale New Haven Health System and with hospital librarians from affiliated hospitals to negotiate pricing and licenses for clinical point-of-care resources integrated into the electronic health record. Participates in outreach including the Medical Library's personal librarian program.
Collaborates with YUL Collections and Technical Services units, including the Director of Collection Development and the Director of E-Resources and Serials Management. Utilizes metrics and other evaluation criteria to support data-driven collection development decisions and to implement practices and tools to increase the efficiency of processes and workflows. Compiles and analyzes collection usage data from a variety of sources to inform decisions and comply with university library and national library association statistical reporting requirements. Manages Medical Library e-resources access and authentication solutions. Investigates and helps resolve e-resources access issues from clinical sites.
Posting Position Title: Collection Development Librarian, Medical
University Job Title: Collection Development & Scholarly Comm Librarian
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Required Skill/ability 1: Master's degree in Library Science from an American Library Association Accredited Library school and a minimum of two years of professional library experience (preferably in an academic setting) are required.
Required Skill/ability 2: Knowledge of the electronic publishing, open access, or scholarly communication environment. Demonstrated experience with electronic resources management, in one or more of the following areas: licensing, negotiating, vendor relations, collection analysis and assessment.
Required Skill/ability 3: Excellent organizational skills and ability to solve problems and manage complex workflows. Ability to manage a collections budget and strong Microsoft Excel skills.
Required Skill/ability 4: 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.
Required Skill/ability 5: Ability to design and implement effective programs, projects, and services, and bring them to fruition or conclusion in a timely manner to achieve library objectives.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: Experience in a biomedical library. Public services experience and training. Knowledge of the evolving role of libraries and scholarly communication in medical education, biomedical research and clinical practice. Demonstrated experience with joint licensing between academic entities and health systems. Demonstrated ability to manage a collections budget.
Required Licenses Or Certifications:
Master's degree in Library Science from an American Library Association Accredited Library school and two years of related experience. In selected instances, a post-graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or substituted for an MLS.
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