Reporting to the Divinity Librarian, the Special Collections Librarian and Curator of the Day Missions Collection oversees all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the Yale Divinity School Library Special Collections Department including collection development and management, physical and virtual access to materials, and planning and execution of the unit's virtual and physical exhibition program. Collaborating with other special collection units within Yale University Library (YUL) system (e.g. Manuscripts & Archives at Sterling Memorial Library and the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library), the incumbent is responsible for assuring that policies and procedures governing the use of the collections are in compliance with the YUL's security standards. As Curator of the Day Missions Collection, the Special Collections Librarian is responsible for describing, processing, maintaining, and interpreting the Divinity Library's extensive mission-related holdings. The incumbent serves as a member of the Divinity Library's senior management team and is expected to make substantive contributions to YUL's, and to the Divinity Library's long-range planning for facilities and collections care. The Special Collections Librarian works collaboratively with other Divinity Library librarians to actively support the School's research and teaching mission.
In addition, s/he provides support for and directs reference and research services related to special collections. Coordinates bibliographic instruction and the preparation of guides, manuals, and other instructional materials. Maintains all materials in special collections: ensuring that materials are housed appropriately; identifies materials requiring conservation and preservation; makes recommendations for improving maintenance of the collections. Describes and organizes archival and manuscript collections. Creates EAD finding aids. Supervises archives assistants, student assistants, and interns who are processing archival collections.
The Special Collections Librarian also recommends the acquisition of materials for the Day Missions Library. In consultation with the Divinity Librarian solicits gifts and communicates with donors of special collections materials. S/He interprets Special Collections, especially the Day Missions Library, to students, faculty, and other constituencies, internal and external, by preparing exhibits and occasional publications; participating in Yale University Library special collections initiatives; presenting seminars and papers; providing research services; coordinating the annual conference of the Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and World Christianity; and moderating the Yale-Edinburgh email listserv and maintaining its membership roster.
Posting Position Title: Librarian, Special Collections
University Job Title: Divinity Special Collections Librarian
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Required Skill/ability 1: Five years of professional experience.
Required Skill/ability 2: Ability to forge strong ties with faculty members so that the use of special collections materials continues to be a vibrant part of the Yale University curriculum.
Required Skill/ability 3: Ability to work closely with educational institutions, not-for-profits, vendors, individuals, and libraries to identify and acquire materials for the Day Missions Library collections.
Required Skill/ability 4: Ability to work in an increasingly digital environment, managing digital content and website presence related to special collections and the Day Missions Library.
Required Skill/ability 5: Ability to identify funding sources and manage and/or administer grants and gifts, and donor relations. Ability to work effectively in a complex and sophisticated university library environment, representing the Divinity Library in developing and implementing special collections policies.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: PhD or equivalent in theology or religious studies. Experience in a theological library. Knowledge of the history of Christian missions and American Church history.
Required Licenses Or Certifications:
1. Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree and a master's degree in a field of study reflecting or related to the departmental library. 2. Ability to successfully navigate a special collections environment in a library that is lodged in a professional school or academic department and an integral part of a major university library system. 3. Familiarity with archives, manuscripts, rare and antiquarian books, audio-visual materials, and ephemera as well as in acquiring, cataloging, processing, preserving, securing, and digitizing them. 4. Experience with selecting, arranging, describing, and interpreting special collections materials for classroom instruction and exhibits. 5. Knowledge of archival theory and practice/best practices. 6. Experience with initiatives using new technologies as tools for discovery and display. 7. Experience working collaboratively and individually to bring projects to completion in a timely fashion. 8. Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytic ability. 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: http://www.library.yale.edu/about/departments/lhr/rank.html.
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