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Head of Printed Acquisitions, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT

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 Head of Technical Services, the Head of Printed Acquisitions establishes the vision, sets priorities, and leads curatorial support work for Beinecke's robust acquisition program for published materials. The Head manages the Printed Acquisition Unit that consists a staff of approximately nine clerical and technical staff and students. The Unit works closely with seven curators and is responsible for: pre-order searching, verifying gifts and purchases, creating accession records, maintaining databases, processing physical items, providing access to newly acquired materials, and dispersing materials beyond the scope of the collections. The Head collaborates with Beinecke colleagues to establish access to published materials that range from incunabula to contemporary publications and include books and periodicals, maps, CD's, DVD's, music, prints, games, and realia.  The ideal candidate is open-minded yet decisive, transparent yet diplomatic, flexible yet driven, willing to rethink and remake practices and policies yet determined to uphold the integrity of the library's purposes, achievements, and values.

The Head participates in the Technical Services Management Group to jointly develop strategies, policies, and procedures for the whole of Beinecke's technical services operations. The Head manages projects and participates in University Library committees and task forces, especially as these relate to the needs of special collections at Yale. The Head participates in regional, national and international professional activities both to contribute to the profession as a whole and to grow individually as a professional librarian. The Head creates and implements policies and procedures; manages, trains, and directly supervises Unit staff; manages process and workflow change, fosters a team approach to the work, collaborates extensively with curators, catalogers, and other staff, and establishes and maintains relationships with publishers and vendors. The Head works with IT staff to maintain and develop systems to support the Unit's work and make printed materials discoverable and usable by researchers.

The Beinecke Library Rare Book and Manuscript Library is Yale University's principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. One of the preeminent rare book and manuscript libraries in North America, the Beinecke Library's collections are internationally known and heavily used by Yale faculty and students as well as scholars from around the world. Its current renovation of public and teaching spaces derives from that commitment. For additional information on the Beinecke Library, please visit the Library's website at

Required Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree, and two years of professional experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging using AACR2/RDA, DCRM, and MARC.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of bibliographic databases and library management systems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of American or European history or literature.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direction in a research library.
  • Demonstrated ability and achievement in managing staff.
  • Demonstrated ability with integrated library system and electronic resource management.
  • Demonstrated ability acquiring a variety of library materials in all formats.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communications and analytical ability.
  • Demonstrated technical aptitude with strong analytical skills and excellent attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated excellent customer service skills, flexibility and a strong commitment to innovation, creativity and excellence.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills, experience coordinating projects, and the ability to bring projects to fruition.
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and independently with various groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing team environment. Aptitude for managing high-performing staff and the ability to lead within a dynamic organization.

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Preferred Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Five years of professional experience.
  • Experience cataloging rare or special collections materials.
  • Strong bibliographic knowledge of ancient or modern European languages.
  • Experience working in a rare book and special collections library.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the antiquarian book trade.

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, the Center for Science and Social Science Information, 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

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 STARS req. ID for this position is 39852BR.

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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