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Librarian for Political Science, Global Affairs & Government Information, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Requisition:  40869BR

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 Research Support and Outreach Programs at the Center for Science and Social Science Information, this position facilitates access to the services and collections of a complex, multifaceted research/academic library through direct contact with researchers and the development and promotion of services and collections. The Librarian for Political Science, Global Affairs, and Government Information is a member of the CSSSI team and participates in Yale University Library programs and committees.

The incumbent provides research support to students and faculty in the Political Science department and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs through research consultations, course-integrated instruction, and other modes. As the subject specialist for government information, provides research support and instruction to Yale students and faculty across the campus and works closely with library colleagues to support teaching, learning, and research using government information. Provides research consultations and instruction in the discovery, use, and management of text and data. Supports research and raises awareness of resources through outreach efforts such as department-based office hours, social media, and workshops. Creates and maintains research guides and other research support tools. Collaborates with librarians, archivists, GIS specialists, and StatLab specialists to support research and teaching. 

Selects political science, public policy, global affairs, and government information materials in all formats. Works closely with the CSSSI Director of Collection Management, Technical Services, and Access Services to review and acquire materials that are relevant to research and teaching needs. Responsible for managing collections funds, evaluating approval plans, and maintaining collection development statements in assigned subject areas. 

Manages the Yale Library's participation in government documents depository programs (U.S. federal, Canada federal, United Nations, European Union, and Food & Agriculture Organization) and serves as liaison to the agencies that administer these programs. Develops depository collections to meet Yale research and teaching needs. Advises and informs Yale Library colleagues, including the Director of Collection Development, on trends and issues related to government information.

Participates in research and instruction program planning and implementation. Participates in service program development and outreach for the CSSSI. Participates in Yale Library planning, committees, and task forces, and engages in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and collaborative activities. Participates in professional activities outside of Yale and monitors developments and best practices elsewhere to help ensure the excellence of Yale's research support services and collections. 

Required Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school. A minimum of two years of professional experience required.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability. Demonstrated ability in working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.
  • Demonstrated excellence in the provision of research support services, preferably in an academic setting.  Familiarity with social science issues and resources.
  • Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion.
  • Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.
  • Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Undergraduate and/or advanced degree in a social science.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of government information resources.
  • Experience with numeric and/or geospatial data to support teaching, learning, and research.
  • Reading knowledge of one or more Western European languages.
  • Experience with collection development in an academic environment.

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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

The Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI):

The Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI), located in the Kline Biology Tower, provides Yale faculty, students, and staff with state-of-the-art information services in a technology-rich environment. It is designed to provide easily accessible support for science, social science, and interdisciplinary researchers. 

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 40869BR.


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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