Science Research Support Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2011-11-17

Employer: Science Libraries, Yale University, New Haven, CT

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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.

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 is a highly valued partner in the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including more than 12.5 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaged in numerous digital initiatives designed to provide access to a full array of scholarly information. Housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and twenty school and departmental libraries, it employs a dynamic, diverse, and innovative staff of over 500 who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students, participate on committees, and are involved in other areas of staff development.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at

Position Description This position facilitates access to collections and services of a complex, multi-faceted research/academic library through direct contact with library patrons and through the development and promotion of services and collections. The Science Librarian is a member of the Science and Social Science Library team and participates in Yale University Library programs and committees.

Responsibilities The incumbent provides research support to students and faculty in the Physics, Astronomy, Geology and Geophysics and other science departments through research consultations, class instruction, and virtual reference services. Maintains outreach to the Yale science community through engagement in departmental activities, awareness of current research, and regular communication with faculty and students. Provides research consultations and instruction in the discovery, use, and management of text and data. Supports research and raises awareness of research resources through outreach efforts such as department-based office hours, blogs, RSS feeds, mailings lists, and workshops. Creates and maintains research guides and other research support tools. Provides general reference service at the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI).

The incumbent provides consultation and instruction in the discovery, use and management of locally and externally available science datasets. Collaborates with librarians, GIS specialists, and StatLab staff to develop scalable, sustainable, and domain-appropriate data services in support of science research at Yale.

Selects physics, astronomy and geology materials in all formats. Identifies, tests, and negotiates agreements for physics, astronomy and geology databases and data sets. Selects and acquires data resources in the sciences for use by the Yale community; reviews licenses and contracts for appropriate agreements, in cooperation with electronic resources staff as needed. Works closely with the CSSSI Head of Collections on receiving acquired resources in all formats (print, databases and datasets) and preparing them for availability to users.

Participates in research and instruction program planning and implementation. Participates as a team member in service program development for the CSSSI and other science libraries. Participates in Yale Library planning, committees, and task forces, and engages in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and collaborative activities.

Expected to be professionally active and represents the Library and the University in the academic, scholarly, and professional community. Participates in professional activities outside of Yale and monitors developments and best practices elsewhere to help ensure the excellence of the Yale science collection and research support services. May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts. May be assigned to work at West Campus location in West Haven, CT.

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.

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science. Appointment to the rank of Librarian II requires a minimum of two years of professional experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank. Appointment to the Librarian III rank requires at least five years of professional experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank.

  1. Familiarity with open access publishing.
  2. Familiarity with data archival procedures.
  3. Familiarity with common metadata standards.
  4. Demonstrated record of success designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.
  6. Ability to work independently with varied user groups in a complex organization and function collaboratively in a rapidly changing team environment.
  7. Strong public service orientation.
  8. Excellent analytical, organizational, oral and written communications, and interpersonal skills.


  1. Experience providing research support in an academic library setting.
  2. Undergraduate and/or advanced degree in science.
  3. Working knowledge of physics, astronomy and geology.
  4. Familiarity with XML and HTML.
  5. Familiarity with principles of database design (Microsoft Access, SQL).
  6. Reading knowledge of one or more Western European languages.

Archived on: 2011-12-13