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December 20, 2016 - 11:04am by Andy Hickner

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Position details:

Access Services/Clinical Librarian
The Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
Yale University
New Haven, CT
Requisition:  41137BR

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 both the Head of Access and Delivery Services and the Assistant Director of Clinical Information Services, the Access Services/Clinical Librarian oversees Access and Delivery operations during evening and weekend hours and builds and develops collaborative relationships with clinicians and health care professionals by working closely as a liaison to specific medical departments.

As part of the Access Services team the incumbent will assist the Head of Access and Delivery Services with overall departmental management, operations, and strategic planning. Hires and trains new staff and students as necessary, sets work priorities and schedules, plans projects and workflows, and compiles and analyzes reports and statistics to support improvement in customer service and productivity.  Oversees and supervises the circulation, interlibrary loan, reserves, and stacks management activities of two full-time Access and Delivery Services support staff members, and several student workers during evening and weekend hours. Supervises, motivates, trains, and evaluates the performance of these staff and students to ensure the consistent provision of excellent customer service.

Responsible for maintaining departmental policies, procedures, and training manuals as well as creating webpages, promotional materials, and communications for distribution through the library’s website, blog, social media, and print media. Will create and maintain online guides, learning objects, and other research support tools and collaborate with fellow librarians and other providers of information resources to support research and teaching in general.

As part of the Research and Education Team, the Access Services/Clinical Librarian will provide in-depth reference, information, research and consultation services for clinical professionals and users in the health sciences community, including literature searches in support of systematic reviews, research, grants, clinical practice, animal use, teaching, and publishing.

Participates in planning and teaching in general library instruction programs. In collaboration with the Research and Education team, identifies, prepares and presents a range of classes on various topics, including biomedical databases, citation management tools and biomedical research strategies.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school. In selected instances, a post-graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or substituted for a master's degree in library science. Qualified individuals new to the library profession are welcome to apply.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, analytical, and communications skills, including the ability to actively listen, understand and articulate user needs. Demonstrated commitment to providing excellent customer service and teaching.
  • Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion.
  • Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations. Demonstrated ability to work both independently or collaboratively in a diverse team environment, and to effectively build partnerships and promote the library.
  • Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment.
  • Demonstrated excellent computer and technology skills are essential and a strong interest in emerging technologies.

Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments. 

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience:  One year of library supervisory experience. Experience working in the clinical setting. Experience with interlibrary loan or electronic reserves.

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 Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library

The Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library (CWML), with a collection of approximately 22,000 electronic biomedical journals, 38,000 electronic books, 200,000 print resources and a wide range of state-of the-art electronic services and databases, serves the information needs of the Yale Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, the Yale-New Haven Hospital and other affiliated institutions of the Yale-New Haven Medical Center. The Library provides responsive and effective support to meet the Medical Center's missions of research, education, patient care and service. The Medical Library also contains a Historical Library with a large and unique collection of rare medical books, medical journals to 1920, pamphlets, prints, and photographs, as well as current works on the history of medicine. For additional information please visit the Library’s website

The Yale School of Medicine

Founded in 1810, the Yale School of Medicine is a world-renowned center for biomedical research, education and advanced health care. Among its divisions are one of the nation’s oldest schools of public health and the internationally recognized Child Study Center, founded in 1911. Its 33 academic departments include 11 in the basic sciences, 19 in clinical fields, and 5 in public health. The School of Medicine consistently ranks among the handful of leading recipients of research funding from the National Institutes of Health and other organizations supporting the biomedical sciences, and belongs to medical organizations including the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Association of Academic Health Centers. The school’s unique curriculum, known as the Yale System of Medical Education, promotes teaching in small seminar, conference and tutorial settings, and requires student self-evaluation, independent thinking and investigation. Since 1839, Yale has required that each student complete a thesis based on original research prior to graduation. Graduates of the school have gone on to significant leadership positions in virtually every medical field, as well as many non-medical areas.

Yale-New Haven Hospital

Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH), the primary teaching hospital for Yale School of Medicine (YSM) and Yale School of Nursing (YSN) is a non-profit, 1,541-bed tertiary medical center with two in-patient campuses. YNHH, the flagship member of the Yale New Haven Health System, includes Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital and Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital.  In addition to providing quality medical care to patients and families, YNHH is the second largest employer in the New Haven area with more than 12,000 employees. Relying on the skill and expertise of more than 4,500 university and community physicians and advanced practitioners, including more than 600 resident physicians, YNHH provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary, family-focused care in more than 100 medical specialty areas. Yale-New Haven Hospital regularly ranks among the best hospitals in the U.S. and is accredited by The Joint Commission. In conjunction with YSM and Yale Cancer Center, YNHH is nationally recognized for its commitment to teaching and clinical research.

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. The STARS req. ID for this position is 41137BR.

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.