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Job Opportunity: Collection Development & Scholarly Communication Librarian

May 12, 2022 - 1:23pm by Holly Grossetta Nardini

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Collection Development and Scholarly Communication Librarian

Rank: Librarian II-III
Salary Range: $66,000-$87,000

Schedule: Full-time (37.5 hours per week), currently hybrid with a minimum of 2 days/week on campus

STARS Requisition number: 73466BR


Position Focus:

The Collection Development & Scholarly Communication Librarian provides leadership in developing and sustaining collection development and scholarly communication activities at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library (CWML). Primary responsibilities include license and price negotiation, vendor relations, collection analysis and assessment, budget management, and trouble-shooting local e-resource access issues. This position also serves as the in-house expert for staff and users on matters of open access and new openness opportunities, publishing models, copyright, and other services related to scholarly information. Reporting to the Associate Director of the Medical Library, this position partners closely with all departments and collaborates with staff throughout the Yale University Library (YUL) on approaches to resource expenditures, coordinated collection development and policy creation, license review, and scholarly publishing. This position provides decision-making support to the Director for complex academic and health system licensing partnerships, including working with the Yale New Haven Health System-affiliated hospitals and librarians. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Supports the selection, acquisition, licensing, promotion, and discovery of collections, databases, and information tools and resources that bolster the clinical, educational, and research missions of Yale New Haven Medical Center.

  • Manages a budget of $4.4M and works closely with the medical library’s Operations Manager to provide budget projections for library collections and ensure effective management of general account and endowed collection funds.

  • Works with hospital librarians, procurement staff and leadership in the Yale New Haven Health System to negotiate pricing and licenses for clinical point-of-care resources, especially those integrated into the electronic health record.

  • Partners with medical librarians to license and market unique content such as bioinformatics analysis software and storage, clinical materials, nursing and medical educational resources, and biomedical datasets.

  • Utilizes metrics, usage data, and other evaluation criteria to support data-driven collection development decisions and to increase the efficiency of processes and workflows.

  • Supports medical library e-resources access and authentication solutions. Investigates and helps resolve e-resources access issues from clinical sites.

  • Collaborates with YUL collections, e-resources, scholarly communication, and technical services units and serves on committees.

  • Understands and follows trends related to scholarly communication, publishing, copyright, and emerging information and data sharing, particularly in the health sciences.

  • Collaborates with other librarians to offer programming and educational materials about scholarly publication trends and to encourage openness and new publishing models.

  • Works closely with medical library users and staff on questions about publishing, including manuscript submission, navigating copyright policies, and complying with funder mandates.

  • Participates in library planning, committees, and task forces, and engages in campus, regional, and national professional organizations, and collaborative activities. May represent Yale to state, national, and international organizations.

  • May be required to participate with disaster recovery efforts.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association Accredited Library school and two years of professional library experience and professional accomplishments, preferable in academic setting.

Required Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to manage a budget and strong Microsoft Excel skills. Demonstrated experience with analyzing usage statistics and transformative agreements.
  • Knowledge of the electronic publishing environment and scholarly communication trends. Demonstrated experience with electronic resources management, including license and product negotiations, vendor relations, and collection development and management.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to solve problems and manage complex workflows. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public presentations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team collaboration skills; and the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, rapidly changing, and ambiguous environment.
  • Commitment to an inclusive workplace. Ability to engage with diverse audiences (age, gender, nationality, race/ethnicity, profession, sexual orientation, etc.).

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Knowledge of health sciences libraries and their evolving roles in medical education, biomedical research, clinical practice, and scholarly communication. Experience with implementing joint licenses between academic entities and health systems.

This position will be assigned a rank of Librarian 2 to Librarian 3. Librarian ranking information can be found at https://bit.ly/YULRanksPromotions.

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. For additional information on the background check requirements and process visit "Learn about background checks" under the Applicant Support Resources section of Careers on the It's Your Yale website.

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