Job Posting: Access Services Librarian, Beinecke Library, Yale University

Qualified individuals new to the library profession are welcome to apply.

Reporting to the Head of Access Services, the Assistant Head of Access Services for stacks management provides leadership and vision for Beinecke’s collection management activities, including shelving, retrievals, and shifting. Collaborates with technical services staff to shelve new materials and to facilitate access to collections. Identifies appropriate shelving for large format, broadsides, and art objects. Identifies and implements technology to manage Beinecke stacks and locations. Maintains a high level of accuracy in shelving by training, evaluating, motivating, and developing clerical and technical staff. Oversees the creation and maintenance of records such as the stack maps, conducts periodic space surveys.

The incumbent is expected to provide leadership, instill high service standards, and administer the department’s resources to provide excellent customer service throughout the library.  Fosters a creative, collaborative, and team oriented work-environment and facilitates communication and coordination within Beinecke and the University Library. Actively participates in reference activities in collaboration with the reference librarian and other curatorial staff.  The Assistant Head of Access Services must have a strong commitment to public service, a proven ability to interact effectively and productively with diverse individuals and groups, and an understanding of and commitment to the role of technology in special collections. Provides assistance as necessary for other library programs — outreach, instruction, orientations, exhibitions, and tours. Contributes to long range departmental planning.  Represents the department and Library in the academic and professional community by serving on various committees and task forces.  Acts as Department Head in the absence of the Head.  Will be expected to cover some evening hours. Is expected to be active professionally.


  1. May be responsible for staffing and services in the following areas: information desk, circulation, course reserves (electronic and print), resource sharing, stacks maintenance, privileges, security, and/or oversight of and liaison for facilities operations.
  2. Participates in hiring, training, coaching and evaluating the work of access services staff members.
  3. Participates in planning and implementing new services, and supporting and improving existing services.
  4. Responsible for ensuring consistency in service quality, policy interpretation, and following procedures.
  5. Works with vendors or other units that support library operations, such as technical services, collection development, Library IT, facilities maintenance, and security.
  6. Participates in departmental library access services program planning.
  7. Participates in library system-wide planning, committees, and work groups, 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 collections and research support services.
  8. May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts.
  9. May perform other duties as assigned.


  1. 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.
  2. Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability.
  3. Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion.
  4. Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.
  5. Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment. Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments (see range assigned to this description as noted in the posting position title). Librarian ranking information can be found at:

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