Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship – Yale University, New Haven, CT

Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library
Yale University, New Haven, CT

Fixed Duration Position:  10 months from date of hire; non-renewable

Expected Start Date:        July 1, 2018

 

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 supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 15 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, 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 at web.library.yale.edu.

 

THE ROBERT B. HAAS FAMILY ARTS LIBRARY
The Haas Family Arts Library at Yale consists of collections from three formerly-separate operating units: Art and Architecture, Arts of the Book, and Drama. Now located under one roof, these libraries support the Schools of Architecture, Art, and Drama, and the department of the History of Art, as well as the teaching and research needs of the Yale community beyond the visual arts. In addition, the Arts Library houses several prominent archival and special collections in Art and Architecture, Arts of the Book, and Drama, ranging from type specimens and woodblocks to theatrical archives to one of the world’s foremost collection of books on color. For additional information on the Haas Family Arts Library, please visit the Library’s web site at web.library.yale.edu/arts.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Yale University Library welcomes applications for the 2018/19 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship. The Kress Fellowship is intended for a recent graduate from library school who wishes to pursue a career in art librarianship. This fellowship is made possible through the generosity of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.   Through this fellowship, the Kress Foundation seeks to achieve in the field of art librarianship what it has accomplished for art history and art conservation:  ensuring the growth of the discipline by promoting the advancement of new professionals.

The Haas Family Arts Library at Yale serves a distinguished array of academic and museum programs, architects, artists and scholars. Kress Fellows have the opportunity to interact with faculty, staff and students in distinguished Schools of Architecture, Art, and Drama; a nationally ranked department of the History of Art; and two outstanding university art museums, the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. They also have occasion to collaborate with colleagues from throughout the Yale University Library, including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the library and rare books department of the Yale Center for British Art. The rich professional and scholarly resources of New York City and Boston’s art libraries and museums are within two hours’ travel, providing further opportunities for professional growth and professional contact with colleagues.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Kress Fellowship is a 10-month appointment and focuses on multiple areas of art librarianship including public services, collection development and management, special collections, and digital collections.  Projects and activities will draw on subject areas served by the Haas Arts Library including the history of art, architecture, drama, and aligned area studies. The fellow will gain experience in reference services and library research education in the Haas Family Arts Library, Haas Arts Library Special Collections, and the Library and Archives of the Yale Center for British Art. Other activities will vary based on current Yale Library projects and the fellow’s interest and experience.

During their tenure at Yale, Kress Fellows are expected to pursue mutually agreed-upon projects resulting in a publishable paper, a new library service (such as a webpage or research guide), or other relevant deliverables. Kress Fellows are also introduced to a broad spectrum of professional activities and may have the opportunity to perform collection development activities or assist with library-based exhibitions. Kress Fellows also participate in library planning committees and task forces and engage in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and other collaborative activities. Fellows are expected to be professionally active and represent the Library and the University in the academic, scholarly, and professional community. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science. Background in history of art, architecture or related arts disciplines. Excellent analytical, organizational, management, customer service, and interpersonal skills.  Ability to effectively build partnerships and promote the benefits of change in an academic culture that often values ambiguity, diversity of opinion, and historic precedent.  Ability to communicate effectively through both oral and written expression.  Ability to work both independently and collegially in a demanding and rapidly changing environment.

Preferred:  Advanced degree and/or relevant experience in history of art, architecture or related arts disciplines.  Experience with web design and development and electronic information resources. Experience with HTML and XML.  Reading knowledge of two or more Western European languages.

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The Kress Fellowship is a competitive position. Applicants should submit a current resume or CV, a brief cover letter/statement of interest, and names and contact information for three professional references to Lindsay King via e-mail at lindsay.king@yale.edu, before February 1, 2018. The statement of interest is expected to reflect a genuine commitment to art librarianship and an interest in the provision of information services to the visual arts community. There is no application form. Please be sure to include “2018/19 Kress Fellowship” in the e-mail subject and cover letter.  A search committee of Yale librarians will review submissions. The Kress Fellow will be in residence at Yale for ten months and will receive an award of $40,000, prorated over the fellowship term. Health insurance will be provided.

 

BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIREMENTS

All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Internal candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check. Please visit http://your.yale.edu/policies-procedures/policies/hr-100-employment-policies for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

 

  Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

Paid Fellowship Opportunity: 2017-18 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship

The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library and the Research Library at the Yale Center for British Art will be accepting applications for the 2017-18 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship through February 1, 2017. Details of the fellowship and instructions on how to apply are at http://guides.library.yale.edu/kressfellowship.

Job Posting: Part-Time Cataloging Assistant, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven CT

The Reference Library and Archives provides library and information services to all departments of the Yale Center for British Art, students and faculty of Yale University, outside researchers, and the general public. The Library collection numbers nearly 40,000 volumes devoted to British art, artists, and culture from the 15th to the 21st centuries. Roughly 1000 titles are added to the collection yearly (books, ,journals, microform, auction and dealer catalogues, and e-resources) and the Senior Catalog assistant catalogs all of these materials into Yale’s online library system.  Working as part of the Library team (including the Chief Librarian, Assistant Librarian, Senior Archivist, Library Assistant – Acquisitions, and Library Assistant – Public Services) the Senior Catalog Assistant performs essential functions of the Library. The successful candidate will be well-organized, a good communicator, a good team member, and with a strong attention to detail–ideally, someone who has a genuine interest in art and culture and who has cataloging experience, both copy and original.

The Senior Catalog Assistant creates MARC 21 records in Voyager, the Yale Library catalog system. S/he uses Yale and Library of Congress cataloging guidelines and conforms to the RDA Resource Description and Access cataloging standard.  The Senior Catalog Assistant will often use copy cataloging to add records to the system, but will also be asked to create original catalog records and needs to have a strong knowledge of a broad range of cataloging tools and an understanding of national and Yale standards. The Senior Catalog Assistant is part of a team that provides pre-order searching for potential acquisitions, S/he also readies books and journals for binding; prepares spine labels for new additions to the collections; maintains a shelf list; oversees and corrects student shelving; and leads an annual inventory of the collection. The Senior Catalog Assistant is responsible for one shift (3-4 hours) at the reference desk each week, assisting patrons of all types with reference and information questions. The Senior Catalog Assistant will work closely with Yale cataloging units across the University and particularly with the Catalog Librarian and the Senior Catalog Assistant in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Department of the YCBA to resolve MARC record discrepancies and to coordinate YCBA cataloging policy. The successful candidate will be the YCBA Reference Library’s source of information on cataloging procedures and policies. The Senior Catalog Assistant will assist with accessions of archival materials, arrange and describe collections, perform minor preservation tasks, and coordinate the logistics of moving collections material between locations. The Senior Catalog Assistant will also provide reference assistance in order to aid staff and researcher access to the Institutional Archives collections.

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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.

Duties

  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.

Qualifications

  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: http://www.library.yale.edu/about/departments/lhr/rank.html

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