Dear colleagues,

Some of you may have seen this posting on the Archives listserv, but I did want to make sure that all interested candidates for this position would see it, so please forgive the double-posting if you've already seen it.


Rich Szary


Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library

Normal Work Schedule:Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.     37.5 hours per week
Minimum Rank: Librarian II

The University Library, which is a highly valued partner in teaching and research at the University, has more than 10 million volumes housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and over 20 school and department libraries.  It employs a dynamic and innovative staff of nearly 600 FTE 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.  A full spectrum of library resources, from rare books and manuscripts to a rapidly expanding network of electronic resources, constitutes one of Yale's distinctive strengths. The Library is engaged in numerous ambitious projects such as the renovation of the main library building, the complete conversion of the Library's catalog, and various automation projects, which include network access to scholarly information and digital preservation.

Reporting to the Director, Manuscripts and Archives, the incumbent of this position will be responsible for the planning, design, implementation, and maintenance of the department's automated management and descriptive systems, and of systems for the creation, maintenance, and delivery of original and surrogate digital resources.  The incumbent will provide technical leadership and support to the Archives 300 project in the design and implementation of an integrated system for the delivery of information on Yale history and archival materials as well as in the development of standard record structures and systems for the recording and retrieval of Yale historical and biographical information.  The incumbent will also plan and supervise user and systems support activities for the department. 

Success in this position will be measured by the degree to which systems and digital resources are deployed in a timely fashion and are reliable, efficient, intuitive, and sustainable.

Coordinates systems and digital resources planning in Manuscripts and Archives taking into account professional and industry trends and projections as well as university, library, and departmental plans. Keeps abreast of professional and technological developments affecting the department's automated systems and digital resources and recommends upgrades, software and equipment purchases, and migration strategies, consistent with university and library objectives and policies. Communicates and coordinates systems and digital resources plans with appropriate professional, university, and library groups through reports, service on committees, and active professional contacts.  Serves as technical liaison with the Library Systems Office and the university's Information Technology Services department for systems, electronic records, data warehousing, and related issues. Develops resources needed to advance priority systems and digital resources programs and projects in Manuscripts and Archives through internal budget and resource planning and grant and development proposals. Provides technical and project management leadership and coordination for systems and digital resources development, implementation, and maintenance projects. Coordinates and provides technical leadership for the development, implementation, and maintenance of systems to support management of and research access to the Yale University Archives, ensuring the effective integration of historical and contextual information, record descriptions, electronic records, and digital surrogates of the holdings of the Archives. Directs the department's systems and user support activities to ensure that systems and applications are reliable and that staff are fully trained in their use.  Coordinates the use of library and other external systems. Supervises systems and user support staff. Recommends the selection and coordinates the work of outside vendors hired for systems and digital resources projects. Participates in departmental strategic and action planning and in the formulation of departmental policies and procedures by assembling information, drafting policy and procedure memoranda, and making recommendations on proposed policies and procedures. Makes recommendations on personnel selection, staffing requirements, and equipment and supply needs. Participates in library planning activities and is active professionally.

Manuscripts and Archives is aggressively committed to the utilization of appropriate digital technologies for the management,
discovery, and delivery of its holdings and services to the Yale and scholarly communities.  The department is also strongly committed to the development and implementation of accepted professional and industry standards in these technologies and to the integration of its systems and digital resources with similar resources at Yale and other educational and research institutions.

M.A. degree in history, computer science, or related discipline and/or ALA accredited M.L.S.
Formal archival and records management, library science, computer science, or related training or education.
Two years experience in an archival, records management, library, or similar environment with increasing responsibility for systems development, implementation, or maintenance.
Familiarity with professional standards for management and descriptive information in archives and libraries, including MARC, AACR2, APPM, and EAD.
Experience with encoded text applications (XML, SGML and HTML) in an archival or other academic or research setting.
Experience with relational database systems, preferably SQL Server or Access.
Experience with delivering content in web-based applications.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team setting with administrative, professional, and support staff.

Preferred: Experience with developing or administering programs for the support and training of computer users.
Experience with planning and selecting automated systems.
Programming experience, preferably with Visual Basic or Perl.
Professional archival, library, or systems experience in an academic or research setting.
Supervisory experience.

Competitive salary and full benefits package available.  Please submit a letter of application, resume and the names of three references to Diane Y. Turner, Director, Library Human Resources, P.O. Box 208240, New Haven, CT 06520-8240, Source Code EAYU8458.  Application deadline is March 31, 2000; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Yale University is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer.