Kaplanoff Librarian for American History – Yale University – New Haven, CT

Kaplanoff Librarian for American History

Humanities Collections and Research Education

Yale University Library

New Haven, CT

Rank: Librarian 1-3



Schedule: Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)


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 is a highly valued partner in the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including more than 12.5 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaged in numerous digital initiatives designed to provide access to a full array of scholarly information. Housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and fifteen school and departmental libraries, it employs a dynamic, diverse, and innovative staff of over 500 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. For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at http://www.library.yale.edu.


Position Focus

The Yale University Library seeks a committed and energetic subject specialist to serve the teaching and research needs of students and faculty associated with the Departments of History and African American Studies and the Program of American Studies. This position offers an opportunity to advance services and, in cooperation with the Coordinator for Humanities Collections and Librarian for Western European Humanities, to develop the print and digital collections in these subjects. The incumbent serves as the library’s primary liaison to the Yale Department of History and must provide specialized research support to Yale faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars working in History, African American Studies, and American Studies. The Kaplanoff Librarian will work closely with staff in Manuscripts & Archives and with other Special Collection units in the Yale Library system to support the teaching and research needs of the Yale community.. The position will report to the Head of Humanities Collections and Research Education in Sterling Memorial Library.


Principal Responsibilities

1. The Librarian 1 is the beginning rank and is expected to demonstrate excellence in meeting the position responsibilities, as defined by the job description and annual goals.

2. Begin to fulfill the criteria for service to the library, university, and/or community.

3. Begin to fulfill the criteria for professional contributions.

4. For a complete description of the position and department, please see the department URL.


Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited Library school. In selected instances, a post-graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or substituted for an MLS. Appointment to this rank is limited to two years at which time it is expected that the individual will develop necessary requirements to meet expectations of performance at the Librarian 2 level.


Required Skills and Abilities

1. Advanced degree in American History. Appointment to Librarian 2 requires a minimum of two years of professional library experience and professional accomplishments; Librarian 3 requires a minimum of 5 years professional experience and professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank.

2. Demonstrably excellent teaching skills required.

3. Demonstrated familiarity with information technologies and a high degree of computer literacy.

4. Demonstrated commitment to public service.

5. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work successfully in a highly collaborative environment.


Preferred Education, Experience and Skills

PhD in American History.


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.


Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at http://www.yale.edu/jobs for immediate consideration – the STARS req ID for this position is 20057BR. Please be sure to reference #20057BR in your cover letter.


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. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check. Please visit http://www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/screening/faqs.html 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