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Archivist for Arts Library Special Collections

  • Yale University
  • 09/20/19
  • New Haven, CT
  • 06511
  • Commensurate with experience. / Yearly
  • Full-Time
The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library at Yale University seeks a service-focused and collaborative Archivist for Special Collections, a position that provides opportunities for growth and professional development in one of the countrys largest academic arts libraries. Reporting to the Associate Director for Arts Library Special Collections (ALSC), the incumbent helps to oversee the day-to-day operations of the ALSC, including archival processing, collections management, and research services.

The Archivist for ALSC processes and catalogs archival and manuscript materials representing the visual arts and design. They prepare finding aids according to relevant standards and established local practice, including using ArchivesSpace. The ALSC archivist plans, directs, and reviews work of library staff, student assistants, and interns who process special collections and staff who support the ALSC service desk and reading room.

The ALSC archivist participates in the acquisitions process, specifically by managing the Yale Bookplate Collection and making recommendations to the ALSC Associate Director. They assist in the preservation assessment of collections and in the selection of materials for conservation treatment. Collaborating with other special collections units within Yale University Library (YUL) system they are responsible for assuring that policies and procedures governing the use of the collections follow the YULs security standards.

The ALSC archivist collaborates with other with Arts librarians to provide special collections reference, instruction and research services, including the preparation of research guides and other materials, to actively support teaching and research within the visual arts and design across Yale. The ALSC archivist assists with the planning and execution of the units virtual and physical exhibition program.
The incumbent serves as a member of the Arts Librarys management team and contributes to YULs, and to the Arts Librarys long-range planning. Completes special projects as assigned. Contributes to Yale University Library and University-wide initiatives and is active professionally.

The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library supports renowned programs in visual and performing arts at Yale, including the Schools of Art, Architecture, and Drama, and the Departments of Theater Studies and History of Art. Arts Library Special Collections features a broad selection of fine press and artists books, manuscript and archival holdings related to the book arts, graphic design, and theater. The Yale Bookplate Collection is one of the largest such collections in the world, with an estimated one million individual specimens, dating from the 15th to the 21st century. The unit also oversees Yale Librarys Bibliographical Press program that, in conjunction with the printing facilities in Yales residential colleges, continues a long-held tradition that allows students to experience the craft of printing with movable metal type.

Required Education and Experience: Masters degree from an ALA-accredited library school and an undergraduate degree in the visual arts, art history, design, or a closely-related field. A minimum of two years professional experience in an academic or museum library, with formal training in archival theory and practice.

Demonstrated proficiency in archival appraisal, arrangement and description practices and standards and demonstrated knowledge of the issues related to the acquisition of born-digital materials.
Demonstrated knowledge of archival and library management systems, and familiarity with tools that create EAD finding aids and platforms such as ArchivesSpace.
Demonstrated knowledge of current national data content and structure standards related to the archival control of collection materials.
Demonstrated ability providing public services for special collections.
Demonstrated ability providing public services for special collections.
Preferred Education and Experience: Advanced degree in the visual arts, art history, architecture or a closely related field.

Application: For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.

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.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individuals sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

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