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Job Alert: Librarian for Slavic & East European Studies

Yale University

Primary Category:
Eastern Europe History / Studies
Secondary Categories: None
Closing Date: 01/31/2016

The Slavic & East European collection at Yale was formed in 1896 with the donation of the private library of Joel Sumner Smith.  Since that time, it has developed into a rich collection of materials in all formats; it has significant holdings in most Slavic and East European languages, with primary strengths in Russian, Polish, Hungarian, and the languages of the former Yugoslavia.  Materials in Czech, Slovak, Romanian, Belarusian, Ukrainian and the Baltic languages are well represented.  There is also a wealth of archival and special collections related to the region in Yale's collections.

The librarian reports to the Director of International Collections & Research Support, a department with nine area studies librarians. The librarian is a Yale employee, based at Yale, with on-site services at Brown required up to two working days per semester.

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.

Position Focus

The Librarian for Slavic & East European Studies is the subject specialist who supports the research and teaching mission of a multi-disciplinary academic program at Yale.  In a collaborative arrangement between Yale and Brown University Libraries, s/he also provides services for Brown, through both in-person visits and virtual communication.

The librarian develops strong working relationships with faculty, students, and affiliated researchers across departments at both institutions, taking initiative to identify and meet their expectations for collections and services. S/he provides advanced reference and research consultations, maintains online research guides, offers library instruction, and may also have opportunities for involvement in outreach, instruction, and exhibits relating to archival and special collections and participation in digital initiatives.  The librarian is responsible for selection of Slavic and East European imprints and publications in the field published outside the region. Collection development responsibilities include budgeting and fund management, approval plan oversight, selection of materials in all formats, gift review, and electronic resource acquisition.

In support of the library public services mission, the Librarian for Slavic & East European Studies participates in research education and outreach, such as instruction, orientations, and tours. The librarian contributes to department strategic planning, participates in library committees, task forces, and programs, and is active professionally through service in library organizations, research and publishing, or other means.

Required Education, Skills and Experience

  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school and an advanced degree (M.A. or Ph.D.) in an area of Slavic and East European studies.
  • Alternatively, candidates may offer an advanced degree in the subject and relevant library experience.
  • Qualified individuals new to the library profession are welcome to apply.
  • Excellent communications skills (reading, writing, speaking) in Russian.
  • Knowledge of current trends in scholarly research related to Slavic and East European studies.
  • Familiarity with major bibliographic tools (printed and electronic) and research methods for Slavic and East European studies.
  • 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 HERE.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills

  • Doctorate in a field of Russian studies;
  • excellent reading knowledge of additional Slavic and East European languages;
  • experience teaching in a library or academic setting;
  • experience with software for citation management and creation of web content;
  • experience using archives or libraries in Russia and Eastern Europe;
  • interest in learning emerging technologies and web applications.

Organizer: 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 12.8 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 HERE.

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.

How to apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at The STARS req. ID for this position is  34668BR. Please be sure to reference 34668BR in your cover letter.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's 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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