SYSTEMS SUPPORT LIBRARIAN II or III, Systems Office, Yale University Library

Kalee Sprague kalee.sprague at
Wed May 10 14:08:48 EDT 2000

SYSTEMS SUPPORT LIBRARIAN, Systems Office, Yale University Library 
Rank: Librarian II or III 



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
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. 

The prime objective of the Library Systems Office is the development and
implementation of new technology to optimize staff productivity and support
reader services.  Work within the Database Administration Group of the Library
Systems Office is largely project oriented.  Projects include, for example:
mainframe database record clean-up, manipulation and upgrade programs;
file creation; workstation searching and record transfer application
implementations; development of workstation productivity tools; the
introduction of patron initiated services; the implementation of new releases;
and the conversion to a new library management system. 

Yale University Library has operated a NOTIS Library Management System since
1989.  The bibliographic database includes 4.2 million titles and 1.5 million
authority records.  A six-year project to complete retrospective conversion of
4 million titles is currently underway. Automated authority control is
by OCLC's Authority Control Service.  A 30-month project to replace the NOTIS
LMS is just beginning. Staff workstations run Windows NT.  Library specific
workstation applications include: OCLC's Passport for Windows, RLIN for
Windows, Cataloger's Desktop and Classification Plus, Cataloger's Toolkit
(CLARR), a locally developed Online Shelflist, an acquisitions vendor database
application, and a Microsoft Access based selection tool. 


Working in the Database Administration group of the Library Systems Office in
close collaboration with other staff in the Library Systems Office
(Programming, Workstation Support and the ITS/Library group), and with
appropriate staff throughout the library system, the Systems Support Librarian
independently plans, organizes and coordinates the development,
troubleshooting and support of the networked library systems used for the
creation, retrieval and manipulation of information in the library's
databases.  Reports to the Senior Database Administrator. 

Assumes project management responsibilities for automation initiatives
administered by the Library Systems Office.  Analyzes automation needs of
library patrons and staff.  Implements new automation products.  Prepares
specifications for new programs and applications.  Tests and debugs software,
prepares documentation, coordinates and conducts systems training. 

Maintains thorough knowledge of the different functional components of
integrated, computer-based library systems and of library-specific workstation
applications and locally developed products.  Maintains an understanding of
national utilities software and record formats. 

Provides excellent service to library staff.  Serves as a resource within the
LSO and library regarding library systems.  Informs library staff of system
developments.  Provides technical assistance.  Routinely serves on committees
and task forces. 

Plans, coordinates and monitors database record import, export and
programs.  Maintains system tables.  Prepares database analysis and

Systems Librarians participate actively in the Library's management,
assessment, training, and development programs; contribute to implementing the
mission of the Library, and are active professionally. 


MLS degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent combination of
relevant experience and training.  For appointment at the Librarian II rank, a
minimum of two years of professional experience with automated library
systems.  For appointment at the Librarian III rank, a minimum of five
years of
professional experience.  Extensive experience with integrated library
management systems.  Significant project management experience.  Intensive
experience with database loads and conversions.  Intensive experience
implementing new automation products. Excellent understanding of MARC
bibliographic and authority record structure.  Ability to communicate
effectively with library, programming and ITS staff.  Knowledge of operations
in academic or research settings. Knowledge of personal computer hardware and
software (IBM-PC compatible, Windows 95, 98 or NT), HTML, and at least one
programming language. 

Preferred: Experience with developing or administering programs for the
and training of computer users.  Experience with relational database systems. 
Knowledge of UNIX.  Experience with NOTIS. 


Competitive salary and rank, based upon the successful candidate's
qualifications and experience.  Full benefits package including 22 vacation
days; 17 holiday, recess and personal days; comprehensive healthcare;
or Yale retirement plan; and relocation assistance. Application deadline is
12, 2000, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 
Nominations, requests for more information, and applications (consisting of a
cover letter, resume, and the names of three references) should be directed
to:  Diane Y. Turner, Director, Library Human Resources; Yale University
Library; Source Code EAYU8477; P.O. Box 208240, New Haven, CT 06520;  fax

Yale University is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

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