Yale University Library
New Haven, CT
Position Focus: Reporting to the Director for International Collections & Research Support, the Librarian for Slavic & East European Studies supports a multi-disciplinary academic program through provision of research support, liaison, and collection development services. In a collaborative arrangement between Yale and Brown University Libraries, s/he also provides these services for Brown, through both in-person visits and virtual communication. The librarian is a Yale University Library employee, subject to Yale personnel policies, based at Yale. The position will require on-site services at Brown up to two working days per academic semester.
As the subject specialist responsible for support of Slavic and East European studies, the librarian develops strong working relationships with faculty, students, and affiliated researchers across departments and programs at both institutions, taking initiative to identify and meet their expectations for collections and services. S/he provides reference and research consultations, maintains online research guides, and conducts library instruction sessions. S/he seeks ways to collaborate with colleagues, nationally and internationally, to leverage access to resources for local library users. S/he tracks use of research services and undertakes periodic assessment of service quality.
The librarian is responsible for selection of materials in all formats for Slavic and East European imprints, fund management, and collection budget requests. S/he may also monitor and/or manage funds for acquisition of subject-related materials published outside of the imprint area. Collection development responsibilities include approval plan management, initiation of firm-order requests, serials management, gift selection, and electronic resource acquisition.
In support of the University Library public services mission, the Librarian for Slavic & East European Studies participates in reference, research education, and outreach activities for library patrons, such as instruction in the use of citation management software and other productivity tools and library orientations and tours. The librarian contributes to departmental strategic planning and seeks opportunities to contribute to the overall mission of the library. S/he participates in library committees, task forces, and programs. S/he is active professionally through service in relevant library organizations, research and publishing, or other means.
Required Education, Skills and Experience:
- Qualified individuals new to the library profession are welcome to apply.
- Knowledge of current trends in scholarly research related to Slavic and East European studies.
- Excellent communications skills (reading, writing, speaking) in Russian.
- Familiarity with major bibliographic tools (printed and electronic) and research methods for Slavic and East European studies.
- Ability to travel to Providence, RI, to provide services at Brown University up to two days per academic semester.