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Head of Digital Information Systems and the University Archives
Head of Digital Information Systems and the University Archives
Manuscripts & Archives
Sterling Memorial Library
Yale University
Rank: Librarian III-V
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 approximately thirteen 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
twenty-two buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and
Manuscript Library, and the new Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of nearly
six 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 at:
General Purpose
Reporting to the Director, and supervising the Digital Archivist and Records Services Archivist,
the incumbent is responsible for the planning, design, implementation, and maintenance of the
department's digital management and descriptive information systems, including systems for the
creation, maintenance, and delivery of original and surrogate digital resources. The incumbent
plans and supervises user and systems support activities for the department. The incumbent
directs the work of the University Archives.
1. Coordinates systems and digital resources planning in Manuscripts and Archives taking into
account professional and industry trends and projections as well as university, library, and
departmental plans. Keeps abreast of professional and technological developments affecting the
department's automated systems and digital resources and recommends upgrades, software and
equipment purchases, and migration strategies, consistent with university and library objectives
and policies.
2. Communicates and coordinates systems and digital resources plans with appropriate
professional, university, and library groups through reports, service on committees and active
professional contacts. Serves as technical liaison with the Information Technology Office,
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