INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATE – CARIBBEAN YALE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
The Yale University Library seeks applications or nominations for a Caribbean-based library professional to participate in its International Associates Program (http://www.library.yale.edu/international/associates.html) for the spring of 2010. Each year, the International Associates Program brings 1-2 library professionals from abroad to Yale to work on library-designated projects related to their areas of expertise and interest. The Program offers its participants an introduction to North American academic librarianship through exposure to the everyday practices and life of a large research library, in the belief that, whatever the length of the internship, it should benefit both the Yale Library and the associate’s home institution. International Associates stay at Yale for a period of one to six months, with 3-4 months being standard. The Yale University Library will cover the Associate’s travel expenses to and from New Haven, as well as living expenses for the duration of their stay, including lodging, food and health insurance.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
For this round of the program, we seek an information professional currently employed in an academic library in the Caribbean, who will begin work at Yale in March or April of 2010. The successful candidate will work closely with Yale’s subject specialist librarians, curators, faculty, and graduate students to identify gaps in Yale’s collections and sources to fill those gaps; assess the research interests of our readers working in Caribbean Studies; and evaluate our holdings in order to determine the extent to which they match those interests. He or she will produce a written evaluation of Yale’s holdings and a set of recommendations of specific library materials the library should acquire in order to meet our readers’ needs. The Associate will also contribute to and update an online subject guide to Caribbean Studies.
Candidates for the International Associates Program should be in the early stages of their career, with approximately 1-10 years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas: collection development, acquisitions, special collections, reference, instruction, or area studies. He or she must also have an excellent command of spoken and written English.
THE YALE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY AND NEW HAVEN
The Yale University Library constitutes one of the world’s great library systems. Comprised of 21 school and departmental libraries, the Yale University Library holds over 13.5 million print volumes, maintains fifty thousand journal subscriptions in print and electronic form, and subscribes to 240 newspapers from 85 countries. The remarkable breadth, cultural diversity, and linguistic bases of these collections require the Yale Library System to search as broadly as possible within the profession for staff who can continue to develop these collections and make them available to our culturally diverse and multi-lingual community of users. More information about the Yale University Library can be found on our website, athttp://www.library.yale.edu .
Yale University is located in New Haven, Connecticut, a vibrant and multicultural city offering a wide-array of sporting, recreational, and cultural attractions and activities. New Haven is home to the Yale Repertory Theater, the Yale British Art Gallery, the Peabody Museum of Natural History, and a number of buildings designed by world-renowned architects. Residents of New Haven enjoy access to the beaches of Long Island Sound, East Rock Park and a large number of restaurants, including famous pizza parlors and a variety of ethnic cuisines.
HOW TO APPLY
Candidates should send a letter of application addressing their suitability for the position, along with a detailed resume and one letter of recommendation from a supervisor or mentor, via email to
Emily.Horning@yale.edu or via fax to (203) 432-8527. Applications received by December 1st, 2009 will receive first consideration.
Emily J. Horning
Research Services & Collections
Sterling Memorial Library
New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8240 USA