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Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Resident, Yale University, New Haven, CT


The Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Residency is a nine-month term-limited position to provide library professionals with substantive exposure to rare materials cataloging. The Residency is made possible by the Nadia Sophie Seiler Memorial Fund and hosted at the Yale Center for British Art. The Residency runs from February through October, 2022.

Under the general direction of the Senior Catalogue Librarian, the Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Resident creates, enhances, and maintains original and complex bibliographic and authority records for a wide range of special collections materials in various formats for the Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Yale Center for British Art. The Resident will also contribute to YCBA projects concerning the description, curatorship, and discovery of rare books and manuscripts.

Cataloguing projects for the Residency will be selected based on the Resident’s interests and experience. Possibilities include: the J. R. Abbey collection of color-plate books illustrated in aquatint and lithography; single-item manuscripts documenting British art, society, and culture; atlases and maps from the Paul Mellon Bequest; image collections, including photographs, prints, or sketchbooks; realia / three-dimensional objects; small collections of archival material.

At the culmination of the Residency, the Resident will present a public talk on a topic relevant to the substantive experience gained during their tenure. The Resident will also receive funds to attend the 2022 RBMS Conference or similar professional development activities.

Provides original cataloging/creates metadata for materials in all formats and subject areas. Applies descriptive standards (RDA, AACR2, DCRM, DACS, or VRC, etc.), structural standards (MARC, MODS, METS or EAD, etc.), and controlled vocabularies (LCNAF, or LCSH, etc,). Creates authority records applying standards and best practices, and assigns call numbers using Library of Congress Classification system.

Provides intellectual and physical management of ORBIS and other library databases. This may include authority control, record loading, ingesting objects, quality assurance processes, and working with stakeholders throughout the library community.

Analyzes bibliographic and metadata problems, recommends policies, develops processes and best practices, and creates documentation.

Engages with cataloging and technical service staff, other librarians, curators, and collection managers in an effort to meet their needs, and the needs of our users.

Researches, plans and oversees special projects.

May manage vendor services and relationships.

Trains and revises the work of students, assistants and other librarians.

Participates in national metadata/cataloging initiatives, i.e. the Program for Cooperative Cataloging programs (BIBCO, NACO, SACO).

Participates in the library’s management, assessment, training and development programs.

Keeps abreast of national and international developments including new metadata standards, technologies, trends, and techniques.

Establishes a record of service to the Library, the University and the profession.

May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts.

May perform other duties as assigned.

This position will be assigned a rank of Librarian 1. Salary: $46,800 for nine months ($5,200 / month). Librarian ranking information can be found at:

Essential Duties

1. The Librarian 1 is the beginning rank and is expected to demonstrate excellence in meeting the position responsibilities, as defined by the job description and annual goals. 2. Begin to fulfill the criteria for service to the library, university, and/or community. 3. Begin to fulfill the criteria for professional contributions. 4. For a complete description of the position and department, please see the department URL.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited Library school. In selected instances, a post-graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or substituted for an MLS. Appointment to this rank is limited to two years at which time it is expected that the individual will develop necessary requirements to meet expectations of performance at the Librarian 2 level.

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