FEATURED JOB: Joseph and Ceil Mazer Librarian for Judaic Studies, Yale University

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Yale University

Joseph and Ceil Mazer Librarian for Judaic Studies


Yale University, conveniently located between Boston and New York, offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Located in the heart of historic downtown, New Haven is home to more than 100 local boutiques, national retailers, cafés, casual eateries, award-winning restaurants, and world-renowned theaters, galleries, and museums.

General Purpose: 

The Joseph and Ceil Mazer Librarian for Judaic Studies supports the research and teaching mission of Yale as a liaison to the Judaic Studies Program and select members of the Council on Middle East Studies at the MacMillan Center. The librarian reports to the Head, Area Studies Group, DASHRS.


The librarian develops strong working relationships with faculty, students, and affiliated researchers across departments, taking initiative to identify and meet their expectations for collections and services. In support of YUL’s public services mission, participates in research education and outreach, such as instruction, orientations, and tours. Provides advanced reference and research consultations, maintains online research guides, conducts collection development, and keeps abreast of relevant technology to support their work. May also have opportunities for involvement in outreach, instruction, exhibits, or collection development of archival and special collections and/or participation in digital initiatives. The librarian is responsible for selection, interpretation, and collection management of Hebrew-language and Yiddish-language imprints. Additionally, the librarian is responsible for collecting materials published in the field of Judaic studies published in other languages. Collection development responsibilities include budgeting and fund management, approval plan oversight, selection of materials in all formats, gift review, and electronic resource acquisition. Works collaboratively with members of DASHRS, colleagues across the Yale University Library system, and with other campus partners to support interdisciplinary teaching and research needs. Establishes and maintains good relationships with dealers, content providers, exchange partners, libraries, and other appropriate institutions in support of assigned areas. Contributes to department strategic planning; participates in YUL committees, task forces, and programs; and is active professionally through service in library organizations, research and publishing, or other means.


Yale has a long and rich tradition in the study of Jewish religion, history, and thought dating back to Yale’s founding, when Hebrew language was a required course of study. The Yale Library Judaica holdings have grown steadily since the University’s founding in 1701. Following the receipt of two major gifts in 1915, the Yale Library established a separate Judaica collection, which is recognized as one of the major collections of Judaica in the country. The collection covers biblical, classical, medieval, and modern periods of Jewish literature and history and includes all formats from electronic resources to manuscripts and rare books. The collection supports the research needs of the faculty and students of the Judaic Studies Program and those of the broader academic community.


This position will be assigned a rank of Librarian 1 to Librarian 3. Librarian ranking information can be found at http://bit.ly/YULRanksPromotions .


Required Education and Experience: 

1. Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school and an advanced degree in a field related to the study of the relevant world area or an advanced degree in the study of the world area and relevant library experience. 2. Knowledge of the history of, and current trends in, scholarly research related to study of the relevant world area. 3. Excellent communication skills (reading, writing, speaking) in language(s) of the area. 4. Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability. 5. Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion. 6. Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment. Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments (see range assigned to this description as noted in the posting position title). Librarian ranking information can be found at: http://www.library.yale.edu/about/departments/lhr/rank.html



  • Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent communication skills (reading, writing, and speaking) in Hebrew.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to design projects and bring them to conclusion in a timely fashion.
  • Demonstrated skill in providing high quality, user-centered research support services, preferably in an academic library.
  • Preferred Education and Experience: Doctorate in a field of Judaic studies. Excellent reading knowledge of additional relevant languages, particularly Yiddish. Experience teaching in a library or academic setting. Experience with software for citation management and creation of web content. Experience using archives or libraries in Israel. Interest in learning emerging technologies and web applications.


Application: For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at http://bit.ly/YaleCareers-64152BR. Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.


We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.



For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at http://bit.ly/YaleCareers-64152BR. Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.



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