Columbia University Libraries (CUL) is seeking a dynamic library information professional to provide leadership in support of its expanding programs in digital collection building, digital archives and digital preservation. The acquisition, provision of access, and preservation of digitized and born-digital content and cultural heritage materials is a major programmatic area within the Libraries. CUL is engaged in a number of exciting, high-profile digital initiatives, grant-supported projects and software development and implementation programs, and is also involved in collaborative activities with other research libraries and colleague institutions.
The Head of Digital Collections and Preservation Systems is a new position reporting to the Director of Digital Library and Scholarly Technologies that will:
guide and oversee the work of the Digital Collections and Preservation Systems team (currently four positions);
collaborate closely with leadership and staff in Columbia’s special and distinctive collections, Preservation and Digital Conversion, and Original and Special Materials Cataloging teams;
provide coordination and institutional leadership in CUL planning for and implementing systems and services for the trustworthy, long-term preservation of CUL digital content;
help guide and manage the further development of existing software platforms and implement new and enhanced software systems in support of this program area;
build close and productive working relationships with other technology staff within the Libraries and serve on project teams and special digital initiatives;
assist with grant preparation and reporting;
represent Columbia’s digital collections, archives and preservation systems and services externally in professional and technical forums.
ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS, MIS or the equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree or experience working in an academic library
Knowledge of principles and key trends in the field of digital libraries and digital preservation
Knowledge of current and emergent metadata standards for digital content and preservation
Ability to collaborate with various library units and operations in complex environment
Excellent written and verbal skills and strong interpersonal skills
At least 1 year of supervisory experience of library professional staff
Proven proficiency in developing digital projects, digital project management
Active participation and involvement in professional and scholarly associations and a record of scholarly engagement
At least two years’ experience working with digital collections
Familiarity with the Fedora/Hydra/Blacklight technology stack
Significant experience in an academic / research library
Experience with grant writing and managing grant-funded projects
Experience with Agile project development and management methodologies
Experience working with born-digital archival collections
Two years of supervisory experience of full-time employees
Knowledge of semantic web technologies, SEO strategies and other relevant technologies
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and strongly encourages individuals of all backgrounds and cultures to consider this position.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Columbia University Libraries afford a flexible and collegial working environment and foster professional growth of staff with management training and travel funding for professional meetings. Salary is Competitive.
Columbia University Libraries is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 13 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff and hosts over 4.7 million visitors each year.