Columbia University Libraries (CUL) seeks an innovative and energetic librarian to provide support for Columbia's digital library and scholarly technology systems by adapting, configuring and using relevant software tools and implementing standards and best practices. The Special Collections Analyst will work directly with Libraries and University stakeholders to research, develop and document technology solutions for digital library and digital scholarship initiatives.
Working collaboratively, the incumbent will apply and help develop procedures, guidelines, policies, and principles for the use of Columbia’s digital library and scholarly infrastructure. The incumbent will collaborate with library colleagues to ensure the provision of access to materials held in the Libraries' digital collections and repositories by performing metadata conversions and transformations utilizing a variety of tools and encoding standards. The incumbent will also provide technology support, systems analysis and requirements development for digital library and scholarly technology systems and services such as Columbia’s Digital Library Collections portal, Archival Collections Portal, Hyacinth metadata management system, Omeka and Spotlight, as well as for the publication of EAD archival finding aids and their integration into the Libraries’ unified discovery system. The incumbent, in cooperation with the Head of Digital Collections and Preservation Systems, others within the Digital Library and Scholarly Technologies group, and relevant staff throughout the library will provide assistance and direction in project planning and development that advances the strategic directions of the Libraries and the University.
The Special Collections Analyst will also participate in secondary assignments based on qualifications, interests, and institutional need. The incumbent is expected to engage in scholarship and creative activities, serve on various library, university and professional committees.
-The implementation of and support for systems supporting analog and digital library and archival collections, including new and innovative tools such as ArchivesSpace, Spotlight, ArcLight, Aeon, as well as current and evolving metadata and information management strategies
-Improving and transforming metadata for use in CUL and national digital repositories; using existing and developing schemas and tools such as XML, XSLT, JSON, and eXist to manipulate, reformat and transform metadata in formats such as EAD, MARC, MODS, METS, RDF, PREMIS
-Sustaining and optimizing new and existing digital library / scholarly systems, services and workflows; by consulting with relevant staff, developing and documenting requirements, analyzing workflows, proposing and implementing improvements, developing innovative solutions, and acting as a technology consultant to other divisions of the Libraries and CU generally;
-Maintaining a close awareness of evolving digital library / scholarly tools, practices and standards by outreach to others in the field, by participating in relevant CUL and external investigations and projects, and by monitoring professional communications forums and literature.
-Master's degree in library / computer science or equivalent
-Expertise with Unix/Linux.
-Demonstrated knowledge of HTML, XML, XSLT, XPATH.
-Knowledge of XML schemas used to describe digitized cultural heritage materials, such as TEI, MARC, MODS, METS, OAI, and EAD.
-Experience working in digital library / digital humanities technology projects.
-Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
-Knowledge of current digital library technologies such as Fedora, Samvera, Hyrax, etc.
-Familiarity with digital project management methodologies and tools, such as Jira.
-Knowledge of archival management tools such as ArchivesSpace, ArcLight.
-Experience working with non-Roman Unicode-based textual data.
Columbia University Libraries have a longstanding commitment to diversity rooted in values of inclusion and social justice, a commitment reflected in the curriculum and throughout University life. Columbia welcomes applications from candidates who share these values and who will foster their contribution to the University's educational mission. We invite applicants who have demonstrated creative approaches to empowering and mentoring staff, leading projects, solving problems, and developing user-centric programs, services, or collections. 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. We offer salary and benefits commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and we strongly encourage individuals of all backgrounds and cultures to consider this position.
About Columbia University Libraries
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. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.
As one of the world’s leading research universities, Columbia University in the City of New York provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a dynamic, multicultural, intellectual community. The Columbia University Libraries are comprised of a diverse and engaged staff committed to furthering the University’s teaching and research mission through innovation, collaboration, and a commitment to excellence.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and strongly encourages individuals of all backgrounds and cultures to consider this position.