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Ivy Plus Web Resources Collection Librarian (Three-Year Temporary Appointment) - Columbia University Library


Columbia University Libraries

Ivy Plus Web Resources Collection Librarian (Three-Year Temporary Appointment)

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Columbia University Libraries is seeking an experienced information professional to build, maintain and promote collaborative web resources collections supporting the Ivy Plus partnership of academic research libraries. Since starting web archiving activity in 2008, Columbia has established a permanent web resources collection program and built rich thematic web archives in human rights, historic preservation/urban planning, and New York City religious institutions, as well as preserving much of Columbia’s own content and web resources related to existing special collections. Several other Ivy Plus partner institutions also have new or established web archiving programs, and the group now plans to collaboratively build some thematic web collections together, independent of (but informed by) each institution’s own web archiving activities. A completed project at Columbia tested a model for Ivy Plus web resources collection collaboration and created two pilot collections.

The Ivy Plus Web Resources Collection Librarian will perform the hands-on work of building the shared collections--including running web crawls, managing permission requests, quality assurance, description and organization, assessment and outreach for public use--while working closely with Ivy Plus stakeholders to help coordinate the collaborative web collection program. The position thus requires a candidate equally suited and committed to in-depth hands-on web collection building and high-profile collaborative outreach with Ivy Plus participants and the research library community. 

The Ivy Plus Web Resources Collection Librarian will be organizationally based at Columbia University, reporting to Columbia’s Web Resources Collection Coordinator and working closely with other Ivy Plus stakeholders through the Ivy Plus Web Collection Advisory Group and other outreach.

This is a 3-year position with the possibility of extension. Preference will be given to applications received before March 10, 2017.

Position Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

·           MLS or equivalent advanced degree and experience

·           Demonstrated hands-on web archiving experience

·           Demonstrated project management skills

·           Demonstrated ability to clearly communicate verbally and in writing, and experience                 and comfort with professional presentations

·           Experience with software tools used in libraries, archives, or museums

Preferred Qualifications:

·                      Knowledge of MARC and non-MARC metadata schemas

·                      Active engagement in professional organizations, e.g. with focus on web                                archiving, digital materials and/or digital preservation

·                      2-3 years of work experience in research libraries or archives

·                      Experience with Archive-It web archiving software

About Columbia University Libraries

The Columbia University Libraries have a longstanding commitment to diversity rooted in values of inclusion and social justice, a commitment reflected in our staff, in our collections and services, and in the ways we work. We welcome applications from candidates who share these values and who will foster their contribution to the University's educational mission. We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and excellent benefits including assistance with University housing.

About the Ivy Plus Libraries

The Ivy Plus Libraries are Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, and Yale; most of them are participating in the joint Web Resources Collection Program. Borrow Direct, a resource sharing network, was the Ivy Plus Libraries’ first cooperative initiative and its success established the foundation for collective collections and other cooperative efforts. For more information about Borrow Direct, visit the website.

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