HR Generalist - Columbia University Libraries

Posted on January 12, 2018


The Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML) seeks an experienced professional to arrange and describe Chinese language archives and manuscript material in all formats held by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library according to local and national best practices.


The Rare Book & Manuscript Library is Columbia University’s largest repository for primary source collections. The range of collections in the RBML span more than 4,000 years and comprise rare printed works, cylinder seals, cuneiform tablets, papyri, and Coptic ostraca; medieval and renaissance manuscripts; as well as art, photography, and realia. Some 500,000 printed books and 14 miles of manuscripts, personal papers, organizational archives and records form the core of RBML holdings. The history of publishing, comics, graphic arts, human rights, the performing arts, and the Bakhmeteff Archive of Russian émigré materials are strengths of the RBML. The RBML is also home to the University Archives and the archival arm of the Columbia Center for Oral History. In addition, the RBML hosts several faculty and graduate student researchers each year through both the Library Research Awards and Primary Sources Internship programs. For more information about RBML collections and services, see

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 comprises 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. We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Reporting to the Head of Archives Processing, responsibilities include:


Minimum Qualifications:

  1. MLS or PhD or equivalent
  2. Reading knowledge of Chinese
  3. Comprehensive knowledge of archival theory and practice
  4. Strong writing and editing skills
  5. Strong organizational and analytical skills
  6. Project management skills
  7. Strong interpersonal skills
  8. Proficiency with EAD encoding
  9. Knowledge in Cataloging and Metadata

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Advanced degree in an academic discipline
  2. Working knowledge/fluency in at least one foreign language
  3. Some familiarity with other relevant metadata standards, including Dublin Core, VRA Core, METS, and MODS
  4. Experience providing reference services
  5. Experience supervising staff


We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


New York, NY


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Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library