Scholarly Communication Technologies Librarian - Columbia University Libraries

Posted on June 13, 2019


The Columbia University Libraries seek an innovative, collaborative, and engaged Scholarly Communication Technologies Librarian to provide technical leadership and vision for re-imagining Columbia’s institutional repository as a hub for scholarly communication and open knowledge creation across campus. The librarian will have deep knowledge of cutting-edge scholarly technologies and workflows that will help evolve the operations, integrations, and services of the institutional repository. They will collaborate with campus and community partners to gather requirements for and implement innovative integrations with broader library, campus, and general scholarly communication infrastructure, with the goal of supporting frictionless scholarly workflows for new and evolving forms of scholarship across and beyond the University. This new librarian position reports to the Assistant Director for Scholarly Communication and Projects, and is part of a values-driven team that encompasses scholarly communication, digital humanities, and computing fundamentals.


• Working with the assistant director for scholarly communication, provide technical leadership and vision for re-envisioning Columbia’s institutional repository as a hub for scholarly communication across campus

• Collaborate with campus and community partners to gather requirements for innovative integrations with broader library, campus, and general scholarly communication infrastructure.

• Design, document, guide, manage, and automate workflows and processes for ingest into the institutional repository, developing metadata profiles, discovery mechanisms, and ingest procedures for emerging and evolving forms of scholarship with the goal of reducing researcher workload and interacting with existing systems in use by Columbia scholars, research groups, and centers

• Analyze and develop tools and scripts to manage, migrate, transform, and curate data and metadata

• Represent Columbia at relevant national and international conferences, meetings, and organizations, particularly around linked open data, the semantic web, and next-generation repositories

• Train and mentor student workers in accessioning content into the repository and ensuring that materials are findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable


Minimum Qualifications

• Demonstrated understanding of current and innovative projects and trends in scholarly communication

• Interest in (and, preferably, experience with) linked open data and semantic web technologies

• Demonstrated experience working with APIs

• Experience managing complex collaborative projects

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience working with open-source software, preferably in a research environment

• Experience with scripting, as well as data analysis, extraction, transformation, and remediation

• Knowledge of contemporary and evolving research workflows in one or more disciplines

• Experience working closely with collaborators across campus

• Deep involvement in societies/associations concerned with scholarly communication infrastructure

• Interest in user testing and user-driven design

• Experience creating user-facing documentation


New York, NY


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Columbia University Libraries is a top-tier academic research library, serving one of the world’s most important centers of research and learning. The Libraries build, sustain, and make discoverable collections that transcend traditional boundaries of format and domain, keeping pace with a dynamic and rapidly evolving information environment and creating unique opportunities for users to encounter global thought. As vital partners in the University’s research and learning ecosystem, the Libraries connects users with rich and distinctive collections, fosters meaningful learning experiences, and provides innovative research support for a large, diverse user population.

The Libraries’ collection includes resources in more than 450 languages and primary source materials that span over 4,000 years of human thought. The collection is comprised of 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 350 staff and hosts over 4 million physical and 20 million virtual visitors each year. A leader in strategic partnerships for shared collections, collaborative collection development, and reciprocal borrowing and use, Columbia University Libraries is a key node in a network connecting users to a boundless multitude of resources around the world.