Research/Scholarship Initiatives Manager

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Created: October 14, 2013


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Research/Scholarship Initiatives Manager at Columbia University

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) (, a division of the Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS), seeks a full-time Research/Scholarship Initiatives Manager. Reporting to CDRS’ director, this newly created position will be responsible for devising, implementing, and leading outreach activities promoting CDRS’ digital projects, the institutional repository, and scholarly communication initiatives on campus, helping to position CDRS and CUL/IS as key partners in the understanding, creation, and adoption of new modes of scholarly communication. In particular, the Research/Scholarship Initiatives Manager will be expected to advance access to locally created online publications, conference proceedings, electronic theses and dissertations, Columbia-produced journals, data sets, born-digital research output, and other digital content and to strengthen the linchpin role of the institutional repository, Academic Commons, as a research platform. He/she will work closely with library colleagues and with University faculty to identify and to advise on issues related to intellectual property and open access of scholarly output at the University. Through actively monitoring national and international trends, standards, and policies in scholarly communication and by representing CDRS, CUL/IS, and the University in local, regional, national, and international forums and organizations relating to scholarly communication and digital scholarship, the Research/Scholarship Initiatives Manager will also serve as a resource on local and national policy to help the University community stay informed about and engaged with the changing landscape for scholarly communication.

Position Duties
● Oversees the institutional repository service, which includes supervising repository staff and interns. In collaboration with other library personnel, develops services and policies related to the repository infrastructure.
● Oversees the evaluation and development of new research and scholarship services and initiatives through ongoing identification and evaluation of emerging technologies, researchers’ and scholars’ functional and sociological requirements, user-centered design, usage analytics, and user assessment.
● Promotes CDRS’ digital projects and publishing initiatives and institutional repository program; supports sustainable scholarly communication at Columbia; devises, implements, and leads outreach activities to enhance and support the services of CDRS and participates in collective marketing and outreach efforts. Along with other members of the CDRS staff, develops and oversees programming and engagement activities, especially in creating digital publishing and research life cycle resources and leading workshops for the campus community (e.g., on open access), typically in collaboration with library and other campus partners.
● Monitors and reports on current developments in scholarly communication, open access and alternative publishing models, institutional repositories, and related legislative initiatives. Informs library colleagues, research faculty, graduate students, and University administrators of changes in scholarly communication, on new technologies available to them, and on ways in which they can contribute to new and evolving methods for distribution of research results. Works collaboratively with faculty to promote and support digital publishing and open access. Encourages experimentation and risk-taking in digital scholarship projects.
● Represents CDRS and CUL/IS at workshops, institutes, seminars, and conferences at local, state, regional, national, and international levels and serves on standing inter-institutional- and institutional-level committees and task forces related to digital research and scholarship. Shares with library colleagues and departmental faculty and staff relevant information gained from professional activities and uses that knowledge to inform and improve CDRS’ operations and services.
● Identifies funding opportunities and contributes to the writing of grants.

Required Qualifications
● Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree desirable. Minimum 4-6 years’ related experience, including two or more years of closely related experience, preferably in an academic library.
● Understanding of current issues, trends, and new and emerging technologies in scholarly communication and their effect on the academic environment, especially those of cyberinfrastructure and cyberscholarship. Awareness of current issues in scholarly communication (e.g., open access, author rights, copyright, fair use, deposit mandates and resolutions, data sharing). Clear interest in staying abreast of new digital project techniques, repository trends, and best practices (e.g., DOIs, ORCID).
● Experience in and strong understanding of digital scholarship trends and initiatives and relevant experience in developing and/or leading digital scholarship initiatives or projects. Knowledge of institutional repository management, including policy matters, intellectual property and rights management issues, and strategies for securing appropriate content.
● Management, supervisory, or advisory experience.
● First-hand knowledge of the academic research and publishing process. Evidence of active participation and involvement in professional and scholarly associations and a record of scholarly engagement, typically demonstrated through publications and presentations, and commitment to professional issues and involvement.
● Exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, especially excellent presentation skills.
● Outstanding analytical, organizational, project, and time management skills and ability to simultaneously lead multiple projects. Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and complete tasks and projects on time and within budget by leveraging demonstrated creative and innovative problem-solving skills. Ability to document relevant policies, procedures, and local standards.
● Ability to build, develop, and maintain Web sites.
● Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment and to collaborate with staff at all levels and with people of diverse backgrounds, especially the ability to be proactive, flexible, and collaborative as a team leader to accomplish departmental, library, and institutional goals.
● Demonstrated ability to work independently.
● Capacity to thrive in the fast-paced, future-oriented environment of a top research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
● Willingness to participate in fundraising, including development of government and foundation grant applications and/or individual and corporate awards.

Preferred Qualifications
● MLS or MLIS in library or information science and/or Ph.D. or other terminal degree.
● Minimum of two years of professional experience in digital initiatives, digital collections, or metadata services in an academic library or direct experience in scholarly communications or copyright management.
● Experience working with an institutional repository platform/software (e.g., Fedora, DSpace, Eprints, Digital Commons).
● Experience in identifying appropriate funding opportunities and in writing successful grant applications.
● Demonstrated experience in planning and developing programs and in providing innovative services to faculty and students and a record of effective outreach to faculty and students to promote services and programs.
● Knowledge of current metadata schemas and standards, such as MODS, METS, and Dublin Core, including demonstrated competence with XML, and understanding of metadata principles and practices such as those found in AACR2, RDA, and other emerging metadata schemes.
● Knowledge of new scholarly publishing models.
● Familiarity with the mobile and Web-based technologies used in social media and demonstrated ability to learn new technology quickly.

To apply:
For immediate consideration, please submit a cover letter and résumé online at:

One of the world’s leading research universities, Columbia provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a unique intellectual community. Set in the Morningside Heights academic village, Columbia also presents the unmatched dynamism, diversity, and cultural richness of New York City.

About the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship
The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS), a division of the Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, serves the digital research, scholarly communication, and academic publishing needs of the faculty, students, and staff of Columbia University and its affiliates. Our mission is to increase the utility and impact of research produced at Columbia by creating, adapting, implementing, supporting, and sustaining innovative digital tools and publishing platforms for content delivery, discovery, analysis, data curation, and preservation.


Published: Monday, October 14, 2013 14:34 UTC

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