Research Support and Digital Services Librarian

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Created: April 9, 2015


The Columbia University Libraries invites nominations and applications for the position of Research Support and Digital Services Librarian at the Watson Library of Business and Economics.

The Research Support and Digital Services Librarian will provide general and in-depth research support in the areas of business and economics. As a member of a team, the Librarian is primary staff member responsible for liaising with vendors to acquire databases in business and economics; this includes negotiating licenses and prices. The incumbent will also take the lead for providing outreach to MBA and EMBA students including the creation of online tutorials.

The Research Support and Digital Services Librarian actively engages vendors and works to ensure that the Watson Library has appropriate resources to meet the research, teaching, and learning needs of faculty and students. This includes reviewing usage data on a regular basis, consulting with faculty and students about their needs, and staying abreast of new and developing resources.

The Librarian will work with colleagues in the Social Sciences Libraries division to provide coordinated support for using resources across the social science disciplines. This position will report to the Head of the Watson Library of Business and Economics.

The Watson Library of Business and Economics' collections and services directly support research and teaching in the Columbia Business School and the Department of Economics. The Watson Library actively supports other schools and departments on campus as they intersect with business and economics, including the Department of Mathematics, Department of Statistics, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the School of International and Public Affairs.

The Watson Library has a collection of over 400,000 books and over 1,000 journal titles. Special focus is placed on the topics of accounting, economics, business history, management of organizations, corporate and international finance, and money and financial markets. Watson also has an extensive collection of historical annual reports and SEC filings. Research help is provided mostly through consultations; librarians are also on call during the day for quick research help. For more information about the Watson Library, see

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. The University Libraries, grounded in collections of remarkable depth and breadth, are also building extensive electronic resources and services. The Libraries at Columbia are committed to collegiality, professionalism, innovation and leadership.

We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and excellent benefits. 
School/Institute/Unit: Libraries 
Minimum Degree Required: MLS or PhD or equivalent 

Minimum Qualifications:

All applicants MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered for the position.
- Excellent analytical, organizational, oral and written communications and interpersonal skills.
- Experience with resources used in business and economics research.
- Strong public service orientation
- Demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.
- Familiarity with academic research process.
- Ability to work independently with varied user groups in a complex organization and function collaboratively in a rapidly changing team environment. 

Preferred Qualifications:
- Additional advanced degree in a related social sciences discipline such as business, statistics, economics, etc.
- 1-3 years of academic library experience.
- Data literacy and ability to work with data
- Knowledgeable in the issues surrounding scholarly communications and data management planning.
- Familiarity with library acquisition workflows.
- Experience dealing with licenses and vendors.
- Experience providing outreach to graduate students.
- Knowledge of instructional software tools, Web2.0 and web services

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