Web Archiving and Emerging Formats Librarian

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Created: July 23, 2015


Cornell University Library’s (CUL) Acquisitions and E-Resources Licensing Services (AERLS) within Library Technical Services (LTS) is seeking a Web Archiving and Emerging Formats Librarian. Under the general direction of the Director of AERLS, will perform daily operations, including management and development of workflows and services in emerging areas of acquisitions and e-resource management such as streaming media, software, data sets, and archived Websites.

CUL acquires resources in a wide variety of physical and online formats. The Web Archiving and Emerging Formats Librarian works with selectors, other library staff, and vendor contacts to investigate and implement workflows and procedures related to emerging library acquisitions areas. Since 2011, CUL has actively built web archives with a focus on areas of interest to selectors, faculty and special collections units across campus. In collaboration with colleagues across the CUL, will support and expand web archiving activities at CUL by performing  daily operations related to web archiving with a primary focus on web crawling activities.

The Web Archiving and Emerging Formats Librarian monitors and participates in external developments, standards development and changing needs to further CUL’s initiatives. Will collaborate in CUL partnerships, such as 2CUL, and play an active role in professional organizations inside/outside of the CUL community.

This is a two-year academic-status term position with possibility for renewal.

Duties and Responsibilities

Web Archiving (45%)

Performs daily operations of web archiving activities, including collaborating with selectors, notifying website stakeholders of CUL's activities, managing crawls, etc.;  Manages new and recurring crawls of websites archived in CUL collection;  Identifies and monitors national areas of interest and developments in web archiving.

Emerging Formats Acquisition (45%)

Researches and plans for policy, licensing, and workflow needs involved in the acquisition of new formats;  Actively participates in solving issues with acquisitions, licensing, access and discovery & delivery systems, particularly with new and emerging resource formats;  Works closely with colleagues on the negotiation/licensing of online resources, executing licensing agreements with information providers ensuring that such agreements comply with established guidelines

Professional Activities (10%)

Monitors and contributes to the development of local, national, and international policies and standards;  Actively participates in professional working groups, task forces, instruction programs, and committees, including support of system-wide policy development;  Conducts research and contributes to professional publications and forums especially in areas related to web archiving, acquisitions and e-resources;  Maintains strong working relationships and communicates regularly with staff within CUL.

Required Qualifications
  • ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent advanced degree/experience
  • Knowledge of web archiving practices, techniques and tools and/or knowledge of acquisitions and e-resource terminology/ tools
  • Ability to troubleshoot/research solutions to complex problems
  • Aptitude for learning new technologies/standards
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Strong service orientation and interest in library users' values and needs
  • Excellent communication and analytic skills, including the ability to work well in a team-based environment with a diverse group
Preferred Qualifications
  • 1-2 years of experience performing web archiving activities and/or experience in library acquisitions and e-resource management
  • Understanding of web infrastructure and related technologies with experience building and managing websites
  • Experience working on digital preservation issues
  • Experience managing and scoping crawls using Archive-It
  • Understanding of intellectual property issues for digital materials, including websites.

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