Collections Analysis Librarian

New York, NY
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Created: April 30, 2021


            Columbia University Libraries seeks an innovative Collections Analysis Librarian to manage the analysis and presentation of collections data, including holdings data, standardized COUNTER, SUSHI and other usage data (circulation & ILL data, vendor data, peer comparisons, citations analysis, financial data and cost-value comparisons), collections strengths and gaps, and longitudinal data; will develop best practices, design customized data sets, reports, and data visualizations. This position works internally on teams dedicated to collections decision-making and externally with collaborative partners to inform collection management decisions and agreements and to extend access to collections in support of research, teaching and learning.

            The Collections Analysis Librarian will play a key role in making data clearer and more understandable to multiple audiences, including groups through which new collections policies, major revisions to existing policies, and substantial collection management decisions are evaluated.  The position will support shared collections programs with ReCAP partners (Harvard, Princeton, NYPL) [1], within the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation [2], and other consortial and collaborative initiatives, ensuring that accurate data is included in inter-institutional analysis at a depth and scale that can underpin new strategies. This position will liaison with experts and colleagues in multiple departments through an evolving ecosystem in which many initiatives will be distributed across collaborative structures (e.g., internal committees; cross-departmental work; cross-institutional partnerships).

                        We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, identities, and abilities to apply for this unique opportunity to become a part of our evolving Libraries and University community. Columbia University Libraries is a globally-recognized academic research library system, serving one of the world’s most important centers of research and learning in the most exciting and dynamic city in the world. Talented Libraries staff 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 opportunities for users to encounter 4,000 years of human thought.

            Our decisions are informed by new curricula developed to meet the needs of a more diverse student body, new and emerging areas of research being conducted by a broad spectrum of researchers, including graduate students and newly-hired faculty, as well as by perspectives from the diminished or entirely lost voices of historically oppressed, marginalized, and underserved populations and communities. As an organization, the Libraries provides a supportive, connected environment where every employee’s perspective is valued and every employee is encouraged to grow. All staff members have an impact on Columbia’s mission to advance knowledge at the highest levels and make the results of research accessible to the world.

            Columbia University has a longstanding commitment to diversity rooted in values of inclusion and social justice, a commitment reflected in the curriculum and throughout University

life. Columbia welcomes applications from candidates who share these values and who will foster their contribution to the University's educational mission. We invite applicants who have demonstrated creative approaches to empowering and mentoring staff, leading projects, solving problems, and developing user-centric programs, services, or collections. We offer salary and benefits commensurate with qualifications and experience.  


[1] Research Collections and Preservation Consortium:

[2] Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation:

Minimum Qualifications:

▪       Master’s Degree in Library Science or equivalent combination of education and experience.

▪       Demonstrated understanding of assessment techniques/methodologies and principles.

▪       Demonstrated experience with tools and applications used in data gathering, manipulation, remediation, normalization, analysis, and visualization (e.g., Excel pivot tables; COUNTER and SUSHI; Tableau).

▪       Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative, user-centered environment.

▪       Demonstrated excellence in oral, written, and interpersonal skills.

▪       Demonstrated commitment to and support for equity, diversity and  inclusion in the workplace and the work community.

Preferred Qualifications:

▪       Background in data remediation and comparative analysis; creativity and innovation in designing or using new methods for bringing together disparate sources of data and analyzing it in the context of library collections (such as Unsubscribe)

▪       Demonstrated understanding of the MARC bibliographic and authorities formats.

▪       Demonstrated experience using an integrated library system (ILS).

▪       Demonstrated understanding of usage statistics for electronic resources and circulation data for print/physical library collections.

▪       Experience with managing a vendor provided statistical program like RedLink, LibInsights, or EBSCONET Analytics

▪       Knowledge of external reporting practices for ARL, ACRL, etc.

▪       Familiarity with accessibility standards and issues related to vendor/provider compliance for online/electronic resources.


The Search Committee will review applications and nominations and will continue to receive and review them until the position is filled.


For immediate consideration, please apply online at:


Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and strongly encourages individuals of all backgrounds and cultures to consider this position. 


Published: Friday, April 30, 2021 15:20 UTC

Last updated: Friday, April 30, 2021 15:20 UTC