Web Archiving Project Librarian

New York City
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Created: January 12, 2013


Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is seeking an experienced information professional to take the lead in a 2 year grant-funded project to expand and improve its program for collecting and archiving web content. Over the past four years, the Libraries have built a web archiving program using the Archive-It software and Columbia's Fedora repository, with thematic collections focused on human rights, historic preservation, and New York City religious institutions, as well as content related to the University Archives and special collections. The new grant project will explore and develop technical improvements for web archiving, collaborative models for collecting web content, and scholarly uses of web archives.

The Web Archiving Project Librarian will work with Columbia's collecting partners at other research libraries to identify content areas of mutual interest, propose and test models for collaboration using Columbia's web archiving infrastructure, and identify issues relating to policy, governance and financing of a collaborative program. Through data mining and interviews with scholars at Columbia and elsewhere, the Web Archiving Project Librarian will identify current and potential uses of web content and archives in scholarly research, and identify any changes in strategy or procedures for the web archiving program to improve outcomes. The incumbent will work with website managers at Columbia and elsewhere to identify and test technical changes that would improve harvesting of the website, and alternate means of acquiring content. The incumbent will also participate in, and provide support for, a program of incentive awards to encourage development of software applications that will improve the process of web archiving and the use of archived content.

This is a temporary 2-year position, commencing in March 2013.

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.
We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and excellent benefits including assistance with University housing. 
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.  -2-3 years related experience in an academic/ research library or information technology organization
-Knowledge of web archiving tools and techniques
-Broad knowledge of academic research methods
-Analytical skills and project management skills.
-Ability to work collaboratively across organizational units
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
Preferred Qualifications:  -1-2 years experience working in a web archiving program and/or in research library collection development
-Detailed knowledge of web archiving tools and techniques
-Knowledge of scholarly literature of human rights 
Additional Information:  
Posting Date:  01-04-2013 
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants:  
Proposed Start Date:  
EEO Statement  Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. 
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Required Applicant Documents for Upload:  Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter
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