Columbia University Libraries (CUL) is seeking a dynamic library information 
professional to provide leadership in support of its expanding programs in 
digital collection building, digital archives and digital preservation. The 
acquisition, provision of access, and preservation of digitized and 
born-digital content and cultural heritage materials is a major programmatic 
area within the Libraries. CUL is engaged in a number of exciting, high-profile 
digital initiatives, grant-supported projects and software development and 
implementation programs, and is also involved in collaborative activities with 
other research libraries and colleague institutions. To apply, please go to:

The Head of Digital Collections and Preservation Systems is a new position 
reporting to the Director of Digital Library and Scholarly Technologies that 

guide and oversee the work of the Digital Collections and Preservation Systems 
team (currently four positions);
collaborate closely with leadership and staff in Columbia’s special and 
distinctive collections, Preservation and Digital Conversion, and Original and 
Special Materials Cataloging teams;
provide coordination and institutional leadership in CUL planning for and 
implementing systems and services for the trustworthy, long-term preservation 
of CUL digital content;
help guide and manage the further development of existing software platforms 
and implement new and enhanced software systems in support of this program area;
build close and productive working relationships with other technology staff 
within the Libraries and serve on project teams and special digital initiatives;
assist with grant preparation and reporting;
represent Columbia’s digital collections, archives and preservation systems and 
services externally in professional and technical forums.

Required Education, Training, Skills, and Experience

ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS, MIS or the equivalent combination of a relevant 
advanced degree or experience working in an academic library
Knowledge of principles and key trends in the field of digital libraries and 
digital preservation
Knowledge of current and emergent metadata standards for digital content and 
Ability to collaborate with various library units and operations in complex 
Excellent written and verbal skills and strong interpersonal skills
At least 1 year of supervisory experience of library professional staff
Proven proficiency in developing digital projects, digital project management
Participation and involvement in professional and scholarly associations and a 
record of scholarly engagement
At least two years’ experience working with digital collections

Preferred Education, Training, Skills, and Experience

Significant experience in an academic / research library;
Experience working with born-digital archival collection;
Experience with Agile project development and management methodologies
Two years of supervisory experience of full-time employees
Knowledge of semantic web technologies, SEO strategies and other relevant 

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and 
strongly encourages individuals of all backgrounds and cultures to consider 
this position.. We have 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.  
Columbia University Libraries afford a flexible and collegial working 
environment and foster professional growth of staff with management training 
and travel funding for professional meetings.

For immediate consideration please apply online:

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