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    Posted: 12/Jun/2018 at 7:05pm
Special Collections Analyst

Columbia University Libraries

Columbia University Libraries (CUL) seeks an innovative andenergetic librarian to provide support for Columbia's digital library andscholarly technology systems by adapting, configuring and using relevantsoftware tools and implementing standards and best practices. The SpecialCollections Analyst will work directly with Libraries and Universitystakeholders to research, develop and document technology solutions for digitallibrary and digital scholarship initiatives.

Working collaboratively, the incumbent will apply and helpdevelop procedures, guidelines, policies, and principles for the use ofColumbia’s digital library and scholarly infrastructure. The incumbent will collaborate with librarycolleagues to ensure the provision of access to materials held in theLibraries' digital collections and repositories by performing metadataconversions and transformations utilizing a variety of tools and encodingstandards. The incumbent will also provide technology support, systems analysisand requirements development for digital library and scholarly technologysystems and services such as Columbia’s Digital Library Collections portal,Archival Collections Portal, Hyacinth metadata management system, Omeka andSpotlight, as well as for the publication of EAD archival finding aids andtheir integration into the Libraries’ unified discovery system. The incumbent,in cooperation with the Head of Digital Collections and Preservation Systems,others within the Digital Library and Scholarly Technologies group, and relevantstaff throughout the library will provide assistance and direction in projectplanning and development that advances the strategic directions of theLibraries and the University.

The Special Collections Analyst will also participate insecondary assignments based on qualifications, interests, and institutionalneed. The incumbent is expected to engage in scholarship and creativeactivities, serve on various library, university and professional committees.


-The implementation of and support for systems supportinganalog and digital library and archival collections, including new andinnovative tools such as ArchivesSpace, Spotlight, ArcLight, Aeon, as well ascurrent and evolving metadata and information management strategies

-Improving and transforming metadata for use in CUL andnational digital repositories; using existing and developing schemas and toolssuch as XML, XSLT, JSON, and eXist to manipulate, reformat and transformmetadata in formats such as EAD, MARC, MODS, METS, RDF, PREMIS

-Sustaining and optimizing new and existing digital library/ scholarly systems, services and workflows; by consulting with relevant staff,developing and documenting requirements, analyzing workflows, proposing andimplementing improvements, developing innovative solutions, and acting as atechnology consultant to other divisions of the Libraries and CU generally;

-Maintaining a close awareness of evolving digital library /scholarly tools, practices and standards by outreach to others in the field, byparticipating in relevant CUL and external investigations and projects, and bymonitoring professional communications forums and literature.

Minimum Qualifications:

-Master's degree in library / computer science or equivalent

-Expertise with Unix/Linux.

-Demonstrated knowledge of HTML, XML, XSLT, XPATH.

-Knowledge of XML schemas used to describe digitized cultural heritagematerials, such as TEI, MARC, MODS, METS, OAI, and EAD.

-Experience working in digital library / digital humanities technologyprojects.

-Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills;ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Knowledge of Javascript, JSON, Jekyll, GitHub, MySQL, PHP.

-Knowledge of current digital library technologies such as Fedora,Samvera, Hyrax, etc.

-Familiarity with digital project management methodologies and tools,such as Jira.

-Knowledge of archival management tools such as ArchivesSpace,ArcLight.

-Experience working with non-Roman Unicode-based textual data.

-Commitment to diversity and inclusion.


Columbia University Libraries have a longstanding commitmentto diversity rooted in values of inclusion and social justice, a commitmentreflected in the curriculum and throughout University life. Columbia welcomesapplications from candidates who share these values and who will foster theircontribution to the University's educational mission. We invite applicants whohave demonstrated creative approaches to empowering and mentoring staff,leading projects, solving problems, and developing user-centric programs,services, or collections. Columbia University Libraries afford a flexible andcollegial working environment and foster professional growth of staff withmanagement training and travel funding for professional meetings. We offer salary and benefits commensuratewith qualifications and experience.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction Employer and we strongly encourage individuals of all backgrounds andcultures to consider this position.


Jiny Kurian
Human Resources Generalist
Columbia University Libraries
511 Butler Library
(P): 212-854-7610
(F): 212-854-1550
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