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Sunday, July 19, 2009

TEMP (3yrs) - Web Collection Curator - Columbia

Web Collection Curator
Columbia University Libraries
(3 year temporary position)

Columbia University Libraries is seeking applications for the position of
Web Collection Curator. This is a temporary grant-funded position ending
**July 1, 2012** with possibility of extension.*

Reporting to the Director of Original and Special Materials and directed
by a multi-divisional Working Group, this new position will play a leading
role in creating a new infrastructure for web content collection in the
Libraries. Columbia has received a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation, to develop and implement procedures and best practices for the
acquisition, description and preservation of web content, initially in the
field of human rights. Columbia University's Center for Human Rights
and Research holds the print archives of major human rights
such as Amnesty International USA and Human Rights Watch.

The incumbent will work closely a second web collection curator,
selectors, archivists, digital projects staff, senior managers, scholars
and individuals in human rights organizations around the world to build a
"Human Rights Electronic Reference Collection." Major activities will
include securing archiving permissions from human rights organizations,
analyzing, harvesting, and cataloging web content, and integrating web
materials with the Libraries print, electronic and archival collections.
The incumbent will play an active role in ensuring that the procedures
developed are sustainable and transferable to other disciplines and

The successful candidate will have a combination of relevant skills and
experience, such as:

· Accredited MLS and significant archival experience or an
equivalent combination of education and experience.

· Familiarity with cataloging and archival practices, including
EAD. Experience in creating finding aids.

· Familiarity with web harvesting techniques and major
bibliographic databases.

· Demonstrated awareness of relevant new and emerging standards
and technologies in library collection development, description and

· Excellent communication skills, creativity and the demonstrated
ability to work effectively in a collaborative and complex environment

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
. The University Libraries, grounded in collections of remarkable
depth and breadth, are also building extensive electronic resources and
services. The Libraries at Columbia are committed to collegiality,
professionalism, innovation and leadership.

The salary for this position is dependent on experience. We offer
excellent benefits including 100% Columbia tuition exemption for self and
family and assistance with University housing. Columbia will also pay 50%
tuition for your dependent child who is a candidate for an undergraduate
degree at another accredited college or university.

To apply for this position please visit the following link:

Include names, addresses and phone numbers of three references.
Applications will be accepted immediately and until the position is
filled; however, applications submitted before August 11, 2009 will
receive priority consideration.

Originally posted on a library school listserv.