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Search ReOpened -- Columbia University Libraries Joyce G. McDonough 18 Feb 2004 17:30 UTC

Re-Opened Search for Networked Electronic Resources Librarian
Technical Support and Acquisitions

The Columbia University Libraries is re-opening the search for a Networked
Electronic Resources Librarian and invites applications and nominations for
this position. We seek a dynamic individual to coordinate and support the
acquisition, processing, and maintenance of electronic resources for
Columbia's Digital Library. Working closely with the Director for
Collection Development and with Libraries selectors, this position provides
an opportunity to participate in the development and advancement of
networked electronic services in a collaborative environment.

Reporting to the Director, Technical Support & Acquisitions, the successful
incumbent will coordinate the acquisition, processing, and maintenance of
the networked electronic resources selected for Columbia University
Libraries. In collaboration with CUL selectors, responsibilities include
researching and analyzing vendor products and offers, reviewing license
agreements, setting up trials and pilots, as needed, troubleshooting issues
related to access and maintenance, and working closely with the Library
Systems Office to conduct initial technical reviews. In addition to
assessing products, aggregators, and services, the incumbent is expected to
acquire resources and process changes and renewals, communicating with
vendors to obtain the best terms and conditions available. The incumbent
works with a cross-section of Libraries staff to streamline the process for
acquiring and providing access to electronic materials, to analyze and
resolve problems, and to develop and use statistical and other management
reports. This will include working with the Library Systems Office,
vendors, publishers, and other members of various consortia regarding
orders, terms, licensing, access, payments, and other performance matters.
This is an outstanding opportunity to help shape the future of the
Libraries networked electronic resources.

The Columbia University Libraries is the 10th largest academic library
system in North America with holdings of over seven and a half million
volumes. The collections are organized into 22 libraries, each
corresponding, generally, to a specific academic or professional
discipline. Annually, the Libraries is devoting an increasing portion of
its $14+ million budget to electronic materials.  The percentage exceeded
15% last year.

Requirements are: an accredited MLS or equivalent combination of education
and experience with electronic materials; knowledge of electronic services
and licenses, bibliographic records, library automation, and web
environments; knowledge of standard business practices, licensing terms,
and the ability to apply that knowledge to electronic resources; the
ability to work within a large, complex and changing library environment;
effective written and oral communication skills; strong analytical skills;
the ability to work in a collaborative and supportive manner with a broad
cross section of Columbia Libraries staff; and knowledge of scholarly
publishing & publications. Preferred qualifications include: working
knowledge of one or more European languages (preferably one Romance and one
Germanic), including the ability to understand general business terms;
previous serials or acquisitions experience at a professional level;
experience in a large research library; and familiarity with licensing and
Intellectual Property issues.

The salary ranges for this PC II position are: Librarian I: $45,400 -
$56,750; Librarian II: $47,900 - $64,665; Librarian III: $50,900 - $76,350;
Librarian IV: $55,900 - $81,055.  Excellent benefits include assistance
with University housing and tuition exemption for self and
family.  Columbia will also pay 50% of tuition for your dependent child who
is a candidate for an undergraduate degree at another accredited college or

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.

For immediate consideration, please email your application, along with the
names and contact information for three references to: You may also send it to Libraries Human Resources,
Columbia University, Box 18 Butler Library, MC 1104, 535 West 114th Street,
New York, NY 10027. Your cover letter should reference Search # UL70104002
and include your email address.  Applications will be reviewed immediately
and accepted until the position is filled.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Joyce G. McDonough                    telephone: 212-854-4764
Director, Technical Support & Acquisitions
Columbia University Libraries               fax: 212-854-0089
535 West 114th St                   email:
NY, NY  10027