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The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS), a division of  
Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, seeks an  
innovative, energetic, and engaged Digital Repository Manager to  
oversee the University’s institutional repository, Academic Commons.

Interested applicants should apply online at 
The Digital Repository Manager is responsible for the successful  
acquisition, cataloging, and ingest of new content for the repository  
and has a key role in ensuring the growth and development of Academic  
Commons. The primary role of the Digital Repository Manager is to make  
the Columbia community aware of the service; to meet with deans,  
directors, and faculty groups to describe the repository services; to  
develop broad and deep understanding of the research output of each  
part of the University; and to ensure appropriate materials are  
deposited into the repository. In addition to working closely with  
faculty, departments, and administrative staff and with members of the  
CDRS staff, this individual also coordinates efforts with the subject  
librarians and archivists, the Copyright Advisory Office, the Metadata  
Working Group, the Libraries Digital Program Division, and educational  
technologists within the Center for New Media Teaching and Learning.  
The Digital Repository Manager supervises the Digital Repository  
Assistant and periodic interns.

Main responsibilities of this position include the following:

- Collection Development: Locating and selecting content for inclusion  
in Academic Commons. Promoting the repository broadly and deeply.  
Educating faculty and administrators on the importance of depositing  
content. Overseeing the collection and ingestion of content. Ensuring  
quality control. Developing mechanisms and workflows for self-deposit.  
Managing regular follow-up with faculty, departments, and centers  
already participating in the repository to keep them engaged and their  
content up to date.

- Publicity: Creating and distributing marketing materials and  
handling the publicity and outreach efforts for Academic Commons.  
Monitoring and reporting on usage and making recommendations for  
increasing visibility.

- Repository Staff Management: Overseeing the cataloging effort and  
managing the work of the Digital Repository Assistant.
- Repository Development: Working closely with technical staff at CDRS  
and with others within the library on tool development and site  
enhancements. Developing and maintaining internal and user  

- Communication and Collaboration: Maintaining awareness of metadata  
standards and coordinating metadata strategies with Libraries'  
personnel. Providing regular reports to the Repository Steering  
Committee and the directors of CDRS, the Libraries Digital Program  
Division, and the Library Information Technology Office on progress  
and status. Contributing to the Scholarly Communication Program and  
helping to supervise the Scholarly Communication interns.


  - An ALA-accredited MLS or the equivalent combination of education  
and experience

  - Outreach, public relations, marketing, or sales experience,  
especially within an academic or publishing environment

  - Strategic understanding of the role of digital repositories in an  
academic environment and the challenges of acquiring and displaying  

  - Familiarity of one or more major descriptive metadata standards:  
Dublin Core, EAD, METS, MIX, MODS, PBCore, PREMIS, or others

  - Excellent organizational skills with aptitude for and evidence of  
complex analytical and detailed work and commitment to quality  
assurance and quality control

  - Demonstrated ability to plan, initiate, and implement effective  
programs, projects, and services

  - Excellent interpersonal, collaborative, and communication skills

  - Ability to work enthusiastically independently, as well as  
collaboratively, in a rapidly changing environment

  - Excellent understanding of copyright and permissions issues,  
including good familiarity with SHERPA/RoMEO

  Desirable additional skills:

  - Technical familiarity with the Fedora repository platform

  - Working knowledge of metadata standards and schemas

  - Familiarity with bibliographic or other online input systems and  
current digital library technologies, standards, and best practices

  - Experience managing technology-intensive projects in a  
collaborative work environment

  - Experience working with faculty in a university environment

  - Familiarity with one or more of the following: XML, UNIX, database  
design and development, scripting languages such as PHP, Web-authoring  
tools, and Web page development

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.