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Research/Scholarship Initiatives Manager at Columbia University
The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) (cdrs.columbia.edu), a
division of the Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS),
seeks a full-time Research/Scholarship Initiatives Manager. Reporting to CDRS'
director, this newly created position will be responsible for devising,
implementing, and leading outreach activities promoting CDRS' digital
projects, the institutional repository, and scholarly communication
initiatives on campus, helping to position CDRS and CUL/IS as key partners in
the understanding, creation, and adoption of new modes of scholarly
communication. In particular, the Research/Scholarship Initiatives Manager
will be expected to advance access to locally created online publications,
conference proceedings, electronic theses and dissertations, Columbia-produced
journals, data sets, born-digital research output, and other digital content
and to strengthen the linchpin role of the institutional repository, Academic
Commons, as a research platform. He/she will work closely with library
colleagues and with University faculty to identify and to advise on issues
related to intellectual property and open access of scholarly output at the
University. Through actively monitoring national and international trends,
standards, and policies in scholarly communication and by representing CDRS,
CUL/IS, and the University in local, regional, national, and international
forums and organizations relating to scholarly communication and digital
scholarship, the Research/Scholarship Initiatives Manager will also serve as a
resource on local and national policy to help the University community stay
informed about and engaged with the changing landscape for scholarly
● Oversees the institutional repository service, which includes supervising
repository staff and interns. In collaboration with other library personnel,
develops services and policies related to the repository infrastructure.
● Oversees the evaluation and development of new research and scholarship
services and initiatives through ongoing identification and evaluation of
emerging technologies, researchers' and scholars' functional and sociological
requirements, user-centered design, usage analytics, and user assessment.
● Promotes CDRS' digital projects and publishing initiatives and institutional
repository program; supports sustainable scholarly communication at Columbia;
devises, implements, and leads outreach activities to enhance and support the
services of CDRS and participates in collective marketing and outreach
efforts. Along with other members of the CDRS staff, develops and oversees
programming and engagement activities, especially in creating digital
publishing and research life cycle resources and leading workshops for the
campus community (e.g., on open access), typically in collaboration with
library and other campus partners.
● Monitors and reports on current developments in scholarly communication,
open access and alternative publishing models, institutional repositories, and
related legislative initiatives. Informs library colleagues, research faculty,
graduate students, and University administrators of changes in scholarly
communication, on new technologies available to them, and on ways in which
they can contribute to new and evolving methods for distribution of research
results. Works collaboratively with faculty to promote and support digital
publishing and open access. Encourages experimentation and risk-taking in
digital scholarship projects.
● Represents CDRS and CUL/IS at workshops, institutes, seminars, and
conferences at local, state, regional, national, and international levels and
serves on standing inter-institutional- and institutional-level committees and
task forces related to digital research and scholarship. Shares with library
colleagues and departmental faculty and staff relevant information gained from
professional activities and uses that knowledge to inform and improve CDRS'
operations and services.
● Identifies funding opportunities and contributes to the writing of grants.
● Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree desirable. Minimum 4-6 years'
related experience, including two or more years of closely related experience,
preferably in an academic library.
● Understanding of current issues, trends, and new and emerging technologies
in scholarly communication and their effect on the academic environment,
especially those of cyberinfrastructure and cyberscholarship. Awareness of
current issues in scholarly communication (e.g., open access, author rights,
copyright, fair use, deposit mandates and resolutions, data sharing). Clear
interest in staying abreast of new digital project techniques, repository
trends, and best practices (e.g., DOIs, ORCID).
● Experience in and strong understanding of digital scholarship trends and
initiatives and relevant experience in developing and/or leading digital
scholarship initiatives or projects. Knowledge of institutional repository
management, including policy matters, intellectual property and rights
management issues, and strategies for securing appropriate content.
● Management, supervisory, or advisory experience.
● First-hand knowledge of the academic research and publishing process.
Evidence of active participation and involvement in professional and scholarly
associations and a record of scholarly engagement, typically demonstrated
through publications and presentations, and commitment to professional issues
● Exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills,
especially excellent presentation skills.
● Outstanding analytical, organizational, project, and time management skills
and ability to simultaneously lead multiple projects. Ability to set
priorities, meet deadlines, and complete tasks and projects on time and within
budget by leveraging demonstrated creative and innovative problem-solving
skills. Ability to document relevant policies, procedures, and local
● Ability to build, develop, and maintain Web sites.
● Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment and to collaborate
with staff at all levels and with people of diverse backgrounds, especially
the ability to be proactive, ﬂexible, and collaborative as a team leader to
accomplish departmental, library, and institutional goals.
● Demonstrated ability to work independently.
● Capacity to thrive in the fast-paced, future-oriented environment of a top
research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and
● Willingness to participate in fundraising, including development of
government and foundation grant applications and/or individual and corporate
● MLS or MLIS in library or information science and/or Ph.D. or other terminal
● Minimum of two years of professional experience in digital initiatives,
digital collections, or metadata services in an academic library or direct
experience in scholarly communications or copyright management.
● Experience working with an institutional repository platform/software (e.g.,
Fedora, DSpace, Eprints, Digital Commons).
● Experience in identifying appropriate funding opportunities and in writing
successful grant applications.
● Demonstrated experience in planning and developing programs and in providing
innovative services to faculty and students and a record of effective outreach
to faculty and students to promote services and programs.
● Knowledge of current metadata schemas and standards, such as MODS, METS, and
Dublin Core, including demonstrated competence with XML, and understanding of
metadata principles and practices such as those found in AACR2, RDA, and other
emerging metadata schemes.
● Knowledge of new scholarly publishing models.
● Familiarity with the mobile and Web-based technologies used in social media
and demonstrated ability to learn new technology quickly.
For immediate consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume online
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.
About the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship
The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS), a division of the
Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, serves the digital
research, scholarly communication, and academic publishing needs of the
faculty, students, and staff of Columbia University and its affiliates. Our
mission is to increase the utility and impact of research produced at Columbia
by creating, adapting, implementing, supporting, and sustaining innovative
digital tools and publishing platforms for content delivery, discovery,
analysis, data curation, and preservation.
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