eJournal Preservation Librarian
New York City
The Columbia University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the
position of eJournal Preservation Librarian.
This is a temporary grant-funded position running through April 30, 2015 (with
the possibility of extension) created to review titles within the 2CUL
holdings that do not have adequate preservation plans. The goal of the
position is to expand the number and extent of e-journal preservation coverage
by supplying tested preservation strategies to selected categories of selected
e-journals. Reporting to the Director of the Continuing & Electronic Resources
Management division (CERM), the incumbent will be responsible for:
1. Working with preservation agencies such as CLOCKSS, LOCKSS, and Portico and
with the producers and distributors of eJournals (including publishers,
aggregators, professional societies, and academic departments) to secure
preservation agreements for selected titles held by Columbia University
Libraries and Cornell University Libraries.
2. Providing a detailed analysis of the full set of un-preserved e-journals
held by Columbia and Cornell, characterizing the different types of content,
methods of publication and dissemination, and providing an initial assessment
of importance for preservation.
3. Reviewing license agreements and terms, requiring knowledge of Electronic
Resource licensing terms and contract/license language for copyright, fair
use, and perpetual access with vendors; Examining archiving provisions (or
lack thereof) in Columbia's and Cornell's current e-journal licenses and
proposing additional or modified language drawn from model license terms
appropriate to each type of publication.
4. Working to streamline the workflow for the preservation of electronic
resources, specifically eJournals; Working towards appropriate solutions in an
ever-changing situation; Developing appropriate methods of analysis for
problem solving; Ensuring documentation of current procedures; Developing and
using statistical and other management reports.
5. Serving on the project advisory team and providing overall project planning
6. Assisting in preparing issue briefs and white papers based on experience
and findings of the project to encourage community discussion of issues
relating to eJournal preservation; Participating in consultation with the
BorrowDirect Collection Development group in review of publication categories
and priorities and reporting on project activities and findings at
professional meetings and conferences.
7. Staying abreast of developments and changes in the eJournals preservation
area, providing guidance and outreach to the parties involved, and informing
them of new and enhanced products and services.
8. Performing other duties as assigned.
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.
We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and
excellent benefits including assistance with University
Minimum Degree Required: MLS or PhD or
All applicants MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered for the
* Experience working with eJournals
* Experience with reviewing and identifying issues with license agreements for electronic resources
* Ability to work with varied user groups and to function effectively in a team environment and in a complex and culturally diverse organization
* Excellent organizational, analytical and interpersonal, oral and written communication and training skills.
* 2 or more years of academic library experience
* Experience working with Library vendors
* Knowledge of the complex, ever-changing electronic publishing environment and scholarly communications issues
* Knowledge of preservation practices for electronic journals
* Knowledge of publishers and publishing
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