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Columbia University Libraries (CUL) seeks an innovative and energetic Digital Projects librarian to coordinate and participate in technical project planning and implementation of significant, high-visibility digitization and digital publishing projects involving the Libraries’ rich research collections.

As part of the Digital Library and Scholarly Technologies (DLST) group, the incumbent will work with Columbia’s special and archival collections staff and other Libraries and University staff in planning for and implementation of new digital collections and online exhibition projects.

Working collaboratively, this full-time librarian position will participate in project review, analysis, development, planning and assessment. Under the guidance of Head of Digital Collections and Preservation System, the incumbent will work on improving workflows and procedures for digital library projects as they relate to the Columbia’s Digital Library Collections Portal, the Libraries metadata management system (Hyacinth), Omeka and potential new platforms. The incumbent will participate in the planning and development of updated and new workflows, as well as procedures for handling born and delivered-digital archival content based on recommendations of the the Libraries’ Born-Digital Strategic Initiative Working Group.

The Digital Project Librarian will provide advice and consulting to other units within Columbia University Libraries and campus-wide in areas related to the digital library and scholarly technologies. The incumbent will provide technology support and systems analysis for DLST systems and services that support faculty collaborations. This position will participate in secondary assignments based on qualifications, interests, and institutional need.


  • Coordinate, support and empower Library staff to deploy digital library projects. Enable and ensure the smooth operation and successful implementation of digital projects within a highly collaborative environment.

  • Participate in project review, analysis, development, planning and assessment, working as a team member with Libraries curatorial and technical staff, faculty and external vendors.

  • Carries out the creation, ingest, and maintenance of digital library metadata and content by applying relevant national and international standards and accommodating local needs in coordination with Original Cataloging and Metadata Services Department and other relevant departments.

  • Contribute to formal grant proposals, requests for vendor proposals, and grant reports.

  • Provide advice and consulting to other units within CUL and campus-wide in areas related to the Digital Libraries and Scholarly Technologies.


  • Masters Degree in library / computer science or equivalent.

  • Knowledge of library digital technology systems & services.

  • Knowledge of digital libraries standards.

  • Knowledge of metadata standards & principles.

  • Experience working in digital library / digital humanities technology projects.

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.

  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion.


  • Advanced academic degree in a subject area requiring research or scholarship.

  • Ability to think strategically and envision new and complex knowledge systems and services.

  • Knowledge of current digital library technologies such as Fedora, Samvera, Hyrax, etc.

  • Familiarity with digital project management methodologies and tools, such as Jira.

  • Experience working with tools for metadata remediation and data normalization.

Columbia University Libraries have a longstanding commitment to diversity rooted in values of inclusion and social justice, a commitment reflected in the curriculum and throughout University life. Columbia welcomes applications from candidates who share these values and who will foster their contribution to the University's educational mission. We invite applicants who have demonstrated creative approaches to empowering and mentoring staff, leading projects, solving problems, and developing user-centric programs, services, or collections. We offer salary and benefits commensurate with qualifications and experience. Columbia University Libraries afford a flexible and collegial working environment and foster professional growth of staff with management training and travel funding for professional meetings.

Please feel free to reach out if you have questions about the position.

Kind regards,
Violeta Ilik

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