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Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian

Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian

Columbia University Libraries Job Location: New York Apply By: Open until filled Date Created: 08-12-2022

Columbia University Libraries seeks a Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian to join the Science, Engineering, and Social Science Libraries (SESSL). The Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian provides research support, instruction, and outreach for graduate students, faculty, and staff in the Columbia Business School, as well as the department of Economics and campus entrepreneurship and innovation centers and programs, with a focus on acquiring and using business and economics data.

This position conducts research consultations; teaches workshops and curriculum-integrated instruction sessions; supports the discovery, use, and management of business data; raises awareness of resources and services through outreach efforts such as office hours; and creates and maintains research guides and other research support tools. The incumbent will participate in collection development activities and manage collections funds concerning business data.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion is at the core of this position, and the successful hire will be expected to help make the Libraries’ commitment to these values tangible by having DEI principles and a commitment to anti-racism guide their work.

This role is being hired for at the same time as two other positions in the Science, Engineering, and Social Science Libraries. These positions work with students, faculty, staff, and alumni in their distinct areas of responsibility, while at the same time collaborating as part of the SESSL Research Support & Outreach team and other Libraries units to build strong instructional programs, research assistance, and collections that are grounded in DEI and anti-racism.


  1. Provide research assistance in business, economics, and entrepreneurship with a specific focus on data, through consultations, instruction sessions, and in-person and virtual reference services.
  2. Design and teach orientations, course-integrated instruction, and workshops to support the research and learning needs of students, faculty, and staff in business and economics.
  3. Develop library collections, including overseeing data acquisition and acting as administrator and troubleshooting the specialized business database platforms (Wharton Research Data Services [WRDS] and Capital IQ).
  4. Build relationships with faculty, staff, and students in business, economics, entrepreneurship, and designated departments through outreach, including programming and events.
  5. Participate in local and national organizations, and library system-wide committees.

Apply By Date: Review of applications will begin September 12, 2022. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Minimum Salary: $73,000

About Columbia University Libraries

We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, identities, and abilities to apply for this unique opportunity to become a part of our evolving Libraries and University community. Columbia University Libraries is a globally-recognized academic research library system, serving one of the world’s most important centers of research and learning in the most exciting and dynamic city in the world. Talented Libraries staff build, sustain, and make discoverable collections that transcend traditional boundaries of format and domain, keeping pace with a dynamic and rapidly evolving information environment and creating opportunities for users to encounter 4,000 years of human thought.

Our decisions are informed by new curricula developed to meet the needs of a more diverse student body, new and emerging areas of research being conducted by a broad spectrum of researchers, including graduate students and newly-hired faculty, as well as by perspectives from the diminished or entirely lost voices of historically oppressed, marginalized, and underserved populations and communities. As an organization, the Libraries provides a supportive, connected environment where every employee’s perspective is valued and every employee is encouraged to grow. All staff members have an impact on Columbia’s mission to advance knowledge at the highest levels and make the results of research accessible to the world.

Columbia University has 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.

Minimum Degree Required:

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science (MLS/MLIS) or other advanced degree in a related field

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Proven commitment to values of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience or interest in supporting business research needs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Academic background in business, economics, or related subject area(s)
  • Demonstrated ability to provide high quality services to users
  • Experience providing library instruction
  • Demonstrated data analysis skills
  • Demonstrated experience with resources used in business and economics research

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