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Director, Digital Scholarship

Director, Digital Scholarship

Columbia University Libraries Job Location: New York Apply By: Open until filled Date Created: 01-25-2023

Columbia University Libraries seeks a dynamic and engaged leader to serve as the Director of Digital Scholarship Services.  The Director of Digital Scholarship Services is charged with envisioning, planning, and implementing a strategic digital scholarship program for the Columbia University Libraries. The Director will lead a creative and innovative team of library staff in developing impactful services, projects, and partnerships that drive the scholarship and teaching of the university.  This mandate includes cultivating the department's strategy of support and engagement for university research, publishing, and digital projects, and digital and data literacies in alignment with the values of the libraries, the university’s mission, and the Columbia “fourth purpose.” The Digital Scholarship Services unit, including Scholarly Communications and Research Data Services, forges key alliances with researchers and scholars, educators, and administrators across the university, provides instruction and guidance to students across disciplines, and preserves and amplifies the creative and scholarly output of the university.   The Director is crucial in building external relationships with other Columbia university units such as Columbia Research, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Columbia University Information Technology, and Columbia University Press. The Director also maintains relationships with other library units, helping to shape and support the libraries' identified projects and priorities. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning, the Director, Digital Scholarship is a critical member of the Research and Learning leadership team and the Libraries' Leadership Council. Position Responsibilities
  • Devise and implement a strategic vision for Digital Scholarship at Columbia University Libraries. This includes pedagogical scale and direction, production goals, space utilization, staff recruitment, retention, and mentoring.
  • Ensure alignment of the Digital Scholarship unit's strategic goals and vision are aligned with both the strategic goals of CUL as well as the research and learning goals of the constituent communities.
  • Identify, explore, implement and grow new and emergent program areas within digital scholarship as appropriate for the Libraries, the university, and the LIS field.
  • The Digital Scholarship leadership team oversee the day-to-day operations of the Libraries Digital Scholarship unit, including budget oversight, technologies, facilities, and project management.
  • Build strong networks with other CUL units.  Support other CUL Directors in incorporating and bringing departmental expertise to departmental initiatives. Represent and promote CUL Digital Scholarship in campus, consortial, and industry interactions.
  • Pursue and grant and other funding options.
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 effective and creative approaches to empowering and mentoring staff, leading projects, solving problems, and developing partnerships. We offer salary and benefits commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Search Committee will review applications and nominations and will continue to receive and review them until the position is filled. Proposed start date is negotiable. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment and strongly encourages applications from women, members of minority groups, disabled individuals, and veterans. Qualifications Minimum Qualifications
  • Masters Degree in Library Science or other advanced degree in related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of research and scholarly communications, data services, digital service development, and delivery
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, manage, and launch new programs
  • Demonstrated commitment to DEI in scholarly communication and management practice
Preferred Qualifications
  • An advanced degree relevant to digital scholarship, scholarly communications /publishing, and/or research methods
  • Experience leading staff or teams through change management
Minimum Salary: $125,000 Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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