E-Resources Discovery & Access Librarian
Columbia University Libraries
Job Location: New York
Apply By: Open until filled
Date Created: 01-25-2023
Columbia University Libraries seeks an E-Resources Discovery & Access Librarian to join the Collection Strategies unit. The E-Resources Discovery & Access Librarian assists the Libraries in meeting operational objectives for the access and discovery of electronic resources. This includes internal review of e-resource records for accuracy and discoverability as well as collaboration with internal and external partners to ensure quality records and metadata.
This position exhibits: a knowledge of bibliographic records and a holistic view of the metadata workflow across e-resource lifecycle management; a thorough knowledge of openURL linking to improve the quality and workflow of data in knowledge bases and on public Web sites, knowledge of KBART, DOI, Z39.50 and other database cross-searching standards.
This position is being hired for at the same time as one other position in the Collection Strategies unit. In addition to this position, we are also recruiting for an E- Resources Acquisition Librarian. Applicants are encouraged to explore and apply to one or both relevant positions.
This position has the option to operate partially remotely and requires residency within a commutable distance.
Minimum Degree Required:
- Manage and coordinate Electronic Resource Management (ERM) tools – Manage the knowledge base and openURL linking service. Create and implement standards and workflow for ERM. Define and establish best practices for ERM tools. Coordinate and perform relevant ERM maintenance updates. Investigate new ERM tools and recommend ways for improving electronic resource management.
- Metadata management (discovery) for records loaded into ERM system and ILS (CLIO) – Manage electronic resource customization and configuration. Coordinate MARC record uploads for materials access. Collaborate across departments for efficient and effective discovery and access of electronic resource records. Work with selectors to ensure discoverability of electronic resource records from point of acquisition through the life cycle of the resource.
- Maintain quality control of e-resource records in Library management systems, including but not limited to CLIO, Intota, GOBI, and other library management systems – Ensure quality of metadata and bibliographic records for electronic resources in all formats through coordination of updates to bibliographic records. Ensure ongoing maintenance of frontlist title records to ensure that all titles promised and paid for are delivered and uploaded in CLIO. Vet database records to identify ones that need title-level description and ensure those records are loaded into CLIO as such. Investigate ways to improve quality of e-resource records through vendor, consortial, or workflow solutions. Update departmental wiki on policies, procedures, guidelines and workflow for e-resource discoverability and access.
- Develop appropriate methods of analysis for problem solving – Analyze and provide technical solutions to electronic resource problems across all computer operating systems, Web browsers, plug-ins, mobile applications and devices, and additional emerging technologies. Address problem reports - e.g., problem tickets; user permissions; alumni access; metadata inconsistencies; URL updates; knowledgebase updates.
- Manage one bargaining unit employee with primary responsibility for problem reporting and resolution
- Pursue professional development activities to improve knowledge, skills, and abilities.Stay abreast of developments and changes in e-resources acquisitions and extend this continual education by providing guidance and outreach to selectors, informing them of new, evolving, and enhanced products, supply chains, services, and electronic resources management best practices and principles.
ALA Accredited MLS degree or equivalent in theory or practice
- One to two years experience with electronic resources in an academic library
- Knowledge of the complex, ever-changing academic library electronic resources environment
- Demonstrated understanding of the MARC bibliographic and authorities formats and e-resources metadata
- Knowledge of electronic resources, bibliographic records, Electronic Resource Management systems and Integrated Library Systems. Knowledge of openURL and link resolvers.
- Experience fostering a collaborative team environment with a focus on professional growth and development.
- Demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills; ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably, and personably, orally and in writing.
Learn More in an Online Information Session
- Experience providing expert solutions to and troubleshooting for user e-resource problem reports.
- Experience working with Library vendors in regards to metadata records
- Familiarity with accessibility standards and issues related to vendor/provider compliance for online/electronic resources
We are hosting anonymized information sessions for prospective applicants. We welcome you to join one of these sessions to learn more about the Columbia University Libraries, meet the director (Director of Collection Strategies), supervisor (Assistant Director of Collection Strategies), and the Director, HR and ask questions you may have. Attendance and questions will be confidential, as the participant list for each Zoom Webinar session will be hidden. Please note that attendance is not required to apply or be considered for a position.
Register to join one of our Online Information Sessions:
February 6, 2023 12-12:45pm EST - CUL Librarian Information Session 2/6/2023 12:00pm-12:45pm EST
February 14, 2023 12:00-12:45pm EST - CUL Librarian Information Session 2/14/2023 12:00pm-12:45pm EST
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.
Salary Range: $74,030-$84,000
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and strongly encourages individuals of all backgrounds and cultures to consider this position.
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