Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Job Opening -- Columbia University Digital Repository

Position Announcement - Digital Repository Assistant, Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) in the Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) seeks applications for a Digital Repository Assistant. This is a full-time position and reports to the Digital Repository Coordinator. This position will support the work of the Digital Repository Coordinator in the following areas: managing the acquisitions process for digital objects created by Columbia University faculty, staff, and students; converting objects to digital preservation formats and performing quality control; creating metadata records; and, providing training and support for repository users.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree and or its equivalent and 0-2 years of related experience required. Ability to do careful, detailed-oriented work for extended periods of time. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent organizational skills. First-rate administrative (especially typing/word-processing/data entry) skills. Ability to adapt to a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment. Ability to follow both detailed and general guidelines. Ability to identify situations not encountered previously and document for review.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Familiarity with XML editors and metadata schemas (Dublin Core, MODS, METS) is a plus, as is the ability to think in rows and columns (and convert those thoughts to a flat file). A basic knowledge of the online repository milieu and research would be nice, coupled with a fondness for open access that is blended with a sensitivity to the nuances of a complex university environment.

ENVIRONMENT: CDRS is one of six entities that comprise the Digital Programs and Technology Services branch of CUL/IS. The Center was created in July 2007 to address the ongoing evolution of researchers’ and scholars’ needs as new technologies, policies, and systems of knowledge-support arise. CDRS manages Academic Commons, Columbia’s research repository, which extends the traditional role of the Libraries to support research at all stages and to preserve, manage, and provide access to many types of materials in a variety of digital formats.

Please submit a cover letter and résumé. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services:
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