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.

Detailed job posting:

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services:
Center for Digital Research and Scholarship:
Academic Commons: