(Please excuse multiple postings)

Web Collection Curator*

*Columbia** **University** Libraries*

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* (3 year temporary position)


Columbia University Libraries is seeking applications for the position 
of *Web Collection Curator. This is a temporary grant-funded position 
ending **July 1, 2012** with possibility of extension.*

Reporting to the Director of Original and Special Materials and directed 
by a multi-divisional Working Group, this new position will play a 
leading role in creating a new infrastructure for web content collection 
in the Libraries. Columbia has received a grant from The Andrew W. 
Mellon Foundation, to develop and implement procedures and best 
practices for the acquisition, description and preservation of web 
content, initially in the field of human rights. Columbia University’s 
Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research holds the print 
archives of major human rights organizations such as Amnesty 
International USA and Human Rights Watch.

The incumbent will work closely a second web collection curator, 
selectors, archivists, digital projects staff, senior managers, scholars 
and individuals in human rights organizations around the world to build 
a “Human Rights Electronic Reference Collection.” Major activities will 
include securing archiving permissions from human rights organizations, 
analyzing, harvesting, and cataloging web content, and integrating web 
materials with the Libraries print, electronic and archival collections. 
The incumbent will play an active role in ensuring that the procedures 
developed are sustainable and transferable to other disciplines and 

The successful candidate will have a combination of relevant skills and 
experience, such as:

· Accredited MLS and significant archival experience or an equivalent 
combination of education and experience.

· Familiarity with cataloging and archival practices, including EAD. 
Experience in creating finding aids.

· Familiarity with web harvesting techniques and major bibliographic 

· Demonstrated awareness of relevant new and emerging standards and 
technologies in library collection development, description and 

· Excellent communication skills, creativity and the demonstrated 
ability to work effectively in a collaborative and complex environment

One of the world's leading research universities, Columbia provides 
outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a unique intellectual 
community. Set in the Morningside Heights academic village, Columbia 
also presents the unmatched dynamism, diversity and cultural richness of 
New York City. The University Libraries, grounded in collections of 
remarkable depth and breadth, are also building extensive electronic 
resources and services. The Libraries at Columbia are committed to 
collegiality, professionalism, innovation and leadership.

The salary for this position is dependent on experience. We offer 
excellent benefits including 100% Columbia tuition exemption for self 
and family and assistance with University housing. Columbia will also 
pay 50% tuition for your dependent child who is a candidate for an 
undergraduate degree at another accredited college or university.

To apply for this position please visit the following link:

Include names, addresses and phone numbers of three references. 
Applications will be accepted immediately and until the position is 
filled; however, applications submitted before August 11, 2009 will 
receive priority consideration.

Kate Harcourt
Director, Original and Special Materials Cataloging
102 Butler Library
Columbia University Libraries
phone: 212.854.2714
fax: 212.854.5167