Head, Research and Collections Services
Company: Columbia University
Location: New York
Posted on: August 7, 2022
Columbia University Libraries seeks a Head of Research and
Collections Services who sets the vision and strategic directions
for Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library's
services and collection development. This includes working with the
unit team in implementing innovative teaching, learning and liaison
programming, Avery outreach, and digital project development. This
role is also central to building collections through targeted donor
relationships while managing relationships with library vendors.
The Head will also collaborate with colleagues across Avery and CUL
on cross-disciplinary collection projects and research services
initiatives. This position will represent Avery and CUL on local,
national, and international platforms and conferences.
+ Set vision and strategic directions for Avery's general research
collections in response to the needs of researchers with
multidisciplinary backgrounds, hybrid (digital-physical) needs, and
changing curricula; manage the development of Avery's fine arts and
+ Oversee the conceptualization, management, delivery, and
assessment of Avery's research services including reference;
orientations and liaison services; programmatic instruction for
undergraduate and graduate programs; the development of research
tools and digital projects.
+ Participate in development, coordination and ongoing support of
the Avery Library special projects programs; these include both
digital projects (e.g., Omeka presentations, digitized
collections), published research (e.g., articles, books), and
+ Participate on Avery's management team while directly supervising
and mentoring two Officers of the Library - the Research Services
Librarian and Architecture Librarian.
+ Lead creative initiatives to communicate the collections and
research services of Avery to new and existing target audiences,
with attention to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion,
and inspiring new levels of engagement among the Columbia and
broader arts research communities.
+ Participate on CUL professional committees and professional
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. 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.
Minimum Degree Required:
Master's Degree in Library Science or equivalent combination of
education and experience.
+ Three or more years of significant academic or research library
experience with responsibility in areas related to collection
development, public services, and assessment.
+ Three or more years of supervisory experience.
+ Knowledge of fine arts, architecture, archaeology, and/or
decorative arts academic fields.
+ Demonstrated experience engaging and collaborating with faculty,
staff, and students through research services programming.
+ 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
+ PhD or MA in a related subject.
+ Experience working in a museum, art, or architecture research
+ Reading knowledge of French, Italian, Spanish, or German.
+ Knowledge of major vendors, booksellers (new and antiquarian),
+ Experience with a library enterprise system such as Voyager,
+ Knowledge of current trends in humanities pedagogies, digital
scholarship, open access or scholarly communication.
+ Knowledge of current trends in library collection development and
+ Familiarity with digital project development and management,
digitization and web technologies.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability /
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