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Job Opening: Columbia University

eJournal Preservation Librarian
Temporary Appointment
Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

The Columbia University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of eJournal Preservation Librarian. This is a temporary grant-funded position ending on or about April 30, 2015 (with the possibility of extension) created to review titles within the 2CUL holdings that do not have adequate preservation plans. The goal of the position is to expand the number and extent of e-journal preservation coverage by supplying tested preservation strategies to selected categories of selected e-journals. Reporting to the Director of the Continuing & Electronic Resources Management division (CERM), the incumbent will be responsible for:

Working with preservation agencies such as CLOCKSS, LOCKSS, and Portico and with the producers and distributors of eJournals (including publishers, aggregators, professional societies, and academic departments) to secure preservation agreements for selected titles held by Columbia University Libraries and Cornell University Libraries.

Providing a detailed analysis of the full set of un-preserved e-journals held by Columbia and Cornell, characterizing the different types of content, methods of publication and dissemination, and providing an initial assessment of importance for preservation.

Reviewing license agreements and terms, requiring knowledge of Electronic Resource licensing terms and contract/license language for copyright, fair use, and perpetual access with vendors; Examining archiving provisions (or lack thereof) in Columbia’s and Cornell’s current e-journal licenses and proposing additional or modified language drawn from model license terms appropriate to each type of publication.

Working to streamline the workflow for the preservation of electronic resources, specifically eJournals; Working towards appropriate solutions in an ever-changing situation; Developing appropriate methods of analysis for problem solving; Ensuring documentation of current procedures; Developing and using statistical and other management reports.

Serving on the project advisory team and providing overall project planning and coordination.

Assisting in preparing issue briefs and white papers based on experience and findings of the project to encourage community discussion of issues relating to eJournal preservation; Participating in consultation with the BorrowDirect Collection Development group in review of publication categories and priorities and reporting on project activities and findings at professional meetings and conferences.

Staying abreast of developments and changes in the eJournals preservation area, providing guidance and outreach to the parties involved, and informing them of new and enhanced products and services.

Performing other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

– MLS or equivalent

– Experience working with eJournals

– Experience with reviewing and identifying issues with license agreements for electronic resources

– Ability to work with varied user groups and to function effectively in a team environment and in a complex and culturally diverse organization

– Excellent organizational, analytical and interpersonal, oral and written communication and training skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

– 2 or more years of academic library experience

– Experience working with Library vendors

– Knowledge of the complex, ever-changing electronic publishing environment and scholarly communications issues

– Knowledge of preservation practices for electronic journals

– Knowledge of publishers and publishing


Joyce G. McDonough             tel: 212.854.4764
Director, Continuing & Electronic Resources Management
Columbia University Libraries  fax:    212.854.5167
535 West 114th Street
New York, NY  10027            email: jm86@columbia.edu

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