Geology/Geosciences Librarian — Columbia University Libraries — New York, NY 10027

Oct 12, 2006 by

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Geology/Geosciences Librarian – Geology and Geosciences Libraries

The Columbia University Libraries seeks a Geology/Geosciences Librarian to administer the services and resource activities of two geographically separated departmental libraries, the Geology Library on the Morningside Heights Campus and the Geosciences Library at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY. The Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory has a world-wide reputation for high quality research and is famous for its work in ocean floor mapping, geochemistry, seismology, and many other fields. The Geology/Geosciences Librarian must combine strong subject knowledge with good administrative skills to keep these two widely separated facilities functioning smoothly and in sync with the Columbia Libraries organization. He/she must be able to relate well to a wide variety of students, faculty and researchers, and understand the process of scientific communication in a research institute.

Reporting to the Director of the Science and Engineering Libraries (also the Director of Collection Development) the incumbent will:

Provide reference service in the earth sciences for the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory research staff of more than 200 senior scientists and accompanying support staff, including the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences faculty and graduate students, as well as the broader Columbia community.

Develop and provide long-term management of the print and electronic collections in the earth sciences, including the selection of maps where appropriate. Maintain close relationships with faculty and research staff to keep abreast of changes in areas of research interest and support.

Contribute to the creation, application, and evaluation of new ways to support learning and scholarly communication in the earth sciences, including the support of e-science, along with the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences and Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. Will also help coordinate faculty participation in the Libraries’ Institutional Repository program and digital archiving initiatives.

Coordinate collections and document delivery services between the Geosciences and Geology libraries. Work with the Head of Access Services to monitor public service activities in the Geology Library, and prepare management reports on access services; preservation needs; space planning and problems; and provision of electronic resources.

Supervise the Geosciences Library Specialist in functions including: Circulation, stack maintenance, technical processing, document delivery, and reference. Supervise the Geosciences Library Assistant in functions including: paper journal check-in, binding, new journal evaluation management and map collection maintenance.

Participate in the CU library-wide and Science & Engineering Division strategic planning efforts; contributing to current operations, evaluating and delivering services.

Requirements are: MLS plus experience with information systems and database systems in geology and the earth sciences, and significant course work in at least one of these disciplines, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Strong management and supervisory skills.

Additional Requirements Include: Demonstrated awareness of how research and learning are done in the earth sciences, particularly in an academic environment. Familiarity with microcomputer software applications to the extent required to consult with technical staff in the process of implementing new resources. Ability to handle bibliographic citations in a wide variety of languages. Knowledge of the book trade and the ability to engage in space planning.

This position has been classified as a PC II position. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. 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.

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.

For immediate consideration please e-mail your resume and the names/contact information for 3 references to: or send it to Human Resources, Columbia University, Box 18, Butler Library, MC 1104, 535 West 114th Street, New York, NY 10027. Please reference Search # UL70106018 and include your e-mail address. Applications will be accepted immediately and until the position is filled; however, applications submitted before November 13, 2006 will receive priority consideration.

Columbia University is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.