Journalism & Government Information Librarian

Columbia University
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 18

Position description

The Columbia University Libraries invites nominations and applications for the position Journalism & Government Information Librarian. The Librarian will engage and collaborate with faculty, students, and administrators in the Columbia School of Journalism and across the University relating to research and data support in the area of government information. The Librarian will collect materials in the areas of journalism, news and current events, and government information. The Librarian will manage collection funds, select materials, and coordinate outreach for the School of Journalism, and government information and data. The Librarian will also monitor and choose appropriate Federal, NY State, and NYC government documents, and work with other liaisons when making selection decisions for both current and historical materials in all formats. Working collaboratively as part of the Science, Engineering, and Social Science Library team and the Research Support group, the Librarian is responsible for research consultations, instructional services, and providing front-line research support in-person and virtually. The Librarian will support digital scholarship initiatives and engage technologies emerging as critical to research and teaching in the sciences and social sciences to meet the evolving needs of faculty and students. The Librarian will also participate in service programs across the Libraries including data services. 

The Columbia School of Journalism is one of the oldest and most cutting-edge journalism schools in the country. The School includes the Tow Center for Digital Journalism; the Brown Institute for Media Innovation; the Columbia Journalism Review; and the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma. The School offers over a dozen areas of study with MA, MS, PhD, and Dual Degree programs. 

RESPONSIBILITIES: Reporting to the Head of Business & Research Support, this position provides outreach, instruction, and collections services to researchers at Columbia University. The Journalism & Government Information Librarian develops, manages, and assesses print and digital collections to support research, teaching, and learning. The Librarian participates in planning and marketing instruction, outreach, and special programs for the Science, Engineering, and Social Science Libraries. Additionally, the Librarian participates in Library-wide initiatives, serves on committees and task forces, and takes part in professional activities and organizations, as appropriate. 
The Science, Engineering, and Social Science Libraries Division collections and services directly support the research and learning activities of the departments of Anthropology, Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Sociology, and Statistics. The Division also includes support for the Columbia Business School, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of Engineering, the School of International Affairs and Public Administration, the School of Journalism, and the School of Social Work. The Division also actively supports the pedagogical and applied uses of geospatial tools, statistical packages, and research data support. In addition to assistance with research data support, the Division offers guidance writing research data management plans and open access issues.  


Minimum Degree Required: MLS or PhD or equivalent  

Minimum Qualifications:

All applicants MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered for the position.- ALA MLS or advanced degree in an appropriate discipline such as communications, journalism, or equivalent in the social sciences or other appropriate discipline 
- Excellent analytical, organizational, oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills 
- Commitment to supporting and working in a multicultural and diverse environment 
- Ability to work well with others in a highly collaborative work environment 
- Ability to learn new technology-related skills and procedures 
- Knowledgeable in the issues surrounding scholarly communications and data 
- Experience providing service and outreach in a technology-rich environment  

Preferred Qualifications:- Demonstrated experience working with statistical datasets and the ability to effectively communicate with faculty, students, and staff about textual numerical and spatial data resources 
- Teaching or training experience 
- Experience in identifying and evaluating software applications 
- Familiarity with emerging technologies and social media  

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