Head of Access Services and Collection Management
Columbia University Libraries

Columbia University Libraries seeks a creative and future-oriented leader as the Head of Access Services and Collection Management in the Avery Architectural and Fine Art Library. The Head of Access Services and Collection Management is responsible for the coordination and implementation of core public services. The Head will lead periodic assessment of patron needs in order to develop new services in consultation with Avery and CUL-wide Access colleagues. This position supervises 6 FTEs and anywhere from 5 to 25 student staff each semester. The position is also responsible for the management of Avery's general research collections including stack maintenance, binding, shifts, and major transfers to CUL’s offsite location. This position serves on Avery's management team and broader CUL committees so as to contribute to strategic objectives and implement innovative practices.

The Head of Access librarian will oversee the largest division in Avery, which provides essential services centered on student and faculty engagement with the collections, technologies, and spaces. This is critical towards advancing teaching and learning among Avery's core constituencies as well as the broader CUL and New York City arts research communities. Because Avery's Access Services is the primary point of contact for patrons, this role is central to offering a safe and inclusive space for Avery's research communities. In response to the pandemic campus reopening, this position has proven even more fundamental to assessing, revising, and implementing basic library services in a safe and seamless way with as little inconvenience to its patrons as possible.
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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Five plus years of experience in Supervisory & Management Experience in Access Services
  • Familiarity with key art and architectural resources and software applications
  • Experience using Integrated Library Systems/Library Management Systems, ILL systems
  • Teaching or training experience
  • Demonstrated success in project management, including ability to manage multiple priorities and solve problems within timelines
  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated supervisory experience in a research library environment
  • Familiarity with web content management systems/principles of web design and usability
  • An understanding of the art or architectural history research process
  • Experience with special collections
  • Familiarity with citation management systems as well as art & architecture research resources

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Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and strongly encourages individuals of all backgrounds and cultures to consider this position.