Research and Learning Technologies Librarian
The Columbia University Libraries seek a creative, service-oriented Research and
Learning Technologies Librarian to coordinate planning, implementation, and outreach
for faculty and student-facing services in the use of new physical technologies in support
of student research, scholarship, and in-class learning. This new librarian position
reports to the Director of Digital Scholarship and is part of a newly-formed team that
encompasses scholarly communication, digital humanities, and computing
fundamentals. As a member of the Digital Scholarship team, the librarian is responsible
for consultations, instructional services, and relevant reference support to members of
the Columbia community both in-person and virtually. The Librarian will both support
digital scholarship initiatives and engage technologies emerging as critical to research
and teaching to meet the evolving needs of faculty, students, and staff. The librarian will
also participate in service programs across the Libraries including research information
management, new forms of scholarly communication, and other committees.
-Engage faculty and students to explore new technologies around which the Libraries
may build research and learning support services.
-With the help of student assistants, manage the evolving slate of CUL technology
service operations. Current examples include the operation of an in-libraries learning-
focused 3D modeling and printing operation, instruction and engagement with virtual
reality equipment, and the management of a growing technology lending collection
support science and engineering students.
-Participate in the management and maintenance of specialized workstations in multiple
library locations as needed.
-Participate in strategic curricular design and integrations, facilitating learning outcomes
for students working with creative technologies in the classroom. Supported through
further development of information online resources about library offerings.
-Participate in the collaborative libraries-wide efforts to extend technology learning
support to students and faculty across the network of subject experts in Research and
Learning through resource development and communication.
-Other duties as assigned
- MLS or PHD
- High degree of current awareness in computers and related technologies in emerging use at institutions of higher education
- Aptitude for teaching and developing instructional content and documentation
- Knowledge of modern computing platforms
- Experience in instructional design
- Experience in identifying and evaluating software applications for particular educational
- or research uses
- An awareness of the issues involved in developing sustainable support for research and
- learning across multiple disciplines, including the sciences, engineering, business, and
- digital arts.
- Aptitude for considering the use of library space in the development of new physical
- technology-based services
- Experience or training in the issues of safety for student use of tools and technology
- (esp, ‘maker’ tools)
As one of the world’s leading research universities, Columbia University in the City of
New York provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a dynamic,
multicultural, intellectual community. The Columbia University Libraries are comprised of
a diverse and engaged staff committed to furthering the University’s teaching and
research mission through innovation, collaboration, and a commitment to excellence.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and strongly
encourages individuals of all backgrounds and cultures to consider this position. We
offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.