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Research Services Coordinator
Columbia University Libraries, Science and Engineering Libraries Division
Two Year Appointment
The Columbia University Libraries invites nominations and applications for the position of Research
Services Coordinator, Science and Engineering Libraries division. The Research Services Coordinator
will assess the needs of researchers, investigate model programs at peer institutions, and draft
recommendations for future service programs appropriate for the science and engineering
community at Columbia. The position will investigate and propose design and implementation
strategies for service programs supporting the activities of current and future researchers, including
but not limited to data management, grant writing, course design, online education, and virtual
services, and new forms of scholarly publishing. The position will serve as the primary service and
collections liaison to the students and faculty of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and
Applied Sciences in a new innovation space currently under development. The position will be
eligible for a permanent appointment.
Reporting to the Director of the Science and Engineering Libraries division, the Research Services
Coordinator will provide direct service to students and faculty, including virtual reference,
instruction and outreach, and research consultations. The Research Services Coordinator will work
closely with colleagues from the division, the digital centers, the Center for Digital Research and
Scholarship, the Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, and the Assessment Coordinator to
plan and recommend new service programs. The position will also participate on Libraries-­‐wide task
forces and working groups. The position will work with colleagues to develop and maintain
collections in engineering and the applied sciences, including the selection of materials and
monitoring collections budgets.
Required qualifications include:
MLS or other advanced degree in the sciences or engineering or other appropriate discipline
An awareness of the issues involved in developing sustainable support for research and
teaching in the sciences and/or engineering
Experience providing service in a technology-­‐rich environment
Experience in managing complex projects
Demonstrated initiative, flexibility and the ability to work in a collaborative environment
An ability to clearly articulate ideas through excellent writing and presentation skills
Experience in web page creation, including the ability to write effectively for the web and
social media
Knowledge of visualization applications such as LaTeX, Matlab, or R.
Preferred qualifications include:
Undergraduate or advanced degree in science or engineering or other appropriate discipline
and knowledge of emerging technologies in academic libraries
Experience in instructional design
Knowledge of statistical and spatial data software applications.
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