Columbia University Libraries Announces Two Associate University Librarian Opportunities
NEW YORK, January 4, 2017

Columbia University in the City of New York is seeking nominations and applications for two Associate University Librarians (AULs) to provide leadership for one of the world's leading library systems. Columbia University Libraries has embarked on an exciting path, articulated in our new Strategic Directions and developed with staff and stakeholders over the last year. Fundamental to our vision is the proactive role that Columbia's libraries have in advancing the teaching and research mission of the University and in expanding our intellectual partnerships with faculty and students.

The AUL for Research and Learning will provide leadership and deep expertise in facilitating and supporting the products and processes of scholarship, embracing an expansive agenda for the Libraries as vital collaborators in Columbia's research and learning ecosystem. In partnership with academic deans, faculty, and students, the AUL for Research and Learning is responsible for designing and delivering innovative library services and advanced learning spaces to enhance research of individual disciplines, enable cross-disciplinary connections among researchers, and promote student learning and experimentation beyond the classroom. The AUL for Research and Learning collaborates with Research Administration and campus academic initiatives including the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Data Science Institute, and others. The AUL for Research and Learning oversees operations for the following divisions with a total of approximately 128 FTE: Access Services; Humanities and History, including responsibility for the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary; Global Studies; Science, Engineering, and Social Science; Digital Scholarship; and Copyright Advisory Services. The Libraries' Communications department, in service to the overall organization, also reports directly to this AUL.

The AUL for Collections will provide leadership and deep expertise for collections strategy, overseeing the acquisition and management of scholarly resources distinguished by scope, quality, and scale for supporting research, teaching, and the intellectual curiosity of Columbia's faculty and students. With oversight for the collections budget, the AUL for Collections builds distinctiveness and enhances Columbia's collections, which serve a global clientele as well as a local constituency, and leads a cross-library program to improve systematic assessment of resources and services, proactively addressing the range of "hiddenness" across the collections so that they become more discoverable and useful.  The AUL for Collections leverages strategic collaborations with partner organizations to extend capacities at scale and works with faculty to increase access to content and advance open and collaborative models.  The AUL for Collections oversees operations for the following divisions with a total of approximately 135 FTE: Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library; Rare Book and Manuscript Library; C.V. Starr East Asian Library; Cataloging, Archives, and Metadata Services; Collections Acquisition and Description; and Collection Development and Electronic Resources Management. The Libraries' Assessment program, in service to the overall organization, also reports directly to this AUL.

Reporting to the Vice Provost and University Librarian, both AUL positions are members of the Libraries' Executive Committee and work in close collaboration with the Associate Vice President for Technology and Preservation and the Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration as key participants in overall Libraries budgetary, assessment, and strategic planning. The AULs work closely with the Libraries' Leadership Council and the Provost's Advisory Committee on the Libraries to set priorities for the organization.

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. 


Basic Qualifications for Both Positions

·  A graduate degree in library science or an advanced degree in a relevant subject area

·  Increasingly responsible administrative roles in an academic library or research setting

·  Demonstrated understanding of the role of the library and its collections in supporting university research, teaching, and learning

·  Demonstrated excellence in leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills

·  Demonstrated ability to build and maintain deep collaborative relationships to serve shared goals

·  Demonstrated commitment to and support for an inclusive environment for staff and users

·  Ability to build and motivate a team through change, with a strong commitment to fostering growth and development of others

·  Experience with initiating grant opportunities and working on grant-funded projects

·  Deep expertise in one or more areas of responsibility

Additional Skills Required for the AUL for Research and Learning

·  A strong record of implementing programs in support of research and scholarly communication

·  Ability to lead a team in the provision of scalable services that enable new forms of scholarship and disseminate research results

Additional Skills Required for the AUL for Collections

·  A strong record of using analytical and conceptual skills to set goals and initiate change to workflows and processes

·  Ability to lead a team in the implementation of an overall collection strategy, including policies, standards, and activities that promote excellence


We offer salary and benefits commensurate with qualifications and experience.


For immediate consideration for the AUL for Research and Learning, please apply online at:

For immediate consideration for the AUL for Collections, please apply online at:


The Search Committee will review applications and nominations beginning January 30 and will continue to receive and review them until the position is filled.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 13 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff and hosts over 4.7 million visitors each year.  The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources:

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