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Web Archiving Project Librarian, Columbia University

We are seeking an experienced information professional to take the lead in a 2 year grant-funded project to expand and improve its program for collecting and archiving web content.  Over the past four years, the Libraries have built a web archiving program using the Archive-It software and Columbia's Fedora repository, with thematic collections focused on human rights, historic preservation, and New York City religious institutions, as well as content related to the University Archives and special collections.  The new grant project will explore and develop technical improvements for web archiving, collaborative models for collecting web content, and scholarly uses of web archives. 
The Web Archiving Project Librarian will work with Columbia's collecting partners at other research libraries to identify content areas of mutual interest, propose and test models for collaboration using Columbia's web archiving infrastructure, and identify issues relating to policy, governance and financing of a collaborative program.  Through data mining and interviews with scholars at Columbia and elsewhere, the Web Archiving Project Librarian will identify current and potential uses of web content and archives in scholarly research, and identify any changes in strategy or procedures for the web archiving program to improve outcomes.  The incumbent will work with website managers at Columbia and elsewhere to identify and test technical changes that would improve harvesting of the website, and alternate means of acquiring content. The incumbent will also participate in, and provide support for, a program of incentive awards to encourage development of software applications that will improve the process of web archiving and the use of archived content.  This is a temporary 2-year position, commencing in March 2013.
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