Monday, November 22, 2010

BWR Project Librarian: Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University (New York, NY)

3 Year Temporary Position

Working with the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals professional staff, the BWR Project Librarian will provide administrative support and metadata development to the Built Works Registry project team. The Built Works Registry (BWR) is a collaborative project of the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, ARTstor and the Getty Research Institute. Staff from each organization will comprise the BWR project team and will develop a freely available registry and data resource for architectural works and the built environment. The three-year IMLS-funded grant project will include development of the BWR policy framework, metadata structure, technical infrastructure, and a body of seed content. The Built Works Registry will be available for contributions and use by scholars, catalogers, and other users across all types of academic and cultural heritage organizations in the United States and worldwide.

Responsibilities of the BWR Project Librarian include:

  • Participate in metadata schema and data dictionary development.
  • Create built work data records including metadata analysis, normalization, research and enhancement.
  • Provide administrative support for coordinating project meetings, producing project documentation, and managing team-wide project communications, updating the BWR project website and blog.
  • Assist the Project Director in all BWR project evaluations, reporting and dissemination activities.
  • Index journal articles on architecture-related topics in the CUL Voyager system, including subject analysis and creation of new authority records for personal, corporate and built works names.

This is a three-year grant-funded position; qualification requirements include:

  • Master of Library and Information Science or equivalent
  • Knowledge of standard bibliographic and metadata formats/schema, e.g. MARC, VRA Core
  • Knowledge of the architectural discipline and the built environment
  • Knowledge of one or more language other than English
  • Effective writing and oral communications skills
  • Ability to combine accuracy and efficiency
  • Proven organizational skills; proven interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency using Microsoft office suite

Proficient use of online communication modalities (email, listservs, blogs, wikis) and familiarity with online social computing utilities are highly desirable.

The Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library is one of the most comprehensive architecture and fine arts library collections in the world. Avery collects a full range of primary and secondary sources for the advanced study of architecture, historic preservation, art history, decorative arts, city planning, real estate, and archaeology. The Library contains 500,000 volumes including 40,000 rare books, and receives approximately 1,900 periodicals. Avery’s Drawings and Archives collection includes 1.5 million architectural drawings and records.

The Avery Library is home to the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, the only comprehensive American guide to the current literature of architecture and design. The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals offers broad coverage of journal articles published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, landscape architecture, and historic preservation. With more than 675,000 records, the Index continues to be the pre-eminent discovery resource for research in architecture and related fields.

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Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer