Monday, March 29, 2010

Cataloguing and Metadata Librarian

Cataloguing and Metadata Librarian - Contractually Limited Appointment

York University Libraries are seeking an innovative and energetic librarian for the position of Cataloguing and Metadata Librarian in Bibliographic Services to connect
users with collections in a position that will blend emerging metadata applications with traditional cataloguing during a three year contractually-limited appointment, the position is available from September 1, 2010. Librarians in Bibliographic Services are leaders in providing optimum bibliographic access to the Libraries' rapidly growing collection of electronic resources such as journals, monographs, digital objects, theses, and data.

York University offers a world-class, modern, interdisciplinary academic experience in Toronto, Canada's most multicultural city. York is at the centre of innovation, with a thriving community of almost 60,000 faculty, staff and students who challenge the ordinary and deliver the unexpected.

Responsibilities include creating descriptive and subject access to print, media, and digital materials using current cataloguing, authority control and metadata standards; providing guidance on cataloguing and metadata procedures; providing guidance in implementing new workflows in response to the Library's needs. Also responsible for providing leadership in planning and developing new procedures, workflow and training needs, monitoring trends in metadata standards and access to digital resources. Participates in library committees, task forces and special projects, particularly those relating to bibliographic control, cataloguing, metadata and digital initiatives. The incumbent is also expected and encouraged to advance the profession through research, publication and participation in professional organizations.


• MLS (or recognized equivalent) from an ALA-accredited program
• Up to 3 years of post-MLS experience
• Demonstrated knowledge and expertise relevant to cataloguing electronic resources
• Knowledge of cataloguing and authority control in an online environment
• Knowledge of MARC formats, XML, metadata standards, AACR2 rev, LC classification and subject headings
• Knowledge of cataloguing tools such as MARCEdit and MARC Report
• Knowledge of emerging trends in cataloguing, such as RDA and FRBR and in library and information technologies
• A strong commitment to providing leading edge electronic access to a wide variety of resources
• Ability to catalogue in English
• Ability to catalogue in one or more other languages is an asset
• Knowledge of best practices for digitization including the capture and conversion of digital objects
• Knowledge of emerging trends in scholarly communication including institutional repositories
• Knowledge of editorial workflow for scholarly journals
• Proficiency with computer technology and web site management, self learner
• Demonstrated aptitude for troubleshooting technical challenges
• Analytical, organizational, and effective leadership skills
• Demonstrated potential for planning, project management and training staff
• Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to work independently and in collaboration with others
• Ability to create effective documentation
• Flexible attitude and ability to adapt to a changing environment; ability to balance multiple responsibilities; demonstrated time management skills.

This is a three year contractually-limited appointment with the designation of Adjunct
Librarian and is appropriate for a librarian with up to three years post-MLS experience. Librarians at York University have academic status and are members of the York University Faculty Association bargaining unit ( Salary is commensurate with qualifications. The position is available from September 1, 2010. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

York University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York's website at or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority. Temporary entry for citizens of the U.S.A. and Mexico may apply per the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). York University resources include centres relating to gender equity, race and ethnic relations, sexual harassment, human rights, and wellness. York University encourages attitudes of respect and non-discrimination toward persons of all ethnic and religious groups, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

Deadline for applications is: May 3, 2010. Applications, including a covering letter, and a current curriculum vitae with the names and contact details of three referees are requested.

Applications can be sent to:

Chair, Bibliographic Services CLA Librarian Appointment Committee
York University Libraries
31 0 Scott Library
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 1P3
Fax: (416) 736-5451

Applications may be sent by fax or e-mail with a mail copy following.

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