Sunday, December 11, 2011

Digital Services Librarian

Digital Services Librarian – York University Libraries
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.

York University Libraries are committed to building a strong digital culture in support of teaching and learning at York University. In support of further growth in this area, York University Libraries are seeking an innovative and energetic librarian for the position of Digital Services Librarian in Bibliographic Services. The Digital Services Librarian will join a dynamic and growing team of digital professionals including the Digital Humanities Librarian, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Digital Projects and Outreach Archivist, Web Librarian, E-Learning Librarian and GIS Librarian.  This is an 18-month contractually limited appointment with the possibility of extension.  The Digital Services Librarian will play an integral role in supporting and developing digital initiatives within York University Libraries. Demonstrating excellent project management skills, the successful candidate will support the creation of digital collections at York University by collaborating with Archives and Special Collections, Library Computing Services and the Digital Initiatives Advisory Group to promote, plan, implement, support, and evaluate digital projects within the Libraries.  Associated responsibilities may also involve the hiring, training, and supervision of supporting staff. A significant component of this position involves advocating for and supporting the Library’s scholarly communications initiatives including serving on the Scholarly Communications Committee, liaising with the York community, administering the institutional repository YorkSpace, and supporting the digital journal hosting program York Digital Journals. Comfort with troubleshooting software challenges and providing project-related technical support will be required. Collaborating with colleagues, the incumbent will ensure that appropriate digital and metadata standards and procedures are established and followed. The Digital Services Librarian will be a member of the Digital Initiatives Advisory Group.  Some original and complex copy cataloguing may be required.

  • MLS (or recognized equivalent) from an ALA-accredited program;
  • experience planning and implementing digitization projects or other complex digital library projects;
  • demonstrated experience with SGML/XML, metadata standards and schema;  
  • demonstrated initiative, service-oriented attitude, and project management skills;
  • knowledge of emerging trends in digital collections, scholarly communications, and in library and information technologies;
  • excellent software troubleshooting abilities and comfort with UNIX environments;
  • past programming experience an asset;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to work independently and in collaboration with others;
  • flexible attitude and ability to adapt to a changing environment; ability to balance multiple responsibilities; demonstrated time management skills;
  • willingness to undertake library and university committee responsibilities, professional development, research and scholarship.

This is an 18- month contractually limited appointment with the designation of Adjunct Librarian and appropriate for a librarian with up to nine years post-MLS experience.  The position is available from March 1, 2012.   Librarians at York University have academic status and are members of the York University Faculty Association bargaining unit ( Salary is commensurate with qualifications. 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).

Campus resources include an on-site daycare centre, a women's centre, a race and ethnic relations centre, a sexual harassment centre, initiatives in support of sexual and gender diversity, and a wellness centre. York University encourages attitudes of respect and non-discrimination toward persons of all ethnic and religious groups, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

The deadline for applications has been extended to January 13, 2012. Applications, including a covering letter relating qualifications to requirements of the position, a current curriculum vitae, and the names of three referees, should be sent to:

Chair, Digital Services Librarian Appointment Committee
York University, 310 Scott Library
4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Fax: (416) 736-5451

Applications should be sent by mail; or by email or fax with original copy following.

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