Digital Assets Librarian ? York University Libraries
York University Libraries are seeking an innovative and self-motivated 
individual for the position of Digital Assets Librarian in Bibliographic 

York University is the leading interdisciplinary research and teaching 
university in Canada. York offers a modern, academic experience at the 
undergraduate and graduate level in Toronto ? Canada?s most international 
city. The third largest university in the country, York is host to a 
dynamic academic community of 62,000 students, faculty and staff, as well 
as 240,000 alumni worldwide. York?s 10 Faculties and 28 research centres 
conduct ambitious, groundbreaking research that is interdisciplinary, 
cutting across traditional academic boundaries.

The Digital Assets Librarian will join a dynamic and growing team at York 
University Libraries, actively participating in research on campus, 
OCUL-Scholars Portal programs, and national and international digital 
initiatives. Working collaboratively in a dynamic service-oriented 
environment, the Digital Assets Librarian will play an integral role in 
the development of data curation, asset management and preservation 
strategies for York University Libraries.  He/she will enable data 
discovery and retrieval, preserve and maintain data quality, provide for 
data re-use over time, and develop other value-added services.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of managing 
large-scale projects involving stakeholders spanning multiple areas. The 
incumbent will ensure that best practices in emerging metadata standards 
are established and followed. This position will perform a key role in the 
creation of new data repository tools by gathering requirements and 
coordinating software development projects. He/she will play an advocacy 
and promotion role for open access to research data, best practices in 
data curation, and preservation practices on campus. The Digital Assets 
Librarian will work closely with colleagues, faculty, and staff to provide 
a wide range of curatorial services, including consulting on best 
practices for data documentation, developing appropriate data management 
plans, and coordinating the receipt of new data acquisitions. The Digital 
Assets Librarian responsibilities will include a liaison assignment with 
an academic department. 

Additionally, the incumbent will possess: an enthusiastic and flexible 
attitude; the capacity to adapt to a changing environment; the ability to 
balance multiple responsibilities; demonstrated time management skills; 
and knowledge of emerging trends in scholarly communications and library 
and information technologies.

? MLS degree (or recognized equivalent) from an ALA-accredited program; 
? demonstrated large-scale project management expertise;
? demonstrated experience with XML, applying metadata standards and 
schema, and controlled vocabularies; 
? demonstrated expertise with one or more metadata manipulation and 
scripting languages (e.g. XSLT, Perl, Python);
? demonstrated applied web application development experience, including 
familiarity with development frameworks (e.g. Ruby on Rails, Django), and 
application programming language(s) such as Java, PHP, or others;
? familiarity with semantic and linked data standards such as RDF and OWL;
? familiarity with standards and best practices in data curation and 
? strong understanding of emerging trends and issues for research 
libraries in the areas of digital curation, digital preservation, 
scholarly communications and metadata;
? excellent independent learning and problem-solving abilities; 
? excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to work 
independently and in collaboration with others;
? evidence of a developing research portfolio

This is a continuing-stream (tenure track) appointment to be filled at the 
Assistant Librarian level and appropriate for a librarian with up to nine 
years of post-MLS experience. Librarians and archivists 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 June 1, 2012.  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. 

York University?s 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 the submission of applications is March 15, 2012. Applicants 
are directed to submit a covering letter outlining their relevant 
qualifications and experience, a current curriculum vitae, and the names 
and contact details of three referees. Applicants are also asked to have 
their referees submit written letters of recommendation directly under 
separate cover by mail, fax (or email with a mail copy following) before 
the application deadline.  Applications should be sent to: 

Chair, Digital Assets Librarian Appointment Committee 
York University Libraries
310 Scott Library 
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario  M3J 1P3 
Fax: 416-736-5451
Email: [log in to unmask] 

Applications should be sent by mail, or by email or fax with a hardcopy 

University Librarian's Office
York University Libraries