Digital Assets Librarian – York University
York University Libraries are seeking
an innovative and self-motivated individual for the position of Digital
Assets Librarian in Bibliographic Services.
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
• 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,
• 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 preservation;
• 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
• excellent oral and written communication
skills, ability to work independently and in collaboration with others;
• evidence of a developing research
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 (http://www.yufa.org/).
Salary is commensurate with qualifications. The position is available from
June 1, 2012. All York University positions are subject to budgetary
York University is an Affirmative Action
Employer. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York's website
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
York University Libraries
310 Scott Library
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Email: [log in to unmask]
Applications should be sent by mail,
or by email or fax with a hardcopy following.
University Librarian's Office
York University Libraries