On behalf of the search committee of the Research Impact and Metrics Literacy Librarian, Contractually-Limited Appointment at York University Libraries, I am writing to submit a job advertisement for a Research Impact and Metrics Literacy Librarian. Please find the ad below. Kindly send me the invoice and we will process it accordingly.

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Position Information

Position Rank: Contractually Limited Appointment
Discipline/Field: Research Impact and Metrics Literacy Librarian
Home Faculty: Libraries
Home Department/Area/Division: Digital Scholarship Infrastructure
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: June 1, 2022
Position End Date: May 31, 2024

Research Impact and Metrics Literacy Librarian, Contractually-Limited Appointment, York University

York University Libraries is seeking a two-year contractually-limited appointment (CLA) for a Research Impact and Metrics Literacy Librarian to increase YUL's capacity to support institutional strategic research priorities such as increasing research participation, maximizing the impact and diversity of York's scholarly outputs, and supporting the sustainable development goal programs. The incumbent would be directly responsible for co-developing, advancing, and supporting a range of services around scholarly output, research impact, research visibility, and metrics literacy. Working in coordination with colleagues in Open Scholarship and Digital Scholarship Infrastructure, the incumbent would serve as a resource for faculties, campus groups, and research administrators looking to evaluate and optimize the visibility and impact of research outputs for which they have an oversight responsibility. The incumbent would also support programs designed to monitor the university's publications and attribution record in bibliometric data sources, work with large data sets to analyze research metrics data in support of requests for research impact reporting, support researcher disambiguation and publication profiling efforts at the university, and, in collaboration with scholarly publishing librarians, support grant reporting requirements around impact metrics. Finally, the incumbent would act as a lead in the area of research metrics literacy and would support programs aimed at communicating best practices for the responsible use of bibliometrics and alternative metrics in research evaluation.

Projects and Responsibilities:
Research Support

* Provide consultation services to researchers on the use of research metrics, including guidance around citation analysis, disciplinary considerations for research impact assessment, methodologies used to construct research impact indicators, the use of various databases to extract bibliometric or alternative metric data, and the use of researcher identification and profiling tools.

* In collaboration with the Digital Publishing Librarian and Scholarly Publishing Librarian, serve as a lead library contact for research groups, departments, organized research units, faculties, and administrative units requiring programmatic support for efforts pertaining to research metrics, research impact, and scholar visibility.

* Extract and analyze bibliometrics data in support of research impact reporting and data verification requests from the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation, the Office of Institutional Planning and Analysis, and other research administrator groups.

* Monitor and correct university publications and attribution metadata in bibliometric data sources.
Promoting and Supporting Scholar Visibility

  *   In collaboration with colleagues within the libraries, support projects designed to track and enhance the visibility of SDG-affiliated research objects.
  *   Serve as a lead contact for the institution's ORCID integration campaign, overseeing technical issues or projects such as implementing single sign-on.
  *   In collaboration with colleagues in Open Scholarship and Digital Scholarship Infrastructure, design and deliver instructional programs, modifiable learning objects, and other materials related to research impact, scholar visibility and metrics literacy.
  *   As a member of the research data team, develop expertise and consult on the intersection of data publication with research impact and visibility.
  *   Provide individual and group training on impact metrics databases and researcher profiling software.
  *   Liaise with bibliometric and profiling database vendors to address technical issues with software or platforms and coordinate necessary technical support for researchers.
  *   Support subject librarians in their dealings with researchers around bibliometrics, researcher profiling tools and other questions relating to research impact.
  *   Contribute to the expansion of the libraries' culture of open and public scholarship.

Assessment and Analysis

  *   Provide analyses of bibliometric data for campus stakeholders.
  *   Conduct journal citation analysis and collect impact metrics data to assist faculty in selecting publication venues.
  *   Inform library policies by developing an understanding of existing research infrastructures, tools, and workflows used by York researchers, particularly as it relates to research data.
York University Libraries pursues excellence in teaching by advancing the discovery, preservation, creation and dissemination of knowledge through leadership, creativity and collaboration. All librarians and archivists advance this mission and as such will be assigned teaching responsibilities. Other duties including reference/teaching/cluster support and disciplinary responsibilities will be assigned in light of institutional priorities or the incumbent's disciplinary knowledge and research interests.


  *   A Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from an ALA accredited program, or equivalent degree.
  *   Demonstrated:

o   leadership capacity and evidence of building effective working relationships with institutional and external colleagues and community stakeholders;

o   teaching and presentation experience, including online contexts;

o   aptitude for adapting to new responsibilities and environments, independent learning and engagement with technology/software, including excellent technical troubleshooting;

o   ability to provide research and consultation services to researchers with varying levels of technical expertise;

  *   Experience with:

o   research metric data sources (e.g., Dimensions, Altmetrics, SciVal, Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar etc.);

o   advancing new programmatic areas and outreach programs and engaging stakeholders in these developments;

o   implementing projects using project management techniques;

o   managing multiple projects with competing deadlines;

o   data analysis, manipulation, and programming tools (i.e., Excel, R, Python, etc.);

  *   Knowledge of:

o   bibliometric indicators (publication counts, citation counts, h-index, journal metrics, etc.) and methods for the quantification of research impact;

o   issues related to the responsible use of impact metrics and bibliometric data in research evaluation;

o   researcher identification and profiling systems (i.e., ORCID, Scopus Author ID, etc.);

o   the scholarly publishing landscape and scholarly communications lifecycle;

  *   Evidence or promise of research contributions in the form of publications or productions, professional development and/or active involvement in professional or scholarly organizations;
  *   Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills;
  *   Superior written and spoken communication in English.

About the position:
This is a two-year contractually-limited appointment at the Adjunct Librarian level starting June 1, 2022. York offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and an exceptional benefits package. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

Librarians and archivists at York University have academic status and are members of the York University Faculty Association bargaining unit (

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require any accommodation at any stage during the selection process should contact the chair of the search committee.
Consideration will be given to those who have followed non-traditional career paths or had career interruptions.
York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities, can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the forms found at
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which is available through the application process and can also be found at

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is March 11th, 2022.

How to apply:
Send an application letter indicating the position applying for, with a curriculum vitae and contact information for three references, to:

Dany Savard
Chair, Research Impact and Metrics Literacy Librarian Appointment Committee
York University Libraries
516 Scott Library
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
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Posting End Date: March 11, 2022

Kind regards,

Lidya Farag
Administrative Coordinator
Dean of Libraries Office
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