Metadata/Cataloguing Librarian

Applications are invited for a tenure-track appointment with the University Library at the University of Saskatchewan. We are seeking a dynamic, innovative and flexible individual with strong technical competence and background to work collaboratively as part of the Collection Services team.
The Collection Services Unit coordinates technical services processes for the University Library to support teaching, learning, and research. Operating in a dynamic technical services environment, the unit is committed to user-centred, evolving and transformative strategies to acquire, organize, deliver, make findable, and preserve information resources. Throughout its work, the unit has a strong focus on process enhancement/continuous improvement.
 
Librarians with technical services expertise provide infrastructure support (planning, consultation and implementation) for many library initiatives. Reporting to the Assistant Dean (Services to Libraries), this role will focus on the technical aspects of metadata (e.g. description, administration, and preservation) that are critical to the function of discovery systems, the integration of University Library metadata with other catalogues and vendor products, and the development of local digital collections.
 
Specific job accountabilities include:
  • Developing architecture for managing and integrating diverse metadata, including MARC and non-MARC formats, to facilitate interoperable discovery across systems
  • Cataloguing and metadata creation, which includes performing original cataloguing, overseeing authority control work, and working with bulk loaded MARC records
  • Working collaboratively with others in the library to develop, implement, and evaluate procedures, standards, and workflow relating to  cataloguing and metadata creation
  • Providing metadata expertise for digital project initiatives, e.g. Electronic Theses & Dissertations, Indigenous Studies Portal, eCommons
  • Project management related to metadata, including contributions to training, leadership, design, metadata management, and subject and content expertise
  • Technical resource person for support staff engaged in day-to-day cataloguing and catalogue maintenance activities
  • Development, testing, and innovation of metadata work
  • Leading and contributing to Collection Services Unit projects
  • Exploring and monitoring emerging trends and library best practices in metadata
Within the Collection Services Unit, we are looking for a colleague who demonstrates enthusiasm, an ability to work with emerging standards and technologies, and who can quickly learn and adapt to the changing demands of a dynamic academic library environment.  Within Collection Services your day-to-day responsibilities may change as projects and collaborative opportunities present themselves.  Being comfortable working within a changing environment is critical as are strong and effective communication skills.  You will work with a variety of library and university colleagues and library clients.
 
As a requirement for tenure and promotion as defined in the University Library Standards for Tenure and Promotion (http://library.usask.ca/info/libstandards.pdf), librarians are required to engage in research and scholarly work leading to the development of a formal program of research and actively disseminate research results via peer-reviewed publications. Examples of librarians’ scholarly work can be found at http://ecommons.usask.ca. Librarians are expected to participate in collegial activities, and are encouraged to engage with academic or professional organizations.
 
An ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science degree or equivalent is required for this appointment. Candidates must also be able to demonstrate:
  • Knowledge of MARC, RDA, AACR2, LCSH, and LC classification
  • Knowledge of non-MARC metadata formats,  standards, and schema such as Dublin Core, MODS and METS
  • Experience with metadata creation, mapping, manipulation and conversion
  • Experience with the principles of authority control
  • A commitment to high quality service
  • Aptitude and competence in technical services librarianship and utilizing technology
  • The ability to develop and sustain effective and collaborative professional working relationships and partnerships
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including effective communication skills
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of project management methodologies
  • Flexibility and willingness to take initiative
  • An ability to work well both independently and in a collegial team environment
  • The capacity to lead and motivate others
  • A commitment to evidence-based professional practice
  • A commitment to developing professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis
The University Library has developed core competencies for librarians at the University of Saskatchewan (http://library.usask.ca/info). Our competencies mirror those required by librarians in the Canadian academic research environment, and identify the basic knowledge and skills that librarians should employ in their professional practice.
 
The successful appointee will become a member of the Faculty of the University of Saskatchewan. Duties for all librarians are assigned annually by the Dean. Rank (Librarian I or II) will be determined upon appointment and is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Salary, usually at the base of the assigned rank, will be determined upon appointment. Compensation for U of S Faculty can be found at http://working.usask.ca/salaries. Faculty enjoy an excellent benefits plan including six weeks annual vacation, sabbatical leaves, an annual professional expense allowance, as well as research support.
 
About the University Library
As one of Canada’s leading research libraries, the University Library (http://library.usask.ca) provides tremendous opportunities for professional growth and development in a dynamic and flexible work environment. We have an exciting strategic plan and an accompanying people plan for the future that involves a significant transformation of library services, collections, facilities and organizational culture. Through the priority projects identified within our plan, we contribute to success in learning, scholarship and practice by being leaders and innovators and working in collaboration with others. Our values guide our actions and strongly influence our approach to the practice of professional skills. The University Library is home to the Centre for Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (http://library.usask.ca/ceblip). The Centre supports University Library librarians in their research endeavours and promotes the application of evidence based library and information practice.
 
About the University of Saskatchewan and the City of Saskatoon
Established in 1907, the University of Saskatchewan (www.usask.ca) has evolved into an institution of note in advanced education and research in Canada. Its Strategic Directions and Integrated Plan outline a vision focused on international standards in all activities, academic pre-eminence and a sense of place. The Canadian Light Source synchrotron, construction of the International Vaccine Centre, the establishment of new graduate Schools of Public Health, Public Policy, and Environment and Sustainability, and significant capital building projects to revitalize Law, Veterinary Medicine, Health Sciences, residences, and library buildings on campus are just some of the University’s recent achievements. The University contributes to the cultural life of the community through concerts and recitals of the performing ensembles. The University has a reputation for innovation and excellence in education and boasts one of the most attractive campuses in the country.
 
Saskatoon (www.saskatoon.ca) is the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan with a rapidly growing population currently at 250,000. The city is situated on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, which is crossed by seven bridges within the city limits. The city offers a scenic riverbank, many parks, a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant cultural community, and a high quality of life.
 
To Apply
The Search Committee comprises all librarians holding probationary or tenured appointments and is chaired by the Dean, University Library. The CVs of all applicants will be made available in confidence to the members of the Search Committee. Applicants wishing to apply should send their curriculum vitae, the names of three references, and a statement outlining their knowledge, experience, and abilities as related to this appointment by April 28, 2014. Appointment is available for September 2014.
 
To apply or for further information please contact:
 
Jill Mierke, Director, Human Resources
University Library
University of Saskatchewan
Room 156 Murray Building, 3 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A4
Telephone: 306-966-5930
Fax: 306-966-5932
Email: library.jobs@usask.ca
 
Note: All appointments are subject to approval by the University Provost

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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