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Metadata Librarian, Libraries and Cultural Resources

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Job ID: 12498

Updated: July 21, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Libraries and Cultural Resources at the University of Calgary invites applications for the position of Metadata Librarian at the Assistant Librarian rank.  This is a four-year, renewable tenure-track appointment with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2017.

Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) is a leader in the development of innovative information resources and services, locally, nationally and internationally. In a converged environment, it successfully incorporates the resources and services of libraries, institutional and research archives, rare books and special collections, art galleries, and a university press to provide outstanding support for scholarship, learning, and the creation of knowledge.

Position Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director, Metadata Services, the Metadata Librarian conceptualizes, plans, and implements the descriptive framework and practices for digital projects, print materials, and other initiatives.  As a member of the Technology, Discovery and Digital Services team, this position leads the adoption of technologies related to creation and use of metadata, the standardization of descriptive metadata practice across formats, projects, and programs, and the implementation of interoperability of discovery environments to support the teaching and research mission of the University of Calgary. 

Responsibilities will include:

  • Design, document, guide, and manage the processes and schemas for provision of metadata for digital projects and repository collections to enhance accessibility
  • Develop, maintain, and communicate an intellectual framework for description of digital objects across projects, programs, and initiatives.
  • Follow guidelines established with stakeholders, provide description of digital objects in a variety of contexts.
  • Employ or develop software tools and scripts to manage and migrate existing metadata sets, or to transform, tidy, and curate raw descriptive data, according to the needs of individual projects.
  • Explore and adopt advanced schemes or tools for metadata creation and use, automated extraction, or geospatial analysis.
  • Work closely with project stakeholders to develop appropriate metadata profiles and levels of detail for digital projects and repository collections.
  • Review, recommend, and provide functional ownership for software platforms and tools related to the creation of metadata.
  • Coordinate and/or carry out training for metadata providers. Help develop metadata competencies in other library staff.
  • Ongoing consultation and collaboration to engage and support researchers and the broader community with data intensive projects, digitization initiatives, and digital preservation.
  • Support the development of the knowledge and understanding of metadata to assist LCR colleagues with their participation in, and support of projects.
  • Track current issues and trends in metadata and promote awareness among colleagues

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited program in librarianship, or recognized equivalent
  • Working knowledge of at least two metadata standards: MARC, Dublin Core, METS, MODS, RDF, EAD, EAC-CPF, PREMIS, and/or TEI.
  • Working knowledge of metadata manipulation tools such as: MARCEdit, Open/LODRefine, Catmandu, XSLT, XQuery
  • Evidence of successful project management
  • Experience in providing research support and consultation to faculty, researchers and/or students
  • Familiarity with academic and scholarly research practices
  • Ability to work both independently and with a variety of groups in collaborative and cooperative situations
  • High-level interpersonal and consultation skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively across scholarly and technology domains
  • Creative and analytical thinking skills and innovative problem-solving ability
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team environment.
  • Demonstrated creativity and ability to follow and anticipate developing technologies.
  • Interest in exploring and evaluating new technologies and in seeking opportunities to share this knowledge with colleagues
  • Candidates should have strong oral and written English communication skills.

Salary and Benefits

Position will commensurate with qualifications and experience, at the rank of Assistant Librarian (Salary Range is $59,752 to $81,458 per year)

The University of Calgary’s  comprehensive benefits and pension program is designed to promote a productive level of health and well-being to staff members through coverage for health, dental, life insurance, income protection for disability, and retirement income planning. For salary and benefits information, please refer to the University of Calgary’s academic salary schedule.

Application Procedure

Please submit a letter of application addressing background and experience relevant to the position, a current curriculum vitae and the contact information, for three professional references, by May 22, 2017 to:

Jeanelle d’Eon
Coordinator, Human Resources
Libraries and Cultural Resources
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB  T2N 1N4

or, by email to 

Consideration of applications will begin after May 22, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To view a listing of all available academic opportunities and to find out more about what the University of Calgary has to offer, please visit our Academic Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to become one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. Ranked as the top young university in Canada and North America, the University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta

Ranked the 5th most livable city in the world, Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and one of the best cities in Canada to raise a family. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.  


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