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Data & Geo-spatial Resources Specialist, Technology, Discovery and Digital Services, Libraries & Cultural Resources

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Job ID: 13696

Updated: October 25, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

Technology, Discovery and Digital Services in Libraries & Cultural Resources is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Data & Geo-spatial Resources Specialist.

Reporting to the Director of Spatial and Numeric Data Services (SANDS) within Technology, Discovery and Digital Services, the Data and Geo-spatial Resources Specialist  responds to requests for specialized reference and assistance in accessing cartographic and statistical/geo-spatial data in electronic and print forms. The Specialist provides technical assistance with using data and GIS software - both desktop and web versions and is responsible for the data management of the unit's digital collections and the maintenance of specialized discovery tools.

Spatial and Numeric Data Services provides access to cartographic materials, GIS and statistical data and software.   SANDS collects and provides access to aggregate data and Statistics Canada licensed microdata files and holds a map and air photo collection.

The Data and Geo-spatial Resources Specialist works in a team environment of ongoing change, with multiple projects, and shifting priorities. Projects involve a high volume of work, many deadlines throughout the year, and complex technical decision-making. The Data and Geo-spatial Resources Specialist manages a significant number of projects simultaneously with autonomy and is responsible for prioritizing competing interests and timelines. The work is primarily conducted during normal Monday-Friday business hours.


Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Public Service

  • Assist users with acquiring, manipulating, or querying of statistical and geo-spatial data, and work collaboratively with Library staff and with other campus experts to improve accessibility to digital geo-spatial resources
  • Provide Reference service in locating statistical/geo-spatial files and cartographic materials through the selection and use of appropriate reference tools
  • Make appropriate referrals for in-depth research questions
  • Develop and maintain web guides to statistical/data and cartographic resources
  • Maintain awareness of relevant products and issues in public service by participating in appropriate training sessions and keeping up with current trends in the field

Collection Maintenance

  • Provide data management functions from ingestion to access
  • Engage in cartographic digitization projects, including metadata aspects
  • Ensure cartographic materials are circulated according to unit policies/procedures and maintained in a timely fashion
  • Keep accurate records and files and records regular unit statistics
  • Oversee hiring, training, scheduling and coordination of student casual staff, regarding filing and collection projects

Collection Development

  • Recommend geo-spatial datasets, maps, airphotos and atlases for purchase using experience and knowledge of the collection, collection policy and needs of the users
  • Assess, evaluate and process gifts


  • Effectively handle the pressure and stress of dealing with clients in a reference situation by using good judgment and diplomacy, staying calm, and referring to others as needed
  • Display high organizational and problem solving skills, works independently, and completes assignments in a timely manner
  • Understand the value of teamwork and demonstrate effective team skills, working cooperatively with other team members as well as those from other departments and institutions

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Minimum Bachelor`s degree preferably in geography, environmental design, urban planning or related discipline. Will also consider combination of other degree with GIS diploma or equivalent
  • Experience working with cartographic materials and statistical and geo-spatial data collections, as well as, experience in an academic library environment providing service to the public
  • Experience with GIS software
  • Understanding of and experience with leaflet, carto, mapbox, and other web mapping tools
  • Ability to continuously master new applications
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills, facilitating work in a team environment
  • Excellent written and presentation skills
  • High level problem solving and critical thinking skill
  • Working knowledge of one or more computer programming languages is strongly preferred as is familiarity with one or more statistical and/or qualitative analysis software packages

Application Deadline:  September 15, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.


Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist / Advisor Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website.

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