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Digital Projects Librarian, Digital Scholarship

Job ID: 30936
Location: Main Campus
Updated January 29, 2024

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.

Position Description

Libraries and Cultural Resources at the University of Calgary invites applications for a two-year limited term Digital Projects Librarian, Digital Scholarship at the rank of Assistant Librarian. This is a two-year limited term appointment, with an expected start date of April 1, 2024.

Nature of the Work:
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.  

This is an incredibly exciting time as LCR invests in its technological infrastructure and seeks new and innovative ways to actualize the digital in the Taylor Family Digital Library. LCR supports many parts of the research life cycle through Lab NEXT, a constellation of services that facilitates digital research initiatives and experiential learning. LCR’s services and spaces support students and scholars in emerging areas including research data management, scholarly publishing, data visualization, and extended reality. We work with partners across campus to advance the principles of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and our digital repositories support new forms of scholarly communication.

Reporting to the Acting Associate University Librarian, Research Support, the Digital Projects Librarian has a focus on scholarly communications and digital scholarship. The successful candidate will provide reference and research services in these areas.

As an academic staff position, appropriate participation and involvement in teaching, service and scholarship is expected.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide reference, consultation, outreach, and instruction to support scholarly communications services
  • Develop and maintain current knowledge of and trends in scholarly publishing, Open Access, repositories, research assessment, digital scholarship, and related areas
  • As part of a collaborative team, support researcher use of UCalgary’s digital repositories, including PRISM and PRISM Data, as well as Open Journal Systems
  • With support from colleagues, develop and maintain competencies in supporting students and researchers in using technologies including 3D printers, XR technologies, and other tools for digital scholarship and experiential learning
  • Apply knowledge to continuously improve and advance skills
  • Support sustainable digital project and collection development

Qualifications/Expertise Required:

  • Masters from an American Library Association accredited program in librarianship, or recognized equivalent
  • Demonstrated understanding of scholarly communication trends and the role of academic libraries in in the scholarly communication ecosystem
  • Thorough understanding and awareness of open access, repositories and research data management, data services, and digital library development
  • Demonstrated understanding of digital scholarship trends and academic library requirements and priorities, including familiarity with digital scholarship environments and labs
  • Interest in implementing new initiatives and in evaluation of current practice  
  • Established record of successful project management
  • Interest in implementing new initiatives and in evaluation of current practice
  • Interest and curiosity about emerging technologies and their application to research and learning
  • Strong service orientation
  • Ability to operate within a complex work environment, working both independently and within a team setting
  • Proven ability to successfully manage multiple competing priorities with minimal supervision and direction
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills

Salary and Benefits:
Position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience at the rank of Assistant Librarian. 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 Assistant Librarian salary range and benefits information, please refer to:

Application Procedure:
Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online using the ‘Apply Now’ link.
Please submit your application in one PDF file (which may require you to merge documents) and include the following:

  • Letter of application addressing background and experience relevant to the position
  • Current curriculum vitae and contact information
  • Three professional references

Application Deadline: February 26, 2024

For further information, contact:
Christie Hurrell
Acting Associate University Librarian, Research Support
Libraries and Cultural Resources
Email: [email protected]

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, 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. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

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

For a listing of all academic opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Libraries and Cultural Resources, click here.

About the University of Calgary
UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 36,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-ups. Start something today at the University of Calgary. For more information, visit
About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. 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.