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Digital Initiatives and Scholarship Librarian, Libraries and Cultural Resources

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Job ID: 7783

Updated: January 5, 2016

Location: Main Campus

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, Region III.

Position Description

Libraries and Cultural Resources at the University of Calgary invites applications for the position of Digital Initiatives and Scholarship Librarian.  This is a tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of April 1, 2015.

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 Associate University Librarian for Technology, Discovery and Digital Services and working in collaboration with colleagues in Libraries and Cultural Resources and across campus, the Digital Initiatives and Scholarship Librarian plays an integral role in the development and management of innovative digital projects in support of the teaching and research mission of the University of Calgary. 

Responsibilities will include:

  • collaborating with faculty, researchers and students to advance digital research initiatives and partnerships such as the Digital Scholars Lab, in conjunction with Digitization and Repository Services, Research Data and Visualization, Spatial and Numeric Data Services, the Copyright Office, the Prairie Regional Research Data Centre, liaison librarians and other subject specialists
  • providing project planning and management, programming, and expertise for digital scholarship projects and participating as an active partner on project teams
  • coordinating scholarly communication initiatives
  • facilitating effective communication with the University community concerning LCR¿s digital initiatives and services
  • participating in professional and campus initiatives involving new and emerging models of digital scholarship and scholarly communication
  • identifying relevant best practices and standards in digital scholarship technologies
  • supporting the development of the knowledge and understanding of scholarly communication issues to assist LCR colleagues with their participation in, and support of, digital scholarship projects
  • tracking current issues and trends in digital scholarship and scholarly communication and promoting awareness among colleagues

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

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited program in librarianship, or recognized equivalent
  • Minimum of two years of progressively responsible professional experience
  • Ability to work both independently and with a variety of groups in collaborative and cooperative situations
  • High-level interpersonal and consultation skills
  • Creative and analytical thinking skills and innovative problem-solving ability
  • Demonstrated technical skills in areas related to digital libraries and digital scholarship
  • Interest in exploring and evaluating new technologies and in seeking opportunities to share this knowledge with colleagues
  • Understanding of scholarly communication and publishing issues and trends, including open access

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing digital scholarship
  • Evidence of successful project management
  • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively across scholarly and technology domains
  • Experience in providing research support and consultation to faculty, researchers and/or students
  • Familiarity with academic and scholarly research practices

Salary and Benefits

Position will commensurate with qualifications and experience, at the rank of Assistant Librarian (Salary Range is $58,000 to 79,070).

For salary and benefits information, please refer to:

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 to:

Shannon MacGillivray
Advisor, Human Resources
Libraries and Cultural Resources
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB  T2N 1N4

or by email to [email protected]

Consideration of applications will begin after March 6, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following questions: Are you legally entitled to work in Canada (Yes/No) and are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)


Additional Information

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada's top five research universities by 2016, where innovative teaching and groundbreaking research go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. The strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by our Gaelic motto, which translates to 'I will lift up my eyes'.
To succeed as one of Canada's top universities, where new ideas are created, tested and applied through first-class teaching and research, the University of Calgary needs more of the best minds in our classrooms and labs. We're increasing our scholarly capacity by investing in people who want to change the world, bringing the best and brightest to Calgary to form a global intellectual hub and achieve advances that matter to everyone.
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 Calgary, Alberta
Named a cultural capital of Canada and one of the best places to live in the world, Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation 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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