Systems Librarian (Digital Repositories) (202228) Ottawa , ON


Responsibilities: The University of Ottawa Library seeks an innovative, motivated and service-oriented Systems Librarian (Digital Repositories). The successful candidate will be a creative individual who works well with other colleagues in a challenging and changing environment.

Setting: Located on the ancestral land of the Algonquin people in the heart of the National Capital, the University of Ottawa is recognized as one of Canada’s leading teaching and research institutions.With 1,200 regular faculty and 40,000 students enrolled in over 360 programs, the University of Ottawa offers a broad spectrum of high quality programs in both English and French.For more information, see:

Description: Reporting to the Head, Library Systems and Discovery, the Systems Librarian (Digital Repositories) administers the Library’s digital repositories and coordinates the management of digital assets in the Library collection.The Librarian leads the selection, implementation, maintenance and improvement of the Library’s digital asset management system (DAMS), as well as other systems which house digital content including the institutional repository, archival description and preservation systems, and vendor hosted solutions.The Librarian develops strategies, policies, workflows and training for the ingest and ongoing curation of digital materials.As a member of the Content and Access division, the Librarian contributes to the effective lifecycle management of Library resources and the development of their optimal use by the University community.

The Librarian actively participates in and/or leads Library collaborative activities. The incumbent is a participative member of an evolving organization that emphasizes service quality, innovation, outreach, and partnership within the Library and across campus.

Essential qualifications:

  1. A Master's degree in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from an ALA accredited institution or equivalent.
  2. At least 2 years of professional experience, or fewer if the experience is particularly pertinent to the position.
  3. Effective oral and written communication skills in both French and English.
  4. Experience implementing and administering open source systems used in libraries and archives, such as Archivematica, AtoM, DSpace, Islandora, Omeka or Samvera.
  5. Experience managing digital assets throughout their lifecycle.
  6. Experience with programming languages, relational databases and web technologies; experience developing and/or troubleshooting applications an asset.
  7. Knowledge of current and emerging standards, formats, and protocols relevant to digital repositories.
  8. Ability to work in a collaborative, team-based environment.
  9. Flexible, and able to adjust to a changing environment.
  10. Problem solving and decision-making skills.
  11. Capacity to identify areas of opportunity and to develop and implement innovative solutions to respond to them.

Rank and the salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This position is part of the APUO bargaining unit (faculty, librarians, counsellors, and language teachers).

Applicants are requested to submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter, with their name in the document title. Internal candidates will be considered first; application should be submitted no later than Friday, September 11, 2020 at 4 pm.

Ms. Talia Chung

University Librarian and Vice-Provost (Knowledge Systems)
University of Ottawa Library
65 University Private
Ottawa, ON
K1N 6N5


The University of Ottawa Library thanks all those who apply.Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from, Indigenous persons, racialized persons (visible minorities), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse and inclusive communities. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups are asked to complete the confidential Self-Identification Questionnaire, to be completed at the time of application. Please take note of this posting number. This questionnaire can be found online.

According to government policy, all qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadians and permanent residents. When submitting your application, please indicate if you are legally entitled to work in Canada.

The University of Ottawa provides accommodations for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you are invited to proceed in the selection process, please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations at 613-562-5958. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and to their spouses in their second official language. At the time of tenure, professors are expected to have the ability to function in a bilingual setting.

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Closes: 11 September, 2020

University of Ottawa Library
Ottawa , ON