Indigenous Cataloguing Librarian, Libraries and Cultural Resources Calgary , AB


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 a full-time tenure track position (permanent position) as Indigenous Cataloguing Librarian, at the rank of Assistant Librarian. This posting is open to qualified candidates who are enthusiastic about the importance of technical services and cataloguing in supporting collection access, discovery and management. New graduates with relevant experience are encouraged to apply. The anticipated start date on or before July 1, 2021.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy, committed to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, and is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives. Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) is a leader in the development of innovative information resources and services, locally, nationally, and internationally. LCR will move towards incorporating Indigenous Knowledge organization and metadata standards within a converged environment that 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.

Reporting to the Director, Content Services, the Indigenous Cataloguing Librarian will play a central role in bringing the Indigenous worldview into the technical services workflows of the Content Services Department and stakeholder units. This includes assisting in creating and maintaining policies, procedures, workflows, and strategies for the cataloguing of collections, working with external vendors, developing system expertise, and establishing and supervising contracts. Projects will include implementing strategies for decolonization of Library metadata, and establishing technical specifications and contracts for the cataloguing of new, specialized resources and gift collections. The incumbent will work with stakeholders across LCR, the University and externally to efficiently catalogue materials, incorporate decolonized metadata and facilitate discovery in our Collection Management Systems (ExLibris/Alma, DSpace).

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

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate to develop and implement policies, strategies and workflows to decolonize and review metadata for updating in Libraries and Cultural Resources Collection Management systems.
  • Assist in planning and facilitating the work of cataloging staff using the ALMA platform and utilizing records and metadata from multiple sources such as OCLC, vendors/publishers.
  • Perform some original and copy cataloging utilizing RDA and LC Classification; create metadata for licensed and open-source information resources;
  • Develop and share expertise in Integrated Library System cataloguing tools and external tools and systems.
  • Create training materials and train staff on cataloguing and cataloguing systems
  • Collaborates with key stakeholders to develop, coordinate, and implement descriptive control policy and practices across the integrated library system, discovery, and digital repository systems.
  • Participate in local, regional, and national Indigenous cataloguing and metadata initiatives and projects.
  • Assist in collection development activities
  • Participate in a work culture that promotes diversity and anti-racism and actively works to eliminate or mitigate the effects of systemic racism and bias.
  • Language of work: English

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited program in librarianship, or recognized equivalent.
  • Working knowledge of metadata standards and schema, MARC21, LCC, LCSH, RDA, FRBR, and emerging linked data standards.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous research methodologies and metadata practices
  • Ability to train in original and complex cataloging for materials in a variety of languages and in all formats, conforming to national and local standards and practices such as MARC, RDA, LCSH, OCLC, CONSER, BIBCO, and LC classification and other standards as catalog and discovery systems develop
  • Ability to communicate effectively and provide leadership in an atmosphere of continuous change, to work within a collaborative environment with diverse groups and to inspire and motivate.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to new standards and technologies and a willingness to explore and implement new technologies, standards, and practices to enhance services and complete tasks more efficiently.
  • Ability to adjust priorities, take initiative, set goals, manage time wisely, and make quick effective decisions in a fast-paced environment.
  • Participates in professional activities, scholarship and committee assignments within LCR, on campus, and in professional associations at a level to meet faculty criteria for promotion and tenure.
  • Maintains a current knowledge of national and international developments and trends in cataloging, classification and subject analysis, metadata, bibliographic and authority control, and automation of cataloging functions.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge, understanding or experience working with Indigenous communities and stakeholders such as, Elders, knowledge keepers, and/or cultural advisors is an asset
  • Familiarity with an Indigenous language is an asset
  • Ability to think independently and work collaboratively within and across organizational boundaries in order to achieve shared goals
  • Experience working in an Integrated Library Cataloguing system
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills

Position will commensurate with qualifications and experience, at the rank of Assistant Librarian. The salary range for the rank of Assistant Librarian is $60,768 to $82,843 per annum. 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:

Application Procedure

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the Apply Now link. 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, in one PDF.

Consideration of applications will begin after May 6, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

For further information, please contact:

Heather D’Amour
Associate University Librarian
Libraries and Cultural Resources University of Calgary
Business Address:
2500 University Drive NW Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
Job Location: Spy Hill Campus.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, 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. This role supports the continued indigenization of the University of Calgary. Click here to see more job opportunities with an Indigenous scope.

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.

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 be recognized as 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. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. 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.

Closes: 6 May, 2021

University of Calgary
Calgary , AB