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Job: Digital Assets Librarian at York University

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York University Libraries are seeking an innovative and self-motivated
individual for the position of Digital Assets Librarian in Bibliographic
Services.

York University is the leading interdisciplinary research and teaching
university in Canada. York offers a modern, academic experience at the
undergraduate and graduate level in Toronto – Canada’s most international
city. The third largest university in the country, York is host to a dynamic
academic community of 62,000 students, faculty and staff, as well as 240,000
alumni worldwide. York’s 10 Faculties and 28 research centres conduct
ambitious, groundbreaking research that is interdisciplinary, cutting across
traditional academic boundaries.

The Digital Assets Librarian will join a dynamic and growing team at York
University Libraries, actively participating in research on campus, OCUL-
Scholars Portal programs, and national and international digital initiatives.
Working collaboratively in a dynamic service-oriented environment, the Digital
Assets Librarian will play an integral role in the development of data
curation, asset management and preservation strategies for York University
Libraries. He/she will enable data discovery and retrieval, preserve and
maintain data quality, provide for data re-use over time, and develop other
value-added services.

  
The successful candidate will have a proven track record of managing large-
scale projects involving stakeholders spanning multiple areas. The incumbent
will ensure that best practices in emerging metadata standards are established
and followed. This position will perform a key role in the creation of new
data repository tools by gathering requirements and coordinating software
development projects. He/she will play an advocacy and promotion role for open
access to research data, best practices in data curation, and preservation
practices on campus. The Digital Assets Librarian will work closely with
colleagues, faculty, and staff to provide a wide range of curatorial services,
including consulting on best practices for data documentation, developing
appropriate data management plans, and coordinating the receipt of new data
acquisitions. The Digital Assets Librarian responsibilities will include a
liaison assignment with an academic department.

  
Additionally, the incumbent will possess: an enthusiastic and flexible
attitude; the capacity to adapt to a changing environment; the ability to
balance multiple responsibilities; demonstrated time management skills; and
knowledge of emerging trends in scholarly communications and library and
information technologies.

Qualifications:

• MLS degree (or recognized equivalent) from an ALA-accredited program;

• demonstrated large-scale project management expertise;

• demonstrated experience with XML, applying metadata standards and schema,
and controlled vocabularies;

• demonstrated expertise with one or more metadata manipulation and scripting
languages (e.g. XSLT, Perl, Python);

• demonstrated applied web application development experience, including
familiarity with development frameworks (e.g. Ruby on Rails, Django), and
application programming language(s) such as Java, PHP, or others;

• familiarity with semantic and linked data standards such as RDF and OWL;

• familiarity with standards and best practices in data curation and
preservation;

• strong understanding of emerging trends and issues for research libraries in
the areas of digital curation, digital preservation, scholarly communications
and metadata;

• excellent independent learning and problem-solving abilities;

• excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to work
independently and in collaboration with others;

• evidence of a developing research portfolio

This is a continuing-stream (tenure track) appointment to be filled at the
Assistant Librarian level and appropriate for a librarian with up to nine
years of post-MLIS experience. Librarians and archivists at York University
have academic status and are members of the York University Faculty
Association bargaining unit (http://www.yufa.org/). Salary is commensurate
with qualifications. The position is available from June 1, 2012. All York
University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

York University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action
Program can be found on York's website at www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or a copy can
be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416-736-5713. All
qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and
Permanent Residents will be given priority.

  
York University’s resources include centres relating to gender equity, race
and ethnic relations, sexual harassment, human rights, and wellness. York
University encourages attitudes of respect and non-discrimination toward
persons of all ethnic and religious groups, regardless of gender or sexual
orientation.

Deadline for the submission of applications is March 15, 2012.

  
Applicants are directed to submit a covering letter outlining their relevant
qualifications and experience, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and
contact details of three referees. Applicants are also asked to have their
referees submit written letters of recommendation directly under separate
cover by mail, fax (or email with a mail copy following) before the
application deadline. Applications should be sent to:

  
Chair, Digital Assets Librarian Appointment Committee

York University Libraries

310 Scott Library

4700 Keele Street

Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3

Fax: 416-736-5451

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