Digital Media Lab Strategist
Markham Public Library

Markham Public Library is introducing new spaces to support the community in
content creation. These spaces include Digital Media Labs (DML), a business
incubation hub, a creative lab and maker spaces. These new facilities will
provide access to advances technologies for the Markham community and will
introduce a range of new programming and service opportunities for the

The DML Strategist is a temporary position required to design and plan use of
these spaces at the Cornell and South East Markham libraries, and develops a
longer-range strategy for the continued expansion of the library's creative
services. This position has a strong understanding of related technologies and
possesses the experience and skills in the development of new services. He/she
is attuned to trends in digital services and capable of soliciting and
utilizing customer input to determine the effective use of these resources.


1. Researches trends and opportunities in content creation technologies,
particularly as they pertain to libraries.

2. Develops a thorough knowledge of technology used in DML, maker labs, etc.
Able to identify functional and logistical requirements for the implementation
of this technology.

3. Liaises with senior library staff to determine user requirements and
develop a vision for the impact of these technologies for the community.

4. Participates in data collection opportunities to solicit input from
customers and other stakeholders.

5. Develops workplans for the implementation of these spaces that align with
construction schedules. Works with other internal stakeholders to determine
the appropriate sequence of work to ensure the timely completion of these

6. Develop recommendations related to the physical layout and installation of
these spaces. Assist through the operationalization of the DML at the Cornell
Library. Develop workplan for operationalization of the content creation
spaces at the South East Library.

7. Works with MPL's Marketing department to develop strategies for the
promotion of these resources.

8. Works with MPL's Learning and Growth departments to identify learning gaps
for library staff and develop appropriate training opportunities to ensure
staff possess the skills to support customer use.

9. Works with vendors to determine pricing and supports staff responsible for
procurement of equipment related to these spaces.

10. Provide senior staff with strategies with recommendations for further
expansion of services in these areas.

11. Identifies programming opportunities for these spaces. Develops relevant
program content and/or identifies opportunities for partnerships related to
program delivery and promotion. Works with these partners to develop concrete
plans for program delivery.

12. Develops recommendations for these spaces and delivers these
recommendations to senior staff and other stakeholders within 6 months of the
project start date



1. Masters of Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited program.

2. Minimum 1 year experience in public libraries with relevant experience.

3. Experience working with related technologies and equipment will be given

4. Project Management experience is an asset.


5. Excellent analytical skills, including familiarity with statistical
analysis, performance metrics and the ability to work with both quantitative
and qualitative data.

6. Strong communication skills with demonstrated report-writing experience and
presentation abilities.

7. Understanding of process management and policy development.

8. Understanding of trends in digital services especially content creation

9. Strong understanding of library programming.

10. Ability to develop community partnerships and collaborative programming

11. Strong achievement orientation and the ability to deliver tangible results
in a timely manner.

12. Ability to work with minimal supervision and manage deadlines effectively.


Temporary Position for six months

Hour: 35 hours per week on average

Salary: $32.12 per hour

Additional information :

Please note that Markham Public Library is open 7 days per week, and regular
weekend work may require.

Please quote the job posting # 2014-12 on the subject line when applying by

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for
an interview will be contacted.

Organization web site:

Apply by email: [log in to unmask]

Application deadline: Mar 17 2014

How to apply:

All interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and covering letter
indicating how they meet the qualifications of the position to:

Lois Burkholder

Markham Public Library

6031 Highway 7

Markham, Ontario

L3P 3A7 Email:[log in to unmask]

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