Digital Repository Librarian
University of Waterloo

Organization: University of Waterloo

City: Waterloo

Province/State: ON

Country: Canada

Category: Library (Academic)

Job type: Full-time

Description and duties:

The University of Waterloo Library seeks a creative, dynamic and public
service oriented professional librarian to fill a position as Digital
Repository Librarian. The position offers an exciting opportunity for an
experienced, energetic and collaborative librarian to build on past and
present achievements and to move the digital agenda forward for the University
of Waterloo Library.

Digital Initiatives is responsible for the collaborative development of
strategies, planning, implementation, and support of projects to advance the
creation, integration and use of web based services, technical infrastructure,
digital services, digital repository, digital preservation and service
integration for the Library.

Technical support and administration of key enterprise library applications
are also managed with the department, for the uWaterloo community as well as
the other Tri-University Group (TUG) member libraries University of Guelph and
Wilfrid Laurier University. As the department serves broadly across the
Library, the incumbent will work closely with all Library departments on
projects at some point or another. Key partners include the Library's Web
Operations Group, Liaison Librarians, Faculty and students, Library Technology
& Facilities Services, web content creators, and the campus web content
management leadership across campus, as well as technology leadership at TUG
member libraries, OCUL and elsewhere.

The University of Waterloo Library is a member of the Canadian Association of
Research Libraries (CARL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the
Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and the Ontario Council of
University Libraries (OCUL). The Library is a member of TUG, serving a
combined student population of over 76,000, combined holdings exceeding 5
million, and combined budgets exceeding $45 million. The Tri-University Group
manages shared technology and a remote storage facility, and enables
collaborative projects across the three library systems. The successful
candidate will carry out the responsibilities associated with this position in
the Dana Porter Library, located on the main campus.

A complete job description is available at:


The Digital Repository Librarian:

• leads projects which design and develop technologies supporting the capture,
description, delivery, and preservation of digital objects

• provides ongoing development and support of repository infrastructures for
digital collections

• assesses the technical requirements for digitization projects and drafts
appropriate specifications and procedures

• facilitates research and educational uses of digital collections

• provides leadership in the Library's open access scholarly communications
services, working closely with liaison librarians, Library Managers, and
others across campus, as appropriate

• takes an active role in the development of digital preservation policies and
practices, in collaboration with library staff

The Digital Repository Librarian reports to the Head, Digital Initiatives.



• ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree, or equivalent


• Experience with digital repositories and content management systems

• Demonstrated ability to independently, as well as collaboratively, plan,
coordinate, and implement effective digital projects, including managing
multiple and simultaneous projects

• Proficiency with well-formed XML; strong, demonstrated facility with
standards-based non-MARC metadata (eg. Dublin Core); ability to investigate
and learn new metadata standards as required

• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on projects across a wide range
of departments and for varying audiences

• Demonstrated creativity with library services and intellectual curiosity

• A strong commitment to high quality service

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written

• Ability to work effectively and efficiently without direct supervision

• Knowledge of research data management trends in academic libraries

• Project management experience (preferably agile methodology) with complex
digital initiatives involving many stakeholders

• Knowledge of digital preservation standards and best practices


• Familiarity with digital repositories (eg. Islandora, Drupal, Fedora
Commons, DSpace, Dataverse, etc.)

• Familiarity with Open Access digital scholarship publishing platforms (eg.
Open Journal Systems)

• Intermediate programming and/or system administrator skills; experience
working with programmers (e.g., writing spec and use cases)


The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and
academic/ professional qualifications. For uWaterloo salary scales, refer to:

Additional information :

This is a full-time permanent position. Librarians' at the University of
Waterloo are governed by University policy as well as the Librarians'
Employment Handbook, available at:

In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of
Canada's technology hub, has become one of Canada's leading comprehensive
universities with 35,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and
graduate programs. Waterloo, as home to the world's largest post-secondary co-
operative education program, embraces its connections to the world and
encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. In
the next decade, the university is committed to building a better future for
Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create
solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information
about Waterloo, please visit

Organization web site:

Application deadline: Apr 14 2014

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