Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant or Associate Librarian in Electronic Resources & Metadata (ERM), 10-month Contractually-Limited Appointment

College: McLaughlin Library

Department: Collections & Content (C&C)

Date Posted: May 14, 2021
Deadline: June 11, 2021 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #21-28

Position Description:

The McLaughlin Library at the University of Guelph invites applications for an ERM Librarian, at the Assistant or Associate Librarian level, to serve on the Collections & Content (C&C) Team.

The Collections & Content Team consists of a Collection Development Team who are responsible for the content of the collection; an Acquisitions and Resource Management Team who acquire and make content available and discoverable to our users; and an E-learning and Reserves Team that manages course content. In addition, the Team provides expertise to other teams and cross-functional committees as required.

Reporting to the Head, Collections & Content, the ERM Librarian:

  • Provides leadership and support in E-Resource Management activities across the library including the development, implementation, and evaluation of ERM strategies, policies, and procedures in the context of consortial policies and local requirements.
  • Works with colleagues responsible for collection development and management, acquisitions, e-learning/reserves, discovery, and user experience to maximize user access and discovery of collections.
  • Collaborates and consults with colleagues on the C&C team, other Library teams and consortia to effectively manage the lifecycle of our resources.
  • Develop and carry out projects related to e-resources maintenance as needed.
  • Provides support, training and expertise to all library staff engaged in the creation and maintenance of metadata.
  • Enages in and supports evidence-informed decision making of the C&C steering team by providing feedback and technical expertise.
  • Maintains current awareness of best practices and emerging technologies and services in ERM initiatives among research libraries and the scholarly communication ecosystem within the disciplines.

Qualifications Required:

  • An ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library and information science or equivalent
  • Minimum one year of experience in metadata and/or cataloguing and/or electronic resources management
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Knowledge of current cataloguing rules, standards, and controlled vocabularies, e.g. RDA, MARC, LC Classification, LCSH, Linked Open Data
  • Demonstrated proficiency with metadata editing software applications and metadata management systems (e.g. Ex Libris Alma)
  • Awareness of current issues and trends in electronic resource management, metadata management, and technology as it relates to metadata management
  • Demonstrated project management experience and the ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving abilities and a demonstrated ability to analyze and solve technical challenges
  • Proven ability to adjust priorities, take initiative, set goals, and make quick effective decisions in a fast-paced environment
  • Intellectual curiosity/initiative and a commitment to ongoing professional development

The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process

The position will be filled at the Assistant or Associate Librarian level. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and a comprehensive benefits package is provided.

Please submit a curriculum vitae; the names of three professional referees, indicating your relationship to them, and including a current supervisor; and a broad statement of interest in a single PDF file no later than 4:00 p.m. on June 11, 2021, to the following email address: libhire@uoguelph.ca. References will not be contacted without consent.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

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