September 17, 2007

York University -- Digital Initiatives Librarian

This is the latest new job posting from York. It is a brand new tenure stream position and is an example of a position that was previously filled on a contract basis but that was deemed important enough to make permanent. It's a terrific opportunity to work at a great institution. The ad is online here. Please fell free to spread news of this posting far and wide.

York University offers a world-class, modern, interdisciplinary academic experience in Toronto, Canada's most multicultural city. York is at the centre of innovation, with a thriving community of almost 60,000 faculty, staff and students who challenge the ordinary and deliver the unexpected.

York University Libraries are seeking an innovative and energetic librarian for the position of Digital Initiatives Librarian in Bibliographic Services. This is a tenure-track position and is appropriate for a librarian with up to five years post-MLIS experience. The Digital Initiatives Librarian will play an integral role in the development of digital initiatives within York University Libraries. The successful candidate will provide leadership in the creation of digital collections at York University through the promotion, planning, implementation and evaluation of digital projects such as institutional repositories, open journal and conference implementation and other forms of scholarly communications. He/she will assist in establishing a strong digital library environment by supporting the acquisition, capture and conversion of digital objects having significant content of enduring value. Collaborating with colleagues, the incumbent will ensure that appropriate digital and metadata standards and procedures are established and followed. The Digital Initiatives Librarian will be a member of the Digital Initiatives Advisory Group. Some original and complex copy cataloguing may be required.


  • MLS (or recognized equivalent) from an ALA-accredited program:
  • up to five years of post-MLIS library experience;
  • experience planning and implementing digitization projects or other complex digital library projects;
  • demonstrated experience with XML, metadata standards and schema;
  • demonstrated experience with web development technologies;
  • demonstrated excellence in project management skills;
  • knowledge of emerging trends in scholarly communications, library and information technologies, and cataloguing;
  • knowledge of cataloguing and authority control in an online environment;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills; evidence of interest in research activities;
  • flexible attitude and ability to adapt to a changing environment; ability to balance multiple responsibilities; demonstrated time management skills;

Librarians at York University have academic status and are members of the York University Faculty Association bargaining unit ( Salary and benefits are competitive. The position is available March 1, 2008. 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 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.

Campus resources include an on-site daycare centre, a women's centre, a race and ethnic relations centre, a sexual harassment centre, initiatives in support of sexual and gender diversity, and a wellness centre. York University encourages attitudes of respect and non-discrimination toward persons of all ethnic and religious groups, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

Preference will be given to applications received by January 2, 2008. Applications, including a covering letter relating qualifications to requirements of the position, a current curriculum vitae, and the names of three referees, should be sent to:

Chair, Digital Initiatives Librarian Appointment Committee
York University, Scott Library, Room 310
4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

Fax: (416) 736-5451

Applications should be sent by post or fax with original copy following. We do not accept applications sent by e-mail.

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