Metadata Librarian (Librarian I or II) – (University Library at the University of Saskatchewan)

Metadata Librarian (Librarian I or II)

Applications are invited for a three-year term appointment with the University Library at the University of Saskatchewan. We are seeking a dynamic and flexible individual with strong technical competence who is innovative in their approach to work and thrives in a collaborative team-oriented environment.

The Metadata Librarian will provide expertise and guidance in the evolving technical services landscape.  Librarians with technical services expertise provide infrastructure support (planning, consultation and implementation) for many library initiatives. The Metadata Librarian will be innovative in their approach to the following areas of responsibility:

• Creating administrative, descriptive and preservation metadata for digital initiatives • Performing original and complex cataloguing for all formats including print, non print, and digital resources ensuring compliance with national and local standards • Developing, implementing and evaluating procedures, standards and workflows relating to metadata creation, digital library production and digital asset preservation • Assisting with quality assurance workflows for batch loaded records from vendors and third party sources including cross walking MARC and non-MARC metadata between systems • Providing guidance and  metadata expertise to library colleagues for digital initiatives, e.g. ETDs, iPortal, eCommons

• Providing assistance to faculty and students relating to metadata issues and digitization

A Master of Library Science is required for this appointment. Candidates must also be able to demonstrate knowledge of the following attributes and skills:

• MARC, AACR2, LCSH, LC classification, and emerging RDA standards • Non-MARC metadata schemas such as Dublin Core, MODS and METS • Metadata creation, mapping, manipulation and conversion • Strong service orientation • Aptitude and competence in technical services and technology • Success in developing effective and collaborative professional working relationships and partnerships • Strong analytical and problem solving skills • Effective communication and organizational skills, flexibility and initiative • An ability to work independently as well as in a collegial team environment, and a desire to lead and motivate others • A commitment to developing professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis

The successful appointee will become a member of the Faculty of the University of Saskatchewan. Duties for all Librarians are assigned annually by the Dean. Rank (Librarian I or II) will be determined upon appointment and is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Salary, usually at the base of the assigned rank, will be determined upon appointment. Compensation for U of S Faculty can be found at Term faculty enjoy an excellent benefits plan including six weeks annual vacation and an annual professional expense allowance.

About the University Library

As one of Canada’s leading research libraries, the University Library ( provides tremendous opportunities for professional growth and development in a dynamic and flexible work environment. We have an exciting strategic plan and an accompanying people plan for the future that involves a significant transformation of library services, collections, facilities and organizational culture. Through the priority projects identified within our plan, we contribute to success in learning, scholarship and practice by being leaders and innovators and working in collaboration with others.

Our values guide our actions and strongly influence our approach to the practice of professional skills.

The Description & Discovery Unit describes and makes accessible monographs, serials and other materials in a wide range of formats, maintains library databases such as III Millennium and SFX, and creates, develops and maintains digital collections. The unit provides cataloguing and database maintenance for the library’s collection to support teaching, learning and research by members of the University community. The unit provides metadata expertise to the Library and, where feasible and appropriate, to the wider University community. The Description & Discovery Unit works closely with the Collection Services Unit that coordinates collection development and maintenance for the University Library including selection, acquisition, organization, and preservation of materials in all formats. The Collections Services Unit and the Description & Discovery Unit reside in the Services to Libraries Portfolio in the University Library.

About the University of Saskatchewan and the City of Saskatoon Established in 1907, the University of Saskatchewan ( has evolved into an institution of note in advanced education and research in Canada. Its Strategic Directions and Integrated Plan outline a vision focused on international standards in all activities, academic pre-eminence and a sense of place. The Canadian Light Source synchrotron, construction of the International Vaccine Centre, the establishment of new graduate Schools of Public Health, Public Policy, and Environment and Sustainability, and significant capital building projects to revitalize Law, Veterinary Medicine, Health Sciences, residences, and library buildings on campus are just some of the University’s recent achievements. The University contributes to the cultural life of the community through concerts and recitals of the performing ensembles. The University has a reputation for innovation and excellence in education and boasts one of the most attractive campuses in the country.

Saskatoon ( and its surrounding area has a population of 265,000. The city is situated on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, which is crossed by seven bridges within the city limits. The city offers a scenic riverbank, many parks, a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant cultural community, and a high quality of life.

To Apply

The Search Committee comprises all Librarians holding probationary or tenured appointments and is chaired by the Dean, University Library. The CVs of all applicants will be made available in confidence to the members of the Search Committee. Applicants wishing to apply should send their curriculum vitae, the names of three references, and a statement outlining their knowledge, experience, and abilities as related to this appointment by June 24, 2011. Appointment is available from July 1, 2011.

To apply or for further information please contact:

Jill Mierke, Director, Human Resources

University Library

University of Saskatchewan

Room 156 Murray Building, 3 Campus Drive Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A4

Telephone: 306-966-5930

Fax: 306-966-5932


Note: All appointments are subject to approval by the University Provost The U of S is committed to employment equity. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons. In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit.

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