Digital Collections & Repository Infrastructure Librarian

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Old Montreal, QUEBEC
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 07 Apr 2023

Digital Collections & Repository Infrastructure Librarian
Digital Initiatives

The McGill Library seeks a technically-minded, collaborative, user-centered and highly motivated individual for the position of Digital Collections & Repository Infrastructure Librarian. This member of the McGill Library’s Digital Initiatives department will lead planning and design for technical infrastructure for digitized content according to our organizational vision, serve as project manager for digital collections projects, and oversee the distribution of McGill digital collections to appropriate venues.

Located in Montréal, one of the world’s great multicultural and multilingual cities, McGill University is internationally recognized for its excellence as a leading institution of higher education and research. For nearly 200 years, through the work of dedicated people, McGill has been breaking ground in diverse fields and contributing solutions to some of the world’s most significant issues. McGill is also the most internationally diverse research-intensive university in Canada, with over 32% of its students coming to McGill from more than 150 countries. The University systematically appears on the annual list of the best employers in Montreal.

The McGill Library is committed to delivering high-quality, innovative information products, services and programs that focus on client needs and support the University’s strategic mission and directions. The Library proactively supports the teaching, learning and research needs of faculty and students to fulfill McGill’s strategic mission of excellence as a research-intensive, student-centred university.

The McGill Library has the largest collection in Quebec and is one of Canada’s largest academic libraries with over six million monograph titles and 150,000 e-journals and databases. The Library is a member of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), and the HathiTrust Digital Library.

Information about the University and the McGill Library can be found on the University’s web site. As a tenure stream appointee, the successful candidate is expected to satisfy the requirements in the Regulations Relating to the Employment of Librarian Staff


Primary Purpose of Position
Coordinates services and technologies to make McGill collections available in digital form, openly accessible, for research, teaching, leisure, and computational use.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

1. Operationalizes project roadmap for ongoing transformation of McGill Library’s digital heritage infrastructure to repository-backed solutions and key strategic partnerships.
2. Manages select digital collections projects, coordinating activities including infrastructure development, digitization, metadata creation and processing, and online delivery.
3. Coordinates and leads the prioritization of digital collections projects for the Library.
4. Coordinates ingest of digital content into local and cooperative digital object repositories.
5. With other key Library staff, plans for the preservation of digital content managed by the Library.
6. Leads efforts to expand use of digital content through Collections as Data, Digital Humanities, Digital Scholarship, and Data Science techniques.
7. Proactively collaborates with other unit, library, university, and external units such as Application Development, ROAAr (Rare & Special Collections, Osler Library of the History of Medicine, Art, and Archives), Digitization Services, DISH (Digital Innovation & Scholarship Hub) and scholarly stakeholders to achieve project objectives. Engages vendors when appropriate.
8. Represents McGill in provincial, national, and international venues related to infrastructure and repository planning, shared infrastructure initiatives, and digital collections efforts.
9. Stays abreast of developments, initiatives, and offerings in area of expertise, and applies this knowledge to local work.

Reporting relationship
The Digital Collection Librarian reports to the Associate Dean, Digital Initiatives.


1. ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science or equivalent.
2. Project management experience involving both technical and curatorial team members. Knowledge of project management strategies and evidence of meeting project goals and timelines.
3. Substantive demonstrated experience with digital collections software, digital repository solutions, or content management systems, including configuration, functional planning, and content ingest.
4. Knowledge of modern digital repository platforms and best practices.
5. Demonstrated ability to advance a portfolio of multiple projects simultaneously.
6. Creative and analytical thinking skills, good problem solving ability, and ability to learn the basics of new technologies quickly.
7. Collaborative approach, involving relevant stakeholders and creating a culture of teamwork.
8. Evidence of commitment to meeting the needs of diverse populations of library users and staff.
9. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French. McGill University is an English-language university where day to day duties may require English communication both verbally and in writing.
10. Ability to effectively explain technical concepts in non-technical terms.
11. Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track appointment.

1. Experience with workflow design and/or user-driven assessment methodologies.
2. Familiarity with standards and best practices for collections digitization in the cultural heritage sector.
3. Familiarity with metadata standards and best practices in the cultural heritage sector.
4. Programming or scripting experience.

Applications should address the above selection criteria, be accompanied by a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of three referees and should be submitted by as one (1) .pdf document.
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McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.
At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry.
McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, or that may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record.
McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving for the implementation of universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through accommodation policies and procedures. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, this email.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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