Librarian – Library Technology Services (Discovery Systems)

Updated: 1 day ago
Location: Ottawa West, ONTARIO

About the Position
  • Field of Specialization: Library Technology Services
  • Academic Unit: Maxwell MacOdrum Library
  • Category of Appointment: Preliminary (Confirmation-Track)
  • Rank/Position Title: Discovery Systems Librarian (LTS)
  • Start Date: December 5, 2022
  • Closing Date: September 12th, 2022

This position has a key role in ensuring the Library Services Platform (LSP), discovery interface, and related applications provide reliable and efficient access to the Library’s collections and resources. This position works in close collaboration with Library colleagues, campus partners, and OCUL Libraries to ensure that the LSP meets the evolving needs of the Library and its users


About the Academic Unit

The MacOdrum Library (https://library.carleton.ca ) promotes excellence at Carleton University by collecting, preserving, and providing access to information resources and services for our teaching, learning, research, and administrative communities, wherever they are located.

The Library consists of a main building at the heart of the campus which holds over 3.7 million items and an on-campus storage facility with a capacity of 800,000 volumes. There are 103 FTE positions in the Library including about 31 Librarians, 68 Professional Services Staff, and about 50 casual student positions. The Library participates in co-operative ventures with area libraries and museums as well as libraries in research institutions across Canada. It is also part of the Ontario Consortium of University Libraries and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network.


Qualifications

Applicants must have a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited school is required.

Under the direction of the Head of Library Technology Services, the Discovery Systems Librarian is responsible for the ongoing operation, support, and development of the Library Services Platform (LSP)—a shared service coordinated in collaboration with member institutions of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL).

They must also have:

  • Two or more years of experience working in the systems area of an academic library, with specific experience in upgrading and supporting library service platforms, integrated library systems, and/or discovery platforms. In addition, experience leading the selection, implementation, and integration of applications or features is an asset.
  • Strong expertise in overseeing and supporting library services platforms and discovery interfaces. Expertise in project management and coordinating teams to implement, enhance, and support library systems. Expertise in promoting and providing training on library systems.
  • Working knowledge of cataloging standards and practices, including MARC21, RDA/AACR2, LCSH, and authority control. Working knowledge of metadata, linked data, and interoperability standards, including Dublin Core, MODS, MARCXML, RDF, and OAI-PHM.

The complete position description is available below.


Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin on October 28th, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should send an application package to the Office of the University Librarian by email in one single PDF document with “Discovery Systems Librarian (LTS)” in the subject line to Lib- Admin@Carleton.ca. Candidates must include a cover letter (expression of interest) and current curriculum vitae. In addition, short-listed candidates will be asked to provide letters of support from three references.

Please provide a statement that identifies your strengths in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in your discipline and on campus as well as your future plans.

Please indicate in your application if you are currently legally eligible to work in Canada.


About Carleton University

Located in Ottawa, Carleton is an innovative teaching and research institution with a tradition of leading change. Internationally recognized academics, staff, and researchers engage more than 31,000 students in over 100 programs of study. Carleton has long been known for promoting research excellence and connectedness and is involved in partnerships around the globe. With strong leadership, it enjoys a healthy financial position and our proximity to government and cultural institutions, media, and a thriving knowledge economy make Carleton and Ottawa a great place to work, learn, and live. Our picturesque campus is fully accessible and, along with award-winning student services, Carleton’s Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities has been heralded as the gold standard for disability support services in Canada. Learn more about our university and the city of Ottawa .

Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Furthermore, Carleton understands that career paths vary and interruptions will not prejudice the assessment process. We invite you to review our revitalized Indigenous strategy, Kinàmàgawin and visit our Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities for information about our commitment to leadership in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Accessibility is a university strategic priority and applicants selected for an interview who require accommodations are invited to contact the Chair as soon as possible to ensure that appropriate arrangements may be made.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.

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Position Description
  • Position Title: Discovery Systems Librarian
  • Department: Library Technology Services

Position Summary

Under the direction of the Head of Library Technology Services, the Discovery Systems Librarian is responsible for the ongoing operation, support, and development of the Library Services Platform (LSP)—a shared service coordinated in collaboration with member institutions of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL).

This position has a key role in ensuring the LSP, discovery interface, and related applications provide reliable and efficient access to the Library’s collections and resources. This position works in close collaboration with Library colleagues, campus partners, and OCUL Libraries to ensure that the LSP meets the evolving needs of the Library and its users.

The Discovery Systems Librarian is a member of the CUASA bargaining unit.


Organizational Relationships

The Discovery Systems Librarian:

  • Reports to the Head of the Library Technology Systems department. In consultation with the department head, determines the means and approach to effectively fulfill identified objectives. Performs work with a high degree of independence and flexibility within the framework of accepted policies, practices, and priorities. Participates in setting and revising practices and advises the department head as appropriate.
  • Communicates with colleagues across the Library. Liaises with Information Technology Services (ITS) as well as other administrative and academic units on Consults with faculty, students and other users to determine their needs and evaluates existing discovery and access services in support of teaching and research.
  • Advises Library staff on effective use and integration of the LSP into workflows and Contributes to staff training and development accordingly.

Duties and Responsibilities
Library Services Platform
  • Responsible for the configuration, maintenance, support, and ongoing operations of the applications comprising and associated with the Library Services Platform (LSP).
  • Ensures proper integration of applications with other systems and workflows such as metadata description, discovery, fulfillment, acquisitions, course reserves learning management systems, digital repositories, financial and acquisition systems, student information systems, and campus authentication services as well as vendor platform and procurement services.
  • Provides, coordinates, and supports foundational training for library Develops training materials, coordinates training for library staff, and supports librarians in their efforts to instruct students and faculty how to use the discovery interface to access library resources.
  • Monitors upgrades and enhancements to applications Traces and reports technical issues, working with vendors, OCUL members, and library staff to identify, implement, and communicate
  • Provides leadership in identifying opportunities to leverage applications to both improve discovery and access of library collections as well as relevant library workflows.

Contributions to Library Systems Department operations
  • Contributes to technology planning and project management throughout the system life cycle, with particular emphasis on the library services platform and related Participates in preparation of budget requests, grant writing and technical reviews, as required.
  • Participates in support and maintenance of existing library services, contributes to substantial upgrades or replacements as appropriate, and provides expert advice on these services and related technical standards to management, library staff and partners as required.
  • Provides leadership in the selection of hardware technologies related to fulfillment and collection
  • Works with the Library Technology Services team to identify service problems and amend policies and procedures as appropriate to ensure a high quality of service.
  • Maintains awareness and proficiency in emerging technology trends and initiatives, and evaluating suitability for the Library.

Collaboration and professional engagement
  • Collaborates with library departments and other campus partners on the evaluation, selection, integration and implementation of new technologies and services; assists in the development of funding strategies and preparation of business cases for new technologies.
  • Represents the Library on relevant OCUL committees and working groups: contributes to the development of consortium‐level policies, procedures, and workflows (incorporating and communicating them into local practices).
  • Engages in professional activities to maintain current professional knowledge, skills, and abilities in relation to area of specialization, and contributes to the fields of librarianship and information technology by engaging in research, development and/or scholarly work.
  • Participates in committee work within the Library, and the University, and performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Technical knowledge
  • Strong expertise in overseeing and supporting library services platforms and discovery
  • Expertise in project management and coordinating teams to implement, enhance, and support library
  • Expertise in promoting and providing training on library
  • Working knowledge of the manipulation of large datasets, especially as it relates to the extraction, transformation, and loading of data in library systems.
  • Working knowledge of cataloging standards and practices, including MARC21, RDA/AACR2, LCSH, and authority control.
  • Working knowledge of metadata, linked data, and interoperability standards, including Dublin Core, MODS, MARCXML, RDF, and OAI-PHM.

Domain knowledge
  • Working knowledge of acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, and other workflows supported by an
  • Working knowledge of the approaches and techniques used by students and faculty to search for, select, and access library resources to support their learning, teaching, and research.

Organization, Communication and Team Skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication
  • Ability to engage effectively in planning, problem solving, and goal
  • Ability to work well in a team‐based environment, as well as
  • Ability to work with other departments, vendors, and other groups outside the library to achieve specific goals.
  • Ability to manage time and set priorities, manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and work under pressure.

Qualifications
  • Education: Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited school is
  • Experience: Two or more years of experience working in the systems area of an academic library, with specific experience in upgrading and supporting library service platforms, integrated library systems, and/or discovery In addition, experience leading the selection, implementation, and integration of applications or features is an asset.

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