Metadata and Standards Technician

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Government of Canada Ottawa and Gatineau offices, ONTARIO
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 18 Nov 2022

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The Bank of Canada has a vision to be “a leading central bank—dynamic, engaged and trusted—committed to a better Canada.” No other employer in the country offers you the unique opportunity to work at the very center of Canada’s economy, in a diverse and inclusive organization with significant impact on the economic and financial well-being of all Canadians. You will be challenged, energized and motivated to excel in an environment where we are reinventing central banking, renewing ways of doing business and reinforcing a culture of innovation.Find out more about the next steps in our Recruitment process.Did you know?
Have you recently graduated or will be graduating from a Library science program? This position would be excellent position for a newly graduated library technician or librarian who prefers technical services work with a focus on metadata description.

The Knowledge and Information Services team (K&IS) provides information and data resources, services, tools, systems, and policies which help Bank staff access, utilize, manage, and share quality information to effectively accomplish the Bank’s business goals. K&IS specializes in digital scholarship; digital library and content licensing services; research and reference services; corporate record services; support to end users for the Bank’s document management system; and management of the Bank of Canada Archives.

What you will do
You will support the descriptive cataloguing records housed within the Bank’s integrated library system, its federated search tool, its Data Catalogue and its Research Data Management service. The Bank’s digital library collection encompasses a variety of content types including bibliographic databases, market data, industry information resources, alt data sets, ejournal packages, ebooks, news sources and official statistics.

You will work collaboratively with senior Metadata Specialists and Systems Librarians, to support the creation of original and copy cataloguing records, as well as working to remediate and transform existing metadata descriptions. The Bank’s information and data collection requires metadata records for a variety of content types, including socioeconomic data feeds, research data files, and readme files, and you will be using a variety of information tools and systems which may include Ex Libris Alma, Ex Libris PRIMO, TIND RDM, SpringShare LibGuides, and Symplectic Elements.

What you need to succeed
You are a team player who can work in a collaborative environment and are an effective communicator. You possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills. You continuously deliver excellent attention to detail. You are able to review and assess metadata quality and usability.

You have work or academic knowledge of the following:

Descriptive library cataloguing standards (AACR2, RDA, Dublin Core),
Metadata record encoding standards (MARC, XML, HTML, JSON),
Authority controls and records,
Controlled vocabularies and standardized subject headings (LCSH, RVM, STW Thesaurus for Economics),
International standards for describing numeric data sets (DDI, DataCite)
Persistent Identifiers (ORCID, DOIs)
Integrated library systems or platforms

Nice-to-have

Microsoft SharePoint experience
Knowledge of data and software citation principles

Your education and experience
Library technician college diploma and one year of work experience in an information service-delivery unit as a cataloguer or metadata specialist or a Master’s degree in library science, from an ALA-accredited school or an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered

What you need to know

Language requirement: English and French essential (bilingual) with a minimum starting level of functional (level 4) in second official language. Training may be provided to help reach the required level of fully functional (level 5) in second official language. (although the position requires a Level 5 (fully functional) in the second official language, we are open to those with a lower level and may provide training to help the selected candidate reach the required level over time)
Priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents
Security level required: Be eligible to obtain Secret
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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and further to public health guidelines, preventative measures are being taken to ensure health and safety during the recruitment process. All interviews are conducted virtually.

Hybrid Work Model

The Bank is conducting a trial of a hybrid working model which provides employees with the flexibility to telework for significant portions of each month. During the trial, employees will be expected to come onsite on those days when they are involved in activities that they or their leader feel are better conducted in person and to build connections with colleagues. For the majority of employees, it is expected that onsite time will range from 5 to 10 days per month, depending on your role. You must live in Canada, and within reasonable commuting distance of the office.

Vaccination Policy

Please note that the application of the Bank’s Covid-19 Vaccination policy has been temporarily suspended, effective June 20, 2022. As a result, you will not be required to submit verification of your vaccination status before starting employment with the Bank. However, please note that the Bank reserves the right to reintroduce vaccination requirements in the future if necessary to respond to changing public health advice and\or government direction.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

What you can expect from us
This is a great opportunity to join a leading organization and be part of a high-performing team. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet your needs at every stage of your life and career. For more information on key benefits please visit A great deal to consider.

Salaries are based on qualifications and experience and typically range from $64,705 to $76,125 (job grade 14)
Depending on performance, you may be eligible for performance pay for successfully meeting (5 to 7% of your base salary) or for exceeding expectations (10% of your base salary). Exceptional performers who far exceed expectations may be eligible for higher performance pay.
Flexible and comprehensive benefits so you can choose the level of health and dental coverage that meets your needs
Extra vacation days (up to five each year) that you can purchase to add to your vacation entitlement
Option to join the indexed, defined-benefit pension plan after 24 consecutive months of service


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