Digital Projects & Technologies Librarian

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Created: January 27, 2014


 Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA) has an opening for an imaginative and skilled individual to fill a career status track, permanent position as Digital Projects & Technologies Librarian. The successful candidate will be expected to provide leadership in designing, developing and incorporating latest digital library technologies to create innovative library services and platforms that engage library users and enhance their digital learning and research experiences. The incumbent will be a member of the Library Information Technology Services (LITS) Department. He or she will also be a member of Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) and report to the Chief Librarian.

The Digital Projects & Technologies Librarian’s responsibilities:
  • Creates and enhances appropriate software frameworks for RULA’s digital library initiatives.
  • Designs, develops and analyzes dynamic web and mobile-enhanced applications, systems and tools.
  • Maintains and improves existing library information systems and applications (i.e. institutional repository), and works closely with library information technology staff to develop and maintain supporting infrastructure.
  • Provides project planning and management, programming and expertise for a portfolio of digital projects to support RULA’s digital scholarship and digital humanities initiatives.
  • Introduces and integrates latest information technology trends and tools such as MongoDB and Elastic Search to the Library application development framework.
  • Advises Library colleagues and faculty partners on emerging digital research methodologies, including research data management, digital preservation, big data analysis, linked open data, etc.
  • Supervises and assigns work to work-study, practicum, and co-op students assisting with library IT projects; provides functional supervision of library staff as required.
  • Liaises and collaborates with faculty, researchers and other departments to further library digital research initiatives & partnerships, and may act as subject liaison in related areas.
  • Participates in identifying & establishing funding sources for the Library information technology research and development (e.g., grant proposals).
  • Contributes to the digital library community, which may include presenting at academic conferences, developing research for scholarly publications, etc.
  • Participates in various library and university committees and task forces as appropriate.
  • Provides reference services as part of the scheduled desk rotation including online chat.

  • MLS, MLIS or MI from an ALA accredited program or equivalent.
  • Experience in implementing digital repository systems and related technologies (e.g., Islandora) and Open Journal System (OJS)).
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems, content management systems and library discovery systems.
  • Experience in the design and manipulation of relational databases; demonstrated proficiency in developing and maintaining web applications.
  • Experience in developing and coding interactive web applications using PHP, Python, Ruby/Rails, REST, JSON, Apache, HTML, XML, CSS, SQL, JAVA, Javascript, AJAX and/or other common tools.
  • Development experience with open source big data technology tools such as NoSQL Databases (MongoDB or CouchDB), Elastic Search, etc.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Semantic Web tools and standards, including Linked Data, XML, XPath, XSLT, XHTML, RDF, RSS, Atom, SKOS, OpenURL/COinS, OAI-PMH, and SRW/SRU (Z39.50).
  • Knowledge of current and emerging metadata schemas and standards, including Dublin Core, MARC, RDA, EAD, METS, MODS, and PREMIS.
  • Demonstrated experience with Unix or Linux server platforms, related software, and basic system administration utilities.
  • Experience in leading an application development team and project management.
  • Some experience with developing applications for mobile devices.
  • Ability to collaborate as part of the Library team and with campus systems expertise at all levels.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Creativity and strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to learn new technical skills quickly; ability to meet deadlines; strong service-orientation.
  • Background in the Sciences an asset.
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Deadline for applications: February 10, 2014

Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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