Head, Digital Initiatives

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Created: January 27, 2015


Head, Digital Initiatives, University of Waterloo Library

The University of Waterloo Library seeks a creative, dynamic and public service oriented professional librarian to fill a leadership position as Head, Digital Initiatives.  The position offers an exciting opportunity for a visionary leader to build on past and present achievements and to move the digital agenda forward for the University of Waterloo Library.

The Library has a long history of innovation around technology, from wireless technologies, digital repositories for ETDs, to more recently RFID deployment and discovery systems.  We value entrepreneurism and creativity.

The Library is in the process of migration of its web presence to a campus enterprise Drupal instance, and the successful incumbent will be responsible for the technical components of the service, managing technical teams as well as distributed content owners and editors across the University of Waterloo Library, and working closely with the University’s Waterloo Content Management System (WCMS) Team.

Additionally, the incumbent is responsible for the collaborative development of strategies, planning, implementation, and support of projects to advance the creation, integration and use of web based services, technical infrastructure, digital services, digital repository, digital preservation and service integration for the Library.

Technical support and administration of key enterprise library applications are also managed within the department, for the UWaterloo community as well as the other Tri-University Group (TUG) member libraries at University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University.  As the department serves broadly across the Library, the incumbent will work closely with all Library departments on projects at some point or another.  Key partners include the Library’s Web Operations Group, Library Technology & Facilities Services, TUG Primo Committee, web content creators, and the campus web content management leadership across campus, as well as technology leadership at TUG member libraries, Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) and elsewhere.

The University of Waterloo Library is a member of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL).  The Library is a member of the Tri-University Group (TUG), along with member libraries at the University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University.  The TUG Libraries serve a combined student population of over 76,000, combined holdings exceeding 5 million, and combined budgets exceeding $45 million. TUG manages shared technology and a remote storage facility, and enables collaborative projects across the three library systems. The successful candidate will carry out the responsibilities associated with this position in the Dana Porter Library, located on Waterloo’s campus.

Within the context of a rapidly evolving print and digital environment, the incumbent leads the creation and articulation of an evolving digital initiatives services and systems portfolio in alignment with the Library mission and Library strategic directions with ongoing input from throughout the Library and key stakeholders across campus. The Head, Digital Initiatives reports to the Associate University Librarian, Research & Digital Discovery Services.

We welcome interested candidates to connect directly with Pascal Calarco, Associate University Librarian, Research & Digital Discovery Services to learn more about this exciting position. Pascal can be reached by phone at 519-888-4567 x38215 or by email at pvcalarco@uwaterloo.ca.


    ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree, or equivalent  

  • Demonstrated progressive responsibility and experience in leadership and management with a proven track record of achievement and success within a higher education environment;
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change, and identify and implement new technologies, services and work methods; ability to learn and evaluate new technologies quickly
  • Competencies include:
    • strategic thinking
    • project management
    • metadata
    • information technology
    • human resources management
    • interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
    • instruction and training
  • Technical skills include:
    • Demonstrated ability to independently, as well as collaboratively, plan, coordinate, and implement effective digital projects, including managing multiple and simultaneous projects
    • Knowledge and understanding of emergent and best practices, standards, current programming languages and frameworks, issues and trends relating to web technologies and digital initiatives in the library environment
    • Knowledge of web information architecture and usability best practices
    • Knowledge of the standards and technological framework for digital preservation
    • Knowledge of data and metadata standards prevalent in libraries
    • Demonstrated knowledge of current information technology standards and developments in libraries and higher education
    • Knowledge and understanding of library enterprise applications such as integrated library systems, discovery systems, and electronic resource management systems
    • Knowledge of research data management trends in academic libraries

  • Several years professional experience in managing web presence, digital services and/or digital asset projects in an academic or large public institution
  • Knowledge of business intelligence and analytics packages and their use in libraries
  • Working knowledge of, and experience with, a wide variety of media including text, music, still images, audio and video

This is a full-time permanent position.  Librarians at the University of Waterloo are governed by University policy as well as the Librarians’ Employment Handbook, available at: http://www.lib.uwaterloo.ca/AboutLibrary/documents/LEH2010-June2010.pdf.

This position is graded as a USG 13, in terms of salary.  For UWaterloo salary scales, refer to: https://uwaterloo.ca/secretariat-general-counsel/sites/ca.secretariat-general-counsel/files/uploads/files/2014-2015_staff_salary_scales.pdf

Deadline for applications: For assured consideration, applications should be received by noon, Friday, February 27, 2015. 

To apply and view the full job description:

Full job description: http://www.hr.uwaterloo.ca/.jd/00001260.html

Apply: Directly by emailing your resume and cover letter (as one document) to: hrresume@uwaterloo.ca
Important note: To ensure that your application is successfully submitted, please put your cover letter, resume, and any other information into ONE document and have an unique file name such as yourname.doc. We will accept .doc, .docx, or .pdf files only. Please include: Job ID# 2715 – Head, Digital Initiatives – Library in the subject line of e-mail submissions.

Employment Equity: The University respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We invite applications from all interested applicants. Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority.

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In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada’s technology hub, has become a leading comprehensive university with 34,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Consistently ranked Canada’s most innovative university, Waterloo is home to advanced research and teaching in science and engineering, health, environment, arts and social sciences. From quantum computing and nanotechnology to clinical psychology and health sciences research, Waterloo brings ideas and brilliant minds together, inspiring innovations with real impact today and in the future.

As home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program, Waterloo embraces its connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research, and commercialization. With campuses and education centres on four continents, and academic partnerships spanning the globe, Waterloo is shaping the future of the planet.

For details, visit https://uwaterloo.ca/

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