Digital Infrastructure and Discovery Librarian

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Created: February 24, 2015


The University of Prince Edward Island invites applications for a permanent track Librarian position to oversee the Library’s digital infrastructure, metadata and discovery services, and to provide research, instruction, and collection development support.

The University of Prince Edward Island is one of Canada’s leading liberal undergraduate institutions. Located in Charlottetown, UPEI is a central educational, cultural and social institution in the City and the Province. With a population of 3,800 part-time and full-time students, the University is best described as a research-intensive primarily undergraduate university, offering traditional programs as well as many unique areas of study, and has a strong research record in a number of areas. The Robertson Library is recognized for its innovative leadership in digitizing and preserving PEI print and cultural resources, as well as the development of open source software, having created the Islandora digital asset management system.

Reporting to the University Librarian, the successful applicant will:

• Oversee the development and maintenance of the Library’s technology infrastructure, the deployment of the Library’s Virtual Research Environment and associated applications, and the other core open source library systems;
• Participate in outreach activities, including monitoring and interfacing with regional, national and international cyberinfrastructure initiatives;
• Collaborate on the development of the Library’s internally hosted full-text platform and content discovery services including end-user interfaces;
• Provide metadata services (in collaboration with others) that harmonize metadata policies, standards and practices, leveraging non-traditional information sources (e.g. full text) in enhancing discovery;
• Oversee original and copy cataloging in a variety of languages and in all bibliographic and physical formats, including serials, media, electronic resources, digital collections, and archival material;
• Deliver services in support of teaching and research, including subject liaison and collection development, information literacy, and in-depth reference services;
• Work collaboratively to investigate and evaluate best practices in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Library’s policies, goals, and procedures;
• Participate in experimental and innovative programs in support of eScience, eLearning, digital social sciences and humanities, data analytics, and data mining;
• Maintain knowledge of current description standards such as RDA, RDF, Linked Data, BIBFRAME, other emerging metadata standards and tools;
• Supervise Library staff, contract staff and students

An MLIS (or equivalent) from an ALA accredited institution is required, as well as previous experience in an academic library. Candidates must have a strong technical background; experience with programming, open source software and approaches to open data and systems is critical. Candidates should be creative and enthusiastic about supporting expanded access to all of the Library’s resources, and the ability to follow and anticipate developing technologies will be essential. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills are essential, as well as demonstrated initiative and flexibility, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

The position is part of the UPEI Faculty Association Bargaining Unit #1, and is expected to be filled at the Rank of Librarian II.  The appointment will be effective July 1, 2015.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Applications sent via e-mail are preferred. Applications should include curriculum vitae, names of three references and a cover letter addressing their philosophy of the present and future role of academic libraries within a university.

Inquiries and applications should be directed to:

Mark Leggott, University Librarian
Robertson Library, University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Ave., Charlottetown PE, C1A4P3, 902-566-0460

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

Closing date for applications is March 13, 2015.


Published: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 02:45 UTC

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