Job: Digital Initiatives Co-ordinator, University of Alberta Libraries

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Created: February 14, 2007


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Digital Initiatives Co-ordinator University of Alberta Libraries

The University of Alberta Libraries is looking for a dynamic project manager to take primary responsibility for managing the development of digital collections and ensuring that these collections are timely, relevant and well-used. Working with those involved in the Peel's Prairie Provinces initiative, the Lois Hole Campus Alberta Digital Library (LHCADL) and other digital initiatives, you will provide coordination and leadership (system level and externally) and management of production activities.

As the Digital Initiatives Co-ordinator, you will work with other librarians and technical staff in the Digital Resources Group and will participate in all phases of digital library development including: coordination of teams/individuals; user analysis, materials preparation; copyright clearance; digitization/OCR production; metadata application; costing/budget analysis; outsource vendor selection and communication; public user interface development/access point determination; quality control; marketing; personnel recruitment; contract administration; negotiation with external bodies/agencies. You may also develop and maintain the Library's collection in an assigned subject area.

The University of Alberta Library is Canada's second largest research library, with an active program of electronic information products, Web development supporting collections and services, and digital library initiatives in areas such as document delivery, graphic image and data collections, and Internet resource cataloguing. For more information, visit our web site at

Qualifications, Preferred Skills and Experience: Master of Library Science from an ALA accredited institution.

Experience in project management; familiarity with preparation of technical and functional specifications (image capture, database design, search and presentation features); software evaluation; system configuration and management; staff training and technical support

Knowledge of information technology trends and their application to emerging digital library issues such as image display, metadata standards, authentication, integration/reference linking technologies, search standards and protocols

Skills in relational database design (e.g. MySQL, Oracle), a working knowledge of presentation mechanisms/languages (e.g. CSS, JavaScript, XML/XSL), programming languages (e.g. Cold Fusion, PERL, PHP, Java), and of web server OS environments (e.g. UNIX/Solaris, Linux and Apache) would be strong assets.

Strong communication and interpersonal skills and successful participation in collaborative work environments and team relationships. Facilitative and collaborative skills are required.

Front line experience in library public services and collection development an asset. Enthusiasm, resourcefulness, organizational skills, and a sense of humour are essential.

Applicants are encouraged to provide with their applications examples of their work, either as URL's or files on disk.

Salary and Rank:

This tenure-track position is classified at the Librarian 2 level with a current salary range of $65,571 to $104,291. Librarians at the University of Alberta have academic status and participate in a generous benefits program. Closing date for the position is March 23rd , 2007.

To Apply:

Please mail, fax or e-mail your resume and the names of three references to:

Karen Adams Director of Library Services and Information Resources Cameron Library University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2J8

Fax: (780) 492-8302 E-mail:

Established in 1908 as a board-governed, public institution, the University of Alberta has earned the reputation of being one of the best universities in Canada based on our strengths in teaching, research and services. The University of Alberta serves over 36,000 students in more than 200 undergraduate programs and 170 graduate programs ( The University's main campus is located in Edmonton, the cosmopolitan capital of the province of Alberta. The Edmonton metropolitan area is the sixth largest in the country with a population of approximately one million people ( ). Edmonton is home to vibrant cultural events, a system of river valley parks and trails, and is located only a few hours drive from Banff and Jasper National Parks, which offer skiing in winter and excellent hiking and sightseeing in summer.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.





Peter Binkley Digital Initiatives Technology Librarian Information Technology Services 4-30 Cameron Library University of Alberta Libraries Edmonton, Alberta Canada T6G 2J8 Phone: (780) 492-3743 Fax: (780) 492-9243 e-mail:


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