Research Data Management Librarian

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Created: March 14, 2018


Title: Research Data Management Librarian – Continuing Appointment
Department: Open Scholarship Department (Steacie Science & Engineering Library)
Faculty: York University Libraries

Start date: July 1, 2018

York University Libraries (YUL) seeks a dynamic and innovative individual with strong leadership potential to advance York University Libraries' research data management portfolio in support of the research community across campus.

York University offers a world-class, modern, interdisciplinary academic experience in Toronto, Canada's most multicultural city. York is a centre of innovation, with a thriving community of over 60,000 students, faculty and staff who challenge the ordinary and deliver the unexpected.

The successful candidate will be a member of the new Research and Open Scholarship division and will report to the Director for Open Scholarship. The incumbent will lead the development of a research data management program on campus and will coordinate ongoing support in this area within a team-based environment. The incumbent will work collegially with departmental members to advance the wider responsibilities of the Open Scholarship Department.

The Open Scholarship Department advances strategic areas of library-wide expertise including coordination of campus liaison, outreach, and education activities related to research impact, open access, and open data. It provides licensing/copyright expertise to campus researchers on issues related to scholarly publishing and promotes the dissemination of YUL- and campus-created scholarship.

Working collegially with staff in the Steacie Science and Engineering Library, the successful incumbent also sits in the Health, Science and Engineering disciplinary team. In this capacity, the incumbent will actively contribute to the Health, Science and Engineering disciplinary cluster in the provision of disciplinary liaison support for the sciences particularly in the physical sciences, the Division of Natural Science and the Department of Science and Technology Studies. The candidate will also participate in project and committee work for the Libraries and the university, and in external cooperative and professional activities. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

● an ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent with graduation year of 2007 or later;
● academic background in the physical sciences or equivalent library professional or work experience in these subject areas;
● demonstrated leadership capacity and evidence of building effective working relationships with institutional colleagues;
● demonstrated understanding of liaison supports for the sciences inclusive of information literacy, scholarly communications, and research support needs in the sciences;
● demonstrated understanding of relevant information sources in chemistry, physics, astronomy, and science and technology studies;
● demonstrated understanding of disciplinary research cultures including scholarly communication, publishing trends and corresponding needs of faculty and researchers;
● understanding of the changing role of academic libraries in higher education and an ability to envision innovative and creative methods of integrating and employing digital technologies;
● experience with advancing scholarly communications initiatives or new programmatic areas and engaging stakeholders in these developments;
● leadership capacity to develop research data management initiatives across the research lifecycle, including creating, processing, analysis, preservation, access, and reuse of research data;
● aptitude for creating metadata and working with digital repositories;
● promise of record of research, publication and professional development;
● strong public service philosophy;
● evidence of professional initiative;
● demonstrated project management skills and ability to balance work priorities;
● excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills;
● demonstrated ability to be flexible, creative, and work effectively in a fluid institutional environment; and
● ability to work collegially and effectively with a diverse population of colleagues, faculty, staff, and students.

This is a continuing appointment at the Assistant Librarian level available from 1 July 2018. York offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and an exceptional benefits package. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

Librarians at York University have academic status and are members of the York University Faculty Association bargaining unit (

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA program, which applies to Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at or by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

People with disabilities and Aboriginal people are priorities in the York University Libraries Affirmative Action Plan and are especially encouraged to apply. Consideration will also be given to those who have followed non-traditional career paths or had career interruptions.

Applicants wishing to self-identify can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the forms found at: . Please select the "Affirmative Action" tab under which forms pertaining to Citizenship and Affirmative Action can be found.

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Deadline for complete applications is April 20, 2018.

A letter of application with a current curriculum vitæ and contact information for three references should be sent to:

Chair, Research Data Management Librarian Search Committee
York University Libraries
516 Scott Library
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON
M3J 1P3
Fax: (416) 736-5451

Reference letters will only be requested for shortlisted candidates. Interviews will be scheduled May 17 through May 25, 2018.

How to apply


Chair, Research Data Management Librarian Search Committee
York University Libraries
516 Scott Library
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON
M3J 1P3
Fax: (416) 736-5451

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