Head, Metadata and Description

Calgary, Alberta
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Created: April 25, 2019


About MRU

Mount Royal has carved out a distinct niche by offering smaller class sizes, a robust liberal education and unique undergraduate programs. Currently, nearly 14,000 credit students choose from 12 bachelor degrees and 32 majors.

We invest in the wellness and development of our employees, knowing that it benefits both the individual and the university as a whole. Our culture, along with many services, resources and programs, encourages a healthy, productive workplace. As we strive to enhance our culture of innovation and excellence, we support faculty, staff and management to be innovative in their work -- in our classrooms and across our campus. This is a place where employees feel a sense of community and belonging. Where people feel supported in their work and enjoy the friendliness and familiarity that only a small campus can provide.

Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut'ina and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is "Mohkinstsis," which we now call the city of Calgary. The city of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.

About the Library

Housed in the Riddell Library and Learning Centre, the University Library is an integral part of the MRU experience.   The Library values a healthy inclusive workplace, encourages a culture of innovation and teamwork, and provides support for professional development. Staff also enjoy a strong benefits program, access to recreation facilities and support for parental leave, among other benefits.  The Library team is comprised of approximately 60 employees.

The services, facilities, programming and expertise available in the Library support innovative teaching, learning, and scholarship across campus. The Library includes the Archives and Special Collections, and specialized and technology-enriched teaching and learning spaces, including information literacy classrooms, a Maker Studio, audio production rooms, and a range of visualization, simulation, and immersive spaces.

About the Role

Reporting to the Associate Dean, Collections and Digital Services (AD-CDS), the Head, Metadata and Description provides leadership and coordination in all aspects of cataloguing/metadata and authority control services for print and digital materials and plays a key role in managing discovery interfaces. The position works closely with faculty librarians, managers, and staff to plan, implement, and support projects involving description and discovery of resources in all formats.

The Head, Metadata and Description is an excellent communicator with a high attention to detail and a real passion for providing high-quality metadata and responsive discovery services to bring MRU collections to the MRU community and the wider world. They are dedicated to ethical and professional metadata practice that respects and listens to communities and partners.



·         Provide professional oversight of the cataloguing, metadata, and discovery operation.

·         Handle management, maintenance, evaluation, and loading of metadata/cataloguing records for electronic and physical resources.

·         Assume primary responsibility for developing policies and procedures to optimize the discoverability of the Library’s resources.

·         Support configuration, maintenance, and ongoing operations of the discovery layer and other discovery applications.

·         Work collaboratively with other units in the Library to identify ways to ensure interoperability of metadata and discovery systems and to improve resource discoverability.

·         Maintain professional understanding and deep knowledge of discovery technologies as well as cataloguing and metadata standards and practices

·         Work with the AD-CDS and the Manager, Library Collections to develop unit goals and priorities that align with the Library and University strategic plans.

·         Provide supervision of 4-6 paraprofessional staff.

·         Oversee processing of physical materials, including physical inventory control and maintenance.

·         Oversee unit workflow analysis, adjust and document policies and procedures as well

·         Actively seek out ways to improve unit processes and workflows and discoverability of Library materials

·         Lead staff in change management relating to evolving practices, user needs, and emerging trends and technologies relating to resource description and discovery.

·         Serve on the Service Desk, chat and other duties, including responding to patron feedback and reported issues.


To be successful in this position the incumbent would require a minimum credential of an ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library & Information Science or equivalent experience and/or training and have 3-5 years working in a metadata management and/or systems area of an academic library or equivalent combination of education and training. 

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in planning, problem-solving, technical troubleshooting, goal setting, and project management.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills with the ability to work in a team as well as independently.
  • Experience managing and supervising staff
  • Skills and experience with the cataloguing/resource management functionality of library service platforms and practical experience with the administrative features of discovery layers.
  • Practical experience in cataloguing and metadata in an academic environment, including working knowledge of cataloguing standards and practices, including MARC21, RDA/AACR2, LCSH, and authority control.
  • Working knowledge of metadata, linked data, and interoperability standards, including RDF, Dublin Core, BIBFRAME, XML, MODS, OAI-PMH and Oracle Business Intelligence/ Alma & Primo Analytics.
  • Experience leading or playing a significant role in the management or administration of a discovery system, such as Primo or Summon, is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of Alma and Primo VE would be considered a strong asset
  • Knowledge or experience with the following applications/platforms would be an asset: AtoM, DSpace, Islandora, Springshare suite of services


To Apply: https://mtroyalca.hua.hrsmart.com/hr/ats/Posting/view/727


Closing Date: May 17 , 2019

Salary Grade: $2872.17 - $3107.25 semi-monthly


We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. After the close date, you can check on the status of your application through your Career Centre. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Mount Royal University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to fostering diversity as a source of excellence, intellectual and cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome applications from those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, faculty and their scholarship including but not limited to Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual or gender identity, ethnic, national or socio-economic background, religion or age.


Submitted by: erecruiter@mtroyal.ca

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2019 20:04 UTC

Last updated: Thursday, April 25, 2019 20:04 UTC