Systems Librarian (Library Services Platform)

Ottawa, ON., Canada
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Created: July 19, 2019


Responsibilities: The University of Ottawa Library seeks an innovative, motivated and service-oriented Systems Librarian (Library Services Platform). The successful candidate will be a creative individual who works well with other colleagues in a challenging and changing environment.


Setting: Located in the heart of the National Capital, the University of Ottawa is recognized as one of Canada’s leading teaching and research institutions.  With 1,200 regular faculty and 40,000 students enrolled in over 360 programs, the University of Ottawa offers a broad spectrum of high quality programs in both English and French.  For more information, see:


Description:  Reporting to the Head, Resource Management and Discovery, the Systems Librarian (Library Services Platform) administers the enterprise software used to manage the Library collection and associated services.  This includes the Library Services Platform (LSP) and any ancillary systems.  The Librarian develops and implements extensions for the LSP as well as integrations with other applications in order to improve operations and services. The Librarian supports Library staff in leveraging the capabilities of the LSP in their functional areas, including acquisitions, metadata and description, discovery, fulfillment, and analytics.  As a member of the Content and Access division, the Librarian contributes to the effective lifecycle management of Library resources and develops their optimal use by the University community.


The Librarian actively participates in and/or leads Library collaborative activities. The incumbent is a participative member of an evolving organization that emphasizes service quality, innovation, outreach, and partnership within the Library, across campus.


Essential qualifications:

  1. A Master's degree in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from an ALA accredited institution or equivalent.
  2. At least 2 years of professional experience, or fewer if the experience is particularly pertinent to the position.
  3. Effective oral and written communication skills in both French and English.
  4. Experience administering library enterprise software, with a preference for modern library services platforms.
  5. Experience managing proxy servers, link resolvers, document delivery and resource sharing systems.
  6. Experience querying, manipulating and transforming large quantities of library data using APIs, scripting, and specialized applications.
  7. Knowledge of current and emerging standards, formats, and protocols used in library systems, such as: MARC, BIBFRAME, OpenURL, KBART, XML, Linked Data and RDF, OAI-PMH, SIP2 and Z39.50.
  8. Knowledge of the services and business practices of academic libraries, as they relate to: collection development, acquisitions, cataloguing, discovery, circulation, and assessment.
  9. Familiarity with campus information systems and their integration points with library systems, including: central authentication, finance, registrar, and learning management.
  10. Familiarity with programming languages, relational databases and web technologies; experience developing and/or troubleshooting applications an asset.
  11. Ability to work in a collaborative, team-based environment.
  12. Adaptable, flexible, and able to adjust to a changing environment.
  13. Problem solving and decision making skills.
  14. Capacity to identify areas of opportunity and to develop and implement innovative solutions to respond to them.

Rank and the salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

This position is part of the APUO bargaining unit (faculty, librarians, counsellors, language teachers).


Please note that the Library is undergoing organizational restructuring. For this reason, administrative reporting relationships and/or work assignment may change during the course of the appointment.


Applicants are requested to submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter, with their name in the document title. Internal candidates will be considered first; application should be submitted no later than Friday, August 9, 2019 at 4 pm.


Ms. Talia Chung

University Librarian and Vice-Provost (Knowledge Systems)

University of Ottawa Library

65 University Private

Ottawa, ON

K1N 6N5              



The University of Ottawa Library thanks all those who apply.  Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


All qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us of any particular adaptive measures you might require by contacting the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Faculty Affairs at 613-562-5958. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

How to apply


Ms. Talia Chung
University Librarian and Vice-Provost (Knowledge Systems)
University of Ottawa Library
65 University Private
Ottawa, ON
K1N 6N5


Published: Monday, July 22, 2019 16:31 UTC

Last updated: Monday, July 22, 2019 16:31 UTC