Web Services Librarian

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Created: January 13, 2020



POSITION:                   Web Services Librarian (Librarian I/II)                      

DEPARTMENT:           Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries   

DATE REQUIRED:        May 2020       

Are you looking for challenging, meaningful work in a supportive and diverse environment? Are you looking for a career at one of Canada’s top employers? Work where the world comes to think, discover, and learn. Consider a career at the University of Toronto.

About the University of Toronto Libraries

The University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) system is the largest academic library in Canada and is consistently ranked among the top-10 research libraries in North America. The system consists of over 40 libraries located on three university campuses: St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough. This array of college libraries, special collections, and specialized libraries and information centres supports the teaching and research requirements of more than 700 undergraduate degree programs and over 280 graduate programs, including over 60 professional programs, and. In addition to more than 15 million print and electronic volumes, the library system currently provides access to a vast array of electronic resources in various forms and over 31,000 linear metres of archival material. More than 150,000 new items are acquired each year.  The Libraries’ data centre houses more than 500 physical and virtual servers and more than a petabyte of data.

University of Toronto Library System: http://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/

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Policies for Librarians: http://www.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/faculty-librarians.htm

The Opportunity

The University of Toronto Libraries seeks a user-focused, collaborative, and technologically adept librarian for the position of Web Services Librarian.  The incumbent will apply a user-first lens to all of their work; they will coordinate selection, configuration, management and integration of the systems that support the seamless delivery of integrated library content, in conformance with defined standards and user requirements. The incumbent will coordinate provision of web analytics and related user analytics to inform the development of our digital library spaces, and support library colleagues in their provision of digital library content.

The incumbent will be a member of the University of Toronto Libraries’ Information Technology Services Web Services team. They will work closely with content providers throughout the University of Toronto library system, and maintain strong relationships with faculty, administrators, CIO and distributed technical staff, students, and peers in other institutions and organizations to support an excellent experience for users of the University of Toronto’s digital library.

Representative duties and projects include:

  • Working with technical and content managers and staff to coordinate the implementation of flexible and intelligent web technology infrastructure, content frameworks, and site navigation for library digital spaces
  • Coordinating the integration of our digital library with external web-based services
  • Ensuring that the Libraries’ web platforms and web sites are AODA compliant and maintained to a high standard of responsiveness and accessibility; coordinating related testing, review and upgrade work.
  • Collecting and providing assessment data such as web analytics, SEO research and qualitative usage data to understand user needs and support evidence-based decisions for web space development
  • Coordinating large-scale web redesign and platform migration projects, including implementation of content requirements; provision of page types and templates to support digital content in conjunction with an information architect and developer; identification of candidate systems for the Libraries’ digital library infrastructure.
  • Supporting the distributed maintenance of UTL library content through instruction, documentation and consultation.
  • Providing input into a strategic plan for the UTL web space, with the objective of simplifying user experience and ensuring that our students and faculty can quickly and efficiently access the resources and services they need.

Required Qualifications

  • A degree from an accredited Master’s level program in library and information studies
  • Good knowledge of user experience and interaction design principles, best practices and trends
  • Strong understanding of information organization skills and their application in a digital context
  • Excellent and demonstrated working knowledge of web accessibility
  • Practical experience with relevant content management, issue tracking, collaboration version control and analytics tools such as Drupal, Confluence, Jira, LibGuides, WordPress, GitLab and Google Analytics
  • Solid working knowledge of HTML, CSS and wireframing tools
  • Proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively in teams that encompass a range of professional roles and knowledge
  • Demonstrated strong user focus
  • Proven project management experience
  • Proven time-management and organizational skills; ability to lead multiple concurrent projects
  • Experience in technical implementation projects; ability to convey trade-offs and plans to colleagues with different levels of technical expertise who represent different library services and audiences.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills and creativity

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong background in applying technology skills in a higher education context
  • Work experience in a consortial higher education library environment
  • Instructional experience

Salary and Terms of AppointmentSalary and appointment level are based on experience and qualifications. This is a permanent status stream position.

Application Materials Required: A cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references of which at least two have supervised your work. Please send a single electronic file (MS Word or pdf) with a file name convention of [Surname, FirstName.WebServLib] to Library Human Resources at utlhr@utoronto.ca; or to Room 1140, 130 St. George Street, University of Toronto Libraries, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5; or by fax to (416) 946-5543 by February 12, 2020.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission. The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact utlhr@utoronto.ca

The University of Toronto Libraries thanks all applicants but will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

NOTE: Librarians at the University of Toronto are members of the University of Toronto Faculty Association.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


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