Metadata Librarian (2 year term)

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
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Created: June 29, 2021


Closing date: July 7, 2021

The University of Prince Edward Island is one of Canada’s leading liberal undergraduate institutions. Located in Charlottetown on the unceded land of the Mi’kmaq Nation, of the Wabanaki Confederacy, in the traditional district of Epekwitk, UPEI is a central educational, cultural and social institution in the City and the Province. With a diverse population of almost 5,000 students from over 90 countries, the University is best described as a research-intensive primarily undergraduate university, offering traditional programs, professional programs, and interdisciplinary opportunities.

Reporting to the University Librarian, the successful applicant will:

  • Manage the Cataloguing Unit, supervising the work of Library Technicians performing copy-cataloguing, batch record updates, and some original cataloguing
  • Steward the accuracy, completeness, and appropriateness of metadata in the Library's catalogue system (currently Evergreen), including:
    • maintenance of the electronic resource collections in the ILS including owned books and, at the present time, subscription or otherwise non-perpetually licensed content,
    • original metadata work in collaboration with the Special Collections Librarian relating to the library’s collections of PEI- and Lucy Maud Montgomery-related materials,
    • provide statistics and other reports from the metadata as needed for internal and external stakeholders
  • Perform original cataloguing for a variety of item types (text, music, film, cartographic) on a variety of media (print books, CDs, VHS, DVD, vinyl, etc. as well as electronic).
  • Provide metadata services for digital collections that harmonize metadata policies, standards and practices, as well as leveraging non-traditional information sources (e.g. full text) in enhancing discovery,
  • Design and provide documentation, training, and consultation on creation and application of metadata in the Library
  • Make recommendations regarding metadata policies, terminology, and practices from a decolonial framework.
  • Manage metadata/cataloguing related projects
  • Participate in library liaison duties including activities related to information literacy instruction, delivering specialized information services, individual research consultations, public service desk shifts, collections development, and preparing library reports for accreditation and academic program reviews.
  • Participate in library, university, regional, and national committees and organizations as relevant.

Required Qualifications

  • Master of Library and Information Science (or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited institution is required.
  • Experience working in an Integrated Library System or Library Services Platform (UPEI currently uses Evergreen ILS)
  • Knowledge of library and archival standards and principles (RDA, IFLA-LRM, LCC, LCSH, LCGFT, DDC, MARC21, BIBFRAME, RAD, EAD, etc.)
  • Knowledge of metadata standards and vocabularies (Dublin Core, MODS, OCLC-FAST, AAT, GeoNames, Wikidata, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to leverage technology to solve problems
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects
  • Superior written and spoken communication skills

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience working in a digital asset management system (UPEI currently uses Islandora)
  • Experience remediating large sets of metadata using tools such as Open Refine and MarcEdit
  • Experience with SQL and python
  • Experience with linked open data standards, systems and formats (RDF, JSON-LD, SKOS, OWL, SPARQL,, Wikidata etc.)

The position is part of the UPEI Faculty Association Bargaining Unit #1 and is expected to be filled at the Rank of Librarian II. The appointment will be effective as soon as possible until June 30, 2023.


Candidates must submit to the individual listed below, a cover letter citing the competition number listed above, a full curriculum vitae, and a list of three (3) references including an email address for each.  In addition, a one-page statement on how the candidate will implement the principles of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in their professional practice and research and scholarly work is to be included in the application package.

UPEI is committed to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and believes in providing a positive learning and working environment where every person feels empowered to contribute. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment and encourages applications from underrepresented groups including women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

An application package including and addressing all of the elements listed above must be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to:

Donald Moses
University Librarian
Robertson Library, UPEI
550 University Avenue,
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

The Library wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. Applications shall be assessed by the Library Appointments Committee and a short list of candidates shall be interviewed. Only those applicants selected for the short list will be contacted.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

Review of applications will begin on July 7, 2021; however, the competition will remain open until the position is filled.


Published: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 14:29 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 14:29 UTC