JOB POSTING: Information Systems Librarian (Queen's University Library - Kingston, Ontario)

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Created: June 10, 2009


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QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY LIBRARY Information Systems Librarian Continuing-track Appointment Available September 2009

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Queen’s University is one of Canada’s leading universities, with an international reputation for scholarship, research, social purpose, spirit and diversity. Consistently highly ranked, Queen’s Library has five physical locations and a strong virtual library serving a community of over 21,000 students and 2,400 faculty and researchers in Applied Science, Arts & Science, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Policy Studies, Theological Studies and Urban & Regional Planning. The Library’s team-based organization based on the goals of the learning organization encourages innovation and flexibility in meeting the needs of its user community. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).

The Library Systems unit provides information technology and web development leadership for the Library. This includes support for the Voyager integrated library system and related applications, the Library’s web presence and web applications, all Library databases, imaging and print servers, and more than 750 patron and staff computers and printers. Platforms currently in use at Queen’s Library for delivering services include Solaris, Windows and (to a small extent) Linux. All Systems staff (3 librarians and 9 technicians) work closely with other Library units and teams, as well as with Queen’s ITServices staff. The librarians collaborate with the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) Scholars Portal Operations Team which hosts electronic resources using Mark Logic, an interlibrary loan service using VDX, OpenURL linking using SFX and citation management using RefWorks.


The Library is seeking applications for the position of Information Systems Librarian, a new position in the Systems unit.

The Information Systems Librarian furthers the development, delivery, assessment and support of information systems and data stores for which the Library is responsible. This position reports to the Head of Library Systems and works under the guidance of an Associate University Librarian in a team-based environment. Key elements of the position include:

** Responsibility for the administration, operation and ongoing assessment of the Library’s integrated library system and related interfaces and processes, and emerging data and metadata repositories.

** Facilitating the integration of Library information systems with other relevant learning, research and administrative systems at Queen’s and on the open web, working closely and collaboratively with Queen’s ITServices, consortial partners, vendors and open source developers on issues of access, authentication and data management.

** Providing support and technical expertise to Library staff and clients designing and maintaining database and networked applications, and advice for Systems staff as appropriate.

** Participating in the planning, administration and ongoing assessment of the Library’s suite of information management systems (e.g. link resolver, electronic resource management system, institutional repository, database management system, etc.).

** Consulting and collaborating with all staff across the Library system, promoting the vision of a team-based learning organization.

The Library continually adapts its services to its evolving environment, therefore change in the responsibilities of this position should be expected.


REQUIRED: An ALA accredited MLIS or equivalent degree, completed or nearing completion. A keen interest in information and communications technologies and demonstrated ability to plan, develop, implement and manage system installations and projects. Evidence of analytic skills to effectively manage data in relational database form. Proven technical abilities and demonstrated knowledge of current applications and utility tools for managing and transferring data between different systems. Working experience with both server and PC-based operating systems and software (Unix and Windows). Knowledge of database technologies and standards with working experience using products such as MS Access, MySQL and Oracle. Experience in application development with one or more programming languages (e.g. PHP, C, Java). Experience developing and administering web-based solutions using a variety of technologies (e.g. Perl, Java, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, XML/XSL). Familiarity with metadata standards and formats for library systems (e.g. MARC 21, Dublin Core, METS, MODS), authentication (e.g. LDAP, Shibboleth) and protocols for search and retrieval, messaging and networking (e.g. Z39.50, EDI, OpenURL, OAI, FTP). Supervisory skills and the ability to train, mentor and motivate staff in an environment that supports the goals of a learning organization. Strong communication, collaborative and interpersonal skills and a strong service orientation. Knowledge of current and emerging technology trends, and awareness of opportunities and challenges for library services and collections. Creativity, flexibility and initiative. Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team. Ability to shift responsibilities and priorities in a demanding and rapidly changing environment, and a willingness to take advantage of training and development opportunities.

PREFERRED: Post-secondary education in computer science or related field. At least two years of relevant work experience. Experience trouble-shooting hardware, software or web technologies. Experience with the Voyager ILS. Familiarity with Linux server environment.


Librarians are members of the Faculty Association and terms and conditions of work are governed by the collective agreement between the Association and the University, which is posted at Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a continuing-track appointment.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis beginning July 3, 2009, and will continue until the position is filled. The desired start date is September 1, 2009, but this is open to negotiation.

A letter of application outlining your suitability for this position, accompanied by curriculum vitae and the names of three referees, one of whom is a current or recent supervisor, should be sent to:

Martha Whitehead, Associate University Librarian Queen’s University Library 101 Union Street Kingston, Ontario K7L 5C4 FAX: (613) 533-6362


-- Wendy Huot Web Development Librarian Queen's University Library Kingston, Ontario Canada K7L 5C4

Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext 75250 Email:

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