Library Systems Analyst

Waterloo, Ontario
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Salary: $63,106 - $78,883
Created: April 1, 2022


The University of Waterloo Library seeks a creative and collegial individual for the position of System Analyst (2 year contract). Reporting to the Head, Digital Initiatives, the incumbent will be primarily responsible for migrating the digital repository, which uses Islandora, to a more current instance. Islandora is primarily used for the Waterloo Digital Library (WDL), our public access tool to access digitized items from Special Collections and Archives. The position is responsible for the systems administration, application management, configuration and support of Waterloo’s digital repositories, digital scholarship and related services. In collaboration with other Digital Initiatives and library staff, they design, implement and advance the integration of digital repository platforms and services to support the local digital collections needs of the University of Waterloo Library. 

The Digital Initiatives department supports proprietary and open source software, both locally hosted and cloud-based, supporting research, open access, scholarly communication, and digital scholarship projects. The department works closely with Library Technology and Facilities Services (LTFS) and campus Information Systems and Technology (IST) to bring projects into fruition and ensure ongoing support and maintenance.  

The Library supports many campus priorities including student wellness, sustainability, and the development of Indigenous initiatives, recognizing the responsibility of truth and reconciliation as outlined in the 94 Calls To Action.  

The University of Waterloo Library is a member of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). The Library is transitioning towards enhanced collaboration on a shared library platform through the OCUL Collaborative Futures project. 


  • Post-secondary education in a computing discipline together with relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  

  • Experience with Islandora or similar digital repositories  

  • Experience with application of APIs  

  • Experience with Linux environments  

  • Experience migrating/implementing open-source solutions   

  • Experience developing and integrating open-source software components with Java, Apache Foundation platforms, XML, RESTful APIs   

  • A strong commitment to high-quality service  

  • Demonstrated ability to independently, as well as collaboratively, plan, coordinate, and implement effective information technology projects, including managing multiple and simultaneous projects  

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on projects across a wide range of departments and for varying audiences   

  • Demonstrate strong communications, analytical, and planning skills in order to provide appropriate problem solving and expert consultation services to Library departments and groups so they can match staff and user needs with available and appropriate technology  

  • Familiarity with Fedora based systems, SOLR  

  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently without direct supervision  



  • Academic library or higher education experience 

  • Familiarity with Library Services Platforms 

  • Knowledge of PHP based web content management systems (ie. Drupal) 



The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience qualifications within the USG 9 salary level. Hiring range: $63,106 - $78,883 based on 2021/2022 salary scales.  

We welcome interested candidates to connect directly with Krista Godfrey, Head, Digital Initiatives, to learn more about this exciting position. Krista may be reached at +1-519-888-4567 ext. 40014 or by email at  

Deadlines for applications: For assured consideration, applications should be received by 15, April 2022.  

Job openings are posted until the position has been filled. Due to the number of applications received, only applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted. 

For more about this job and to apply: 

The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.  

The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion. As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.  

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

The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at  or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935. 

About the University of Waterloo  

Waterloo has spawned thousands of commercial and social enterprises, is home to the world's largest co-operative education program and boasts a uniquely entrepreneurial culture that encourages experimentation and risk-taking. The result is an outstanding learning and research experience for more than 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada — the anchor of Canada’s innovation corridor.  

University of Waterloo — Canada’s top innovation university — is a research powerhouse and the engine of one of the world’s leading startup ecosystems. Offering world-class scholarship and research, combined with unparalleled experience-based education, Waterloo builds a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information about Waterloo, please visit 


Published: Friday, April 1, 2022 18:54 UTC

Last updated: Friday, April 1, 2022 18:54 UTC