Full time Remote / Telecommute

Digital Repositories Librarian

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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Salary: $70,099 - $113,561
Created: September 13, 2023


The University of Waterloo Library seeks a forward-thinking, motivated, and service-oriented individual to join our team as the Digital Repositories Librarian. Reporting to the Head, Digital Initiatives, the Digital Repositories Librarian will take a leadership role in development, coordination, and promotion of the University of Waterloo’s digital repositories and open access publishing services. Working with developers, the position is responsible for managing repository software. The position also develops and implements content policies and procedures. As Digital Repositories Librarian, the position requires collaboration with liaison and specialist librarians to develop and promote existing (ie. UWSpace, Online Learning Object Repository, Open Journals System) and new digital repositories and open access publishing. This full time, permanent position is suitable for hybrid work. Details of the job can be found in the full posting.

The position is part of the Digital Initiatives department, a small, highly collaborative, user-focused that prioritizes learning and development. The team supports proprietary and open-source software, both locally hosted and cloud-based, to enable research, open access, scholarly communication, and digital scholarship projects.

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.


  • Experience with digital repositories and content management systems (e.g. Islandora, Drupal, Fedora Commons, DSpace, Dataverse)
  • Project management experience with complex digital initiatives involving many stakeholders
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently without direct supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to independently, as well as collaboratively, plan, coordinate, and implement effective digital projects, including managing multiple and simultaneous projects
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital preservation standards and best practices
  • Proficiency with well-formed XML; strong, demonstrated facility with standards-based non-
  • Proficiency with non-MARC metadata (e.g. Dublin Core); ability to investigate, learn, and implement new metadata standards as required
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on projects across a wide range of departments and for varying audiences
  • A strong commitment to high quality service
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written
  • Knowledge of digital library, scholarly communications and research data management trends in academic libraries, including open scholarship practices, principles, and mandates
  • Knowledge of copyright, intellectual property, fair use, and open licensing in the Canadian context as it relates to scholarly communication and academic publishing
  • Knowledge of researcher and research object identification standards


  • Familiarity with Open Access digital scholarship publishing platforms (e.g. Open Journal Systems)
  • Intermediate programming and/or system administrator skills; experience working with programmers (e.g., writing spec and use cases)
  • Aptitude for adapting to new responsibilities and environments, independent learning and engagement with technology/software, including excellent technical troubleshooting
  • Commitment to promoting an atmosphere of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Leadership capacity and evidence of building effective working relationships with institutional and external colleagues and community stakeholders


The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and qualification within the USG 10-13 salary level. Hiring range: $70,099 - $113,561 based on 2023/2024 salary scales

For more information about this job and to apply: go to external opportunities at Careers at Waterloo.

We welcome interested candidates to connect directly with Krista Godfrey, Head, Digital Initiatives to learn more about this exciting position.

Deadline for applications: For assured consideration, application should be received by September 29, 2023. Please note that qualified internal candidates will be reviewed first.

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.

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.

Last updated: Saturday, September 16, 2023 16:27 UTC