Information Systems Librarian

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Created: February 25, 2013



Queen’s University Library invites applications for the position of Information Systems Librarian. This is a two year, limited term appointment.

Reporting to the Head of Discovery Systems, the Information Systems Librarian participates in the support and development of the Library’s core information management systems and services. The Information Systems Librarian contributes to the continuous improvement of these systems and services by assessing emerging and evolving technologies for use in the Library, and working collaboratively with colleagues inside and outside of the Library to aid in their implementation and integration with existing technologies, sharing knowledge as appropriate. Responsibilities will evolve as the Library continues to develop and restructure in support of the University’s strategic priorities.

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  • An ALA accredited MLIS or equivalent degree, completed or nearing completion.
  • Strong communication, collaborative and interpersonal skills and a strong service orientation.
  • Creativity, flexibility, initiative and the 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.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging technology trends, and awareness of opportunities and challenges for library services and collections.
  • A keen interest in information technology, digital initiatives, social media and emerging web and mobile technologies.
  • A demonstrated ability to plan, develop, implement and manage system installations and projects.
  • Familiarity with library metadata standards, search and retrieval and authentication protocols. (required: MARC 21, OpenURL; preferred: Dublin Core, METS, MODS, Z39.50, SIP 2, EDI, OAI, Shibboleth).
  • Proven technical abilities and demonstrated knowledge of current applications and utilities for managing and transferring data between different systems.
  • Knowledge of database technologies and standards, and practical experience with database products such as MySQL, Oracle and MS Access.
  • Experience developing and administering web-based solutions using a variety of technologies (e.g. Perl, Java, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, XML/XSL).
  • Working experience with both server and PC-based operating systems and software (Unix and Windows).

Queen's is one of Canada's leading universities, with an international reputation for scholarship, research, social purpose and spirit. Established in 1841, Queen’s has reflected and helped shape Canadian values and policies, educating some of the country’s most notable figures. The university has a student body of 23,000, representing 83 different countries, and 2500 faculty drawn from some of the best institutions in the world. Queen's is located in the heart of historic Kingston, midpoint between Montreal and Toronto, and the nation's capital.

Queen’s University Library consistently receives top marks as a medium-sized university library. It comprises six libraries and several cross-library divisions supporting the university’s academic mission, and is known for its dedicated staff, strong research collections and superb facilities. A staff of approximately 120 provides information leadership and is deeply embedded in Queen’s faculties and schools of Engineering & Applied Science, Arts & Science, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Policy Studies, Religion and Urban & Regional Planning. The Library’s research collections, developed since the university’s founding, are a central university priority and include millions of print and digital items supported by a strong technology infrastructure and a focus on scholarly communications. Library facilities are heavily used campus hubs with a mix of inviting, accessible learning spaces, computers and collections. Queen’s University Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries.

Salary and Benefits

Librarians are members of the Queen’s University 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 two year limited term position as outlined in Article 25.1.5.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen's University 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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Application Procedure

Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis until March 15, 2013. A letter of application, accompanied by curriculum vitae and the names of three referees, one of whom must be a current or recent supervisor, should be sent to:

Michael Vandenburg, Associate University Librarian
Joseph S. Stauffer Library
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario K7L 5C4
FAX: (613) 533-6362 EMAIL:


Published: Monday, February 25, 2013 17:48 UTC

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