Digital Resources Librarian

Website Ontario Tech University

Library – Digital Resources Librarian

Tracking Code: req172

Faculty/Department: Library

Number of Positions: 1

Appointment Type: Full-Time Continuing

Hours of Work: 35 hours per week 

Salary Range: Level 9 – Starting Salary, Step 1 $70,065

Posting Date: June 20, 2022

Closing Date: July 27, 2022

Job Summary:  

Ontario Tech University Library seeks a dynamic and highly collaborative Digital Resources Librarian to join a dedicated team serving both Ontario Tech and Durham College.  Reporting to the Associate University Librarian, Digital Initiatives, the Digital Resources Librarian provides leadership and technical expertise, and broad support for traditional and emerging library software solutions and standards to ensure reliability, relevant functionality, and excellent user experience. These systems currently include library services platform (Alma), discovery layer (Primo VE), off-campus authentication services (EZProxy), publish and content management applications (Open Journal Systems/Libguides) and repository software (Dspace/Islandora).

Nature of work: 

Working in close collaboration with librarians and staff, the Digital Resources Librarian ensures consistent and reliable access to the digital/electronic resources and assets to support Ontario Tech University’s and Durham College’s teaching, learning and research mandates. This position is responsible for the day-to-day technical operations including access, licensing, troubleshooting, maintenance, and preservation of digital/electronic resources. In consultation with the Associate University Librarian, Scholarly Resources, tracks the development of new and changing e-resources, manages trials, and renewals. In addition, this position will be involved in troubleshooting library systems platform (LSP) issues identified by both users and members of the library team. 

The Library is a member of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) and College Libraries Ontario (CLO), and this position serves as our representative for various consortium initiatives. The successful candidate will also participate in library-wide planning and policy making in a shared decision-making environment.

Responsibilities/accountabilities: 

  • Communicates with content providers to ensure timely and accurate access to licensed resources
  • Monitors performance and assures reliable user access to resources through quality control and troubleshooting efforts
  • Communicates with vendors and Library staff to resolve problems with e- resources access as they arise and recommends appropriate solutions
  • Coordinates all link maintenance activities in cooperation with metadata services and other staff
  • Keep collections/e-resources current by gathering, generating, reviewing and loading MARC records from varied sources as well as create and update portfolio records in the library services system
  • In consultation with the Associate University Librarian, Scholarly Resources, tracks the development of new and changing e-resources, manages trials, and renewals
  • Manages the compilation and analysis of statistical data that supports e-resources collection decisions
  • Implements new approaches in acquiring and managing e-resources taking advantage of emerging technologies
  • Initiates, develops, evaluates, and supports the delivery of user-centred web initiatives
  • Works to extend the Library’s presence into external sites (e.g. the University’s learning management system, social media)
  • Incorporates appropriate Web-based tools to support users’ information to knowledge experience
  • Supports teaching and learning by administering LibApps platform
  • Supports E-scholarship by maintaining and broadening the Institutional Repository, and participating in new initiatives
    Explores and keeps abreast of trends in technology and their potential impact on library services
  • Promotes the awareness and use of emerging technologies
    Serves on library, university, college, and external committees as appropriate

Required Skills: 

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to deliver complex information to diverse audiences in multiple formats across various platforms and media
  • Understanding of issues of electronic resource management in an academic environment, including knowledge of copyright legislation and issues pertaining to digital content
  • Strong analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently or collaboratively and be flexible to changes

Systems

  • Demonstrated knowledge of working with integrated library systems (ILS) and/or library services platforms (LSP) preferably Ex Libris’s Alma/Primo platform
  • Knowledge of current metadata standards required, including MARC, RDA, KBART, OpenURL
  • Experience with bulk editing software such as MarcEdit
  • Familiarity with current web technologies, including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Java, APIs and web services
  • Familiarity with guidelines and standards for web accessibility
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of Excel and SQL

Required Education: 

  • ALA Accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information studies.

* Verification of Academic credentials may be required

Required Experience: 

  • Between 1 to 3 years relevant experience, preferably in an academic library 

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit in electronic format a covering letter and their resume, to the link: https://ontariotechu.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/4/home/requisition/172?c=ontariotechu

Applications will be accepted until July 27, 2022 or until a suitable candidate is found. We appreciate all applications received; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

This position falls within the bargaining unit represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and will be subject to the terms and conditions of the collective agreement between the university and the OPSEU. To the extent that policies are not included in the collective agreement, employment will also be governed by the university’s policies which may also be found on our website https://ontariotechu.ca and which may be amended from time-to-time.

Ontario Tech University is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, while especially encouraging applications from women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous Peoples in Canada will be given priority.

Ontario Tech University respects people’s different needs and therefore will take all reasonable steps to ensure accommodation for applicants where appropriate. The University is also committed to ensuring that confidentiality is maintained throughout all aspects of the recruitment cycle.

Prior to May 1, 2022, the university required all students, faculty, staff and visitors (including contractors) to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as defined by our mandatory vaccine directive. This directive was paused, effective May 1, 2022, but may be reinstated at any point in the future depending on public health guidelines and the recommendations of experts. All employees of the university will be expected to comply with the requirements of this directive.

The university recognizes faculty and staff may require accommodations. We are committed to an accommodation process in which individualized needs (e.g. for medical and religious/creed grounds) are appropriately addressed under the Ontario Human Rights Code. A COVID-19 Vaccination Accommodation Application Form is available. If you require accommodation, please contact Julie Day, Health and Disability Management Specialist. For more information about the universities policies for accommodating employees with disabilities please review the university’s Accessibility Policy

The university acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation which is covered under the Williams Treaties. We are situated on the Traditional Territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation which includes Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi.

Job Location: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Expected Start Date: 8/15/2022

To apply for this job please visit ontariotechu.csod.com.