Scholarly Resources Librarian

Website University of Toronto Libraries

Scholarly Resources Librarian (Librarian I/II; Contractually Limited Term Appointment)

Date Posted: 05/27/2024

Closing Date: 06/27/2024

Req ID: 37499

Job Category: Librarian – Contractually Limited Term Appointment

Faculty/Division: Scholars Portal

Department: Scholars Portal

Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)

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About the University of Toronto Libraries

The University of Toronto Libraries system is the largest academic library in Canada and is consistently ranked in the top ten among academic research libraries in North America. The system consists of 40 libraries located on three university campuses: St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough. This array of college libraries, special collections, and specialized libraries and information centres supports the teaching and research requirements of over 300 graduate programs, more than 70 professional programs, and about 700 undergraduate degree programs. In addition to more than 12 million volumes in 341 languages, the library system currently provides access to millions of electronic resources in various forms and over 31,000 linear metres of archival material. More than 150,000 new print volumes are acquired each year. The Libraries’ data centre houses more than 600 servers with a storage capacity of 1.5 petabytes.

The Opportunity

Scholars Portal (SP), a digital library initiative sponsored by the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), and a division of the University of Toronto Libraries, seeks to hire a Scholarly Resources Librarian who has strong technical skills, demonstrated familiarity with metadata best practices in libraries,  and is eager to work with diverse stakeholder groups at the local, regional, and national levels.

The Scholars Portal Journals platform hosts and preserves over 65 million articles from major publishers and small, local, and open access (OA) presses. The Scholars Portal Books platform hosts over 850,000 books and documents, while also serving as the infrastructure for the Accessible Content ePortal, and as a home for an ever-growing collection of government documents.

The Scholarly Resources and Metadata Librarian will lead the teams responsible for maintaining and growing these platforms, working closely with programmers, systems staff, and librarians both at Scholars Portal and UTL, and across the province and country.


•    Oversee day-to-day operations for Books and Journals platforms including loading, entitlements, and licensing
•    Work with the Data Architect, programmers, and metadata staff to develop and improve loading workflows, with a focus on automation. Explore potential uses of AI in metadata enrichment and content QA.
•    Work with the User Services team on communications, promotion, education, and troubleshooting related to scholarly content
•    Work with OCUL schools, programmers, and metadata staff on loading unique and special collections
•    Work with Knowledge Base providers (ExLibris, OCLC, Ebsco) to ensure Scholars Portal content is represented accurately, and in a timely manner in their indices
•    Work with Collaborative Futures teams to represent Scholars Portal services as relevant.
•    Support the Senior Metadata Librarian and Data Architect in development of linked data across Books & Journals services
•    Demonstrate an awareness and sensitivity to the values of inclusivity, diversity, and accessibility
•    Collaborate with other Scholars Portal staff to ensure consistent approaches, workflows, and integration across the department where appropriate
•    Represent Scholars Portal on working groups and committees at both the OCUL and national level
•    Support additional Scholars Portal and OCUL projects and services as needed


•    A degree from an accredited Master’s level program in library and information studies
•    Demonstrated commitment to the values of inclusivity, diversity, equity, anti-racism and accessibility
•    Familiarity with standards used for e-resource bibliographic control, such as RDA, MARC, JATS, BITS, ONIX
•    Familiarity with current and emerging trends in electronic resource licensing, management, and delivery
•    Familiarity with the higher education library landscape in Canada, including at the national and regional level
•    Proven experience in project management
•    Proven diplomacy and consensus building skills
•    Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in English
•    Excellent organizational, time management, collaboration, and problem-solving skills


•    Familiarity with the open access academic publishing landscape
•    A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in both official languages (English and French)
•    Supervisory experience

Salary and Terms of Appointment:

It is anticipated that this position will be filled at the Librarian I or II level, subject to review and experience. Minimum salary: LIB I: $76,403; LIB II: $79,720 (Salary is dependent on rank at hire and qualifications).  This is a two-year (2-year) contractually-limited term appointment until August 31, 2026.

Benefits: We offer generous benefits packages to all employees. Additional information is available at:

Additional information

Librarians at the University of Toronto are members of the University of Toronto Faculty Association.

How to Apply:

Application Materials Required: A cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references of which at least two have supervised your work. Please attach a single electronic file (MS Word or pdf) with a file name convention of Surname, FirstName, 37499]

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

The University of Toronto Libraries thanks all applicants but will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

Diversity Statements

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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Accessibility Statement:

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.  If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact

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