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Digital Assets Librarian
Digital Assets Librarian, York University Libraries
York University Libraries are seeking an innovative and self-motivated
individual for the position of Digital Assets Librarian in Bibliographic
York University is the leading interdisciplinary research and teaching
university in Canada. York offers a modern, academic experience at the
undergraduate and graduate level in Toronto, Canada’s most international city.
The third largest university in the country, York is host to a dynamic academic
community of 62,000 students, faculty and staff, as well as 240,000 alumni
worldwide. York’s 10 Faculties and 28 research centres conduct ambitious,
groundbreaking research that is interdisciplinary, cutting across traditional
academic boundaries.
The Digital Assets Librarian will join a dynamic and growing team at York
University Libraries, actively participating in research on campus, OCUL-
Scholars Portal programs, and national and international digital initiatives.
Working collaboratively in a dynamic service-oriented environment, the Digital
Assets Librarian will play an integral role in the development of data curation,
asset management and preservation strategies for York University Libraries.
He/she will enable data discovery and retrieval, preserve and maintain data
quality, provide for data re-use over time, and develop other value-added
The successful candidate will have a proven track record of managing large-scale
projects involving stakeholders spanning multiple areas. The incumbent will
ensure that best practices in emerging metadata standards are established and
followed. This position will perform a key role in the creation of new data
repository tools by gathering requirements and coordinating software development
projects. He/she will play an advocacy and promotion role for open access to
research data, best practices in data curation, and preservation practices on
campus. The Digital Assets Librarian will work closely with colleagues, faculty,
and staff to provide a wide range of curatorial services, including consulting
on best practices for data documentation, developing appropriate data management
plans, and coordinating the receipt of new data acquisitions. The Digital Assets
Librarian responsibilities will include a liaison assignment with an academic
Additionally, the incumbent will possess: an enthusiastic and flexible attitude;
the capacity to adapt to a changing environment; the ability to balance multiple
responsibilities; demonstrated time management skills; and knowledge of emerging
trends in scholarly communications and library and information technologies.
MLS degree (or recognized equivalent) from an ALA-accredited program;
demonstrated large-scale project management expertise;
demonstrated experience with XML, applying metadata standards and schema, and
controlled vocabularies;
demonstrated expertise with one or more metadata manipulation and scripting
languages (e.g. XSLT, Perl, Python);
demonstrated applied web application development experience, including
familiarity with development frameworks (e.g. Ruby on Rails, Django), and
application programming language(s) such as Java, PHP, or others;
familiarity with semantic and linked data standards such as RDF and OWL;
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