Job Posting: Systems Librarian, OCAD University, Toronto

OCAD University, the third largest professional art and design university in North America, is seeking an innovative Systems Librarian to work with us to envisage and deliver the kind of enriched learning environment that our students, faculty and researchers need to excel.

The OCAD U Library aspires to contribute to a learning ecology extending beyond the classroom and studio, where artists and designers can engage in historical, critical and scientific inquiry, research, lifelong learning, and the celebration of creativity, experimentation and innovation. As librarians, we see collaboration and integration of services as a means to enhance discovery, student engagement, and support for teaching, learning and research. We are seeking a professional colleague with similar aspirations who will contribute to our mission.

Application deadline: Friday, September 26, 2014 or until filled.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Head, E-Resources & E-Learning Support, the Systems Librarian supports the adoption, technical integration and management of emerging technologies, automated systems and digital initiatives, to meet the service requirements and information management needs of the University Library. Working in close collaboration with library colleagues, IT Services and other campus administrative and academic departments, the Systems Librarian will optimize technology to deliver services and connect users to quality information; advancing the development, implementation, and maintenance of library systems to support a diverse academic and research community.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Administer, maintain and troubleshoot systems that support the operational needs and services of the University Library including Reference & Instructional Services, E-Resources & E-Learning Support, Visual Resources & Special Collections, and Collection Development & Access, in consultation with the University Librarian and the Library Heads
  • Collaborate with IT Services on the successful completion of prioritized projects to advance collection management, scholarly communications and discovery and access services and emerging library service or collection initiatives.
  • Serve as Library Systems subject matter expert in relation to areas, such as data mapping for integration of library system functions with institutional information systems, and integration of library systems, including institutional repository, with visual resources systems and learning management systems
  • Serve as primary liaison between OCAD U Library and SirsiDynix, Scholars Portal, Institutional Repository software vendor (EPrints), and other software or service providers
  • Provide system and application administration for the virtualized library system (Horizon SaaS) and for all related peripherals and workstations, including oversight of installation and software maintenance
  • Administer development and maintenance of the University Institutional Repository (OCAD U Research Online) as a consolidated web presence for research and scholarly outputs of OCAD U’s graduate students, researchers, and partners, in collaboration with the Special Collections Librarian/Digital Projects Curator
  • Oversee testing and modification of the Institutional Repository to OCAD U specifications, in consultation with all stakeholders including the Special Collections Librarian/Digital Projects Curator, Repository Editors, and members of the Institutional Repository Working Group
  • Provide conceptual and technical development of the library’s website and establish and lead librarian web content committee
  • Serve on University committees and represent the University Library on relevant Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) and Scholars Portal working groups and committees; and participate in professional activities outside the University
  • Develop a business case for future systems integration in support of the OCAD U Library / AGO Library Affiliation Agreement
  • Monitor systems performance, prepare documentation, coordinate staff training, produce reports, and assist with regular assessment of library services by collecting and reporting relevant statistics to the University Librarian
  • Support the University Librarian and the Head, E-Resources & E-Learning Support  in related duties that contribute to the successful operation of Library ServicesQualifications:
    • Master’s degree in an ALA-accredited library and information science program; additionally, computer science or web application development coursework/experience is desirable; an additional Master’s degree is preferred
    • Minimum three (3) years’ experience in a university supporting mission critical Library applications and server systems, preferably as a systems librarian, an institutional repository administrator, or a digital asset manager
    • Experience managing an Integrated Library System as well as other library systems, such as SFX link resolver and EZProxy, and technical proficiency with Horizon, with a broad knowledge of the range of solutions currently available for Library catalogues, databases, repositories and patron services, including search and discovery tools and other applications that enable integrated access to analog and digital collections
    • Proven ability to support and lead a wide variety of computer-based initiatives in the Library and to communicate and work effectively with campus IT Services
    • Knowledge of authentication and permissions management using LDAP/Active Directory, TCP/IP networks and hardware, XML, HTML, Javascript and CSS, PHP and/or ASP/ASP.NET and web service API’s
    • Understanding of object-oriented design, programming and database structures and query construction
    • Knowledge of harvesting protocols and metadata standards for institutional repositories and scholarly publishers
    • Knowledge of copyright issues as related to scholarly communication and electronic publishing
    • Proven ability to identify and manage change to improve service and efficiencies
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, in varied work environments with a diverse group of team members and subject matter experts
    • Supervisory experience with a demonstrated ability to manage both unionized and non-unionized staff, including staff development and training
    • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
    • Excellent organizational, project planning, time management skills, as well as demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail
    • Demonstrated success managing multiple concurrent projects and excellent troubleshooting and problem solving skills
    • Experience providing system administration and maintenance for Windows, Mac, Linux and Apache server and/or client operating systems
    • Evidence of scholarly research and/or active participation and contribution to the library profession
    • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity and diversity, and proven ability to deal effectively with a diverse population
    • Must be willing and able to work evening and weekend shifts as required


    Hours of Work: Monday to Friday for a total of 35 hours per week.

    Compensation: $65,072.32 to $85, 207.74