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Metadata Librarian I, Geoffrey R. Weller Library

University of Northern British Columbia

Metadata Librarian I
Geoffrey R. Weller Library
Continuing, Full-time

Posting # FALI01-21 BW

The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) invites applications for a full-time continuing position in the Geoffrey R. Weller Library at the rank of Librarian I, with proposed starting date of January 1, 2022. As an institution committed to the fostering of an inclusive and transformative learning environment, UNBC values high quality and growth in both teaching and scholarship.

Reporting to the University Librarian and working collaboratively with Technical Services and Archives, the Metadata Librarian joins a small team of dedicated librarians in enhancing research and learning at UNBC. This position will bring expertise in library classification and description and will take the lead in implementing recent advances in metadata and cataloguing such as RDA, FRBR-LRM, BIBFRAME and linked data. The Metadata Librarian provides expertise in the development, implementation and assessment of metadata policies and procedures while monitoring external developments and changing needs in these areas. This position will holistically consider metadata across UNBC’s collections, including MARC and non-MARC metadata. All librarians provide reference and instruction and liaise with academic programs. Librarians at UNBC contribute to the body of research in their field and are encouraged to actively participate in appropriate associations, user groups and standard bodies.

Responsibilities of this position include

• Ensuring UNBC collections are accessible and exposed through appropriate discovery layers, catalogues and search engines
• Managing and maintaining accuracy of the bibliographic and holdings data in the ILS
• Managing and maintaining accuracy of the Institutional Repository and working collaboratively to develop collections, set procedures and policies, and ensure the sustainability of the repository
• Creating and maintaining local documentation on metadata standards and application guidelines
• Collaborating with UNBC faculty and staff to provide project-based metadata support
• Providing training regarding resource description, metadata remediation, and management
• Cataloguing materials in a range of formats, adhering to international standards and local policy decisions
• Fulfilling a liaison librarian role in designated disciplines through the support of teaching, research, collection development, graduate library research, and the provision of information literacy sessions
• Actively participating in the provision of reference services (face-to-face and virtual), both locally and provincially via AskAway
• Contributing to the collegial leadership of the library by participating in Library and University committees. Keeping current on metadata and cataloguing trends and best practices
• Collaborates with the Systems Administrator and faculty on hosted OJS journal installations and other digital platforms; and
• Other duties may be required or assigned as library priorities and initiatives change

Applicants for this position should hold a graduate degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program in librarian and information science and have a growing record of scholarly activity, as well as present evidence of and commitment to teaching excellence.

For this position, we seek an individual with the following required and preferred qualifications:

Required Qualifications

• 2 or more years related experience working in an academic library
• Demonstrated knowledge/experience with:
o Standards: MARC 21, RDA, LCC/LCSH
o Software: ILS (Sierra experience preferred), MarcEdit
o Workflows: Batch processes for metadata manipulation, remediation, enhancement, and import/export from the ILS
• Demonstrated technological aptitude
• Prior success in leveraging technology to improve processes, conceive initiatives, and solve problems
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, independent decision-making ability, accuracy, and attention to detail
• Excellent oral and written communication skills and the interpersonal ability and enthusiasm to work collaboratively on initiatives to enhance the research and learning experience at UNBC
• Experience with teaching and/or training

Strongly Preferred Qualifications

• Understanding of:
o Metadata models/standards/markup languages: FRBR-LRM, XML, MODS, Class FC (Canadian history), Class PS8000 (Canadian literature)
o Software: OCLC Connexion client, digital repository systems (Islandora preferred), OJS
o Workflows: Authority control, metadata conversions (e.g. MODS XML-MARC21)
o Digital preservation standards and best practices
• Knowledge of linked data principles and emerging trends in resource description and discovery (i.e. RDF, URIs, BIBFRAME)
• Experience in:
o Migrating ILS platforms and record remediation
o Supervision, especially for technical operations and project work

Appropriate combinations of Required and Preferred qualifications will be considered.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Employment Equity
The University of Northern British Columbia is fully committed to creating and maintaining an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment that is accessible to all. We are devoted to ensuring a welcoming, safe, and inclusive campus free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination. This commitment is woven into our motto and mission. In the Dakelh language, UNBC’s motto ‘En Cha Huná translates to “he/she/they also live” and means respect for all living things. Through the respect for all living things, we are able to grow and learn better together, each bringing our own unique individual differences and contributions to inspire leaders for tomorrow by influencing the world today.

Employment equity requires that we remove barriers and overcome both direct and indirect discrimination. In this way, the pool of excellent candidates increases substantially. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, place of origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other prohibited grounds of discrimination as outlined in the BC Human Rights Code.

About the University and its Community
Since its founding in 1990, the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) has emerged as one of Canada’s best small research-intensive universities, with a passion for teaching, discovery, people, and the North. UNBC’s excellence is derived from community-inspired research, hands-on learning, and alumni who are leading change around the world.

Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have walked gently on the diverse traditional territories where the University of Northern British Columbia community is grateful to live, work, learn, and play. We are committed to building and nurturing relationships with Indigenous peoples, we acknowledge their traditional lands, and we thank them for their hospitality. UNBC’s largest campus in Prince George is located on the traditional unceded territory of the Lheidli T’enneh, in the spectacular landscape near the geographic centre of beautiful British Columbia.

UNBC’s three regional campuses are located in Quesnel, Fort St. John, and Terrace. The South-Central campus in Quesnel is situated on the traditional territory of the Lhtako Dené (Red Bluff Band), Nazko, Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation (Kluskus Band), and Esdilagh First Nations (formerly Alexandria Band). Lhtako, Nazko, and Lhoosk’uz are Dakelh First Nations, and Esdilagh is a member of the Tsilhqot’in Nation. The Peace River-Liard campus in Fort St. John is situated on the traditional territory of the Doig River, Blueberry River and Halfway River First Nations. They are the Dunne-Za people. The Northwest campus in Terrace is situated on traditional Ts’msyen (Tsimshian) territory of the Kitsumkalum and Kitselas First Nations. It includes a satellite campus in the coastal community of Prince Rupert.

UNBC consistently ranks in the top three in its category in the annual Maclean’s university rankings. UNBC also recently placed among the top five per cent of higher education institutions worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

With a diverse student population, the University is friendly, inclusive, and supportive. Prince George is a city of ~74,000 people with impressive cultural, educational, and recreational amenities. For more information about living and working in Prince George, please refer to and Make your mark with this leading post-secondary institution.

To Apply

The University of Northern British Columbia is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from the four designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities) as well as the LGBTQ2+ communities and individuals with intersectional identities.

Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact UNBC Health & Wellbeing at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

Applicants should forward the following documents to or mail to Office of the Provost quoting the posting number (#FALI01-21 BW):

o cover letter indicating potential contributions to the Library;
o curriculum vitae;
o a brief statement of teaching or workshop approaches and research programs;
o the names and addresses of three references (including telephone and email information); and
o the Statement of Eligibility to Work in Canada form which can be found here:

Mail Submissions:
Office of the Provost,
University of Northern British Columbia
3333 University Way,
Prince George, B.C., V2N 4Z9
Email Submissions:

Inquiries: Kevin Stranack, University Librarian

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. We thank all applicants for their interest in UNBC however, only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Applications received on or before November 29, 2021, will receive full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.