Metadata and Discovery Librarian

Douglas College
May 17, 2024
Offerd Salary:$71,846 - $115,129
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Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full time
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Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Metadata and Discovery Librarian

Posting Number 00606F Location New Westminster/Coquitlam Campus Grade or Pay Level In accordance with the current Collective Agreement Salary Range Salary Range: $71,846 - $115,129 (based on full-time workload). Placement on the faculty salary scale is based on education, professional certification, and experience and will be in accordance with the Collective Agreement. Position Type Faculty - Probationary Regular Posting Type Internal/External Regular/Temporary Regular Employment Type Full-Time Posting Category Faculty Start Date 08/01/2024 End Date Equity Statement

Douglas College is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable learning and working environment. In support of this journey, we welcome all people to apply, including people from groups that are experiencing inequity, including, but not limited, to Indigenous Peoples, racialized or persons of colour, persons with mental or physical disabilities, persons who identify as women, and/or persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and persons of all faith identities, age, marital status, and parental status.

Work Arrangements

This regular full-time probationary position is available August 1, 2024. The successful candidate will be required to work days, evenings and/or Saturdays at either campus location within any given week.

Workload is assigned each year based on available sections.

What Douglas Offers

DO what you love. Be good at it. That's how Douglas College defines a great career. It's a philosophy that resonates through our classrooms, our offices and our boardrooms. It inspires our students and drives us to make Douglas College one of BC's Top Employers. We love what we do. And we're looking for passionate, motivated people to join us in making one of Canada's best colleges even better.

The Role

Douglas College Library invites applications for a Metadata & Discovery Librarian. This position will be based at the New Westminster Campus and will also have a presence at the Coquitlam Campus. Reporting to the Director, Learning Resources, the primary responsibilities of the successful candidate will be to:

  • enhance the Library's cataloguing, metadata, and discovery strategy for making Douglas College Library print and digital collections accessible, in alignment with professional best practices and bibliographic and technical standards
  • collaborate with our librarian, supervisor, and staff teams to solicit their input, engage their support, and share critical updates, training, and information
  • provide reference, research, and instructional services online and in person at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campus locations
  • This position will be attractive to a collegial, creative, flexible, and user- focused individual with excellent communication, technical, and collaboration skills and one who is highly motivated to provide innovative and responsive services to the Douglas College user community.


    The Metadata & Discovery Librarian will collaborate closely with the Director, Learning Resources and the Library Management Team to:

  • manage and configure metadata for access to print and digital collections in the Library's library services platform FOLIO and discovery service EDS, and manage the sharing of such data with external partners and systems, such as the BC union catalogue Outlook Online
  • develop, implement, monitor, evaluate, and improve plans for supporting an informed and responsive cataloguing and discovery strategy through guidelines, best practices, infrastructure, and resource development
  • contribute to new cataloguing and metadata practices that describe more diverse collections, create more inclusive descriptions, and contribute to reparative practices that address historical omissions and harmful language
  • utilize the Library's library services platform and discovery tools to ensure the integrity and quality of metadata for Library resources and easy accessibility to collections for our broad and diverse range of users
  • collaborate with the Library Operations Supervisor, Technical Services to provide ongoing training, development, and support for the Technical Services team
  • gather, analyze, and report on the usage of licensed digital collections in collaboration with eResources Librarian, Monographs Librarian, and Library Operations Supervisor, Technical Services
  • collaborate with Scholarly Communications Librarian on metadata in the Douglas College Open Repository DOOR
  • provide reference and research services online via AskAway and in person across disciplines to support the College's diverse student, faculty, and staff user community
  • contribute to the success of the library's instructional program by teaching course-integrated instruction across disciplines as well as workshops on a range of topics for faculty and staff, both online and in person
  • work with Library, Learning Resources, and College colleagues on a range of teams and committees to support and advance strategic projects, priorities, and initiatives
  • participate in local, regional, national, or international committees and organizations regarding issues or discussions related to areas of responsibility
  • develop professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis to enhance services
  • perform other duties as assigned
  • To Be Successful in this Role You Will Need


  • ALA-accredited master's degree in library and information science or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 1-3 years experience in cataloguing, metadata and/or discovery services
  • Experience working with cataloguing rules and standards e.g. MARC, RDA, LCSH, LCC, MeSH, NLM, etc.
  • Familiarity with metadata standards e.g. DC, METS, MODS, PREMIS, etc. and metadata tools and systems for creating, editing, harvesting, and transforming metadata e.g. MarcEdit, XML, authority control, batch processing techniques, etc.
  • Understanding of Linked Data and BIBFRAME
  • Awareness of current issues and trends in electronic resource management, metadata management, and discovery tools
  • Superior critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills with an attention to detail
  • Ability to adapt to changing technology and library systems
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English, with a demonstrated ability to facilitate understanding and decision-making among people with diverse backgrounds and/or viewpoints
  • Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and collaboratively in a collegial team environment
  • Commitment to continued professional development and learning
  • Preferred:

  • 1-3 years of experience providing reference/research services online and in person within an academic library setting
  • Demonstrated skill and experience planning and delivering instruction online and in classroom environments across a range of disciplines
  • Experience leading projects and teams
  • Experience with FOLIO and EBSCO Discovery Service
  • Demonstrated experience with project management, including planning, communication, and assessment
  • Link to Full Position Profile Needs a Criminal Records Check No

    Posting Detail Information

    Open Date 04/26/2024

    Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicant

    This position will remain open until filled with a first review date of May 17th, 2024. Interested applicants must ensure that a resume and cover letter are received and submitted online. Please ensure your resume clearly explains how you meet the required knowledge, skills and abilities of the position for which you are applying. All candidates selected for interview will need to provide original sealed transcripts for educational credentials noted on their resume or will need to bring original certificates and diplomas of educational credentials noted on their resume to the interview. Douglas College is committed to being a workplace that is free of discrimination, that values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve.

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