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UO Library
Content and Access
The Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa (APUO)

The University of Ottawa Library seeks an innovative, motivated and service-oriented Metadata Creation Librarian. The successful candidate will be a creative individual who works well with other colleagues in a challenging and changing environment.

Setting: The University of Ottawa is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the best universities in the country and the largest bilingual university (French and English) in the world. Located on the unceded territory of Anishinabé-Algonquin people, in the heart of downtown Ottawa, it contributes significantly to the economy, culture and quality of life of Canada's Capital.

Title of the position: Metadata Creation Librarian

Reporting to the Head, Metadata and Processing, the Metadata Creation Librarian is responsible for both supervisory and functional activities that take place within the Metadata Creation sector. The Metadata Creation Librarian leads and supervises a team responsible for implementing workflows, projects, and services relating to metadata creation. The incumbent monitors the quality of the metadata produced by the team and is responsible for advanced metadata creation.  

Activities in this sector focus on producing metadata to describe and facilitate access to all types of content in any format.  These activities include the creation of new metadata, the re-use and customization of existing metadata to conform to local requirements, and the addition of metadata to the Library’s catalogue, other repositories and content management systems. Metadata creation also includes creating or selecting metadata related to identity management and controlled subject vocabularies. 

A strategic focus of this position is the creation of metadata for current and emerging environments, metadata that can be represented and exchanged using a range of encoding schema. The Metadata Creation Librarian maintains an up-to-date knowledge of the changing landscape in metadata creation and resource description.  

The incumbent works closely with the Head, Metadata and Processing and the Metadata Management Librarian to ensure discoverability of the Library’s collections and to coordinate with peer institutions in developing related services and practices. The incumbent also works with programming staff to automate processes, to develop innovative and efficient workflows, and to reduce repetitive tasks.

The Librarian actively participates in and/or leads Library collaborative activities. The incumbent is a participative member of an evolving organization that emphasizes service quality, innovation, outreach, and partnership within the Library, across campus, and beyond. 

Terms: Replacement Librarian (end of term: September 30, 2023). Librarians at the University of Ottawa are governed by the Collective Agreement of the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa which is posted at:

Wage:  Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience,  The salary scales for Librarians are found in article (b) of the Collective Agreement of the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa (pp. 330-331).

Benefits package: The University of Ottawa provides a complete benefits package which includes long term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan and optional life insurance.

Location of work:  Library, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Contact information: Talia Chung, University Librarian and Vice-Provost (Knowledge Systems), University of Ottawa Library, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5.  

Skills requirements:

  • Education: A Master's degree in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from an ALA accredited institution or equivalent.
  • Work experience: 
    • At least 3 years of professional experience, or fewer if the experience is particularly pertinent to the position.
    • Effective oral and written communication skills in both French and English.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices of resource description and metadata standards and schema.
    • Experience with metadata related to identity management and controlled subject vocabularies 
    • Awareness of new developments in the field of metadata and resource description, such as linked data, and of related services and tools.
    • Experience in human resources management and administration.
    • Ability to work in a collaborative, team-based environment.
    • Adaptable, flexible, and able to adjust to a changing environment.
    • Problem solving and decision-making skills.
    • Capacity to identify areas of opportunity and to develop and implement innovative solutions to respond to them.

Modified Application deadline: November 14th, 2022

If librarians currently employed at the University of Ottawa are interested in this position, the opportunity of an interim appointment would be available. Applicants are requested to submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter, with their name in the document title. 

The University of Ottawa Library thanks all those who apply.  Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples in Canada, visible minorities members (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse and inclusive communities. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups are asked to complete the confidential Self-Identification Questionnaire, to be completed at the time of application. 

According to government policy, all qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadians and permanent residents. When submitting your application, please indicate if you are legally entitled to work in Canada. 

The University of Ottawa provides accommodations for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you are invited to proceed in the selection process, please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations by email at Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its more than 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and to their spouses in their second official language.