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Open Scholarship and digital initiatives
The Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa (APUO)

The University of Ottawa Library seeks an innovative, motivated and service-oriented Open Scholarship Librarian and Digital Initiatives Librarian (Scholarly Communication). 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: Open Scholarship Librarian and Digital Initiatives Librarian (Scholarly Communication)


Reporting to the Associate University Librarian, Open Scholarship and Digital Initiatives, the OSDI Librarian (Scholarly Communication) is responsible for a broad scope of work. The incumbent serves the research and scholarly support needs of faculty and graduate students by informing and educating them about current and emerging modes of scholarly communication; provides guidance on authors’ rights; supports and promotes online publishing and repository services; provides expertise with research impact and metrics. Current digital initiatives include open access journal hosting and publishing and overseeing of the institutional repository for digital scholarly content created by the campus community, including graduate theses and dissertations.

Working in an adaptive, innovative, and team-based environment, the OSDI librarian also contributes to the maintenance and development of a robust library technological infrastructure which supports uOttawa’s community of learners and researchers in their academic pursuits. The incumbent leads and contributes to projects which enhance the digital experience of uOttawa’s academic community through supporting and advancing innovative library services and practices. The OSDI librarian works in support of the strategic objectives of the University of Ottawa and its library.


Preliminary appointment leading to continuing appointment. 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, as well as relocation expenses.

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:
    • Effective oral and written communication skills in both French and English.
    • Knowledge of trends in scholarly communication, intellectual property and copyright law as it pertains to publishing digital content, acquired through studies or professional experience.
    • Knowledge of the academic research environment, granting agencies and the practices and policies of universities and their libraries.
    • Knowledge of and experience with library technologies and protocols relevant to scholarly communication.
    • Knowledge of broad trends and issues relating to one or more of the following: open education, open access, open science, open scholarship.
    • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to handle multiple priorities and tasks as well as projects.
    • Experience in the areas of teaching and research support.
    • Capacity to identify areas of opportunity and to develop and implement innovative solutions in response.

Application deadline: Monday, August 8, 2022

Applicants are requested to submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter, with their name in the document title. Internal candidates will be considered first.

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-Identi?cation 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 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.