Digital Initiatives Librarian -Simon Fraser University Library

by Jing Liu ~ July 12th, 2007. Filed under: Uncategorized.


Simon Fraser University Library invites applications for the position of
Digital Initiatives Librarian, reporting to the Head of Library Systems.
This position will be attractive to an energetic, knowledgeable, and
technologically capable individual who is experienced with coordinating
digitization projects and services, has extensive familiarity with the
hardware and software associated with digitization work, and is highly
motivated to embrace new technologies and develop new services. The
successful applicant for this position will be expected to take an
active role in the planning for, creation, and maintenance of SFU
Library’s locally developed and hosted digital collections. A
demonstrated commitment to and success in consultative and collaborative
teamwork is essential. This position is a secondment replacement and
lasts until March 31, 2008, with the possibility of an extension to May
31, 2008.


The SFU Library’s Digitization Centre is located on the Fourth Floor of
the W.A.C. Bennett Library and houses a variety of equipment and
software to support digitization projects. At any given time, the
centre is undertaking a variety of projects, both internal and external,
and employs a number of student assistants and other project staff as

The Digitization Centre works closely with the Systems Division of the
SFU Library, and also has extensive contact with other Library units
such as Special Collections, external digitization partners, and vendors.

Simon Fraser University is a comprehensive university with approximately
20,000 FTE students. The main campus and library is located in Burnaby,
with satellite campuses and libraries in downtown Vancouver and Surrey,
and most recently a small branch located just outside of Kamloops, B.C.
The W.A.C. Bennett (Main) library is in Burnaby. Our web site is located

The SFU Library serves an ethnically diverse student population
including many mature or returning students, most of whom live
off-campus and many of whom work part-time while attending university.
Students from the social sciences are especially active users of the
W.A.C. Bennett Library. Our highly evolved networked environment
provides access to online indexes and databases including full-text
resources and a growing number of locally digitized collections, as well
as to a large number of online user services.


•Work with the encumbant and other appropriate staff to create, maintain
and improve the Library’s locally developed and hosted digital collections.
•Manage the Digitization Centre, including: hiring and supervision of
staff; creation of training materials and procedural documentation, and
coordination of equipment and software planning.
•Direct digitization projects, including development of workflows and
project schedules, coordinating staff and equipment resources,
undertaking quality control, and overall monitoring of project.
•Liaise with external digitization partners and vendors as appropriate.
•Liaise with other library divisions and personnel to achieve the best
possible service to users of the library.
•As part of a team, support digital collection platforms such as DSpace
and CONTENTdm.
•Work with other library staff to manage content created by internal and
external digitization projects.
•Monitor digitization trends and developments and assist in the adoption
and implementation of new technologies and methods.
•Work with other library staff on project teams and committees.
•Develop professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis.


•MLS from an ALA accredited school or equivalent.
•2 years professional experience, and/or a combination of equivalent
experience in one or more fields relevant to library-related
digitization work.
•Library systems experience preferred.
•Supervisory or related experience such as demonstrated successful team
or project lead assignments, especially with developing workflows and
scheduling staff.
•Demonstrated skill in planning and delivering training, scheduling
staff, and supervising work.
•Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with all library staff in
order to improve library service delivery to the public and to work
effectively in a collegial team environment.
•Familiarity with trends in library systems and digitization activities
•Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills, both verbal and
written, including technical writing ability.
•Demonstrated ability to manage change in an automated environment.


This is a full-time temporary position that lasts until March 31, 2008,
with the possibility of an extension to May 31, 2008. SFU Librarian
salary scales are available at:
A summary of benefits for Librarians is available at:
and more fully under the Pension and Benefits link at:

Simon Fraser University is committed to the principle of equity in
employment and offers equal employment opportunities to qualified
applicants. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however,
Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Under the authority of the University Act personal information that is
required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be
collected. For further details see:

Appointment level will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To be given assured consideration, please submit a letter of application
detailing your qualifications for this position, along with a current cv
and the names of three references, by Tuesday, July 24, 2007 to:

Mark Jordan
Head of Library Systems
Simon Fraser University Library
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6 / Fax 778-782-3023

2 Responses to Digital Initiatives Librarian -Simon Fraser University Library

  1.   Jing

    Thanks Ian. Very interesting position. Is the two-year experience that important?

  2.   Accredited Online University

    Great post! I want to know when you update your blog, where can i subscribe to your blog.

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