Digital Scholarship and Innovation Librarian

Digital Scholarship and Innovation Librarian
Trent University
Peterborough, Ontario
Full-time, permanent-track appointment

Trent University seeks a dynamic, innovative, and service-oriented librarian as Digital Scholarship and Innovation Librarian. This will be a full-time, permanent track appointment, to commence July 1, 2018, subject to budgetary approval. The position is based in the Bata Library on the Peterborough Campus, but the incumbent will also be active on the Trent Durham GTA campus in Oshawa.

Trent University is one of Canada’s leading primarily-undergraduate universities. Trent’s Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while the Durham GTA campus offers a close-knit community with an urban vibe, conveniently located in Oshawa, 40 minutes from downtown Toronto. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world.

Trent University Library and Archives provides collections and services fundamental to academic success, innovation, the advancement of knowledge, and lifelong learning. With a team of 8 professional and 22 full-time support staff, the Library and Archives collaborates to achieve the goals outlined in the University’s strategic plan. The flagship Thomas J. Bata Library is currently undergoing a major transformation and revitalization that will be completed by the summer of 2018. For more information about the Bata Library transformation, visit

The Digital Scholarship and Innovation Librarian is a member of the Library and Archives professional team, reporting to the University Librarian. The incumbent collaborates and consults across the library and the University, to develop and implement the Library and Archives’ digital scholarship initiatives; coordinates and develops services to facilitate the use of digital methods, tools
and techniques in support of scholarly activities, and provides direct support to students and faculty on emerging digital methods and tools.

Librarians at Trent have academic status and are members of the Trent University Faculty Association (TUFA).


Leads the development and implementation of the Library and Archives’ digital scholarship initiatives and services.

Collaborates and communicates across faculties and units to coordinate, design and provide services in support of digital scholarship across all disciplines including methods of inquiry and outputs.

Provides expert consultations, support and training to faculty, students and library staff on digital scholarship projects, tools, techniques.

Develops partnerships and collaborations with researchers engaged in digital scholarship.

Identifies and evaluates current and emerging digital tools and methodologies.

Engages in assessment of user needs related to digital scholarship.

Develops knowledge of information and data resources and provides research help and consultations within assigned subject areas.

Continually develops knowledge of teaching and learning practices in higher education generally, and in the disciplinary context of assigned subject areas.

Prepares and delivers curricular and co-curricular instruction for classroom, library and online learning environments.

Develops a thorough familiarity with all aspects of the research and research creation life cycle within assigned subject areas including research methods, research-creation, digital tools, scholarly communication and research data management.

Advises and collaborates with faculty, students and colleagues to facilitate research and research-creation activities, digital scholarship, data management and scholarly outputs in assigned subject areas.

Develops and manages digital and print collections in assigned subject areas.

Participates on committees, working groups and project teams to contribute to the development of both Library and Archives and University strategic initiatives and projects.

Coordinates the activities of the Critical Making Studio.

Engages with organizations that shape digital scholarly communication, such as the Coalition for Networked Information and SPARC, and cultivates opportunities to work with digital libraries such as the Internet Archive and Hathi Trust.


Professional Expertise

A graduate degree of an ALA-accredited school of library and information studies with an MLIS/MI degree (or an acceptable equivalent)

A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in a university library;

Demonstrated understanding of current Canadian copyright law and the application of fair dealing in the post-secondary environment.

Demonstrated knowledge of current research, and experience with technologies in digital scholarship.

Experience with managing or participating in digital scholarship projects.

Excellent knowledge of the research life cycle.

Experience with markup languages, features, and protocols such as HTML, XML, Javascript, XSLT, CSS, PHP, etc.

Demonstrated knowledge of diverse operating systems.

Experience developing and/or troubleshooting applications using scripting, programming and/or database languages.

Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver effective instructional activities.

Knowledge of scholarly communication models and practices including open access, institutional repositories, and research data management.

Knowledge of research communication and collaboration tools and ability to advise on their value and use.

Knowledge of collection development and management issues, concepts and methods in academic libraries.

General Competencies

Demonstrated ability to develop successful partnerships and relationships with faculty and researchers.

Demonstrated project management skills and ability to handle multiple priorities and tasks as well as projects.

Strong motivation, aptitude and interest to establish student and faculty success as the centre of their professional practice.

Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, share expertise, work in teams and negotiate solutions with diverse groups.

Excellent communication skills; strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills.

Curiosity, drive and flexibility so as to discover and try new things, in support of Library and University strategic directions.

Oral and written fluency in English is essential.

Salary and Benefits

The position will be filled at the relevant rank and level. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefits package is provided.

Application Procedure

Candidates should apply in confidence by email to: Applications must be received by no later than
5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018.

Interested candidates must supply the following in one (1) single PDF attachment:
• a letter of interest;
• a curriculum vitae, which must include a statement of your citizenship;
• the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references.

References will only be requested for shortlisted candidates. The review of applicants will begin on May 22, 2018 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Information about Trent and the Trent University Library and Archives can be found on our website at:

Trent University is actively committed to creating a diverse and inclusive campus community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Trent University offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process or require an accessible version of a document/publication, please contact

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Only selected candidates will be contacted.

Digital Scholarship Innovation Librarian FINAL(2) April 18 2018

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