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I hope to see you in 2019!



Susan E. Parker
University Librarian

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Digital Repository Librarian

Digital Initiatives, UBC Library | Vancouver Campus

Full-Time, One-Year Term

Anticipated Start Date: March 1, 2019 


The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada providing access to a collection of over 7M items. UBC Library has 14 branches and divisions on two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), including one off-site hospital library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.  The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2015-2017 can be viewed at  To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library – Why work with us. 


The Digital Repository Librarian is responsible for developing, supporting, and assessing content recruitment activities as well as managing the content in cIRcle, UBC’s open access digital repository.  The role is also responsible for managing the repository software and technical system administration of the cIRcle database; managing the development and implementation of content policies and procedures; ensuring copyright compliance of repository content; and undertaking promotion of cIRcle and open access. The Digital Repository Librarian is responsible for many of the day-to-day activities of cIRcle, including liaising with reference librarians and with faculty regarding content recruitment, assuring the application of interoperability standards for metadata; assisting with ongoing development of an assessment program for the digital repository, overseeing internal records management activities in the cIRcle office, and developing and maintaining the cIRcle web site. May hire and supervise student employees.



  • A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science.
  • Knowledge of digital repository software platforms, as well as other tools in the digital library environment. Knowledge of open access mandates and agreements regarding the deposit of materials into open access repositories.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
  • Excellent communication, analytical, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to make effective presentations to faculty, students, library colleagues, etc.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, both independently and as a team member.
  • Public service experience and demonstrated commitment to customer service
  • An aptitude for entrepreneurial activity in project identification and project development.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving and interpersonal skills.
  • Flexibility and willingness to assume a variety of assignments.
  • Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Takes initiative in learning about language and issues relating to equity and diversity.
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships and engage in workplace culture.
  • Ability to recognize and appreciate the contributions of colleagues.
  • Committed to demonstrating respect for colleagues at every level by trusting in their abilities and knowledge to perform their roles and earning respect through meeting commitments.
  • Models and demonstrates good communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback.
  • Listens to, encourages and expresses creative and innovative ideas. Open to experiment and improvise with new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems.


  • Working experience with digital repositories.
  • Working experience in a research or other large academic library, and public service experience.
  • Understanding of the changing environment of scholarly communication and of new publishing models.
  • Understanding of copyright and permissions issues.
  • Working knowledge of project management software.


Reports to the Head, Digital Programs and Services. cIRcle is part of Digital Programs and Services (DPS), and strategic direction is provided by the AUL, Digital Programs and Services. A high degree of planning, collaboration and coordination with other staff in the Library and with external partners is required, particularly with Information Technology staff, reference librarians, Central Technical Services staff, and colleagues in other Digital Programs and Services units. Works closely with external software contractors, and may supervise the work of library staff and student assistants.


  • Collaborates with reference librarians and faculty to recruit content that falls within the cIRcle acquisition policy.
  • Manages content recruitment projects and content management workflows.
  • Facilitates support for institutional compliance with open access requirements, including the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy to make resulting peer-reviewed journal articles freely available online within 12 months of publication.
  • Develops project and workflow schedules, overseeing copyright and license management workflows, and creating training materials and procedural documentation.
  • Coordinates educational efforts with other library units and delivers internal and external presentations to build awareness and confidence in repository services.
  • Develops, refines and applies assessment criteria for the digital repository.
  • Collaborates with IT and DPS to maintain digital preservation program.
  • Promotes cIRcle and open access both on and off campus.
  • Manages the implementation, customization and troubleshooting of repository software.
  • Consults with Central Technical Services staff regarding mediated deposit service workflows and metadata issues and works to ensure that appropriate content management support for the cIRcle database is in place.
  • Undertakes and assists with projects and initiatives aimed at the enhancement and expansion of repository and related services.
  • Coordinates reporting of software problems, specification of software customizations and upgrades, and software testing.
  • Performs system administrator functions in the cIRcle database (currently using DSpace).
  • Develops and maintains content for the cIRcle web site.
  • Participates in library committees and works on special projects as assigned.
  • Supervises staff and student employees as required.

The nature and scope of the responsibilities for this position is expected to change as the Library organization and digital repository services evolve. 


This position is a full-time, term appointment for one year.

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 2 years of experience.  However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply. Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Applications will include: a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above.  

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at by midnight on January 21, 2018.

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