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Metadata and Discovery Librarian

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Douglas College
Coquitlam / New Westminster, BC, Canada

Douglas College Library invites applications for a Metadata & Discovery Librarian. This position will be based at the New Westminster Campus and will also have a presence at the Coquitlam Campus.

Reporting to the Director, Learning Resources, the primary responsibilities of the successful candidate will be to:

  • enhance the Library’s cataloguing, metadata, and discovery strategy for making Douglas College Library print and digital collections accessible, in alignment with professional best practices and bibliographic and technical standards
  • collaborate with our librarian, supervisor, and staff teams to solicit their input, engage their support, and share critical updates, training, and information
  • provide reference, research, and instructional services online and in person at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campus locations
This position will be attractive to a collegial, creative, flexible, and user-focused individual with excellent communication, technical, and collaboration skills and one who is highly motivated to provide innovative and responsive services to the Douglas College user community.


The Metadata & Discovery Librarian will collaborate closely with the Director, Learning Resources and the Library Management Team to:

  • manage and configure metadata for access to print and digital collections in the Library’s library services platform [FOLIO] and discovery service [EDS], and manage the sharing of such data with external partners and systems, such as the BC union catalogue [Outlook Online]
  • develop, implement, monitor, evaluate, and improve plans for supporting an informed and responsive cataloguing and discovery strategy through guidelines, best practices, infrastructure, and resource development
  • contribute to new cataloguing and metadata practices that describe more diverse collections, create more inclusive descriptions, and contribute to reparative practices that address historical omissions and harmful language
  • utilize the Library’s library services platform and discovery tools to ensure the integrity and quality of metadata for Library resources and easy accessibility to collections for our broad and diverse range of users
  • collaborate with the Library Operations Supervisor, Technical Services to provide ongoing training, development, and support for the Technical Services team
  • gather, analyze, and report on the usage of licensed digital collections in collaboration with eResources Librarian, Monographs Librarian, and Library Operations Supervisor, Technical Services
  • collaborate with Scholarly Communications Librarian on metadata in the Douglas College Open Repository [DOOR]
  • provide reference and research services online via AskAway and in person across disciplines to support the College’s diverse student, faculty, and staff user community
  • contribute to the success of the library’s instructional program by teaching course-integrated instruction across disciplines as well as workshops on a range of topics for faculty and staff, both online and in person
  • work with Library, Learning Resources, and College colleagues on a range of teams and committees to support and advance strategic projects, priorities, and initiatives
  • participate in local, regional, national, or international committees and organizations regarding issues or discussions related to areas of responsibility
  • develop professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis to enhance services
  • perform other duties as assigned
To Be Successful in this Role You Will Need     


  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information science or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 1-3 years experience in cataloguing, metadata and/or discovery services
  • Experience working with cataloguing rules and standards [e.g. MARC, RDA, LCSH, LCC, MeSH, NLM, etc.]
  • Familiarity with metadata standards [e.g. DC, METS, MODS, PREMIS, etc.] and metadata tools and systems for creating, editing, harvesting, and transforming metadata [e.g. MarcEdit, XML, authority control, batch processing techniques, etc.]
  • Understanding of Linked Data and BIBFRAME
  • Awareness of current issues and trends in electronic resource management, metadata management, and discovery tools
  • Superior critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills with an attention to detail
  • Ability to adapt to changing technology and library systems
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English, with a demonstrated ability to facilitate understanding and decision-making among people with diverse backgrounds and/or viewpoints
  • Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and collaboratively in a collegial team environment
  • Commitment to continued professional development and learning

  • 1-3 years of experience providing reference/research services online and in person within an academic library setting
  • Demonstrated skill and experience planning and delivering instruction online and in classroom environments across a range of disciplines
  • Experience leading projects and teams
  • Experience with FOLIO and EBSCO Discovery Service
  • Demonstrated experience with project management, including planning, communication, and assessment

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Employer: Douglas College (@douglascollege)
Location: Coquitlam / New Westminster, BC, Canada
Posted Date: 02/05/2024
Expiry Date: 02/09/2024
Type: Full-Time
Categories: Librarian / Information Professional / Archivist
Ref: DN-JB-1791
Added by: DAM News Administrator
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