University of Alberta

Head, Digital Scholarship Services

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Competition No.  -    A101734826
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The University of Alberta Libraries seeks a highly creative, skilled, team-oriented professional - someone who is excited and ready to help build and support a new library-based digital scholarship centre (DSC). The DSC, centrally located on the second floor of Cameron Library, will provide a range of collaborative work spaces, interesting technologies (including a large data visualization wall), and access to expertise, in order to foster a supportive community for students and faculty from all disciplines who are interested in engaging in digitally-based research and study.

The Head, Digital Scholarship Services will coordinate and support a complex environment of digital scholarship related services as required in the day-to-day operations of the Digital Scholarship Centre. Working closely with an Academic Director of the centre, the position provides leadership in contributing to strategy and the implementation of well-formed plans for all aspects of the operation and assessment of the DSC, including support for a rich program of scheduled workshops, training, and other programming.

The incumbent will ensure effective communication and consistent support for users of DSC services offered by the Libraries. Working with colleagues across campus, the incumbent helps develop new collaborative networks and ensures good communications and relationships with all users of the Libraries’ DSC services. The incumbent is expected to participate in local, regional and national initiatives related to digital scholarship in order to support the evolution of our services and to contribute to the Libraries' goal of improving scholarly communication and support for the research lifecycle.

The position is expected to directly supervise and/or provide guidance to librarians, APOs, support staff, postdoctoral fellows or other staff assigned to roles in the DSC. The position regularly interacts with staff from across the system to develop strategies, coordinate resources and undertake the work involved in operating the DSC. The position reports directly to the Associate University Librarian (Digital Initiatives) and works closely with an Academic Director and other roles to ensure alignment of appropriate resources and priorities to library and university strategies supporting the DSC. The incumbent  may participate in and seek opportunities for professional and scholarly research, including the ability to apply for and hold research funding as a principal applicant.

University of Alberta Libraries is a leading research library in Canada, with a strong suite of user-oriented services, a commitment to open access, and a close connection to its campus and community. The University stewards a significant collection of physical and digital information resources, all managed by talented and highly engaged teams across the system. The Libraries enjoy many relationships and partnerships with the broader library, archives, and research community. The Libraries, utilizing positions such as this one, endeavor to actively support and shape scholarly communication, higher education and lifelong learning. For more information, visit our website at .

Qualifications include:

  • Masters level degree MLIS from an ALA accredited institution.
  • Minimum [3] years experience working in a digital scholarship related area
  • Project management and hands on experience leading new initiatives and complex projects is expected
  • Demonstrated knowledge and hands-on experience working with digital scholarship tools and methodologies

Applicants must possess a strong service orientation, excellent communication skills, a thorough understanding and awareness of today's digital scholarship environment, an interest in implementing new initiatives and in evaluation of current practice and workflows, a commitment to open access, strong leadership and supervisory skills, a demonstrated commitment to cooperative action and collaborative work, and commitment to supporting the goals of the Libraries and its stakeholders with respect to disseminating and providing access to research outputs and stewarded resources.

This is a Librarian position classified at the Librarian II level with a current salary range of $86,744 to $144,452 per annum. Librarians at the University of Alberta have academic status and participate in a generous benefits program.

To apply, please include a cover letter, CV, and the names of three references.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.