Digital Projects Librarian, GIS

University of Calgary | Calgary, Alberta
Full-Time Tenure Track

Job ID: 28067

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

Libraries and Cultural Resources at the University of Calgary invites applications for a tenure track Digital Projects Librarian, GIS at the rank of Assistant Librarian.

This is a four-year, renewable tenure track appointment. The anticipated start date is May 1, 2023

Nature of the Work: 

Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) is a leader in the development of innovative information resources and services, locally, nationally, and internationally. In a converged environment, it successfully incorporates the resources and services of libraries, institutional and research archives, rare books and special collections, art galleries, and a university press to provide outstanding support for scholarship, learning, and the creation of knowledge.  

This is an incredibly exciting time as LCR invests in its technological infrastructure and seeks new and innovative ways to actualize the digital in the Taylor Family Digital Library. LCR is implementing a digital asset and digital preservation strategy to create sustainable user centric access to our digital content. Digitization of hidden collections is a priority. Innovative user centric approaches such as reserve books kiosks are in place. The use and application of artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly important. 

Reporting to the Director, Lab NEXT, the Digital Projects Librarian has a focus on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) services.  The successful candidate will provide reference and research services in these areas as well as participate in and shape all phases of the planning and development of digital library projects in this area, including the development of business cases and project plans, organizing and implementing workflows, coordinating project activities, communication planning and delivery, training, outreach, quality control, and assessment. The successful candidate will liaise and collaborate with Canadian and international communities of practice in order to enhance and improve GIS services. 

As an academic staff position, appropriate participation and involvement in teaching, service and scholarship is expected.

Position Responsibilities:

  •     Provide reference, consultation, and instruction to support the use of geospatial data and tools
  •     Develops and maintains current knowledge of and trends in GIS, aggregate statistical data, digital scholarship, and other areas related to this position 
  •     Apply knowledge to continuously improve and advance skills
  •     Scope and define digital projects, providing technical and creative expertise to design, develop, manage, implement, train, assess, and support digital projects
  •     Prioritize, plan and execute digitization projects for Spatial and Numeric Data Services with the Digital Services team and local partners
  •     Support sustainable digital project and collection development by integrating digital preservation strategies in digital projects

Qualifications/Expertise Required: 

  •     Masters from an American Library Association accredited program in librarianship, or recognized equivalent.
  •     Undergraduate or demonstrated equivalent subject experience in geospatial information science, geography, or another related field
  •     Demonstrated experience with geospatial data, GIS software applications, and data management practices
  •     Demonstrated understanding of digital scholarship trends and academic library requirements and priorities, including familiarity with digital scholarship environments and labs.
  •     Familiarity with current trends and developments in digitization and in institutional and other repositories
  •     Established record of successful project management
  •     Strong service orientation 
  •     Thorough understanding and awareness of open access, repositories and research data management, data services, and digital library development
  •     Interest in implementing new initiatives and in evaluation of current practice 
  •     Superior leadership skills
  •     Ability to operate within a complex work environment, working both independently and within a team setting
  •     Proven ability to successfully manage multiple competing priorities with minimal supervision and direction
  •     Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills

Salary and Benefits: 

Position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience at the rank of Assistant Librarian. The University of Calgary’s comprehensive benefits and pension program is designed to promote a productive level of health and well-being to staff members through coverage for health, dental, life insurance, income protection for disability, and retirement income planning. 

For Assistant Librarian salary range and benefits information, please refer to: 

Application Procedure:

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online using the `Apply Now’ link. Please submit a letter of application addressing background and experience relevant to the position, a current curriculum vitae and the contact information, for three professional references, in one pdf

Application Deadline:  March 17, 2023

Apply for the position on the UofC careers website.
For further information, contact:

Susan Powelson, 
Deputy University Librarian 
Libraries and Cultural Resources 

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ( and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources (

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To view a listing of all available academic opportunities and to find out more about what the University of Calgary has to offer, please visit our Academic Careers website.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world’s cleanest cities and has been named one of the world’s most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.  

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