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Head, Metadata & Cataloguing Services
University of Waterloo Library

The University of Waterloo Library seeks a creative and collegial librarian for the position of Head, Metadata & Cataloguing Services (MCS). Reporting to the Associate University Librarian, Research & Digital Discovery Services, the incumbent will lead the department of 15 staff in transitioning to providing a variety of metadata services to meet a range of discovery needs while continuing to support MARC-based descriptive cataloguing. Working closely with the Cataloguing & Metadata Librarians and the Supervisor, Holdings Maintenance and Inventory Control, the Head, MCS provides vision and leadership, strategic planning and management for all of the operational activities of the Metadata & Cataloguing Services department.  The Head, MCS works collaboratively to lead the development of metadata services in evolving digital and physical environments. The successful candidate will have a clear vision for the future of resource discovery and access.

The University of Waterloo Library is a member of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL). The incumbent will work with OCUL libraries as we transition towards enhanced collaboration on a shared library platform through the OCUL Collaborative Futures project. The Library is a member of the Tri-University Group (TUG), along with member libraries at the University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University, serving a combined student population of over 76,000, combined holdings exceeding 5 million, and combined budgets exceeding $45 million. The Tri-University Group manages shared technology and a remote storage facility, and enables collaborative projects across the three library systems.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:



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The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience qualifications within the USG 13 salary level. For uWaterloo pay scales, refer to

Additional information:

We welcome interested candidates to connect directly with Alison Hitchens, Acting Associate University Librarian, Research & Digital Discovery Services, to learn more about this exciting position. Alison may be reached at +1-519-888-4567 ext. 35980 or by email at

Librarian’s Employment Handbook: This document outlines the rules and procedures around promotion and professional development.

Interviews are expected to be held beginning in mid-March 2018.

To apply:

Deadline for applications: for assured consideration, applications should be received by February 9, 2018.

Employment Equity: The University respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We invite applications from all interested applicants. Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority.

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In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada’s technology hub, has become a leading comprehensive university with more than 36,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Consistently ranked Canada’s most innovative university, Waterloo is home to advanced research and teaching in science and engineering, mathematics and computer science, health, environment, arts and social sciences. From quantum computing and nanotechnology to clinical psychology and health sciences research, Waterloo brings ideas and brilliant minds together, inspiring innovations with real impact today and in the future.

As home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program, Waterloo embraces its connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research, and commercialization. With campuses and education centres on four continents, and academic partnerships spanning the globe, Waterloo is shaping the future of the planet.

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Carolyn Vincent, Secretary to the University Librarian

December 14, 2017