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E-Research Librarian

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The University of Ottawa
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The E-Research Librarian leads initiatives which assist faculty and students in managing the lifecycle of data resulting from research projects of all types. In collaboration with librarian colleagues and campus partners the incumbent develops sustainable services to support collecting, describing, preserving, accessing and re-using digital research data. The E-Research Librarian works with librarians and other campus partners to understand needs and workflows within different disciplines, and to evaluate and recommend online tools, systems and services that facilitate research data management throughout the entire research cycle.  Developing educational support for the stewardship of research data is a key aspect of this position; to this end, the E-Research Librarian will keep abreast of new norms, developing practices and policies of research funding agencies. Collaborating with librarians and researchers across disciplines, the incumbent also contributes expertise in information science and linked open data to research projects. 



  1. Works closely with librarian colleagues to further develop library services relating to data management across all disciplines, enabling faculty, students and researchers to better manage, describe, preserve, make available and potentially reuse research data;
  2. Promotes best practices associated with data management and provides guidance to librarians and researchers on issues and challenges related to research data;
  3. Provides expertise in writing data management plans to meet funder requirements as part of the grant application process;
  4. Participates in campus initiatives, committees, and task forces related to data management and storage and in developing policies for data management as part of the campus research community;
  5. Monitors developments in data standards and best practices and participates in discussions regarding cooperative data curation and data life cycle management activities and services on the local, regional, national, and international level.
  6. Participates in special projects.


  1. A Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from an ALA accredited institution;
  2. An advanced degree in a data-intensive research field;
  3. Four  (4) years of professional experience, or fewer, depending on relevance of experience to the position;
  4. Experience with the research processes used in one or more academic disciplines, with particular focus on the research lifecycle of data and the associated issues, technical challenges and best practices associated with it;
  5. Demonstrated familiarity with institutional, data, or subject repository systems;
  6. Familiarity with semantic web and linked open data concepts, common metadata standards and demonstrated understanding of database technologies.
  7. Demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations;
  8. Excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills, presentation and instructional skills;
  9. Evidence of ability to provide leadership in program development including successfully implementing new services;
  10. Bilingual (English and French), written and spoken, including the ability to teach in both official languages.
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Applications will be considered as of Friday May 8, 2015 but will continue to be accepted until filled.  Applications, accompanied by an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae, should be submitted to:

Leslie Weir
University Librarian
University of Ottawa Library
65 University Private
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
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