University of Alberta

Geospatial Data Services Librarian, Digital Initiatives (Sessional)

University of Alberta Libraries

Competition No.  -    A101739605
Closing Date  -    Aug 18, 2019

The University of Alberta Libraries with a long tradition of service excellence to the University and its communities, seeks a dynamic professional for a full-time sessional librarian appointment, ending July 31, 2020. Bringing strength in knowledge of geographic information systems, geospatial data and print map collections, and how spatial literacy integrates to a wide variety of research questions across the academy, the successful candidate will work as a core member of the University of Alberta Libraries Data Services Team to provide geospatial data services. This includes providing consultation and support for methods of geospatial research, the location of geospatial data, determination of data ‘fit’ to research questions, and overall research support to the University of Alberta community. The candidate will also serve as the primary contact for services for the William C. Wonders Map Collection, assisting researchers in the use of the collection, providing in-depth map reference, and delivering instruction in classroom and tour settings. This work will be carried out in close collaboration with the Maps Assistant. The incumbent will contribute to program planning for activities related to GIS and maps for the newly launched University of Alberta Digital Scholarship Centre strategically designed and managed by the Libraries. The incumbent will report to the Head, Digital Repositories and Data Services. 

The University of Alberta Libraries is a leading research library in Canada, with an incredible team of people and resources helping the university to achieve its goals. The Libraries value partnership and collaboration. We contribute actively to Portage, the Data Liberation Initiative, ACCOLEDS, and ICPSR, among many other initiatives important to data and maps librarianship. For more information on the University of Alberta Libraries programs and initiatives, visit our website at:

The Digital Initiatives portfolio involves multiple teams working across areas to develop and deliver new services to researchers and students on campus. The Libraries has subscriptions to key geospatial collections used in Canada, and The William C. Wonders Map Collection is the largest academic map collection in Canada (over 500,000 maps) with particular strength in Prairies, Northern Canada and Eastern Europe. 

The successful applicant will have a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program or its equivalent, proficiency working with geospatial data files and GIS, especially ESRI’s suite of products, knowledge of geospatial data resources (licensed and open source) coupled with knowledge of GIS and data applications in a range of disciplines. The applicant will also possess exceptional service orientation and teaching ability; excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; the ability to work effectively in both a team-based and self-directed environment. Demonstrated knowledge of map design and cartographic concepts and strong familiarity with modern challenges of map librarianship will also be a key competency for the successful applicant. 

This sessional librarian appointment is classigied under the TLAPS agreement with a salary range of $62,231 to $124,387. Librarians at the University of Alberta have academic status and participate in a comprehensive benefits program found at Faculty & Staff Benefits.

When applying, please include your current curriculum vitae and the names of three references.  

For more information, please contact Olenka Li at

How to Apply

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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.