Metadata Specialist, Toronto Public Library

[via Canadian Library Association]

Posting #:              EXT-09-057

Posting Date: May 22, 2009

Closing Date: June 1, 2009

Job Title: Metadata Specialist

Location:               Cataloguing Department – Collections Management

281 Front Street, Toronto, ON

Status: Permanent Full-Time

Hours Per Week & Schedule of Work: (Subject to change in accordance with Article 19)

35 Hours per week.

Job Summary:

The Metadata Librarian provides professional expertise and leadership in the development, implementation, coordination and management of metadata standards and strategies.


  • Leads in the development, implementation and maintenance of strategies for maximizing exposure of TPL-generated metadata, locally and on a Web scale.
  • Maintains knowledge of national and international metadata standards and schema and is responsible for interpreting and adapting those metadata schema for local purposes.
  • Collaborates with appropriate staff to advise on the application of current and emerging metadata schema to facilitate access to digital, and other online collections and resources.
  • Keeps on top of developments in the information industry and makes recommendations related to promising new metadata or cataloguing tools, technologies or initiatives.
  • Evaluates metadata standards to support the adoption, use and management of metadata strategies and tools required to achieve the integrated access goals of the Library.
  • Provides ongoing analysis of the Library’s taxonomic structures to facilitate future migrations or enhancements; develops strategies for ensuring metadata schema integrity and monitors their implementation.
  • Formulates, recommends, implements and maintains policies and standards for descriptive, technical and administrative metadata.
  • Trains staff and supports staff training in metadata.
  • Serves as a resource person on metadata issues.
    • Develops project plans, establishes project teams, monitors project schedule and ensures deliverables are completed on time and to specification; prepares reports, as required.
    • Directs project staff, establishes performance standards and provides verbal input into performance appraisals.
    • Participates in appropriate library committees and working groups.


  • Master of Library Science (MLS) or Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) or Master of Information Studies (MISt).
  • A minimum of three years experience working with recognized metadata schemas in a digital environment
  • Extensive knowledge of emerging and existing non-MARC metadata schemes, thesauri, ontologies, tools, formats and technologies such as Dublin Core, XML, HTML, RDF-a, GRDDL, Microformats, EAD, METS, MODS, OAI-PMH andSemantic Web.
  • Knowledge of principles, concepts and practices in organizing information, including key metadata format and content standards.
  • Strong understanding of traditional cataloguing standards and practices including MARC, AACR2, LCSH and authority control.
  • Proven familiarity with metadata management software.
  • Proven familiarity with asset or content management software.
  • Proven ability to plan, organize and implement projects.
  • Knowledge of issues and trends in digital library development and metadata standards.
  • Demonstrated experience with systems that manage and provide access to digital objects; basic knowledge of the processes involved in digitization and development of digital content discovery and delivery systems.
  • Demonstrated experience with database design and data modeling
  • Understanding of relational database design and structure.
  • Proven leadership ability.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work collaboratively with diverse constituencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and responsive in a rapidly changing work environment.

Salary: $72,381.40 per annum (Job Evaluation and Pay Equity 2008 Wage Rate)

Application requirements for job vacancies:

  1. Applications must include the posting number.
  2. Each posting number requires a separate application.
  3. All applications must:
  4. List all qualifications as stated on the job posting.
  5. Provide daytime phone number, cell phone number (if available) and email address (if available).

c)   Be received by mail, fax or email, by midnight on the day of closing.

Please use one of the following methods:

Mail: Human Resources Department

Toronto Reference Library

789 Yonge Street Toronto  ON  M4W 2G8

Fax: 416-395-5925
Note:  Please retain your fax confirmation sheet.


– The Posting Number should be quoted in the subject line of all email submissions and please retain your original email.
–  Please remember to type/sign your name under the signature section of the application form.

Please do not send duplicates

We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Personal information collected is used in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act.

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