The Library of Parliament is a non-partisan organization providing stimulating and rewarding work in support of Canadian parliamentary democracy. We recognize that our employees are our most important asset and, as such, we offer excellent benefits, a minimum of four weeks’ vacation leave, flexible work schedule options, 35-hour work week, learning opportunities to support professional and career development, competitive salaries and more!
The Library of Parliament believes that the excellence for which it is known is enhanced by nurturing an inclusive workplace that embraces diversity, values differences and supports the full participation of all employees. The Library is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce reflecting the communities in which we live and work, the clients with whom we work, and Canadian society as a whole.
Our Information and Collection (IC) Service provides high-quality, substantive and timely information, reference and documentation services to parliamentarians and their staff by building, managing, preserving and optimizing access to the Library’s information assets.
We are currently looking for candidates to staff the following position: Metadata and Taxonomy Librarian.
The Metadata and Taxonomy Librarian is responsible for developing, evaluating and making recommendations for the smooth implementation and use of the metadata describing the Library’s resources. The incumbent proposes new practices in order to better manage and apply the vocabularies adopted within the metadata. The incumbent is also responsible for developing a bilingual subject taxonomy that is used to describe various resources. The incumbent works with multidisciplinary teams, acts as an expert and shows leadership in developing policies on metadata and taxonomy to describe the Library’s resources. The incumbent plays a key role in advising the manager of the Information Description section on developing and defining the regular evolution of the metadata in a traditional cataloguing environment and in various Library of Parliament products.
METADATA AND TAXONOMY LIBRARIAN
INFORMATION AND COLLECTION
Bilingual staffing – imperative: (CBC/CBC)
For the purposes of this selection process, the competencies listed in the attached Competency Profile will be evaluated.
Note: While this position is eligible for part-time telework, regular on-site presence is required at Library of Parliament workplaces located in the National Capital Region
* The salary scale is based on 2019 rates.
The following knowledge criteria will also be evaluated:
• Knowledge of standards, codes and protocols used in standardized description and metadata.
• Knowledge of RDA, Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Canadian Subject Headings (CSH), Répertoire de vedettes-matière de l’Université Laval (RVM), Library of Congress classification, and MARC coding.
• Knowledge of best practices and standards related to information system interoperability.
• Knowledge of non-MARC metadata schemas
• Knowledge of the Library of Parliament’s products, services and publications
To be considered, candidates must have:
• A Master’s degree in Library Sciences or in Information Studies or in Library and Information Sciences from a recognized university.
• Experience in the standardized description of resources and the use of controlled vocabularies.
• Experience with metadata schemas and the development of related vocabularies.
• Experience working with an integrated library system.
• Experience with database maintenance and authority control.
• Experience in project management, follow up and quality control.
• Experience with taxonomy management software.
• Experience with electronic records management systems.
• Experience with delivering information sessions, seminars, or workshops.
• Experience with developing training material and documentation.
Candidates retained in this selection process will be required to obtain successfully:
• A second-language evaluation (Bilingual staffing – imperative: CBC/CBC)
• A pre-employment screening
• The Library of Parliament welcomes all candidates to apply and encourages applications from Indigenous persons, racialized persons, 2SLGBTQI+ persons, and persons with disabilities for this position.
• This selection process is open to the public.
• This selection process may include a second-language evaluation, a written qualifying exam, and an interview. The interview will consist of behavioural, situational and knowledge-based questions. Candidates will be required to pass each stage in order to move to the next stage of the selection process.
• We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the staffing process. If you require accommodations during any phase of the evaluation process, please contact us at LOPCareers-CarrieresBDP@parl.gc.ca.
• Qualified candidates from this selection process may be considered for determinate or indeterminate positions at the Library of Parliament that require similar knowledge and/or competencies.
• The vaccination requirement for employees of the Library of Parliament established by the Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination was suspended. The Library of Parliament will continue to follow the situation closely, and should the epidemiological conditions change, we will assess whether there is a need to reinstate the vaccination policy and the associated essential condition of employment applicable to indeterminate, determinate, student and intern hiring.
• Education and experience requirements will be used to determine which candidates will be asked to participate in the next stage of the selection process.
• Satisfactory references and proof of education are essential conditions of appointment.
• Travel and relocation expenses are the responsibility of the candidates.
• Only those legally permitted to work in Canada can participate in this selection process.
Apply no later than October 2, 2023 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
To apply, please send us your curriculum vitae, along with a covering letter indicating how you meet each of the education and experience requirements of the position.
Please quote your full name and 23-LOP-49 in your documents and in the subject line of your email.
Send your application by email at LOPCareers-CarrieresBDP@parl.gc.ca.
Questions? Contact Human Resources at LOPCareers-CarrieresBDP@parl.gc.ca.
We thank you for your interest. Please note that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
Competency Profile for Information Management – Librarian
Adapting in order to work effectively in ambiguous or changing situations, and with diverse individuals and groups
Level 3: Adapts to widely varying needs.
• Adapts to new ideas and initiatives across a wide variety of issues or situations.
• Supports major changes that challenge traditional ways of operating.
• Adapts interpersonal style to highly diverse individuals and groups in a range of situations.
• Adapts own plans and priorities in anticipation of change.
Providing service excellence to internal and/or external clients, addressing immediate and evolving client needs
Level 3: Provides added value.
• Looks for ways to add value beyond clients’ immediate requests.
• Addresses underlying and long-term client needs.
• Enhances client service delivery systems and processes.
• Anticipates clients’ upcoming needs and concerns.
Treating others fairly, honestly and respectfully, furthering the integrity of the organization and its relationships of trust within the work environment and in the broader community
Level 1: Acts in fair and ethical manner toward others.
• Treats everyone equally with fairness, honesty and respect all the time.
• Refrains from behaviour or language that is exclusionary or offensive.
• Focuses on organizational success rather than personal gain.
• Follows through consistently on promises and commitments made to others.
• Presents facts and circumstances transparently, no matter how difficult the facts may be.
• Guards confidential and sensitive information, passing it on only to those that need to know.
• Maintains ethical principles even in the most challenging circumstances.
INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Understanding and applying procedures to select, acquire, organize, describe, retrieve, maintain and disseminate information and knowledge resources of all types, media and format
Level 4: Demonstrates advanced knowledge and ability, and applies the competency in new or complex situations. Guides other professionals.
• Applies theories, principles and practices of information and knowledge resource management to develop practical solutions to complex challenges.
• Demonstrates an understanding of the content and format of information and knowledge resources to critically evaluate, select, acquire, organize, describe, analyze and disseminate them.
• Ensures adherence to procedures and policies for effective information and knowledge resource management.
• Negotiates effectively with information stakeholders, vendors and content providers.
• Trains and coaches others in effective practices for information and knowledge resource management.
Implementing procedures and standards to ensure high-quality results, and taking action to identify or manage quality issues, as appropriate
Level 3: Reviews and coaches others on quality standards.
• Explains the organizational policies and procedures for quality assurance.
• Works at a level that consistently meets and models the quality standards set by the organization.
• Reviews the work of others to ensure that organizational quality standards are met.
• Advises management when quality issues and challenges are apparent.
ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Working in a conscientious, consistent and thorough manner to ensure accuracy and the quality of work products and services delivered
Level 4: Identifies relevant information.
• Identifies relevant and irrelevant information when reading complex documents under tight deadlines.
• Maps out all the logistics and details of a situation to ensure smooth and flawless implementation.
• Coaches others on methods and tools to ensure the accuracy of work.
Working collaboratively with others to achieve organizational goals
Level 2: Proactively assists and involves others.
• Initiates collaboration with others.
• Assumes additional responsibilities to facilitate the achievement of team goals.
• Seeks input from other team members on matters that affect them.
• Provides input to other team members as needed.
Analyzing and synthesizing information to understand issues, identify options and support sound decision-making
Level 3: Analyzes complex situations.
• Analyzes complex situations, breaking each into its constituent parts.
• Evaluates alternative causes or ways of interpreting complex information.
• Identifies connections between situations that are not obviously related.
• Identifies gaps in information and makes assumptions to continue the analysis and/or take action.
PLANNING AND ORGANIZING
Making and following plans and allocating resources effectively to reach goals that are central to organizational success
Level 2: Plans and organizes group activities.
• Identifies who needs to be involved and when.
• Identifies who will do what, when, taking into account group members’ skills, needs and, if possible, preferences.
• Sets timelines and work steps.
• Monitors progress and use of resources (e.g., people, supplies, money).
• Makes needed adjustments to timelines, steps and resource allocation.
• Plans the accomplishment of next steps.