MacEwan University is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We encourage Indigenous people, persons living with a disability, sexual and gender minorities, women, and members of all minority groups to apply and self-identify. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Cataloguing and Metadata Library Technician

MacEwan University inspires students with a powerful combination of academic excellence and personal learning experiences – ours is a connected culture that focuses on learner-centered teaching, and on providing opportunities for students to grow and achieve.

The university provides a transformative education in a creative, collaborative and supportive learning environment. 19,000 full- and part-time students are enrolled in more than 65 programs: four-year undergraduate degrees, applied degrees, university transfer programs and one- and two-year diploma and certificates. Additional offerings include university preparation, English as an Additional Language, professional and personal development courses and workshops, corporate training and the Conservatory of Music.


MacEwan University is seeking an experienced Cataloguing and Metadata Library Technician to work in the Collection Support Services unit of the John L. Haar Library located at the City Centre campus.

The Cataloguer is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the bibliographic metadata for the Library. They employ knowledge and skill for the accurate description and classification of the Library collection.

They manage the cataloguing workflow, the large volume of vendor-supplied electronic bibliographic data sets, develop cataloguing protocols for special collections, assist with testing database and discovery layer improvements, and resolve catalogue problems.

The Cataloguer performs original and complex copy cataloguing of diverse material.

The Cataloguer maintains awareness of changes in national and international cataloguing standards, policies and bibliographic formats, and innovations and trends.

The Cataloguer exercises a working knowledge of music cataloguing in support of collections for the Bachelor of Music degree program.

The Cataloguer provides orientation and ongoing education and training for Library staff to cataloguing.

Position Requirements

  • Interpreting and applying local, national and international cataloguing standards and policies, including those of the MacEwan Library, the NEOS Library Consortium, and the Library of Congress. 

  • Proficiency with the Resource Description and Access (RDA) content standard and the Anglo American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2) content standard for bibliographic records. 

  • Proficiency in MARC 21 coding and Library of Congress (LC) classification. 

  • Experience working with library systems, especially with the cataloguing module of an integrated library system 

  • Working knowledge of music cataloguing and the ability to read music would be an asset. 

  • Skilled with office and document sharing applications. 

  • Strong technical, analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills. 

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. 

  • Strong instructional skills. 

  • Strong commitment to customer service. 

  • Ability to work independently and as part of team. 

  • Ability to manage competing priorities. 

  • Ability to adapt to a changing work environment.


The successful incumbent will have a library technician diploma and 2 years of additional undergraduate education. As well, they will have 2 years’ experience in metadata creation, manipulation and enhancement, through both original and derived cataloguing.

An equivalent combination of post-secondary education and related experience may be considered.


When you become part of the MacEwan team, you will enjoy a competitive salary. Our total compensation package includes:

  • Competitive base pay

  • Generous vacation time

  • Secure pension plan

  • Excellent benefits package

  • Effective recognition and retention programs

  • Continuous learning culture

  • Opportunities for career growth

How to Apply

Only applications received electronically will be considered. To apply, go to http://www.macewan.ca/careers and select the job posting.

Thank you for your interest in employment with MacEwan University. We will be reviewing all applications to select the candidates whose qualifications and experience most closely meet our needs. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

This position is included under the MacEwan Staff Association Collective Agreement. Please note; Article 22.1.1 (Grid Placement); initial salary placement for external candidates is limited to the first three steps of the salary grid.

MacEwan University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We encourage Indigenous people, persons living with a disability, sexual and gender minorities, women, and members of all minority groups to apply and to self-identify. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Category Full-Time Continuing
Salary $46,192 - $67,176 per annum (under review)
Closing Date March 28, 2019
Competition No. 19.03.020

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