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Requisition Number:  7399
Position Type:  Term
Position Length:  1 year (extension/regular possible)

Ottawa (Downtown), ON, CA

Remote Work:  Yes, within Canada
Closing Date:  January 30, 2022 23:59 EST

Diversity and Inclusion
We strive to make our policies, programs and workplace more inclusive, respectful and barrier-free. We encourage applications from women, Indigenous peoples, veterans, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and persons of all races, ethnic origins, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions.

We make career growth and professional development a priority. We are committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes, and a work environment that supports our diverse workforce.

Let our team know if you need accommodation or support during the recruitment process due to a disability or other reason. We can provide support in multiple ways, from using this site and submitting your application, right through to the interview process. If you are the successful candidate, you can also discuss accommodation needs when you receive your offer.

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Metadata Specialist

Take a central role
The Bank of Canada has a vision to be “a leading central bank—dynamic, engaged and trusted—committed to a better Canada.” No other employer in the country offers you the unique opportunity to work at the very center of Canada’s economy, in a diverse and inclusive organization with significant impact on the economic and financial well-being of all Canadians. You will be challenged, energized and motivated to excel in an environment where we are reinventing central banking, renewing ways of doing business and reinforcing a culture of innovation.


Find out more about the next steps in our Recruitment process


Join our K&IS (Knowledge and Information Services) team
Elevate your career, as an information professional, by joining the Bank of Canada’s Knowledge and Information Services (K&IS) team. K&IS is a business line within the Corporate Services and Data department, an internal service department in the Bank’s Corporate Administration function. K&IS provides information and data resources, services, tools, systems, and policies which help Bank staff access, utilize, manage, and share quality information to effectively accomplish the Bank’s business goals. K&IS specializes in digital scholarship; digital library and content licensing services; research and reference services; corporate record services; support to end users for the Bank’s document management system; and management of the Bank of Canada Archives.


Did you know?
Have you recently graduated or will be graduating from a Library science program?  This position would be excellent entry-level position for a newly graduated library technician or librarian who prefers technical services work with a focus on metadata description.  


What you will do 

Reporting to the Manager of Digital Scholarship, Library Systems and Metadata, this Metadata Specialist position will support the descriptive cataloguing records housed within the Bank’s integrated library system, its federated search tool, its Data Catalogue and its Research Data Management service. The Bank’s digital library collection encompasses a variety of content types including bibliographic databases, market data, industry information resources, alt data sets, ejournal packages, ebooks, news sources and official statistics.   


As a Metadata Specialist, you will work collaboratively with senior Metadata Specialists and Systems Librarians, to support the creation of original and copy cataloguing records, as well as working to remediate and transform existing metadata descriptions. The Bank’s information and data collection requires metadata records for a variety of content types, including socioeconomic data feeds, research data files, and readme files, and you will be using a variety of information tools and systems including Ex Libris Alma, Ex Libris PRIMO, TIND RDM, SpringShare LibGuides, and Symplectic



What you need to succeed
You are a team player who can work in a collaborative environment and are an effective communicator. You possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills. You continuously deliver excellent attention to detail. You are able to review and assess metadata quality and usability.


You have work or academic knowledge of the following:

  • Descriptive library cataloguing standards (AACR2, RDA, Dublin Core),
  • Metadata record encoding standards (MARC, XML, HTML, JSON),
  • Authority controls and records, 
  • Controlled vocabularies and standardized subject headings (LCSH, RVM, STW Thesaurus for Economics),   
  • International standards for describing numeric data sets (DDI, DataCite)  
  • Persistent Identifiers (ORCID, DOIs) 
  • Integrated library systems or platforms 



  • Microsoft SharePoint experience 
  • Data and software citation principles


Your education and experience

  • Library technician college diploma and one year of work experience in an information service-delivery unit as a cataloguer or metadata specialist 


  • Master’s degree in library science, from an ALA-accredited school  


  • an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered

What you need to know

  • Language requirement: English and French essential (bilingual) with a minimum starting level of functional (level 4) in second official language. Training may be provided to help reach the required level of fully functional (level 5) in second official language.
  • Priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents
  • Security level required: Reliability 
  • There will be no relocation assistance provided
  • Please save a copy of the job poster. Once the closing date has passed, it will no longer be available.
  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and further to public health guidelines, preventative measures are being taken to ensure health and safety during the recruitment process. All interviews are conducted virtually.  
  • Remote Work: Candidates not within commuting distance will be eligible to remote work from their current location within Canada for the duration of this term. 


Vaccination: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic that was declared by the World Health Organization, the mandates issued by the federal government, and the direction provided by public health authorities, the Bank of Canada requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated prior to their start date.  If you are the selected candidate, you will be asked to first attest your vaccination status at the reference stage and will then be required to submit proof of vaccination status or request accommodation for a legitimate medical, religious reason or other human rights-based grounds at the offer stage as part of the offer process.


We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


What you can expect from us
This is a great opportunity to join a leading organization and be part of a high-performing team. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet your needs at every stage of your life and career. For more information on key benefits please visit A great deal to consider


  • Salaries are based on qualifications and experience and typically range from $64,705 to $76,125 (job grade 14)
  • Depending on performance, you may be eligible for performance pay for successfully meeting (3 to 5% of your base salary) or for exceeding expectations (7% of your base salary). Exceptional performers who far exceed expectations may be eligible for higher performance pay.
  • Flexible and comprehensive benefits so you can choose the level of health and dental coverage that meets your needs
  • Extra vacation days (up to five each year) that you can purchase to add to your vacation entitlement
  • Option to join the indexed, defined-benefit pension plan after 24 consecutive months of service #LI-POST