Digital Library Specialist, MBAR

Digital Library Specialist

Job ID:  3168

Short-term (Approx. 1.5 year) Full Time

Burnaby, BC

To be considered for this role, applications MUST be submitted online, by clicking on 'Apply' below.

  • Join one of BC’s Top Employers!
  • Be part of an exceptional company culture with great employee benefits and a healthy work/life balance!

BC Housing thanks all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted. This position is only open to those legally entitled to work in Canada.


BC Housing is a provincial Crown Corporation that develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options for those most in need across the province to address critical gaps across the housing continuum ranging from emergency shelter through to rent assistance in the private market and affordable home ownership.  Share in the rewards of working with an organization that offers challenging work and competitive compensation and supports the growth and development of its people.

 Our mission is making a difference in people's lives and communities through safe, affordable and quality housing.

BC Housing is committed to providing a healthy, safe and inclusive workplace where respect and diversity are recognized assets.  We encourage and welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, individuals with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and all people committed to meaningful work that makes a difference.

BC Housing offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package. But a job is more than a pay cheque. We also offer our staff the opportunity to work together to make a difference. When employees go home at the end of the day, they experience the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped provide safe, affordable housing for British Columbians.  And while they’re here, employees can take advantage of many opportunities:

  • In-house training, and training at other institutions, for courses related to employees’ current positions or to prepare them for advancement within BC Housing.
  • Wellness programs including physical fitness, programs to help employees quit smoking, free flu shots, mental health resources, and lunch-and-learn lectures and seminars.
  • Recognition programs including long-term service awards, idea recognition and outstanding performance awards.
  • Livegreen incentives include an employee transit pass program, and other initiatives that encourage alternative, sustainable transportation (even a bike purchase program!).
  • An active Social Club that organizes special events like seasonal parties and arranges group discounts to other events.
  • Participation in community and charitable events.

** Please note: Eligibility for benefits offered is based on employment status **




Reporting to the Senior Manager - Technical Research & Education, the Digital Library Specialist undertakes a broad range of digital content research, management, reporting, user engagement and education initiatives designed to support the development and growth of the digital library, website, and collaboration platform for the Mobilizing Building Adaptation & Resilience (MBAR) project; and participates in shaping the content strategy of the Research Portal that will shortly be developed by BC Housing, and ensures that the MBAR Body of Knowledge and training curriculum can be seamlessly integrated with the content strategy and user interface of the Research Portal.

MBAR is a new, multi-year, multi-stakeholder knowledge and capacity building project led by BC Housing, with participation and contribution from over 30 organizations, including from industry and national/provincial/local agencies. Through facilitating and piloting sustainable and resilient design and renovation of buildings, MBAR aims at stabilizing communities in a natural disaster (e.g. earthquake) and helping building owners and occupants better protect their investments and adapt to anticipated climate change stresses (e.g. higher precipitation, warmer summers, fire-related air pollution) and climate change shocks (e.g. severe flooding/fire/windstorms) such that no one is stressed beyond his/her ability to cope.


The successful candidate will have the following:


  • Master’s degree or equivalent graduate education in Library and Information Studies, or other relevant discipline. 
  • Minimum 4 years progressively more complex and responsible work experience
  • Digital content creation and management
  • Experience in cataloging technical, spatial and multi-media materials from different sources
  • Web design (would be an asset)
  • Using social media to promote library content (would be an asset)



  • Knowledge and experience in digital content creation and management
  • Ability to design a digital library for specific, professional target audiences
  • Ability to engage professional audiences
  • Ability to develop new communities of practices
  • Comfortable in reaching out to professionals to solicit new information and collect relevant materials
  • Knowledge of engagement and promotion strategies related to digital content
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good knowledge of Windows, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet tools
  • Familiarity with Microsoft SharePoint and social media tools, would be an asset
  • Ability to play a leadership role in facilitating or carrying out research and education projects
  • Ability to manage complex issues and build consensus among stakeholders with varying interests
  • Ability to work effectively and diplomatically with a broad range of organizations and individuals, including the general public, residential builders, industry and consumer organizations and all levels of government  
  • Ability to work co-operatively with staff members from other departments in BC Housing
  • Strong conceptual, analytical thinking, research and writing abilities 
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills  
  • Sound judgment in undertaking the work and reaching conclusions 
  • Strong computer skills, and effective and thorough internet research skills
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Ability to travel throughout BC.  


How to Apply:

Please review the attached job description for a complete list of duties, qualifications and competencies.  To be considered for this competition, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume clearly identifying how they meet the qualifications necessary for this position.  This information will be used as part of the selection process.

Your cover letter and resume should be submitted as one document in your profile when applying for this position. Please add your cover letter to your resume and submit both documents as your resume.