Associate University Librarian, Research

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This position is part of the Associate Deans & Associate Librarians (Employee Group)

Brock University is one of Canada’s leading comprehensive universities, a Top Employer in Hamilton-Niagara, ranked #3 as Canada’s Best Employers and ranked top 10 as one of Canada’s Best Employers for Diversity compiled by Forbes and Statista. We are an inclusive, welcoming community that offers a wide range of unique career opportunities for those with passion, energy and expertise.

We are looking for team members who want to help us continue to deliver an exceptional student experience, perform impact-driven research and generate life-changing breakthroughs for our world. Ignite new possibilities for your career. Break through at Brock.

Post End Date:  August 26, 2024

Note to all candidates: This posting will close at 12:01 am on the date listed .

Brock University Library – Associate University Librarian, Research

Brock University Library invites applications for the full-time, permanent position of Associate University Librarian, Research. This senior academic administrative position is excluded from all bargaining units. This appointment will be for a 5-year term, renewable, with an underlying librarian appointment.

 About Brock University

Brock University is located on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, many of whom continue to live and work here today. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the land protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Agreement.

Established in 1964 and located in the historic Niagara Region, Brock University stands as a vital cultural, academic, and recreational hub for its community. The University boasts outstanding facilities, a testament to the visionaries from the Allanburg Women’s Institute, who laid its foundation decades ago. Situated about a one-hour drive to Toronto and a 20-minute drive to the US border, the Niagara Region offers the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls, a rich Canadian history, as well as a variety of wineries and entertainment attractions.

Brock is committed to building the Niagara community and to fostering an environment that serves its students and their neighbours. With a student population of over 19,000, approximately 1,500 faculty and staff members, and a network of over 100,000 accomplished alumni, Brock University has forged a reputation as a modern and innovative comprehensive institution. Brock has six teaching Faculties offering a wide range of programs at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Brock is committed to fostering excellence in academic programs, research, creativity, and community-engaged teaching, learning, and scholarship in a welcoming and inclusive environment. The university, including the library, has a number of concrete initiatives that are aimed at improving equity and inclusion for all members of the Brock community. Once such example is the recently struck President’s Committee on Human Rights, Equity, and Decolonization.

More information on Brock University can be found on the University’s website at https://www.brocku.ca/.

About Brock University Library

Brock University Library includes the James A. Gibson Library; the Map, Data & GIS Library; Archives & Special Collections; as well as the Makerspace within the Brock LINC facility. With six departments, a staff of 54 including 20 professional librarians, and an annual budget of over $11 million, the Library provides services and resources to support over a growing faculty and student population.

Our progressive and talented community of librarians and staff are committed to student success, collegiality, and collaboration. Our values of innovation, integrity, inspiration and inclusivity guide all that we do. The Brock Library strategic plan contains four strategic pillars: highlighting student success; the research lifecycle; community engagement; and strengthening capacity.

Recent anti-racism initiatives in the Library include anti-racism professional learning for all Library staff, ‘The Canadian Library’ project to honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and establishing an Indigenous Reading Collection. The Library is an active partner with other units on campus including Human Rights & Equity, Student Accessibility Services, and Hadiyaˀdagénhahs First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Centre. The Library regularly highlights EDI-related topics and resources via featured collections. Recent examples include highlighting Pride Week, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and Black History Month/African Heritage Month.

For further details about the Library, visit https://www.brocku.ca/library .

About the Opportunity

Brock University Library invites applications for the position of Associate University Librarian (AUL), Research.

As a member of a collaborative senior library leadership team, the AUL Research will work closely with the University Librarian, other colleagues in the Library, and the wider university community to provide creative leadership in the development and implementation of the Library’s strategic priorities and objectives.

Direct reports currently include the heads of the Collections Services, Archives & Special Collections, and the Research Lifecyle departments. The portfolio of this AUL includes leadership in the strategic development and delivery of the Library’s services advancing research at Brock including:

  • Collections Services, such as collection development, acquisitions, content management.
  • Archives & Special Collections, such as print and digital preservation, collection development & acquisitions, relationship management.
  • Research Lifecycle, such as scholarly communications, research metrics, persistent identifiers, data management, and digital scholarship.
  • As a member of the senior leadership team, the AUL will: collaborate in planning and implementing library services, programs, staffing and other initiatives; participate and/or lead cross-departmental working groups and project teams; maintain a comprehensive understanding of developments affecting academic librarianship; provide mentoring support and work with others to promote positive organizational change; collaborate on organizational development; serve on library, university and external committees; participate in professional organizations; and apply knowledge of collective agreements and university policies to the effective management of library operations.
  • Within the AUL’s portfolio, the AUL will: provide strategic leadership in the development of innovative new services, programs and initiatives; supervise, support, and collaborate with department heads; human resources and budgets; and provide sponsorship and leadership of key projects and initiatives.

Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program or equivalent.
  • Minimum of seven years of experience as a professional librarian or archivist demonstrating increasing levels of responsibility
  • Formal leadership and management experience within a library or archives environment
  • Demonstrated ability to engage, empower and motivate people, and foster teamwork
  • Experience in leading and championing innovation in one or more of the areas in this portfolio (collections, archives and special collections, and the research lifecycle).
  • Knowledge of library consortia (e.g. Canadian Research Knowledge Network, Ontario Council of University Libraries) and their role in licensing and managing access to resources.
  • Knowledge of collection development theory and practice.
  • Demonstrated success in managing within a unionized environment.
  • Knowledge of strategic trends and operational issues impacting library services, collections, technologies and spaces.
  • Highly collaborative and collegial, with the ability to participate in shared decision-making.
  • Demonstrated excellence in communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to advocate and promote library value.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills with demonstrated success using innovation and flexibility to address challenges.
  • Record of scholarship and/or professional development in the library and information science community.
  • Understanding of inclusivity, accessibility, reconciliation and decolonization, and a demonstrated commitment to advance a diverse and inclusive work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to a promote positive and safe organizational culture.

Assets

  • Master’s degree in a related discipline
  • Experience in an academic library or archives environment
  • Experience with planning and preparing a budget in a library context
  • Active participation in consortial networks.
  • Knowledge of collection acquisitions business practices.
  • Knowledge of assessment and evaluation concepts.

Term of Appointment:

This senior academic administrative position is excluded from all bargaining units. Appointment will be for a 5-year term, renewable, with an underlying librarian appointment. The successful applicant will be appointed at a salary level commensurate with experience and qualifications. This appointment is available as of November 1, 2024.

Application Instructions:

Applicants are invited to apply by submitting a curriculum vitae and a cover letter through the online application system no later than August 26, 2024, at 12:01am EST. We appreciate all applications received; however, we will contact only those candidates selected for an interview. Interviews will be one day in length and consist of a public presentation on a given topic as well as meetings with relevant stakeholders.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Our Commitment

Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) peoples, Black people, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities/racialized groups, and Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and additional sexually and gender diverse (2SLGBTQI+) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups should fill out the Self-Identification Form and include the completed form with their application.

We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the selection process, as outlined in the Employee Accommodation Policy https://brocku.ca/policies/wp-content/uploads/sites/94/Employment-Accommodation-Policy.pdf. Please advise: talent@brocku.ca to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

Applicants are required to upload a resume and cover letter as part of the application process.

Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of Employment Equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples including those who identify as members of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, members of visible minorities and racialized groups, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons are encouraged to apply. We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the selection process, as outlined in the Employment Accommodation Policy https://brocku.ca/policies/wp-content/uploads/sites/94/Employment-Accommodation-Policy.pdf. Please advise: talent@brocku.ca  to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

It is Brock University’s policy to give consideration to qualified internal applicants.

We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Learn more about Brock University by visiting www.brocku.ca

About Us

Brock University is a comprehensive institution with rich academic programs and world-class research activity. Located in Ontario’s scenic Niagara region on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, Brock is situated in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. With nearly 600 full-time faculty members and researchers, Brock’s robust academic scope offers more than 70 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs in seven dynamic Faculties. The University’s 19,000 students come from across Canada and around the world. Brock’s renowned student experience is enriched by an emphasis on experiential education, as illustrated by community partnerships, volunteerism and one of Ontario’s largest and most successful co-op programs.

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