Collections Librarian (Black Cluster Hire)

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This position is part of the BUFA (Employee Group)

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Post End Date:  May 7, 2024

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

Brock University Library invites applications for the full-time, permanent position of Collections Librarian. This position is part of The Brock Black Cluster Hire initiative and belongs to the Brock University Faculty Association (BUFA) employee group.

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.

One of Canada’s leading comprehensive universities, a Top Employer in Hamilton-Niagara, and ranked #3 Canada’s Best Employers compiled by Forbes and Statista, Brock University was established in 1964 and is 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. As growth in the region continues, Brock is committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable culture on campus through the establishment of a hiring initiative to assist in appropriately representing the racial demographics of the Niagara region, particularly of our vibrant student population.

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.

About Brock’s Commitment to EDI

Brock is committed to supporting the growing number of people of African and Caribbean descent attending and working in this University and creating a culture of inclusion within all Faculties. To date, Brock has: a) established a President’s Advisory Committee on Human Rights, Equity, and Decolonization; b) approved cluster hires for Indigenous and Black scholars to increase their representation within the university; c) signed the Dimensions: EDI Charter which commits Brock to addressing barriers faced by members of equity deserving groups; and d) signed the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Higher Education. As a signatory, Brock is committed to the development of Black academic and research excellence. These initiatives aim to enhance support for our Black student community in collaboration with various networks including Brock’s Black Student Association and the Black Student Success Centre. Additionally, a variety of events occur yearly, throughout Black History Month, encompassing activities such as a panel discussion on “Redressing Anti-Black Racism” and guided tours of specific Archives and Special Collections in the Library, on materials that highlight Black history in the Niagara Region.

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 visit the Library.

About the Opportunity

Brock University Library invites applications for the full-time, permanent position of Collections Librarian.

The successful candidate will collaborate on a team of eleven professionals within the Collections Department including the Head of Collections Services, Metadata Librarian, two fellow Collections Librarians and seven professional staff members.   Each Collections Librarian has collections responsibilities aligned with two of Brock’s six teaching Faculties. The incumbent will be aligned with the Goodman School of Business and the Faculty of Education and will, alongside the other Collections Librarians, develop a coordinated approach to collection development. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing collection management strategies related to various resource formats including print, ebooks, streaming media, databases, and journals and will assist in collection analysis and assessment.

The successful candidate will:

– Evaluate the relevance, quality and cost-effectiveness of resources in all formats.
– Inform collection development decisions, strategies and policies including trials, subscriptions, weeding and assessment for Business & Education resources.
– Support communication and outreach related to collections.
– Contribute to consortial initiatives, including involvement in consortia working groups and projects (eg. Ontario Council of University Libraries,  Collaborative Futures, Canadian Research Knowledge Network)
– Support the Library’s strategic goals through active membership on working groups and project teams.
– Participate in developing recommendations for improving library-wide policies, procedures, and services.
– Engage in professional development, scholarly activity, and service under the terms of the Collective Agreement.
– Work with colleagues responsible for acquisitions, e-resource management, e-learning, metadata, and discovery and access in order to maximize user access to collections.
– As part of a team, contribute to the development and implementation of workflows to manage electronic resources.
– Assist with other collection development priorities as required.

All applicants to this Brock Black cluster hire must identify as Black, African, and/or as a person of African-Caribbean descent in their cover letter and through the self-identification application process. This opportunity is specific to applicants who self-identify as Black, African, and/or of African-Caribbean descent, and this self-identification information will be used for the purposes of screening candidates. Candidates are invited to share their intersectional identities at their discretion. Please note this information will be securely accessed only by members of the search committee and all professional librarians for the fulfillment of this cluster hiring initiative.

Qualified candidates will possess the following:

– A Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program or equivalent.
– Knowledge of collection development theory and practice, as well as acquisitions business practices.
– Understanding of concepts, tools, and methods used in collections assessment.
– Demonstrated aptitude with relevant information technology, such as integrated library systems, Microsoft Office applications, including proficiency with Excel.
– Awareness of national and provincial consortia (e.g. Canadian Research Knowledge Network, Ontario Council of University Libraries) and their role in licensing and managing access to resources.
– Demonstrated flexibility and ability to manage a diverse workload.
– Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment.
– Familiarity with inclusivity, accessibility, reconciliation, and decolonization initiatives in academic libraries.
– Demonstrated ability to analyze and solve problems.
Evidence of creative and flexible approaches to setting and achieving professional goals.
– Demonstrated ability to work well in both team-based and self-directed environments.
– Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

Qualifications Considered an Asset:

We want to emphasize that these qualifications are considered an asset. They are not required, and we are committed to helping our future colleague develop these skills.

– Master’s level education in an academic discipline.
– Relevant professional background or education in Business or Education.
– Detailed knowledge of resources in Business and/or Education.
– Familiarity with discovery and resource management systems, e-resources access management, authentication methods, as well as cataloging and metadata processes, standards, and tools.
– Familiarity with interpreting and monitoring license agreements.
– Familiarity with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and implications for collections work including acquisition, discovery, and assessment.

This position is available as of July 1, 2024.


Brock University offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package. It is anticipated that this appointment will be made at the rank of Librarian I or II. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The position is included in the Brock University Faculty Association (BUFA) and is governed by the BUFA Collective Agreement. For candidates considering relocation, moving expenses will be administered according to the Collective Agreement.

Application Instructions:

Applicants are invited to apply by submitting a curriculum vitae and a cover letter through the online application system no later than May 7, 2024 at 12:01am EST. (Note: file maximum of 5MB per attachment upload). 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.

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, people 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.

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

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 Please advise:  to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

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

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