Director, Library and Learning Services

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Huron University invites applications for the position of:

DIRECTOR, LIBRARY AND LEARNING SERVICES

Huron University is completely unique to post-secondary institutions in Canada. With the aim to redefine Liberal Arts education, Huron is creating a university experience unlike any other that prioritizes ethical leadership and community engagement, as much as the pursuit of academic achievement.

As the founding institution of Western University, since 1863, Huron has remained strategically small to best serve the needs of its students. We provide an elite, yet accessible, education, because every student with the passion and work ethic to positively change our world deserves to access the knowledge to understand it and the skills to shape it. Huron’s mission is to develop Leaders with Heart from all backgrounds and foster a vibrant and inclusive community and prepare students to be engaged citizens who transform the sectors they work within. Our commitment to providing the best-possible Liberal Arts education means students have many unique opportunities to enrich their learning experiences.

SUMMARY:

The Library at Huron strengthens and supports the academic pursuits of our University’s students and scholars. We deliver high-quality content and collections and user-centred services and spaces – be they physical or digital – that at once acknowledge our proud past and embrace our ever-changing world.

Reporting to the Provost and Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, the Director, Library and Learning Services leads a group of three professional librarians, along with the Library Services Team, Writing & Learning Services Team, and part-time academic support staff. Visit: https://huronuc.ca/library to learn more.

The Director, Library and Learning Services is responsible for ensuring that library and learning services at Huron University College are contemporary and enable, support, and align with the strategic plan and goals of Huron, as well as the academic plans of the Faculties of Arts, Social Sciences, and Theology.

The Director thus provides leadership in planning, managing library budgets, and implementing and evaluating all library services in a manner that best supports and enhances both the goals of the institution and the academic endeavours of its Faculties.

Specifically, the Director, Library and Learning Services will be accountable and responsible for:

▪ Strategic Planning: Provides vision and sets goals and objectives for the Library and Learning Services Team that delivers quality supports, services, and programming which align with Huron’s overall strategic plan;
▪ Library Facilities: Manages and maintains the physical collection and physical spaces; establishes and updates Library policies in collaboration with stakeholders;
▪ Assessment and Services: Researches, initiates, develops, and implements library learning programs and services; assesses services and develops new models
▪ Library Budgets: Prepares and manages approved operational and capital budgets;
▪ Reporting: Prepares and presents various operational reports for internal and compliance purposes; represents Huron on internal and external committees.

QUALIFICATIONS

▪ Master’s degree in Library or Information Science required; PhD or subject Master’s degree in Arts, Social Sciences, or Theology beneficial;
▪ Five (5) years’ experience in an academic library setting, with at least three (3) years’ experience in a leadership role;
▪ Knowledge of current legislation and policy affecting libraries;
▪ Knowledge of strategic trends impacting academic library collections, services, and spaces;
▪ Knowledge of current technologies used within a library environment;
▪ Ability to lead and champion innovation in the development of library services;
▪ Demonstrated understanding of information literacy curricula;
▪ Commitment to high-quality and contemporary approaches to education, research, and learning;
▪ Demonstrated success in managing professional librarians and staff;
▪ Proven ability to engage, empower, and motivate people and foster teamwork;
▪ Commitment to foster a supportive and positive environment for librarians and staff to contribute new
ideas, and to provide and receive constructive feedback;
▪ Demonstrated proficiency related to budgeting / financial planning and oversight of an academic library;
▪ Exceptional oral and written communication skills;
▪ Collaborative, transparent, and participative leadership style;
▪ Excellent time management skills and a demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks and competing deadlines;
▪ Superior problem-solving skills to identify and resolve issues in a timely and effective manner, both independently and collaboratively;
▪ Well-honed and developed interpersonal skills to represent Huron professionally in all interactions with students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit their letter of interest and curriculum vitae, in confidence, via email to huronhr@huron.uwo.ca. Applications will be reviewed beginning on Monday, February 20, 2023 on a continuing basis until the successful candidate has been identified.

Huron values its place in an interconnected world and desires to reflect this value, acknowledging our responsibility to strive towards a diverse and equitable employment and educational environment that recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, especially those from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the diversification of ideas.

We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected to proceed in the competition will be contacted. Should you require accommodation in making an application please contact Huron by phone at 519-438-7224 or at the email address above.

To apply for this job email your details to huronhr@huron.uwo.ca.