Collections Librarian, Libraries & Cultural Resources

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Position Description

Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) at the University of Calgary invites applications for a Collections Librarian with responsibilities at the rank of Associate Librarian (tenure-track). This is a full-time, continuing appointment. The selected candidate will be given a 5-year appointment, with possibility of renewal, as the Director Collection Development and Management. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2022 or as soon as possible.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian, Collections, this position requires a motivated and experienced Collections professional keenly interested in the development and future of Collections in the Academic Library. The position leads and supervises a team of twenty that is responsible for strategic collection development of the general library collections including acquisition, electronic resource management, assessment, maintenance, collections distribution and delivery including interlibrary loan and fulfilment including from the High Density Library storage facility.

The incumbent provides effective leadership for the development of Institutional Collections that are consistent with the strategic directions of LCR and the University Calgary as a large research institution. They will be responsible for overseeing and engaging in the activities of the Collections unit including budget allocations and expenditures, licensing and negotiations with publishers and other vendors, collaborating with consortia, as well as undertaking analyses and performing assessment of collections. The maintenance and distribution of the collection includes the management of shelving, collection transfers, High Density Library Service, fulfilment of holds/loans and interlibrary loans.

The work in LCR is influenced by our indigenous strategy ii’ taa’poh’ to’p and will be influenced by the forthcoming institutional EDI strategy. The incumbent is required to oversee collection development and acquisition though “parallel paths” to ensure indigenous ways of knowing are incorporated throughout the collection and ensuing processes. This academic position requires appropriate participation and involvement in scholarship, teaching and service is expected and will commensurate with rank.


  • Through a research library and user-centric lens, strategically develop and manage the University Library general collection of physical, electronic and open access resources, considering innovative solutions that can result in transformative collection directions that are specific and appropriate for the University of Calgary community.
  • Manage and expend the University Library Collections budget collaborating with AUL Collections, Business Operations, Financial Services Partner and other internal and external stakeholders
  • Provide direction to twenty staff who work collaboratively to fulfill the various tasks in the collections unit.
  • Lead the assessment, design and necessary modifications to workflows that support the unit’s ability to efficiently build collections, expend budgets, run projects, manage collections and work with a variety of interoperating systems (i.e. Alma, PeopleSoft, Library Archival System (LAS), and Rapid ILL).
  • Examine collection development trends and business models, and analyze and report on institutional and comparative data to recommend directions and inform decisions regarding the Libraries’ collections development strategy and budget allocations and expenditures.
  • Build and oversee a comprehensive collection assessment program to evaluate print , electronic and open access resources as well as provide disciplinary collection assessment, statistical analysis, and reports
  • Provide leadership and oversight of licensing, negotiations, renewals, activation of resources activities, and vendor relations. Manages staff and works with vendors, publishers, and other LCR units to ensure that Library databases and resources are accessible and to resolve access issues.
  • Manage and collaborates with LCR managers to scope projects, provide collection maintenance, and provide distribution of physical and digital resources through Fulfillment, the High Density Library storage facility and Interlibrary Loan.
  • Provide strategic and operational support to the Associate University Librarian Collections
  • Work and communicate with stakeholders across LCR and the University as well as external donors to efficiently develop the collection and facilitate discovery in our Collection Management Systems.
  • Participate in a work culture that promotes diversity and anti-racism and actively works to eliminate or mitigate the effects of systemic racism and bias.
  • Participate in a work culture that will be responsive to the strategies expressed in ii’ taa’poh’ to’p and forthcoming strategies
  • Participate in professional activities, scholarship and committee assignments within LCR, on campus, and in professional associations at a level to meet the criteria for promotion and tenure.
  • Maintain a current knowledge of national and international developments and trends in the areas of collection development and management, discovery, assessment, and scholarly communication in the higher education sector

Language of work: English

Required qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information studies,
  • Three to five years of progressively responsible professional experience related to Collection Development in an academic research library.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with collections budgets, financial reporting, institutional financial systems,
  • Experience with collection development and assessment (including tools and data) including participation regionally and nationally with Library consortia and committees.
  • Knowledge of the changing collections trends, budget models, scholarly communications and the publishing environment and the impact on collection strategies and directions in the academic research library
  • Experience working in a collaborative environment engaging internal and external stakeholders to further the role of collections in the teaching, learning and research mission of the institution
  • Evidence of a strong user centered service orientation and ability to work in a busy, dynamic team environment
  • Demonstrated experience in staff supervision, assessment, and performance management
  • Ability to communicate effectively and provide leadership across multiple projects in an atmosphere of continuous change,
  • Ability to inspire and motivate staff in a collaborative environment with diverse and distinct groups and roles
  • Ability to adapt quickly to new standards and technologies and a willingness to explore and implement new technologies, standards, and practices to enhance workflows and complete tasks more efficiently.
  • Capacity to manage multiple deadlines and projects in a busy environment with evolving and overlapping priorities
  • Knowledge and experience in advancing the development of diverse and inclusive historic and contemporary collections that consider indigenous and other groups where equity, diversity and inclusion needs addressing.
  • Demonstrated evidence of a developing research program

Salary and Benefits

Appointment will be at the rank of Associate Librarian. Salary range Associate Librarian is $72,292 – $101,374. For more information about the collective agreement, see the University of Calgary’s Human Resources pages. The University of Calgary’s comprehensive benefits and pension program is designed to promote a productive level of health and well-being to staff members through coverage for health, dental, life insurance, income protection for disability, and retirement income planning.
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Business address and Job location:

Libraries and Cultural Resources
411 Campus Lane NW
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4

Application Procedure:

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online using the ‘Apply Now’ link. Please include the following in one PDF document:
1. A letter of application that addresses your background and experience relevant to this position
2. A current curriculum vitae
3. An equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) statement identifying the applicant’s contributions or potential contributions to advancing the development of diverse and inclusive historic and contemporary collections that consider the lens or ways of knowing from indigenous and other cultural groups.
4. Contact information for three professional references

Questions may be addressed to:
Heather D’Amour
Associate University Librarian, Collections
Phone: 403.220.3591

Application Deadline: June 30, 2022 or until position is filled

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High , committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ( ) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ( ).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To view a listing of all available academic opportunities and to find out more about what the University of Calgary has to offer, please visit our Academic Careers website.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta

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