Assistant or Associate Librarian, Collections and Content

Website University of Guelph

Position Title / Rank: Assistant or Associate Librarian, Collections and Content

College: McLaughlin Library

Department: Collections and Content (C&C)

Date Posted: May 1, 2023

Deadline: May 29, 2023 or until a suitable candidate is found

Please reference AD #23-21

Position Description:

The Collections & Content (C&C) Team at the University of Guelph invites applications for a continuing appointment-track position at the Assistant or Associate Librarian level.

The C&C Team is responsible for acquiring and making accessible the library resources required to meet curriculum and research needs at the University of Guelph. The Team consists of a Collection Development unit that is responsible for the development of the library’s print and electronic collections; an Acquisitions and Resource Management unit who acquire and make content available and discoverable to our users; and an E-learning and Reserves unit that manages course content. In addition, the Team provides expertise to other teams, cross-functional committees and our consortial partners as required.

Reporting to the Head, C&C, the Collections & Content Librarian:   

·         Engages in the following collections activities to support curriculum and research for the College of Arts and the School of Engineering and other disciplines as required:

1.    collection development for both open access and paywalled resources, with special attention to collecting materials from diverse communities

2.    budget management

3.    collection management

4.    collection assessment

5.    communication and outreach

·         Engages in the selection, acquisition, and management of audio, video, and streaming media materials across all subject areas

·         Provides leadership on lifecycle management of print and other physical materials (such as microform, CD-ROMs, etc.)

1.    Monitors provincial and national developments in print preservation initiatives and as necessary suggests ways that Guelph might best participate in them

·         Foster good communication and effective working relationships with colleagues, faculty, staff, and library users

·         Engages in other projects, as required

Success in this position is dependent on teamwork, collegiality, and strong communication skills. We will provide extensive training on collection development practices at the University of Guelph and the broader scholarly communication landscape.

Qualifications Required:

·         An ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library and information science or equivalent

·         Knowledge of or experience in collection development, collection management or scholarly communication

·         Demonstrated ability to successfully work in a collaborative team environment

·         Demonstrated project management experience

·         Ability to set goals, prioritize work and meet deadlines

·         Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing

·         Intellectual curiosity and an ability to identify and creatively solve problems

·         A willingness to take initiative

·         A commitment to ongoing professional development

Qualifications Preferred:

·         Experience managing a budget

·         Experience with assessment

·         Experience with work related to equity, diversity, inclusion, or decolonialization/Indigenization either in a library or non-library setting

·         Experience working with researchers, staff, students in the Humanities or Engineering

The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our university community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process

Assessment of applications will begin on May 29, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials:

·         A statement of interest and vision for the position demonstrating how their qualifications and experience relate to the responsibilities, duties and required qualifications of the position,

·         A curriculum vitae, and

·         Names of at least three references, including one direct supervisor, and one peer/collaborator, all for either most recent or immediately prior position. (References will not be contacted without consent).

Please submit application as a single PDF by email to  by end of day May 29, 2023.

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

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion  ( is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.

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