Collections Librarian (tenure-track)

Website University of Saskatchewan

We invite applications for a full time, tenure-track faculty librarian position with the University Library. This position includes a research component and is in scope of the University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association. We are seeking a dynamic, innovative, and flexible individual to work collaboratively with library colleagues. The collections librarian will contribute to library-wide projects and priorities and support the strategic planning of Collection Services operations and projects. The successful candidate will be the primary expert and lead for the collection management of monographs and serials in both print and electronic formats.

Reporting to the Dean through the Collections and Discovery Division, the successful candidate will be responsible for:

• Managing and supporting acquisition and access for serials and monographs, including some packages and eBooks, both open access and paywalled
• Negotiating licenses, vendor management, and acquisition for serials and monographs
• Leading and coordinating monograph, standing orders, and serials ordering, assessment, deselection, and training and working with selectors and staff
• Participating in collection assessment to evaluate resources in support of the university’s academic mission
• Serving as an expert for acquisition and access issues and process optimization initiatives
• Following trends and continually refining local processes to balance the demands with the realities of disparate library systems and practices
• Working with selectors to understand their individual needs and supporting the strategic priorities of the library more broadly
• Engaging in research and scholarly activity leading to the development of a formal program of research and contributing to scholarly conversation via peer-reviewed publications and other outlets

Research and scholarly work is a requirement for tenure-track librarians as defined in the University Library Standards for Promotion and Tenure. Examples of librarians’ scholarly work can be found in HARVEST. Librarians are expected to participate in collegial activities and are encouraged to engage with academic or professional organizations.

About the University Library

As one of Canada’s leading research libraries, the University Library serves as the intellectual hub of the University of Saskatchewan providing resources, services, and spaces that facilitate inquiry, discovery, and knowledge creation. Our Strategic Framework focuses on building scholars and decolonizing the library. The University Library is committed to developing welcoming, responsive, and accessible services and resources to support our diverse clientele, with a strategic focus on Indigenous peoples. The University Library leverages its collections and expertise to partner with community organizations such OUTSaskatoon and the Open Door Society.

The University Library has a robust digital library and is physically distributed across six locations on campus to support the learning, teaching, and research communities. For more information, visit the University Library website.

About the University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated in Saskatoon on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of over 25,000.

About Saskatoon

The main campus is situated in Saskatoon along the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. Saskatoon is a vibrant, livable city known for its natural beauty, friendly community, and diverse cultural and leisure offerings. Although the largest urban centre in the province, with a population of over 300,000, Saskatoon residents enjoy short commute times and some of the lowest apartment rental and housing prices in the country.


An ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science degree or international equivalent is required for this appointment. Experience in collection management or scholarly communications is desired.

We are seeking candidates who demonstrate:

· A record of recognizing, respecting, and working effectively with individuals and groups from diverse perspectives and backgrounds, encouraging change, and engaging staff in collaborative planning and user-centred services
· Knowledge of or experience in collection management for balancing open, equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, decolonization and Indigenization perspectives
· Knowledge of the ongoing transformation of the scholarly communication environment to one that is more equitable and accessible
· Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, the ability to oversee complex, detail-oriented work, and an aptitude for applying creative solutions, often under time pressure
· Experience in developing, maintaining, and growing effective professional relationships and contributing to a collegial team
· Strong commitment to user-centred library service and the ability to work flexibly and creatively in a changing and fast-paced environment with a culturally diverse population
· Commitment to continued professional development and demonstrated awareness of current and emerging trends in librarianship
· Demonstrated ability to provide high-quality service
· Flexibility, engagement, and creativity/innovation

The University Library values a diverse employee complement in the broadest sense and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. To correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, the University Library encourages applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

It is anticipated that this position will be filled at the assistant or associate rank. The starting salary will be calculated from the base salary with consideration given for previous librarian experience. Current salary bands for this position are as follows:
· Assistant Librarian: $83,150 to $99,945
· Associate Librarian: $99,945 to $120,099

This position includes a comprehensive benefits package which includes a dental, health and extended vision care plan; pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefits, an employee assistance program, a professional expense allowance, and a flexible health and wellness spending program.

Interested candidates must submit, via email and preferably as a single PDF, a cover letter highlighting qualifications and accomplishments, as well as a detailed curriculum vitae to:

Charlene Sorensen, MLIS
Interim Dean, University Library
University of Saskatchewan

Due to federal immigration requirements, we also ask candidates to indicate whether they are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or are otherwise already authorized to work at this position for the duration of the appointment, with an explanation if this last category is indicated.

Review of applications will begin June 25, 2024, however, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. The position will commence as early as October 1, 2024.

The University is committed to employment equity, diversity, and inclusion, and are proud to support career opportunities for Indigenous peoples to reflect the community we serve. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request. We continue to grow our partnerships with Indigenous communities across the province, nationally, and internationally and value the unique perspective that Indigenous employees provide to strengthening these relationships. Verification of Indigenous Membership/Citizenship at the University of Saskatchewan is led and determined by the deybwewin | taapwaywin | tapwewin: Indigenous Truth policy and Standing Committee in accordance with the processes developed to enact the policy. Successful candidates that assert Indigenous membership/citizenship will be asked to complete the verification process of Indigenous membership/citizenship with documentation. The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.

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