Learning Zone Librarian – – Ontario College of Art & Design

In consultation with the Head of Reference, Information & Access Services and Learning Zone Advisory Committee, responsible for development and ongoing operation of an innovative new Learning Zone for OCAD students, and the provision of reference and access services in support of the university’s curriculum.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Establish mission & goals, and policy & procedures, for the Learning Zone (LZ) in consultation with librarians, academic support staff, faculty, alumni, and students
  • Establish and Chair the Learning Zone Advisory Committee, and in conjunction with the Committee develop plans and specifications, strategies and methods, for projects that support the mission of the LZ
  • Hire, schedule, and supervise student monitors, alumni volunteers and others
  • Establish a schedule of program events and activities to enhance student learning and engagement
  • Provide collaborative opportunities for academic support areas within an environment that encourages experimentation
  • Ensure student involvement in the design of learning spaces and experiences
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of projects, events, and activities through surveys and other means; collect and maintain relevant statistics
  • Prepare biannual reports on LZ projects, events and activities for the Head of Reference, Information & Access Services and Director of the Library
  • Assist with preparation of annual operating and Furniture & Equipment budgets for the LZ
  • Develop grant and funding proposals for LZ projects, events and activities, and assist with fundraising for enhancement of the facility
  • Develop and maintain a web presence for the LZ with Web 2.0 tools to enhance library communication and information dissemination within a virtual learning environment
  • Implement an e-portfolio tool in collaboration with the Manager of AV & Imaging Services and Manager of Digital Studios
  • In consultation with the Manager of AV & Imaging Services, liaise with faculty and appropriate staff, to enhance the film, video, DVD and audio collections
  • Assess the technological needs and draft appropriate specifications for digital projects specific to the online development of the LZ
  • Implement an institutional repository for open-access to faculty, staff and student e-publications, and graduate theses, in collaboration with the Manager of Digital Studios
  • Serve on internal and external committees, as required
  • Provides backup support at the Library’s main reference desk as required.
  • Participate in professional activities outside the university, establish contacts and undertake research relevant to the LZ mission
  • Support the Head & the Director of Library Services in related duties that contribute to the successful operation of Library Services


  • ALA-accredited MLS with an undergraduate major in the humanities, or equivalent
  • Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary art & design
  • 2 years of related work experience in a post-secondary academic library
  • In-depth knowledge of information resources in the humanities and social sciences
  • Technologically proficient with a strong public-service orientation
  • Web-development and design experience
  • Strong organizational, presentation, interpersonal and communication skills, including creativity, problem solving and the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work independently
  • Creative, flexible and forward-thinking approach to challenges and opportunities
  • Must be willing & able to work evening and weekend shifts, as required
  • Demonstrated skills in developing library or educational technologies, online instructional design or similar computer applications

Hours of Work: Monday to Friday, for a total of 35 hours per week.

Compensation: $59,964.62 to $75,069.60, plus full benefits.

Interested applicants are invited to submit an updated resume, with a cover letter to:

Human Resources Department
Ontario College of Art & Design
100 McCaul Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1
Fax: 416-977-3034
E-mail: hr@ocad.ca
By no later than Friday, July 25, 2008.

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