Media Fluencies Librarian, Humanities/Social Sciences, McMaster University (Hamilton, ON)


Reference #: 2008/3015
Job Title: Media Fluencies Librarian, Humanities/Social Sciences
Department: University Libraries (UL)
Association: MUFA
Scheduled Hours: 35 hours per week
Salary Grade and Range: (Under Review)
Appointment Status: Full-time continuing
Closing Date: November 28, 2008

McMaster University Library is seeking a highly motivated, service-oriented and experienced librarian for the position of Media Fluencies Librarian, at the McMaster Mills Memorial Library for Humanities and Social Sciences. We are looking for a professional able to personify McMaster’s six Core Competencies: Communicating, Developing People, Leading, Embracing Change, Optimizing Service Relationships, and Employing University Acumen.

This is a full-time, continuing appointment reporting to the Director, 21st Century Fluencies. The incumbent will be responsible developing, offering and supporting the library’s emerging teaching and research programs to promote media fluencies and skills students need to have in order to succeed in our rapidly changing technology infused environment.

The incumbent will collaborate with the Teaching & Learning Librarian, colleagues and faculty to formulate, discuss and develop media fluenciesinto the Humanities/Social Sciences curricula. It is expected the incumbent will strive to incorporate best practices and use emerging technologies to enhance student learning with an emphasis on student engagement and teaching with technology. The incumbent is expected to maintain and share knowledge of emerging learning technologies and developing issues related to media fluencies and student learning, and to contribute to initiatives relevant to teaching, learning and research in an academic environment.

Specific responsibilities will include:teach workshops and seminars, design an deliver course-based support services, partner with departmental curriculum planning committees, develop on-line learning resources, work with Director, 21st Century Fluencies, and the Teaching and Learning Librarian to develop 21st Century Fluency skills in Humanities/Social Sciences and best practices in teaching and learning, work with Humanities/Social Sciences faculty and others to support and promote the library’s role in development of cyber-infrastructure for Humanities/Social Sciences research, research and prepare funding proposals related to Humanities/Social Sciences; ; collaborate in the development of faculty projects with significant digital/data components; pursuit of innovative solutions to complex problems in digital research; and follow emerging standards and methods in digital scholarship. The incumbent will collaborate with the Digital Strategies Librarian, colleagues and faculty members to provide support in a broad range of areas using technology to enhance student learning and promote media literacy in the Humanities/Social Sciences curricula.

The successful candidate must possess:

  • An MLS, MLIS, or an advanced degree in Humanities/Social Sciences or a relevant combination of education and experience.
  • Four (4) years of professional experience in an academic or research library or academic library consortium;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Evidence of success in the use of innovative technological solutions to challenges in teaching, learning, and research;
  • Evidence of significant professional achievement at the local, provincial, or national levels;
  • Experience in teaching and training, plus an understanding of trends in teaching, learning, and research in humanities and social science.

This position is included in the McMaster University Faculty Association (MUFA) for Librarians. The salary for this position is currently under review. Depending upon qualifications the incumbent may be eligible for a joint appointment in an academic department in Humanities/ Social Sciences

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position includes a competitive and comprehensive benefit package.

The Position Responsibility Statement is available from the Library Human Resources Office. Further information about the library is available from its website at

Librarians who wish to be considered for this opportunity should send their C.V. with a covering letter and the names of three references to:

Library Human Resources Office
Mills Memorial Library, Room 209
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L6

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 21315
Fax: 905-522-0691

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be considered first for this position. McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginals persons, members of sexual minorities and persons with disabilities.

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