Job Post: University Librarian, Emily Carr School of Art and Design, Vancouver

While this position sits on the far end of our ArLiSNAP experience cap (five years), I thought I would post it anyways, especially since some of our readers will be interested in seeing what a job post for a top art-library job looks like.

Applications are invited for a University Librarian to provide leadership, strategic direction and vision to the Library, Archives and other learning and research resources in support of the goals, objectives and philosophy of the University. The University Librarian provides leadership for innovation in relationship to collections, services and technology. The University Librarian is also responsible for the overall administration, planning, coordination, supervision and evaluation of the University Library services, including Archives and Copyright. The University Librarian plays a significant role in the integration and representation of the Library within the Emily Carr Community, and the creative and cultural community.

Applicants must hold an ALA/CLA accredited Library degree (minimum Masters Level), including an undergraduate degree in art, design or media. At least five years of progressive library responsibilities and leadership experience in a comparable academic environment with a focus on art and design. Skills and abilities include: experience in a leadership role in a unionized, public sector setting including financial management, strategic and project planning, process improvement initiatives, decision-making, as well as achievement in the area of people and transformational leadership and collaboration; strategic planning, policy development, budget and staff management abilities; strong interpersonal, collaboration and communication skills with the ability to establish effective working relationships with faculty, staff, administrators, students and external contacts; ability to operate effectively in a dynamic and demanding environment; ability to engage with art and design curriculum and student needs; and, ability to effectively plan and implement strategic services and to follow through to completion of plans and activities.

Some Typical Duties:

  1. Directs the day-to-day operation of the Library, develops and implements procedures and systems within the Library, to ensure efficient and effective user-oriented operations.
  2. Provides strategic leadership and management to the Library in the planning, coordination, policy development and evaluation of all Library services and fosters strong collaborations and partnerships across campus.
  3. Effectively leads and manages the hiring, on-going professional development, training, supervision, evaluation, discipline, dismissal and grievance procedures and collective agreement administration for librarians and staff. Ensures successful day-to-day operation of the Library through effective deployment, supervision, engagement and team building of librarians and staff.
  4. Acts as primary University contact for external copyright organizations, including copyright collectives and licensing agencies.
  5. Oversees the development and communication of copyright policies and procedures for the University.
  6. Works with the Library, the Writing Centre, and the Teaching and Learning Centre to deliver coordinated copyright information to staff, faculty and students.
  7. Develops and administers the Library financial plan including the annual budget, resource allocation, expenditures and record keeping.
  8. In consultation with faculty determines, oversees and implements collection development policies and expenditure activities in order to acquire a balanced collection that supports and enriches programme requirements. May participate in selecting and assessing library materials and resources.
  9. With the librarians, develops an active program of library and research skills instruction for students and faculty. May also present lectures on library use and research methods as required.
  10. Ensures that the Library and related resources are effectively integrated with programs and student-centred areas, including the Aboriginal Gathering Place.
  11. Serves on various University committees; ensures representation and advocacy of the library services, resources and personnel within the Emily Carr community.
  12. Participates in related external organizations and establishes external collaborations with other post-secondary institutions to enhance patron service and resources; enhances the University’s profile and community participation through partnerships, association membership and other activities in the external committees.
  13. Cultivates relationships with creative and cultural communities, especially in Vancouver (i.e. Vancouver Art Gallery, other art and design schools, art galleries, museums and archives). Participates through partnerships and association memberships with organizations such as ARLIS/NA, AICAD and CPSLD.
  14. Assumes additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by the Vice President Academic + Provost.

Please send a cover letter and resume (quoting competition #A003-2016) by 4:00pm, Thursday, 16 June 2016.

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