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Associate Dean of Libraries, Academic Engagement

Simon Fraser University Library seeks a dynamic leader as our next Associate Dean of Libraries (ADL), Academic Engagement. The ADL is a member of the Library’s senior management team, reporting to the Dean of Libraries. The incumbent will be responsible for providing leadership across all SFU Library locations in the areas of learning, teaching, and access. The position oversees strategic directions and operations of the Learning and Instruction Division, the Student Learning Commons, and Access Services, including the Media and Maker Commons, working with existing teams in these areas. The portfolio includes three direct reports, and a complement of 50 FTE employees in total. We seek a candidate who will see and highlight the connections between all public service areas in their portfolio and actively work to encourage system-wide decision making and communication.

This position will be attractive to an energetic and innovative leader who is ready to take an equitable and decolonial approach to all areas of their work, and contribute to ongoing efforts to work toward equity, inclusion, and accessibility within the Library. We seek an inspiring manager who will actively promote the goals and values of the SFU Library, join in efforts to dismantle systemic barriers throughout the Library, and work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous colleagues to advance the University’s and Library’s reconciliation and decolonization initiatives.  The successful candidate will have excellent communication and collaborative skills and a strong user-centered focus.  They will be aware of trends in post-secondary teaching and learning, and be energized by advancing change within a large organization.

SFU recognizes that alternative career paths and/or career interruptions (e.g.  parental leave, leave due to illness) can impact career trajectory and commits to ensuring that leaves are taken into careful consideration. Candidates are encouraged to highlight in their application how alternative paths and/or interruptions may have impacted them. SFU also recognizes the value of mentoring, outreach, professional service, and diverse forms of scholarship and/or research outputs. Demonstrated experience in increasing diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in previous institutional environment(s), and in library services, will also be considered an asset.

SETTING

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), qiqéyt (Qayqayt), qʼʷa:n̓ƛʼən̓ (Kwantlen), Səmyámə (Semiahmoo), and sc̓əwaθən (Tsawwassen) Nations.  Acknowledging the benefits of occupying this land, the Library commits to becoming a more welcoming space for Indigenous Peoples by centring Indigenous voices in our collections, services, and programs. Ranked by respected national surveys as one of Canada’s top three comprehensive universities for the past 20 years, Simon Fraser University has also been consistently named one of British Columbia’s Top Employers in recent years, as well as one of Canada’s Top 100 employers, and one of Canada's top family-friendly employers. SFU offers more than 100 undergraduate major and joint major programs and more than 75 graduate offerings, spanning many disciplines in eight faculties, and has an international reputation for its innovative interdisciplinary and professional programs. The main W.A.C. Bennett Library is located on the Burnaby campus, while the Samuel and Frances Belzberg Library is on the Vancouver campus, and Fraser Library is at SFU Surrey.

The SFU Library is known for the development and implementation of innovative technology, leadership in Open Access, and excellent in-person and online user services. We serve an ethnically diverse student population, most of whom live off-campus and work part-time while attending university. SFU Library collaborates broadly with other institutions through membership in the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, and regional consortia. For more information, see our web site at https://www.lib.sfu.ca.

The SFU Library is guided by our recently refreshed Strategic Plan, 2022-2024. In a departure from previous plans that laid out many new areas of activity, the plan emphasizes how we do our work, with a focus on relationships and community, reconciliation, equity and other priority approaches. To help ensure success and flourishing in the role, the ADL will have access to a variety of supports such as: mentoring within and beyond SFU, access to training and development funds, a comprehensive benefits package, and professional coaching, if desired.

ASSIGNMENT

The portfolio includes the areas listed below. The emphasis on each will vary over time, and will also depend on the incumbent’s expertise and interest and the library’s requirements.

  • Provide strategic library-wide leadership for many public services with a focus on providing a streamlined user experience across all locations (Burnaby, Vancouver, Surrey)
  • Provide leadership and expertise for planning, development, coordination, and assessment of SFU Library’s role in teaching and learning across all locations
  • Provide library-wide leadership for the library’s instructional activities, and the liaison librarian program
  • Lead and coordinate accessibility initiatives across all locations, in partnership with campus and community groups
  • Participate in library-wide leadership, strategic planning, and policy creation with the Dean, Associate Deans, and Division Heads
  • Contribute to building a more equitable, inclusive, and accessible Library and University by applying anti-racism and anti-oppression strategies to all areas of the portfolio
  • Lead strategic and operational Library-wide initiatives and chair Library-wide committees
  • Lead, inspire, and manage SFU Library employees in a wide range of settings, including focusing and prioritizing work; actively cultivate an environment of collegiality, inclusion, respect, and teamwork
  • Represent the Library on University initiatives and committees related to teaching and learning, as appropriate
  • Represent the Library and be a leading participant on external committees, consortia, and groups related to teaching, learning, and access at the local, provincial and national level
  • Advance the goals and values outlined in the Library Strategic Plan
  • Act for the Dean of Libraries in their absence

QUALIFICATIONS

While the search committee recognizes that no one candidate is likely to meet all of the qualifications in equal measure, these will be used in the assessment of candidates for the position.

  • Master's degree in Library or Information Studies from an ALA accredited program, or its equivalent
  • 5 years’ experience in an academic library or related setting, including demonstrated management and leadership responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to foster innovation, implement and assess library initiatives, and lead organizational change
  • Experience with library instructional, liaison, and borrower services
  • Knowledge and understanding of the experiences of Indigenous learners
  • Experience advancing equity and decolonial initiatives
  • Knowledge of accessibility standards and best practices, and experience implementing these
  • Experience with initiatives to integrate information literacy into university curriculum
  • Experience managing and coaching staff, with the ability to guide leaders through strategic, human resources, and operational issues in a unionized environment
  • Evidence of excellent analytical and critical thinking, organizational and decision-making skills
  • Understanding of trends in higher education and research libraries
  • Ability to work effectively and build consensus in a collegial team environment
  • Ability to work with discretion and good judgment in a changing environment with multiple deadlines
  • An established record of professional achievement including a demonstrated ability to engage in scholarship and/or service to the profession and the community
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills and excellent written and oral communication skills.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

This full-time appointment will be for a 5-year term, renewable, with an underlying librarian appointment. The successful applicant will be appointed at a salary level commensurate with experience and qualifications, and in accordance with SFU Policy AD13.08 https://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/academic/a13-08.html.

Associate Deans of Libraries are excluded from the SFU Faculty Association. Benefits will be equivalent to those outlined at: www.sfu.ca/human-resources/faculty/benefits/librarians-lab-instructors.html.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from candidates of all genders, and explicitly including Black and Indigenous people, people of colour, and people with disabilities.  SFU is also committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants. If you would benefit from accommodations during the application or interview process, please contact Susie Smith (contact details below).

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see:  http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/faculty_openings/Collection_Notice.html

TO APPLY

To be given assured consideration applications must be submitted by email in one consolidated PDF document with cover letter, curriculum vitae by 4pm Pacific on August 22, 2022 to:

Susie Smith

Email: library@sfu.ca

Phone: 778-782-4658

W.A.C. Bennett Library

Simon Fraser University

Public Knowledge Project—Community Engagement and Outreach Librarian

The Public Knowledge Project invites applications for a Community Engagement and Outreach Librarian. Reporting to the Associate Director of Strategic Relationships, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting PKP’s mission of increasing the quality and reach of scholarly publishing. This is a full-time (1 FTE) continuing position, supported by external funds.

This is a critical role at PKP that will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with PKP’s international community and partners and coordinating PKP’s community outreach and education programs. This role is intended to grow PKP’s capacity by soliciting and enabling contributions, both financial and in-kind, from PKP’s wide-ranging community, including users of its software and services, software developers, partners working on aligned initiatives and projects, organizations with aligned goals, and funders. The successful candidate will be able to serve as a representative of PKP in a wide range of settings, be adept at engaging with PKP’s diverse community themselves, and capable of developing and overseeing strategies for PKP to engage with the community more broadly.

SETTING

PKP is a global initiative dedicated to improving the scholarly and public quality of research primarily through the provision of open source software such as Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Preprint Systems (OPS) and Open Monograph Press (OMP). In 2022, over 25,000 journals are using OJS as their article submission review and publishing platform. PKP supports several publishing related services such as the PKP Preservation Network and ongoing work in XML authoring. PKP is also involved in a number of research projects and provides online educational courses and related resources on scholarly publishing. PKP operates primarily as a remote team with staff and users located around the world. Further information is available at pkp.sfu.ca.

Ranked by respected national surveys as one of Canada’s top three comprehensive universities for the past 20 years, Simon Fraser University has also been consistently named one of British Columbia’s Top Employers in recent years, as well as one of Canada’s Top 100 employers, and one of Canada's top family-friendly employers. SFU offers more than 100 undergraduate major and joint major programs and more than 45 graduate offerings, spanning many disciplines in eight faculties, and has an international reputation for its innovative interdisciplinary and professional programs. SFU has committed to a continuous process of transformation to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion and to serve the cause of social justice.

ASSIGNMENT

  • Build close working relationships with PKP stakeholders, including community members, national and international organizations, and funding agencies.
  • Develop effective plans, policies, procedures, and activities based on current research and best practices to engage members.
  • Identify and solicit different forms of in-kind contributions.
  • Communicate effectively with contributors to ensure that they are matched with suitable, meaningful, and satisfying contribution activities.
  • Evaluate, review, and report on PKP’s membership and education activities.
  • Explore and implement new methods to raise funds.
  • Plan and coordinate events (e.g., conferences, webinars, and development Sprints).
  • Advance the values and goals outlined in the PKP Strategy document.
  • Actively foster an environment of collegiality, respect, and teamwork.
  • Represent PKP at local, national, and international meetings, conferences, and events.
  • Maintain currency with developments in scholarly communication and participate in relevant professional organizations.
  • Develop community learning materials based on current pedagogical research and best practices.
  • Conduct ongoing community learning needs assessments.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Master's degree in Library or Information Studies from an ALA accredited program, or its equivalent.
  • Three (3) or more years’ experience in outreach or community development and education, preferably in an academic or non-profit environment.
  • Strategic understanding and knowledge of trends in one or more of the following: higher education, academic libraries, open research infrastructure, and scholarly publishing.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing educational and training materials.
  • Experience with any of: successful fundraising activities, coordinating in-kind contributions, grant writing, and/or recruiting donors.
  • Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain effective working relationships across multiple and diverse institutions, across levels within organizations from specialist to executive level.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing environments and multiple deadlines, and to work well under pressure with discretion, tact, and good judgment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills, both orally and written.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, and to recognize and anticipate what needs to be done.
  • Willing and able to travel for business several times a year.

Desired

Applicants are reminded that the points below are merely desired. The Search Committee welcomes applications from candidates who do not have experience or knowledge in these areas.

  • Second graduate degree in a relevant field of specialization related to education, nonprofit management, or scholarly publishing.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence change and build consensus.
  • Demonstrated involvement in professional organizations, service, or scholarship.
  • Experience with PKP software (especially OJS), and/or other post-secondary open source software, e.g. DSpace, Islandora, etc.
  • Possess knowledge of the PKP international community.
  • Experience working with an open source software community.
  • Experience working in a primarily virtual environment.


TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

This is a full time (1 FTE) continuing librarian position supported by external funds, with an anticipated start date of October 1, 2022.

Librarians are members of the SFU Faculty Association. Terms, conditions and benefits of employment are outlined in the Collective Agreement: 

http://www.sfu.ca/content/dam/sfu/faculty-relations/home/CA.pdf

The appointment will be conducted according to article 36 of the collective agreement. The committee will be chaired by the Associate Dean of Libraries, Digital Strategy. The recommendation for appointment will go to the Dean of Libraries, and on to the VPRI as per article 36.44.

Annual performance reviews, recommendations for continuing status, and applications for leave (if any) will go to the Dean of Libraries, and if required on to the VPRI, as outlined in the collective agreement. Applications for promotion will be considered by the Librarian and Archivist Promotions Committee (according to articles 36.82 and following), and recommendations from the Committee will go to the Dean of Libraries and on to the VPRI.

The successful applicant will be appointed at level commensurate with their experience and qualifications. Current salary scales are available from: https://www.sfu.ca/faculty-relations/salary.html

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from candidates of all genders, visible minorities, persons of First Nations, Inuit, or Métis heritage, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2SIA+ identified persons. We are seeking a candidate who will be working in British Columbia, and able to operate out of the SFU campus as required.

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/faculty_openings/Collection_Notice.html

Information about what to expect when you apply for a librarian position at SFU is available here: https://www.lib.sfu.ca/about/overview/employment/what-expect-librarian-position

TO APPLY

To be given assured consideration applications must be submitted by email in one consolidated PDF document with cover letter and curriculum vitae by 4:30 PDT on August 8, 2022 to:

Susie Smith
Email: library@sfu.ca
Phone: 778-782-4658
W.A.C. Bennett Library
Simon Fraser University

Teaching and Learning Librarian (Term) | CLOSED

Simon Fraser University Library invites applications for a Teaching and Learning Librarian. This 80% term position through September 1st 2023 is based in Learning and Instructional Services at the W.A.C. Bennett Library, Burnaby campus, and supports instruction related initiatives across all library locations.

Reporting to the Head of Learning and Instructional Services, the incumbent will provide leadership for information literacy and open education within the library. The Teaching and Learning librarian will work as a member of a team to support general information literacy instruction at the library. They will also lead on initiatives related to open education on campus. The incumbent will move forward strategic initiatives related to the Library’s Instruction Plan and will be guided by the Library’s Strategic Plan.

SETTING

We acknowledge the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) peoples, on whose traditional territories Simon Fraser University's three campuses stand. By recognizing the Unceded Traditional Coast Salish territories, we aspire to create space for reconciliation through dialogue and decolonizing practices.

Ranked by respected national surveys as one of Canada’s top three comprehensive universities for the past 20 years, Simon Fraser University has also been consistently named one of British Columbia’s Top Employers in recent years, as well as one of Canada’s Top 100 employers, and one of Canada's top family-friendly employers. SFU offers more than 100 undergraduate major and joint major programs and more than 75 graduate offerings, spanning many disciplines in eight faculties, and has an international reputation for its innovative interdisciplinary and professional programs. The main W.A.C. Bennett Library is located on the Burnaby campus, while the Samuel and Frances Belzberg Library is on the Vancouver campus, and Fraser Library is at SFU Surrey.

The SFU Library is known for the development and implementation of innovative technology, leadership in Open Access, and excellent in-person and online user services. We serve an ethnically diverse student population, most of whom live off-campus and work part-time while attending university. SFU Library collaborates broadly with other institutions through membership in the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, and regional consortia. For more information, see our web site at https://www.lib.sfu.ca.

The SFU Library commits to a continuous process of transformation to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion and to serve the cause of social justice. The Library’s Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion provides more information.

ASSIGNMENT

  • Provide leadership and move forward strategic library initiatives related to information literacy and open education
  • Advise on trends and best practices in the area of information literacy instruction and open education within the library
  • Work in collaboration with library and university partners to engage in equity, inclusion, and decolonial practices in all areas of the Teaching and Learning portfolio
  • Liaise with teaching focused campus units, collaborate on programming, and participate on related committees
  • Support an instructional community of practice within the library and engage with broader communities of practice in higher education related to information literacy and open education
  • Contribute to training and planning for and support the delivery of instruction
  • Maintain current understanding of educational technologies and employ relevant technologies to enhance online and face-to-face instruction, including developing online learning content in Canvas
  • Collaborate with partners within the library and at SFU to work on moving forward specific initiatives related to instruction and open education
  • Advance the values and goals outlined in the Library’s Strategic Plan.

QUALIFICATIONS

A Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from an ALA accredited program, or its equivalent, is a required qualification for this position. Additional qualifications are:

  • Knowledge of best practices and trends in information literacy;
  • Experience with planning and delivering instruction, with a focus on learner-centered pedagogy and reflective teaching practices;
  • Knowledge of equitable, inclusive, and accessible pedagogies as well as knowledge of decolonial practices in instruction;
  • Understanding of open education, including intersections with trends and issues in academic publishing and scholarly communication;
  • Familiarity with open pedagogy, and with principles and best practices regarding the adoption, adaptation and creation of open educational resources (OER) in higher education;
  • Understanding of how information is situated, critically evaluated, and used for the creation of new knowledge;
  • Ability to clearly articulate and contextualize the information ecosystem in the provision of research and learning support;
  • Evidence of proactive approaches to collaboration and relationship building with colleagues and community;
  • Strong competence in recognizing, respecting and working effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds;
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills (oral and written). These skills include but are not limited to strong listening skills, valuing and respecting diverse perspectives, a collaborative approach, and the ability and willingness to ask questions;
  • Experience with managing and prioritizing projects with multiple stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to get up to speed quickly with different educational platforms and/or technologies to support flexible, online learning;
  • Commitment to continued professional development

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

This is a part time (0.8 FTE) term Librarian position, with an anticipated start date of August 31st, 2022 and an end date of Sept 1st, 2023.

Librarians and Division Heads are members of the SFU Faculty Association. Terms, conditions and benefits of employment are outlined in the Collective Agreement: https://www.sfu.ca/faculty-relations/collectiveagreement.html

The successful applicant will be appointed at a salary level commensurate with their experience and qualifications. Current salary scales are available from: https://www.sfu.ca/faculty-relations/salary.html

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Only candidates who are able to commence work effective August 31st 2022 will be considered.

Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified candidates of all genders, visible minorities, persons of First Nations, Inuit, or Métis heritage, persons with disabilities, and persons who identify as LGBTQ2SIA+.

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/faculty_openings/Collection_Notice.html

Information about what to expect when you apply for a librarian position at SFU is available here: https://www.lib.sfu.ca/about/overview/employment/what-expect-librarian-position

TO APPLY

To be given assured consideration applications must be submitted by email in one consolidated PDF document with cover letter and curriculum vitae by noon PDT on June 20th to:

Susie Smith
Library Management Office
W.A.C. Bennett Library
Simon Fraser University
Phone: 778-782-4658
Fax: 778-782-3023
Email: library@sfu.ca

Associate Dean of Libraries, Collections and Content Strategy | CLOSED

Simon Fraser University Library seeks a dynamic leader as our next Associate Dean of Libraries (ADL), Collections and Content Strategy.  The ADL is a member of the Library’s senior management team, reporting to the Dean of Libraries. The incumbent will be responsible for providing leadership across all SFU Library locations in the areas of collections management and content strategy.  The position is responsible for preparation and oversight of the library collections budget (CAD$11 million), and communicating with library employees and the university community on matters related to collections and content.  This includes the Senate Library Committee, individual faculty members, students, staff, and administration.  The position oversees strategic directions and operations of Collections Management, and also provides high-level leadership for Resource Acquisition Management and Metadata, InterLibrary Loan, and Copyright, working with existing teams in these areas. The portfolio includes five direct reports including two division heads, and a complement of 30 FTE employees in total. 

This position will be attractive to an energetic and innovative leader who is ready to apply an equity lens in all areas of their work, and contribute to ongoing efforts to work toward equity and inclusion within the Library. We seek an inspiring manager who will actively promote the Vision and Values of the SFU Library, join in efforts to dismantle systemic barriers throughout the Library, and work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous colleagues to advance the University’s and Library’s reconciliation and decolonization initiatives.  The successful candidate will have excellent communication and collaborative skills and a strong user-centered focus.  They will be aware of trends in post-secondary teaching and research, have a background in collections and content strategy in research libraries, and be energized by advancing change within a large organization.

SETTING

We acknowledge the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) peoples, on whose traditional territories Simon Fraser University's three campuses stand. By recognizing the Unceded Traditional Coast Salish territories, we aspire to create space for reconciliation through dialogue and decolonizing practices.

Ranked by respected national surveys as one of Canada’s top three comprehensive universities for the past 20 years, Simon Fraser University has also been consistently named one of British Columbia’s Top Employers in recent years, as well as one of Canada’s Top 100 employers, and one of Canada's top family-friendly employers. SFU offers more than 100 undergraduate major and joint major programs and more than 75 graduate offerings, spanning many disciplines in eight faculties, and has an international reputation for its innovative interdisciplinary and professional programs. The main W.A.C. Bennett Library is located on the Burnaby campus, while the Samuel and Frances Belzberg Library is on the Vancouver campus, and Fraser Library is on the Surrey campus.  The library uses the Alma library services platform and the Primo discovery service, and the Islandora digital asset management system. 

The SFU Library is known for the development and implementation of innovative technology, leadership in Open Access, and excellent in-person and online user services. We serve an ethnically diverse student population, most of whom live off-campus and work part-time while attending university. SFU Library collaborates broadly with other institutions through membership in the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, and regional consortia. For more information, see our web site at https://www.lib.sfu.ca.

The SFU Library commits to a continuous process of transformation to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion and to serve the cause of social justice. The Library’s Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion provides more information. To help ensure success and flourishing in the role, the ADL will have access to a variety of supports such as: mentoring within and beyond SFU, access to training and development funds, a comprehensive benefits package, and professional coaching, if desired.  SFU recognizes that alternative career paths and/or career interruptions (e.g.  parental leave, leave due to illness) can impact career trajectory and commits to ensuring that leaves are taken into careful consideration. Candidates are encouraged to highlight in their application how alternative paths and/or interruptions may have impacted them. SFU also recognizes the value of mentoring, outreach, professional service, and diverse forms of scholarship and/or research outputs. Demonstrated experience in increasing diversity in previous institutional environment(s), and in library collections, will also be considered an asset.

ASSIGNMENT

The portfolio includes the areas listed below.  The emphasis on each will vary over time, and will also depend on the incumbent’s expertise and interest. 

  • Provides leadership, direction, and planning in support of library functions related to collections and published content in all formats and all locations, including collections management, acquisitions and metadata, e-resource management, collection assessment, and preservation
  • Collaborates with other library units delivering collections and published content, including Access Services, Belzberg and Fraser Libraries, and Special Collections & Rare Books
  • Develops policies and programs to align collections and access with user needs
  • Allocates and manages the library collections budget
  • Directs, advises and evaluates the collections work of liaison librarians in their subject areas
  • Represents the library to publishers, vendors, and other suppliers of library collections, and manages these business relationships on behalf of the library
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures to maintain and improve the condition of physical collections
  • Provides high-level leadership for InterLibrary Loan, Resource Acquisition Management and Metadata, and the Copyright Office
  • Participates in library-wide leadership, strategic planning, and policy creation with the Dean, Associate Deans, and Division Heads
  • Contributes to building a more equitable and inclusive library and university by applying anti-racism and anti-oppression strategies to all areas of the Collections and Content Strategies portfolio
  • Works in collaboration with library and university partners to expand and enact reconciliation and decolonization efforts in all areas of the portfolio, and more broadly across the library
  • Leads strategic and operational library-wide initiatives and chairs library-wide committees
  • Leads, inspires, and manages SFU Library employees in a wide range of settings, including focusing and prioritizing work; actively cultivates an environment of collegiality, inclusion, respect, and teamwork
  • Represents the library on university initiatives and committees related to collections and content, as appropriate
  • Represents the library and participates on external committees, consortia, and groups related to collections and content at the local, provincial and national levels
  • Acts for the Dean of Libraries in their absence

QUALIFICATIONS

While the search committee recognizes that no one candidate is likely to meet all of the qualifications in equal measure, these will be used in the assessment of candidates for the position.

  • Master's degree in Library or Information Studies from an ALA accredited program, or its equivalent
  • 5 years’ experience in an academic library or related setting, including demonstrated management and leadership responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to manage, allocate, and monitor budgets
  • Successful track record managing collections and content in libraries
  • Experience negotiating with publishers and vendors
  • Understanding of and experience working with library consortia
  • Knowledge of Canadian copyright and trends in scholarly communication
  • Experience managing and coaching employees through strategic, human resources, and operational issues in a unionized environment
  • Experience advancing equity initiatives and expanding diversity of research collections
  • Demonstrated ability to lead organizational change and foster innovation and creativity
  • Superior interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Evidence of excellent analytical and critical thinking, organizational and decision-making skills
  • Ability to work effectively and build consensus in a collegial team environment
  • An established record of professional achievement including a demonstrated ability to engage in scholarship and/or service to the profession and the community

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

This full-time appointment will be for a 5-year term, renewable, with an underlying librarian appointment. The successful applicant will be appointed at a salary level commensurate with experience and qualifications, and in accordance with SFU Policy A13.08. Associate Deans of Libraries are excluded from the SFU Faculty Association. Benefits will be equivalent to those outlined at:  www.sfu.ca/human-resources/faculty/benefits/librarians-lab-instructors.html.  SFU offers several benefits and services aimed at creating a more inclusive and accessible campus community for faculty; please see the Faculty Relations, Benefits and Service page for more details.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from candidates of all genders, and explicitly including Black and Indigenous people, people of colour, and people with disabilities.  SFU is also committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants. If you would benefit from accommodations during the application or interview process, please contact Susie Smith (contact details below).

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see Collection Notice

TO APPLY
To be given assured consideration, applications must be submitted by email in one consolidated PDF document with cover letter and curriculum vitae by 9am Pacific on Monday June 6, 2022 to:

Susie Smith
Email: library@sfu.ca
Phone: 778-782-4658
W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University

 

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