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Archives

Archivist, Archives and Records Management Department (Full-time Continuing Position Available)

Simon Fraser University Archives and Records Management Department invites applications from innovative, enthusiastic and service-oriented candidates for an Archivist position. Reporting to the University Archivist and based at the Burnaby campus, this full-time continuing position will be primarily responsible for appraising, acquiring, selecting, accessioning, arranging, describing, and providing access to private and public records of research interest acquired from a variety of sources (individuals, businesses, associations and societies, university departments, faculty, etc.).

Working in collaboration with their colleagues, the successful applicant will be primarily responsible for designing acquisition strategies to grow and strengthen the Archives' research holdings, especially with regards to private records acquisition; building a network of potential donors and research partners; initiating outreach activities and supporting academic pedagogy by integrating archival materials into the teaching and research activities of the university; promoting and encouraging awareness of the role and importance of archives to the university community in general; negotiating donation agreements and accessioning incoming donations and accruals; conducting arrangement and description of archival records; and delivering client-oriented reference services to students, staff, faculty, visiting scholars and members of the general public.

This position will appeal to an individual who enjoys working with a variety of people at all levels inside and outside the university and in building and maintaining strong personal and professional relationships with donors, students and faculty in particular. The successful applicant will be passionate about promoting the value of archives and enjoy seeking out and participating in community engagement activities to raise the profile of the Department.

SFU Archives and Records Management is responsible for the administration of three corporate programs – archives, records management, and freedom of information and protection of privacy. The successful candidate will work as a collaborative member of a team of information management professionals and will be expected to participate in the overall operations of the Department. Demonstrated experience in one or more of these program areas is an asset and is in keeping with the Department's philosophy that its program areas are tied together by the concept of the record as a vital institutional asset that adds value to the university when managed effectively, but exposes the university to increased costs, risks, and liabilities when managed poorly.

Setting

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 named one of British Columbia’s Top Employers for 2019, as well as one of Canada’s Top 100 employers, and one of Canada's top family-friendly employers. SFU is Canada’s most community-engaged research university, offering 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 is comprised of three thriving urban campuses located in Burnaby, Vancouver, and Surrey. Applicants are invited to visit the Archives and Records Management Department website for more information about the Department and its mission, vision and values. 

Duties, Responsibilities, Knowledge, and Skills

The required knowledge and skills for this position are:

  • A Master's degree in Archival Studies, Information Studies, Archival and Library Studies, or another graduate degree with an Archival Studies specialization, from a recognized university archival education program.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of archival science as practiced in a Canadian context.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of RAD.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of digital preservation theory and practice.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (in English) to provide reference service; to liaise with donors; to teach information literacy skills to students; to lead community engagement activities; and to write policies, procedures, standards, guidelines, and correspondence.
  • Superior organizational and detail-oriented skills to manage projects, coordinate administrative activities, and maintain administrative documentation.
  • Superior research and analytical skills to resolve problems in the delivery of the Department's integrated programs and to advise university staff on the full range of records-centric issues that fall under the Department's sphere of functional responsibility.
  • Ability to develop and implement acquisition strategies by identifying priority collecting topics and themes.
  • Ability to appraise the significance and suitability of records for inclusion in the Archives' permanent holdings.
  • Ability to develop and maintain contacts with potential donors to build and enhance the Department's research holdings.
  • Ability to assess the information needs of the Archives' clientele and to determine appropriate sources to respond to those needs, and an ability to respond effectively to changing demands inherent in public reference service.
  • Ability to be persuasive in promoting the need for and the value of the Department's programs and services.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team of information management professionals and to move comfortably between different, but integrated program areas and functions.
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated with only general supervision from the University Archivist.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines when managing competing priorities and multiple projects.
  • A demonstrated passion for record-keeping, archives and cultural heritage.

Applicants for the position of Archivist should demonstrate how they are qualified to perform the duties and responsibilities, and possess the required knowledge and skills necessary for the successful delivery of archival services at Simon Fraser University. In addition, applicants should also demonstrate that they possess some or all of the desired knowledge and skills that would further enhance the delivery of archival services while contributing to the collaborative delivery of the Department’s other corporate programs. Click here for a more detailed description of the duties and responsibilities, and required and desired knowledge and skills associated with this position:

Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time continuing position as a Librarian/Archivist Faculty. Appointment will be made pursuant to the SFU/SFU Faculty Association Collective Agreement (see Article 36). Only those applicants eligible to be appointed as an Archivist will be considered (see Article 36.7).

The successful applicant will be appointed at a salary level commensurate with his or her experience and qualifications. SFU Librarian/Archivist salary scales will apply. The salary scales can be viewed here.

The successful applicant will become a member of the SFU Faculty Association. Benefits information is available here.

How To Apply

Applicants are asked to submit a covering letter clearly demonstrating how your knowledge, skills, and experience correspond to the qualifications for this position; a CV; and a sample of your written work of which you are the sole author and that is representative of your prose style no later than October 15, 2019, 11:59 pm (PDT) to:

  • Paul Hebbard, University Archivist and Coordinator of Information and Privacy (acting) at pgh@sfu.ca.
  • Only applications received by email will be considered.
  • Submit a covering letter, CV, and writing sample as one consolidated electronic file (MS Word or PDF).
  • Quote in the email subject line: Archivist Job Application.

Selections for interviews will be made on the basis of the information submitted. Applicants selected for an interview will be asked to make a presentation to members of the search committee. We thank all applicantsfor their interest; only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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 welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, including visible minorities, persons of aboriginal heritage, persons with disabilities, and LGTBQ-identified persons.

Under the authority of the University Act, Collection of Personal Information Policy (I 10.05), and the SFU/SFUFA Collective Agreement, personal information that isrequired by the university for academic recruitment and hiring competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice.

Posting During and Projected Start Date

Applications will be accepted until October 15, 2019. Interviews are expected to be held in November 2019. The preferred start date is January 2, 2020.

Indigenous Curriculum Resource Centre Librarian

Simon Fraser University Library invites applications from people experienced and engaged with Indigenous peoples, communities, education, and knowledge sharing practices for the position of Indigenous Curriculum Resource Centre (ICRC) Librarian.

This full-time one-year term position is responsible for establishing the ICRC, as recommended by the Walk This Path With Us: Report of the SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council, to facilitate the decolonization and Indigenization of instruction, curriculum, and course work at SFU. This report guides SFU’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report and Calls to Action.

The ICRC will be comprised of both a physical collection of resources to lend, and an online resource guide that will aggregate two kinds of digital resources—first guides for instructors about Indigenizing curriculum, and secondly, a selection of resources appropriate for use as course texts, readings, etc. across subject areas. The physical ICRC collection will be located in a designated space in the W.A.C. Bennett Library and organized using a modified Brian Deer Classification System.

Reporting to the Indigenous Initiatives Librarian, the ICRC Librarian will work in collaboration with university stakeholders such as the Centre for Educational Excellence (CEE) (formerly the Teaching and Learning Centre), the Office for Aboriginal Peoples (OAP), the SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council (SFU-ARC), the Indigenous Student Centre (ISC), SFU instructors, the Decolonizing the Library Task Group, and other vested parties. The ICRC Librarian will also work with local Indigenous communities to develop a more comprehensive collection of resources created by, for, and about Coast Salish peoples.

The ICRC will be part of a network of pathways for the deliberate work of decolonizing and Indigenizing the curriculum. The successful candidate will have a deep commitment to transformative work, while at the same time have a substantive understanding of Indigenous world views and knowledge sharing practices.

SETTING

We acknowledge the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), səl ̓ ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓ íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), and kʷikʷəƛ ̓ əm (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 45 graduate offerings, spanning many disciplines in eight faculties, and has an international reputation for its innovative interdisciplinary and professional programs. The main, WAC 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 website.

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct outreach, build relationships, and consult with stakeholders about how the library and its services can and should support Indigenizing and decolonizing their curriculum and assignments
  • Conduct an environmental scan of Indigenized and decolonized curricula, instructional practice, and available resources for use in the classroom
  • Build a collection of locally-specific and culturally-relevant resources which support Indigenized instruction and classroom use, with a strong focus on material created by and for Indigenous people
  • Work with Library divisions to implement a locally-modified Brian Deer Classification System
  • Collaborate with Indigenous Initiatives and other librarians to curate and develop online resources as part of SFU Library’s website and for integration into the university learning management system, with an emphasis on Open Educational Resources
  • Liaise with other relevant library staff and divisions, such as Collections, Communications, Digital Library Services, Learning & Instructional Services, and Management
  • Promote the ICRC via social media, SFU News, OAP newsletter, etc.
  • With the Indigenous Initiatives Librarian develop and use resources to orient librarians, library staff, faculty, and other relevant SFU parties to the ICRC
  • Serve on the Decolonizing the Library task group
  • Advance the values and goals outlined in the Library’s Strategic Plan

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Master's degree in Library or Information Studies from an ALA accredited program, or its equivalent
  • Deep knowledge of Indigenous histories, world views, cultures, and priorities, especially as it pertains to education and the classroom
  • Demonstrated understanding of the experiences of Indigenous people and communities
  • Familiarity with Indigenous research and information resources
  • Demonstrated ability to build community and achieve consensus
  • Experience developing online resources
  • Experience developing and promoting user-centred services aligned with academic priorities
  • Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to learn, adapt, collaborate, and work effectively in a collegial team environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills—oral, written, and in presentations

Desired

  • Degree in Education with a focus on Indigenous curricula
  • Active and sustained involvement with Indigenous communities and organizations
  • Experience with descriptive systems based on Indigenous knowledges, the Brian Deer Classification System, culturally-relevant metadata, and subject headings
  • Collections experience in one or more humanities or social science disciplines

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

This is a full time one-year term Librarian position, beginning as soon as possible.

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

The successful applicant will be appointed at a salary level commensurate with their experience and qualifications. SFU Librarian salary scales can be viewed here.

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 qualified candidates of First Nations, Inuit, or Métis heritage, all genders, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2SIA+ identified persons.

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 the 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 9 AM PDT on 19 August 2019 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

User Services and Engagement Librarian

Simon Fraser University Library invites applications for a User Services and Engagement Librarian. Reporting to the Head of Fraser Library and based at the SFU Surrey Campus, the incumbent in this part-time (.5 FTE) continuing position will be responsible for developing, maintaining, and growing collaborations and connections between the Library and its users. The successful candidate will cultivate a welcoming culture and will seek out and foster partnerships with on- and off-campus communities that promote and leverage library services and collections. With a strong understanding of current trends in academic libraries, the successful candidate will develop strategies and programming that support student success.

The User Services and Engagement Librarian will work closely with other library units – including the Student Learning Commons, Research Commons, Learning and Instruction, and Communications – as well as with SFU Surrey Campus departments, student groups, and identified external partners.

This position offers an opportunity to develop innovative programming and partnerships and will be attractive to adaptable and collaborative individuals with excellent communication skills and a user-centered focus.

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 45 graduate offerings, spanning many disciplines in eight faculties, and has an international reputation for its innovative interdisciplinary and professional programs. The main, WAC 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 website.

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

  • Promote Fraser Library to the Surrey campus community;
  • Identify, establish, and grow relationships between Fraser Library and student groups, Surrey Campus departments, and external partners;
  • Coordinate Fraser Library’s engagement efforts on campus and in the community;
  • Develop activities and relationships that increase student engagement with the library;
  • Promote SFU Library services and collections to the Surrey campus community;
  • Coordinate the development and maintenance of Fraser Library’s general collection;
  • Assess the success of all activities;
  • Develop professional knowledge, skills, and disciplinary expertise on a continuing basis;
  • Contribute service to the Library, University, profession, and community at large;
  • Subject liaison areas, as assigned;
  • Provide reference and instruction services in all disciplines, as assigned;
  • Other duties as assigned;
  • Advance the values and goals outlined in the Library’s Strategic Plan;
  • Advance SFU’s Academic Plan through library services and programming;
  • Incorporate SFU Library’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion into all planning and activities.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Master's degree in Library or Information Studies from an ALA accredited program, or its equivalent;
  • Success in envisioning, developing, implementing, and assessing innovative engagement programming, events, and activities;
  • Ability to recognize, respect, work effectively and foster relationships with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds;
  • Commitment to advocate for user needs;
  • Skill in planning and delivering instruction;
  • Ability to work in a complex environment by establishing priorities and maintaining a balance between short and long-term goals;
  • Experience working collaboratively in a professional setting;
  • Ability to assist students and faculty from a variety of disciplines in a research environment;
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to articulate the Library’s role as a partner to a wide audience and listen and respond with empathy and respect;
  • Knowledge of trends in academic library environments and post-secondary education;
  • Ability to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion and to serve the cause of social justice at the Library and SFU.

Preferred

  • Skill in collection development.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

This is part time (.5) continuing Librarian position, beginning 30 September 2019 or as soon as the successful candidate is available.

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

The successful applicant will be appointed at a Librarian salary level commensurate with their experience and qualifications. SFU Librarian salary scales can be viewed here

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 qualified candidates of all genders, visible minorities, persons of First Nations, Inuit, or Métis heritage, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2SIA+ identified persons.

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 the 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 09:00 a.m. PDT on 22 July 2019 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

Liaison Librarian for Education

Simon Fraser University Library invites applications for a Liaison Librarian for Education. This full-time, one-year, limited term position will be based at Fraser Library, Surrey campus, and supports the Faculty of Education at all three SFU campuses.

Reporting to the Head Fraser Library, the incumbent will be responsible for providing library liaison services to all areas of the Faculty, including undergraduate, graduate and teacher education students, and researchers. The incumbent will also actively contribute to projects related to library services and initiatives.

This position will be attractive to an adaptable and innovative individual with excellent communication and collaborative skills and a user-centered focus; one who is highly motivated to embrace new technologies and to provide services to faculty and students.

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 45 graduate offerings, spanning many disciplines in eight faculties, and has an international reputation for its innovative interdisciplinary and professional programs. The main, WAC 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 website.

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

  • Act as liaison between the SFU Library and the faculty, staff and students in the Faculty of Education at all SFU campuses.
  1. Promote library services and collections and report the discipline's requirements to the appropriate area of the library.
  2. In collaboration with Collections Management develop, assess, and manage information resources in all formats to address the teaching and research needs of the Faculty of Education. This may include            maintaining the collection policy; maintaining profiles for approval plans; reviewing subscriptions;                 selecting material; budget oversight; other collection activities.
  3. Communicate with faculty and students in Education about trends in scholarly communication and                 publishing, and promote the library's programs in this area.
  4. Provide these services to other liaison areas as required.
  5. Provide instruction and assistance to students and faculty in the use of information sources through             instructional seminars, guides, and individual consultations.
  • Provide in-person and online reference service in all disciplines as a member of a team serving students and faculty in an active research environment.
  • Work with other library staff on project teams and committees.
  • Develop professional knowledge, skills, and disciplinary expertise on a continuing basis.
  • Participate in professional organizations.
  • Advance the values and goals outlined in the Library’s Strategic Plan.
  • Incorporate SFU Library’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion into all planning and activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Note that while the current assignment is for Education, areas may be reassigned as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will have or will demonstrate:

  • Master's degree in Library or Information Studies from an ALA accredited program, or its equivalent;
  • Broad knowledge of bibliographic tools and electronic resources for humanities and/or social sciences disciplines;
  • Collections and reference experience in one or more humanities or social science disciplines;
  • Ability to work in a complex and collaborative research environment, assisting students and faculty;
  • Skill in planning and delivering instruction in both one-on-one, classroom, and/or online environments;
  • A proven user-centered focus; willingness to collaborate and share expertise, ability to work in teams and negotiate solutions;
  • Knowledge of trends in academic library environments and post-secondary education;
  • Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds;
  • Ability to develop, maintain and grow professional relationships;
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills, both orally and written;
  • Ability to learn, adapt and work in a collegial team environment;
  • Commitment to continued professional development;
  • Ability to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion and to serve the cause of social justice and Indigenous initiatives at the Library and SFU;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values outlined in the Library’s Strategic Plan.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

This is a full time term Librarian position, beginning 30 September 2019. Librarians and Division Heads are members of the SFU Faculty Association. Terms, conditions and benefits of employment are outlined in the Collective Agreement.

The successful applicant will be appointed at a salary level commensurate with their experience and qualifications. SFU Librarian salary scales can be viewed here

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 qualified candidates of all genders, visible minorities, persons of First Nations, Inuit, or Métis heritage, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2SIA+ identified persons.

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 the 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 09:00 a.m. PDT on 22 July 2019 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

Discovery Librarian

Simon Fraser University Library invites applications for a Discovery Librarian. This full-time, continuing position is based at the W.A.C. Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby, and supports end users and staff from all three SFU campuses, online and in person.

Reporting to the Head, Digital Library Services, the incumbent will be responsible for seamless discovery and access to Library resources to enable learning, teaching, and research.

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 45 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 Belzberg Library is on the Vancouver campus, and Fraser Library is at SFU Surrey. With almost 5 million visits to our public website in the past year, the Library is also host to a large, heavily used digital presence.

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 the Library’s website.

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

As a member of the Digital Services team, the Discovery Librarian plays an important role in advancing Library and University goals, including the Library’s Strategic Plan, and has the curiosity, flexibility, and drive to try new and innovative ways to support Library and University objectives. This support includes creating and sustaining relationships across Library divisions and the wider SFU community.

The Discovery Librarian advocates for users, develops partnerships, implements best practices, and serves as a leader and peer, working closely with colleagues in the Resource Acquisition, Management, and Metadata (RAMM) and the Collections divisions.

Specific Areas of Responsibility
Discovery Layer Administration

The Discovery Librarian:

  • is responsible for the overall management, operation, support, and development of the Library’s library services platform (LSP) discovery layer (Primo) and related applications and integrations.
  • ensures integration of the discovery layer and back-office management tools.
  • supports the developer(s) in charge of the Library’s bento box system Library Search.
  • supports the integration of the discovery layer and Library Search system with other systems.
  • liaises with, and acts as primary contact for students, faculty, and staff regarding the discovery layer and the locally-managed Library Search.
  • serves as an active member of the Library’s ILS working group, and participates in other Library working groups and committees.
  • develops, supports, and advocates for discovery services that are user-centred, making use of inputs including analytics, test results, feedback, and user experience data.
  • ensures excellent discoverability of Library resources informed by best practices and trends.
  • tests new customizations, functionality, and regular system updates for the discovery layer and Library Search.
  • manages problem reports and follows up with system vendors or local development staff.

Findability of Digital Collections:

  • Optimizes metadata and collections structure in digital collections to improve findability, as a member of the Digital Collections team, and working closely with colleagues in the Resource Acquisition, Management, & Metadata division (RAMM), and other parts of the Library.

First Level Support and Troubleshooting:

  • Along with support technicians, is a first point of contact for staff and members of the public for digital or online services.
  • Proactively and collaboratively solves problems, finds solutions, and troubleshoots.

Other Duties:

  • Other duties, as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Master's degree in Library or Information Studies from an ALA accredited program, or its equivalent, and a minimum of two years experience administering relevant technology in libraries or comparable organizations.
  • A demonstrated commitment to public service with an ability to recognize, respect, and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of, commitment to, and experience advocating for usability principles and user-centred service.
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills and excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills, including the ability to:
  1. write clearly and concisely in plain language,
  2. effectively explain technical concepts in non-technical terms, in writing and verbally,
  3. listen with empathy and respect.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills, including the ability to:
  1. initiate, organize, set, and follow through on priorities, working independently and as part of a team,
  2. take responsibility for following up on unresolved issues,
  3. Achieve consensus.
  • Demonstrated analytical, technical, and troubleshooting skills for applications in a large and complex environment.
  • Knowledge of XML and metadata standards, and familiarity with library service platforms or integrated library systems.
  • Commitment to continuing self-directed learning; ability to effectively learn, adapt to, and use existing and emerging technologies and software.
  • Ability to embrace change, think creatively, and work independently.

Preferred

  • Demonstrated experience with configuring public views of library services platform (LSP) components.
  • Comfortable manipulating metadata using a variety of tools.
  • Experience with common web technologies, including HTML5 and CSS3.
  • Experience with the OAI-PMH protocol for metadata harvesting.
  • Familiarity with working with APIs and web services.
  • Experience dealing with vendors and service providers.
  • Awareness of accessibility standards.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

This is a continuing Librarian position beginning September 30, 2019 or as soon as the successful candidate is available.

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

The successful applicant will be appointed at a salary level commensurate with their experience and qualifications. View SFU Librarian salary scales.

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 qualified candidates of all genders, including visible minorities, persons of Aboriginal heritage, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ-identified persons.

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 SFU’s 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 09:00 AM on July 2, 2019 to:

Susie Smith
Library Management Office

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

Makerspace Librarian

Simon Fraser University Library invites applications for a Makerspace Librarian.

Reporting to the Head of Access Services, this full-time continuing position will develop and provide the services of the new SFU Library Maker and Media Commons, with the goal of fostering creative educational communities and practices.  The SFU Library Maker and Media Commons is a new facility that is scheduled to open in the Summer of 2019.  The incumbent will be an entrepreneurial and innovative individual with excellent communication and collaboration skills, and will play a crucial role in setting the course and direction of the Maker and Media Commons.

The incumbent’s areas of responsibility will include program, service and technology planning and provision; promotion and outreach to students and faculty; liaison with librarians and Library Systems, Facilities, and other staff; selection, training and mentoring of student staff; and liaising with academic departments, university units, external partners, and student groups.

This position will be attractive to an adaptable, individual with a user-centered focus; one who is highly motivated to learn and embrace new technologies and provide services to faculty and students in support of creative, transformative scholarship and education.

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 45 graduate offerings, spanning many disciplines in eight faculties, and has an international reputation for its innovative interdisciplinary and professional programs. The main, WAC 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. Visit our website for more information.

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

  • In collaboration with University stakeholders, develop a vision for the Maker and Media Commons that is community-based, transformative, interdisciplinary, and aligned with SFU Library’s Strategic Plan;
  • In coordination with the Head of Access Services, plan, create, advocate for, deliver, and promote sustainable makerspace resources and services aligned to the interests and needs of students and faculty;
  • Coordinate all aspects of services and use of facilities for the Maker and Media Commons;
  • Liaise and collaborate with a wide variety of individuals and groups within the library, at the university, and in the community;
  • Develop, coordinate and maintain policies, services, and training for users of media applications, 3D printing, laser cutting, electronics, letterpress and other equipment;
  • Supervise student staff, including selecting, training, managing, and mentoring;
  • Develop effective outreach and engagement strategies for SFU and external makerspace users;
  • Advance the values and goals outlined in the Library’s Strategic Plan;
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • MLIS or equivalent from an accredited institution;
  • Experience with some combination of video and audio production, 3D printing technology, or DIY electronics and related tools;
  • Demonstrated experience developing and delivering instruction for individuals and groups from varied experiential and educational backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated skills in leadership and community-building;
  • Demonstrated ability to learn, adapt, and work effectively in a collegial team environment;
  • Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds;
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills, both orally and written.

Desired:

  • Degree or coursework in Digital Media, Computing Science, Digital Humanities, or other relevant field of study;
  • Demonstrated awareness of trends in research libraries and post-secondary education;
  • Demonstrated technological literacy, preferably through experience working in makerspace or media production environments;
  • Experience developing and promoting services aligned with academic curriculum;
  • Experience recruiting, training, and supervising student staff;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and coordinate projects;
  • Experience in grant-writing or advocacy for new and innovative projects.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

This is a full time continuing Librarian position, beginning as soon as possible.

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

The successful applicant will be appointed at a salary level commensurate with their experience and qualifications. View SFU Librarian salary scales here.

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 qualified candidates of all genders, visible minorities, persons of First Nations, Inuit, or Métis heritage, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2SIA+ identified persons.

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 the 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 9:00 AM PDT on February 19, 2019 to:

Susie Smith
Library Management Office

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

 

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