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Librarian for Education (1 Year Term)

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

Reporting to the Head, Fraser Library, the incumbent will be responsible for providing library liaison services to SFU academic programs, and participate in projects related to library services.

This position will be attractive to a very 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

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 web site.

ASSIGNMENT

* Act as liaison between the SFU Library and the faculty, staff and students in the Faculty of Education at all SFU campuses.

o Promote library services and collections and report the discipline's requirements to the appropriate area of the library.

o 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 includes maintaining the collection policy; maintaining profiles for approval plans; reviewing subscriptions; selecting and de-accessioning material; budget oversight; other collection activities.

o Communicate with faculty and students in Education about trends in scholarly communication and publishing, and promote the library's programs in this area.

o Provide these services to other liaison areas as required.

* Provide instruction and assistance to students and faculty in the use of information sources through instructional seminars, guides, and individual consultations.

* 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.

* Note that while the current assignment is for Education, areas may be reassigned as needed. * Advance the values and goals outlined in the Library’s Strategic Plan.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

* MLIS or equivalent from an accredited institution;

* Reference and collections experience in one or more humanities or social science disciplines;

* Broad knowledge of bibliographic tools and electronic resources for humanities and/or social sciences disciplines;

* Demonstrated ability to assist students and faculty in a busy research environment;

* Demonstrated ability to master electronic information sources thoroughly and quickly;

* Demonstrated skill in planning and delivering instruction;

* Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collegial team environment;

* Superior interpersonal and intercultural skills;

* Excellent written and oral communication skills.

* Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion

Desired:

* Degree in Education;

* Reference, collections, and instruction experience in the area of Education;

* Broad knowledge of bibliographic tools and electronic resources for Education;

* Academic library experience;

* Experience with education technology products.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

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

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 his or her 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 the Collection Notice.

TO APPLY

To be given assured consideration applications must be submitted by email in one consolidated PDF document with cover letter, curriculum vitae and three references by midnight PDT on August 6, 2018 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

Librarian, Data Services Team
(Full-time September 2018 - May 2020)

Simon Fraser University Library invites applications for a librarian and member of the Data Services Team. Reporting to the Head, Research Commons and based at the W.A.C. Bennett Library, this full-time, term position will support SFU faculty, students, and other researchers across SFU campuses. The librarian will have primary responsibility for GIS/Maps and liaison with the Department of Geography in year one of the term.

The incumbent’s focus will shift to research data services responsibilities in year 2. The candidate will maintain a close working relationship with colleagues based in the Research Commons and Library Systems, as well as with departmental librarians.

The incumbent will undertake a range of project-based and operational activities that will advance SFU Library’s strategic objectives. This position will appeal to a highly flexible, collaborative, and innovative individual, committed to developing their professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis and to providing the best possible service to faculty and students.

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 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 programs, spanning many disciplines in eight faculties, and has an international reputation for its innovative interdisciplinary and professional programs.

The main library, W.A.C. Bennett Library, is located on the Burnaby campus, while the Samuel and Frances Belzberg Library is at the Vancouver campus, and Fraser Library is at SFU Surrey. The SFU Library is known for the development and implementation of innovative technology, exemplified by its role as the home for several major open source software projects – the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) and Radar, SFU’s local research data management platform using Islandora and Archivematica.

The Library also provides leadership in Open Access, and maintains 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, Compute Canada, and regional consortia. For more information, see our web site.  

ASSIGNMENT (subject to change):

Year 1 GIS / Maps / Liaison for Geography

> Act as liaison between the SFU Library and the faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Geography:

o Promote library services and collections and report the discipline's requirements to the appropriate area of the Library;

o Provide research consultations and information and data literacy instruction to faculty and student researchers;

o Communicate with Geography faculty and students about trends in scholarly communication and publishing, and promote the Library's programs in this area;

o In collaboration with Collections, select and de-accession materials within guidelines, and provide support for other collection activities;

> Assist in planning, developing, and coordinating the delivery of a suite of in-person and online geospatial literacy and maps-focused programs and services, including supervision of one or more graduate peers.

> Co-ordinate the procurement, implementation, and ongoing support of GIS / map-related software, systems, and/or services for use in the Research Commons and by the general SFU community;

> Provide instruction and assistance to students and faculty in the use of GIS / map-related information sources through instructional seminars, guides, and individual consultations;

> Other duties as assigned.

Year 2 Research Data Services

> Under the direction of the Head, Research Commons, and in concert with members of the Data Services Team, provide research data services to researchers through instruction and consultation;

> Assist in the development of policy and procedure related to data management;

> Work with users to devise and implement strategies for long-term data curation;

> Solicit feedback from researchers about data management needs;

> Work with colleagues in the Library and across campus to educate SFU researchers about data management best practices and funder and/or publisher requirements;

> Encourage informed data deposit in SFU Library’s research data repository and in other disciplinary platforms as appropriate;

> Provide instruction in and assist researchers with locating and assessing data and statistics, including census data and government publications;

> Assist researchers with writing data management plans;

> Mentor colleagues through training and development;

> Collaborate with librarians in regular communication and review of services to departments and faculties;

> Develop and deliver instruction related to research data management;

> Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required

> MLS, or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution;

> Experience in liaison librarianship or in related professional activities with preferred experience or educational background in Geography and/or GIS;

> Knowledge of research data management services and infrastructure, preservation, data formats, discovery and access, and metadata standards;

> Demonstrated ability to learn and apply new technologies;

> Demonstrated experience providing outreach, consultation, and instruction to a range of audiences;

> Excellent organizational, analytical, and communication skills;

> Demonstrated initiative and flexibility in managing projects both independently and collaboratively;

> Experience working collegially and cooperatively in a rapidly changing team environment;

> Familiarity with current trends in post-secondary education and academic library services;

> Demonstrated commitment to diversity.

Preferred:

> Reference and collections experience in one or more science, humanities, or social science disciplines;

> Familiarity with related areas such as intellectual property, research ethics, and scholarly publishing;

> Familiarity with research programming, statistical packages, and related software (e.g. Git, R, Python);

> Familiarity with statistical and data sources;

> Knowledge of policies and procedures related to research data management and curation, including preservation, retrieval, and managing access to sensitive data.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

This position is a fulltime, term librarian position based at W.A.C Bennett Library, beginning September 2018 – May 2020.

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 his or her 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 the Collection Notice.  

TO APPLY

To be given assured consideration applications must be submitted by email in one consolidated PDF document with cover letter, curriculum vitae and three references by 9:00 am 19 July 2018 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, Digital Strategy
Search Extended - new application deadline July 16

Simon Fraser University Library invites applications for an Associate Dean of Libraries (ADL), Digital Strategy. We are seeking an exceptional library leader who understands the evolving role of the research library in the age of digital scholarship and who can convey a strategic vision. This exempt position includes responsibility for the Library’s digital infrastructure and tools, digitization program, digital asset management, digital preservation, the library’s web presence, digital publishing, research data management, and liaison with campus IT, as well as other campus partners and external collaborators. The successful candidate will be end-user focused, technically sophisticated, an excellent planner, and able to lead and motivate an outstanding team including 7 direct reports and 24 FTE staff in total. As one of four Associate Deans, the ADL will also be a key member of the Library’s senior leadership team.

The position will be attractive to a leader with a strong customer service and technical background as well as excellent communication and collaborative skills. The successful candidate will have an unwavering user-centered focus and a demonstrated ability to advance the library’s core values of diversity, openness and creativity.

The ADL will build on our existing strong base of digitization, preservation, and digital publishing activities to create a unified and cohesive strategy for digital initiatives at SFU Library. They will represent the SFU Library in regional, national and international collaborations, often taking a significant leadership role in developing and implementing new initiatives. The ADL will provide oversight for the Library’s Systems group, and for our web presence via the eBranch, with a strong focus on usability. They will liaise with the Public Knowledge Project, and facilitate the continuation of a strong relationship between PKP and SFU Library. They will oversee the library’s computer operations group to ensure in-person library users and staff are well resourced with hardware and software. They will also work closely with colleagues in the Research Commons on research data management, and with the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab, as well as partners in campus and external projects such as Compute Canada.

SETTING

Ranked by respected national surveys as one of Canada’s top three comprehensive universities for the past 20 years, SFU is the first Canadian research university to have earned U.S. accreditation from NWCCU. Simon Fraser University is consistently named one of British Columbia’s top employers, 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

The SFU Library is known for the development and implementation of innovative technology, as an international leader in Open Access, and for excellent in-person and online user services. Our 2017 – 2021 Strategic Plan guides our priorities during this five-year period. The Library’s technology environment includes extensive use of open platforms and tools such as Islandora, Archivematica, LOCKSS, AtoM, Open Journal Systems, Open Monograph Press, and Drupal to support many local online services and collections (institutional repository, research data repository, theses submission, etc.). The Library migrated to Alma/Primo as the primary discovery and resource management platform in May 2017. We work closely with other campus platforms including the Canvas learning management system and various SFU administrative systems. 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 www.lib.sfu.ca

ASSIGNMENT

• Develop a vision for Digital Strategy that integrates with the Library’s overall planning framework, and with our commitment to openness

• Provide leadership and expertise for planning, development, coordination, and assessment of the library’s digital infrastructure and technology services • Ensure the library’s digital assets and tools meet the needs of faculty and students

• Participate in library-wide leadership, strategic planning, and policy creation with the Dean, Associate Deans of the Library, and Division Heads

• 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, respect, and teamwork

• Represent the Library on University initiatives and committees related to information technology and digital initiatives

• Represent the Library and be a leading participant on external committees, consortia, and groups related to library technology and digital initiatives at the provincial, national and international level

• Act for the Dean of Libraries in her absence

QUALIFICATIONS

• MLIS or equivalent from an accredited institution

• 5 years management responsibility, preferably in an academic library

• Successful track record of planning, implementing, and assessing digital initiatives and technology services

• Demonstrated ability to o secure and manage grant funding o lead multi-institutional projects and programs o develop and implement effective change strategies o adapt to changing environments and multiple deadlines, and to work well under pressure with discretion, tact and good judgement

• Evidence of excellent analytical and critical thinking, organizational and decision making skills

• A strategic understanding of trends and issues in higher education, research libraries, and technology developments

• Ability to work effectively and build consensus in a diverse collegial team environment

• Demonstrated commitment to diversity

• Demonstrated commitment to user experience in the broadest sense

• An established record of scholarship, and service to the profession and the community

• Superior interpersonal and intercultural skills; excellent written and oral communication skills.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

This full-time position will be appointed for a renewable 5-year term, with an underlying librarian position, according to SFU policy A13.08. The successful applicant will be appointed at a salary level commensurate with experience and qualifications. Associate Deans of Libraries are excluded from the SFU Faculty Association. Benefits will be equivalent to those outlined 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, and including Indigenous people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities. We are interested in candidates with a history of advocating for diversity and inclusion. Individuals from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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, curriculum vitae and three references by 4pm Pacific on July 16, 2018 to:

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

Reference Librarians (Term)

Simon Fraser University Library invites applications for Term Reference Librarian positions at the Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver campuses for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. Locations and hours may be subject to change and appointments may be full time or part time depending on library needs and on the successful candidates’ availability.

The incumbents will be responsible for providing in-person and online research help and instruction in all disciplines and for contributing to projects. This position will be attractive to very adaptable and innovative individuals with excellent communication and collaborative skills and a strong public service focus; who are highly motivated to embrace new technologies and to provide services to faculty and students.

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 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 web site.

ASSIGNMENT

Successful candidates will:

* provide in-person and online research help in all disciplines as a member of a team serving students and faculty in an active research environment

* provide instruction on research skills and the use of information resources through individual consultations, instruction, and the provision of research help guides

* work individually or with other library staff on projects

* develop professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis. * Advance the values and goals outlined in the Library’s Strategic Plan.

QUALIFICATIONS

* MLIS or equivalent from an accredited institution in hand by start date

* Broad knowledge of print and electronic resources for a wide variety of disciplines required

* Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills required

* Experience in web page creation and/or design required

* Demonstrated skill in planning and delivering instruction required

* Demonstrated ability to master research tools and information sources thoroughly and quickly required

* Demonstrated ability to assist students and faculty from a variety of disciplines in a busy research environment

* Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collegial team environment

* Demonstrated commitment to diversity

* Superior interpersonal and intercultural skills

* Excellent written and oral communication skills

* Chat reference experience an asset.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

Appointments will be during the period from September 2018 to April 2019. Positions will include weekday, evening and weekend hours. Exact dates and schedules will be negotiated with the successful candidates and are dependent on available funding.

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

As this is an entry-level position, the SFU Library gives preference to applications from qualified individuals at the Librarian 1 level (i.e. with less than two years professional experience). 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, 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 the Collection Notice.

TO APPLY

To be given assured consideration applications must be submitted by email in one consolidated PDF document with cover letter, curriculum vitae and three references by 9am PDT on June 5, 2018. Please include your days of availability with your application to:

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

 

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