Do not adjust your monitor. We do look different.

The blog is changing its look, and maybe some of its functionality. It really is a construction site at the moment, so please be patient as we sort out this new template.

…and maybe you can help. While the current photo is rather restful, it’s not exactly E-Resource related. Got a photo you think would work? Email me [ ] and maybe we’ll agree. But nothing too racy, okay?

Dodson Room

The Dodson Music Series schedule for 2011/2012 is now posted! Performances are held in the Dodson Room of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. These free concerts are organized and performed by students of the UBC School of Music. Leah Giselle Field is the Artistic Director, and Kirsten Walsh is the Library liaison.

Read about the history of the Dodson Music Series here.

Reference Librarian, Woodward Library

Full Time, Continuing – Job Description

UBC Library

The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 21 branches and divisions, including two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), three off-site hospital libraries, Robson Square Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, its multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

Our collections include 6.1 million volumes, over 550,000 electronic books, over 90,000 electronic journals, over 22,000 numeric databases, 4.7 million digital pages, and over 840,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials.

More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.

For more information about UBC Library, please visit our website. The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010-2015 can also be viewed online.

Overview of the Position

We are seeking a librarian to provide reference and information services in the UBC Life Sciences Libraries to faculty, students, and other users. The incumbent assumes responsibility for designated subject areas and liaison with assigned faculties and departments such as pharmaceutical sciences and other health disciplines. This position provides web-based and classroom instruction and assistance in use of information resources and plans and implements services that respond to needs of life science users. Furthermore, the Reference Librarian participates in the development of library policy, procedures, and services and assumes responsibility for coordination and management of staff, services and projects as required. Evening and weekend work may be required.

This position reports to the Head of Woodward Library of the Life Sciences Libraries, consults with library staff and colleagues as required and works with faculty, students, staff and the public. During assigned periods, the incumbent takes responsibility for operation of the Woodward Library, including supervision of Library Assistants and Student Assistants.

A detailed job description can be viewed here.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • graduate degree from an accredited Library Science program
  • academic background in one of the life sciences preferably in the health sciences
  • familiarity with the principles of evidence-based practice
  • public service and instructional experience in a life sciences library, or equivalent experience
  • familiarity with computer technology, electronic services and information in the life sciences
  • excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • ability to work in a team situation
  • ability to make decisions based on problem solving skills
  • ability to focus on important issues

Terms of Appointment and Salary

This position will be filled as a full time ongoing position. If eligible and qualified, the successful applicant may be appointed with a confirmed appointment. Otherwise, there will be an initial three-year probationary appointment. Normally, such an appointment is reviewed by the end of the second year of appointment, and a recommendation is made at that time to grant or not to grant a confirmed appointment.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

Applications for this exciting opportunity are to be submitted by e-mail in one consolidated file (PDF or Microsoft Word format) and will include:

  • a letter of application, including a statement of citizenship/immigration status, indicating the candidate’s education, training, and work experience in the areas listed above;
  • a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and
  • the names of three referees with their email addresses.

To ensure full consideration, complete applications are to be submitted by 5:00 pm PST on Monday, August 22, 2011 to:

Human Resources – UBC Library
2nd Floor, Koerner Library
1958 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

The NetLibrary platform is no more, but all ebooks should have moved to the new EBSCOhost eBook Collection platform. Currently, all URLs and links are re-routing. So, access seems to be ok but the look will be new. Let us know if you run into problems.

Any personal accounts that had been created on NetLibrary will NOT be migtrated. You need to create a new EBSCO personal account, if you want one. To do that, go to this page and click on “Sign In” (top line) then follow these instructions.

Currently, UBC Library only has the ability to read ebooks online in the EBSCO Viewer and print pages (limits vary with publisher). The downloading features are not active, yet.

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