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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 (IKBLC), 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.

Since opening in 2008, the Irving K Barber Learning Centre has captivated students, faculty and visitors with its innovative design and service-rich environment.  The Learning Centre is dedicated to the University’s academic and community engagement missions, working to support academic excellence and cultivate a sense of community on campus through space, services, and programming, as well as creating and supporting opportunities for engagement with a diverse group of BC constituents, such as rural and aboriginal communities.

For more information about UBC Library and the Learning Centre, please visit our website or the Learning Centre website.

The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010-2015 can also be viewed online.

Overview of the Position

We are seeking a collaborative, innovative and enthusiastic librarian to provide leadership and management of the Learning Centre’s outreach and engagement initiatives to meet the vision and mandate of the IKBLC, UBC Library and the University.  In this role, the Assistant Director will be responsible for the planning, implementation, management, and assessment of community-focused programs and services offered through the Learning Centre, as well as for a number of day-today operations including management of the IKBLC Program Services team.

This position will also work closely with the Facilities Management team, Library units and campus partners to ensure the Learning Centre’s spaces are welcoming and accessible to a broad range of users including community members, and works with other campus venues to position the Learning Centre as a key gateway to the UBC Library and Vancouver campus.

This position reports to and works closely with the Director, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, and collaborates with a broad range of user groups and colleagues at UBC as well as across British Columbia.  Additionally, the Assistant Director is a member of the Learning Centre’s management team.

A detailed job description can be viewed at here (Word doc).

Qualifications and Requirements

  • A graduate degree from an ALA accredited program in library and information science is required with at least six years of experience in developing and managing programs and services for a broad-based community of users.
  • Experience in managing staff, budgets, services and facilities are also required.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in a variety of media, and experience working with a wide range of community users are required for this position.
  • The Assistant Director will be community-focused, possess strong organizational skills and the ability to contribute to the operationalization of the Statement of Purpose and Charter of Principles for the IKBLC.
  • The Assistant Director must successfully manage a diverse set of responsibilities, and demonstrate commitment to the development of programs and services that benefit a wide and diverse community of users.
  • Additional characteristics include flexibility, innovation and a demonstrated record of teamwork.

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 Friday, November 25, 2011 to:

Human Resources – UBC Library
2nd Floor, Koerner Library
1958 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2
Email: library.hr@ubc.ca

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 B.C. government has ordered public schools to prepare and distribute report cards this fall as usual, even though they may contain little more than the student’s name and attendance record due to teacher job action.

In an email to school superintendents, deputy education minister James Gorman said regular report cards are required by law and if teachers won’t prepare them, then principals and vice-principals must do so.

“Report cards are an important educational tool for both parents and students,” Gorman writes. “A report is to be issued to every student regardless of the teachers’ strike, indicating at a minimum, the student’s division, teacher(s), courses, attendance and reports and/or grades for any classes taught by administrators.

“Parents should also be provided contact information to follow up directly with the teacher(s) if they wish to do so and to the extent possible.”

School districts are required to provide three written report cards and two informal reports during the school year, the deputy states. “The duties of principals and superintendents remain unchanged by the teachers’ strike.”

Jameel Aziz, president of the B.C. Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association, said report cards for the youngest students will be mostly blank because there are no marks in the early grades and reports are anecdotal, which can’t be drafted without teacher involvement.

In schools where principals and vice-principals also teach classes, marks will be provided as usual.

Public school employers are headed to the B.C. Labour Relatios Board today to seek an order that would compel teachers to prepare report cards.

Over the summer, teachers decided not to write report cards, attend staff meetings or communicate with administrators as part of a job action intended to pressure government to open its purse at the bargaining table. The contract with the B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) expired June 30 and while talks with the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association continue, there’s been little progress.

To read the entire Vancouver Sun article, click here

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