Deputy Chief Librarian (UBC Okanagan Campus Library) 

(Full Time, Continuing)

UBC Okanagan

UBC Okanagan is a campus of the University of British Columbia situated in Kelowna, about 400 km east of Vancouver in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. UBC Okanagan is an intimate learning environment with an excellent library infrastructure. Check out the campus website for more information.

Currently, there are approximately 8,000 UBC Okanagan undergraduate and graduate students and 350 faculty. Administratively, UBC Okanagan Library reports to the Provost & Vice Principal.  Additionally, UBC Okanagan Library’s collections are integrated with UBC Library and library staff contribute to activities of the UBC Library.

Overview of the position

We are seeking an experienced librarian to be responsible for the daily operational management of the UBC Okanagan Campus Library. The Deputy Chief Librarian ensures that the development of library services and policies meet the needs of faculty and students. The Deputy Chief Librarian participates in the strategic and budgetary planning of the library as well as in the delivery of library services and represents the Chief Librarian as necessary.

This position reports to and works closely with the Chief Librarian and collaborates with Okanagan Library staff, colleagues in other allied units, administrators and librarians as well as with librarians throughout the UBC Library system, with faculty, students and the public. The incumbent may be requested to act on behalf of the Chief Librarian. 

For more information, please see the detailed job description.

Qualifications and requirements

A graduate degree from an ALA-accredited Library Science program is required.  Further requirements include an established record of accomplishment as a librarian and manager; evidence of progressive responsibilities; proven ability to manage a diverse team; thorough knowledge of current trends and developments in library services; excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills; strong decision-making capability based on problem solving skills; excellent organizational skills in managing multiple projects and working under time constraints; sensitivity and diplomacy in dealing with human resources 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.

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.

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 Thursday March 8th, 2012 to:

Lois Marshall
LS Administrator, UBC Okanagan Library
University of British Columbia Okanagan
3333 University Way
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7
E-mail: lois.marshall(at)


LibFOCUS February 2012

The latest issue of LibFOCUS looks at celebrations – Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day and other festive events this month at UBC Library. 

So You Want to Write a Children’s Book: An Insider’s Handbook for Children’s Writers and Illustrators Who Want to Get Published

By Peter Carver

Ever wanted to write or illustrate a children’s book and have no idea where to begin or where to seek publication?   This handbook for new and aspiring children’s authors and illustrators is the ultimate guide to the whole process of writing your book and getting it to the publisher. Written in clear and expert prose by Peter Carver, one of North America’s leading children’s book editors, this book will show you how to begin, how to develop the story, how to speak to your audience, and how to refine the work for publication. Peter does not beat around the bush:  Wring a children’s book is hard but rewarding work that requires the kinds of skill and dedication you can develop from the wisdom and guidance found in these pages. It includes:   How to get started; Writing for you audience; Producing the Manuscript: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama; How illustrators get hired; Illustrating picture books and nonfiction; Planning your portfolio: Fiction and Nonfiction, trade or Education markets; Should you get an agent? Submitting for publication; Self publication; Contracts; Copyright; How a publishing house works; Lists or writers’ resources, and associations. And much more.

~from Google Books description.

About the Author:

Peter Carver is currently Red Deer Press’ Children’s Book Editor. Under his direction, Red Deer Press has published notable talents as Kevin Major, Martine Leavitt, Cora Taylor, Ted Staunton and many more. Peter Carver was awarded the Canadian Library Association Award for Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada and the Writers’ Union Freedom to Read Week Award. When he’s not editing children’s books, Peter Carver teaches creative writing classes in Toronto.

~from Red Deer Press

Publisher’s Website Book Information:  Fitzhenry & Whiteside  

UBC Library Catalogue Information here.


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