using_computerThe Faculty of Education and UBC Library have teamed up to introduce UBC’s first LOOC – or local open online course.

The offering, part of UBC’s Master of Educational Technology program, is meant to help UBC students, staff and faculty hone their digital literacy skills. The course, called M101, features topics including Mining (research), Meshing (idea creation) and Mobilizing (generating value from information and knowledge).

The LOOC is open to all members of the UBC community who have a campus-wide login. M101 is self-paced, and users can build their skills in any area, in any order that they wish. As the name suggests, a LOOC is a localized form of a MOOC – or massive open online course. MOOCs have been a big topic in online education recently and UBC’s first MOOC – which launched in January 2013 with Stanford University – attracted more than 130,000 registrants.

The LOOC project received a grant from UBC’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund in spring 2013. Work began in April, and the LOOC was opened to co-authors of content, including UBC librarians, in July. The first set of students from the MET program will be able to contribute as of September.

For more, visit UBC Library’s site.

Intellectual Property and Copyright Services Librarian

Digital Initiatives

(Full-time, 1 year term)


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 15 branches and divisions, including two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), one off-site hospital library, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

The Library’s collections include over 6.3 million volumes, 850,000 electronic books,150,000 electronic journals, 27,000 numeric data files, 5.6 million digital pages, and 850,000 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.

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The Digital Initiatives Unit is a key part of the Library’s effort to adapt to the evolving needs of faculty and students and to support teaching, research and learning at UBC. Our goal is to create sustainable, world-class programs and processes to make the collections and research at UBC available to the world and to ensure the authentic, long-term preservation of these digital holdings for the future.

Within the context of a changing environment, the Intellectual Property and Copyright Librarian leads the planning, coordination, analysis and implementation of new service models that focus on the provision of Intellectual Property and copyright support for the UBC Community.  Provides complex operational advice to the Director, Library Digital Initiatives in the provision of copyright and intellectual property services to UBC users. Investigates the copyright status of selected materials, responds to copyright queries generated from the copyright listserv, creates and maintains administrative systems for tracking copyright queries and responses. Coordinates team based campus instruction on copyright and author rights.  Responsible for maintenance of appropriate web sites, hand-outs and documentation. The Intellectual Property and Copyright Services Librarian supervises Copyright Services including oversight of the Rights & Permissions Service, the Faculty Course Support Service and the Copyright Education Service.




  • A graduate degree from an ALA accredited program in Library Science.
  • Experience in a research or other large academic library.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills.
  • Public service experience and demonstrated commitment to customer service.
  • Knowledge of copyright in the Canadian context, including author rights and open access.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise tact and excellent judgement when dealing with questions and policy issues.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, both independently and as a team member.
  • An aptitude for entrepreneurial activity in project identification and project development.
  • Flexibility and willingness to assume a variety of assignments.


  • Working experience with rights management.
  • Knowledge of intellectual property and copyright issues.
  • Understanding of the changing environment for scholarly communication and alternative publishing models.



The Intellectual Property and Copyright Services Librarian works under the direction of, and reports to the Director, Library Digital Initiatives and consults with the Copyright Advisory Group and other librarians as appropriate in the provision of copyright services.  The Intellectual Property and Copyright Services Librarian supervises the Rights & Permissions Manager and the Faculty Course Associate.



  1. Takes a leadership role in overseeing the coordination and intersection of service models for: copyright permissions service, copyright education, and faculty course support services as it pertains to intellectual property concerns.
  2. Organizes presentations to inform the campus community, including faculty, students and administrators, about Intellectual Property and Copyright. Collaborates with the Scholarly Communications Librarian and with members of the Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office team to prepare and present copyright and author rights training to Library staff.
  3. Responds to questions and requests for information about Copyright and use of copyrighted material generated from the copyright information listserv or users by phone, email or in person. Consults with the Director, Library Digital Initiatives, the Copyright Advisory Group, and the Library’s Technical Services licensing group as appropriate.
  4. Ensures responses to questions and requests for information about Copyright and use of copyrighted material from the campus community are managed. Creates and maintains administrative systems for tracking copyright queries.  Keeps documentation up to date
  5. Develops workflow mechanisms in the provision of copyright services.
  6. Coordinates educational efforts and provides information and current awareness tools in the areas of intellectual property and copyright for subject liaisons and library staff. 
  7. Chairs the Copyright Advisory Group, which provides advice to the Director, Library Digital Initiatives on the Copyright at UBC website and other services under the Intellectual Property and Copyright umbrella.
  8. Recommends appropriate policies and implementation procedures for the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office in consultation with the cIRcle Coordinator and the Director, Library Digital Initiatives.
  9. Supervises the Faculty Course Associate and the Rights & Permissions Manager
  10. Prepares and presents project reports as required.
  11. Maintains and updates appropriate webpages and information pages.
  12. Participates in external groups, consortia etc. regarding the work of the Scholarly Communication and Copyright Office
  13. Participates in regional and national initiatives as appropriate.
  14. May supervise student assistants including scheduling workflow, participating in student hires, reviewing work for quality and consistency.
  15. Manages term and part-time project staff from time to time and performs other supervisory responsibilities as may be assigned.
  16. Performs other duties related to the qualifications and requirements of the job.


Terms of Appointment and Salary:

This position will be filled as a full time one year term position. 

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

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. The University especially welcomes applications from visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Applications will include: a letter of application, including a statement of citizenship/immigration status, indicating the candidate’s education and training; work experience in the areas listed above; evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as evaluations; a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and the names of three referees with their email addresses.

To view the complete job description and to submit an application please visit the UBC Careers page at by midnight on October 5, 2013.

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