This posting is extended due to an irregularity in the contact email address.  Note correct email: (two “L’s” in Marshall). All applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt via email. 

Please contact Ms. Marshall if there are concerns.



 (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’s Okanagan campus is an intimate learning environment with an excellent library infrastructure. Check out the campus website for more information

Currently, there are approximately 8,500 UBC Okanagan undergraduate and graduate students, 350 faculty members, and 400 ongoing staff appointments.  Administratively, UBC’s Okanagan Campus Library reports to the Provost & Vice Principal, Academic.  Additionally, UBC Okanagan Library’s collections are integrated with UBC Library and library staff contributes to activities of the UBC Library.


Overview of the position

We are seeking an experienced librarian to be responsible for the organization, administration and operation of UBC’s Okanagan campus Library, and for coordination, collaboration and cooperation with Library staff at UBC’s Vancouver campus in planning for and supporting library infrastructure, collections and services. Representing the Okanagan campus, the Chief Librarian is responsible for the management of the Okanagan Library budget and allocation of resources, the continued development of automated management and other computer-based information systems, the direction and development of staff resources, the vision and planning of future Okanagan Library services, and the Okanagan Library’s participation in regional and national efforts.

This position works closely with the Deputy 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.

A detailed job description can be viewed online


Qualifications and requirements

A graduate degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited program is required.  An additional graduate degree with an emphasis on management is preferred. 

Other required qualifications and requirements: 

  • A successful record of leadership, planning, developing and managing library programs and services;
  • Proven administrative, public relations, and managerial skills, gained through approximately ten years experience in library management positions;
  • A creative and innovative approach to problem solving; 
  • Proven strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively lead a management team working within a collegial environment;
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills, and proven research abilities;
  • Demonstrated familiarity with developments in higher education and the issues facing research libraries, especially in North America, and an understanding of academic and scholarly processes;
  • Proven planning, budgeting, and project management skills; 
  • Experience in, or familiarity with, human resources management and staff development and training, especially in a large library and in a unionized environment, is highly desirable;
  • Success with donor relations;  
  • A proven commitment to service excellence and a vision of research library services in the 21st century and the skills to advocate for and communicate that vision.


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 PDT on Thursday, October 10, 2013 to:


Lois Marshall, LS Administrator

Library, Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia

3333 University Way, Kelowna, BC  V1V 1V7








(This is another in an occasional series of introductory guides to UBC Archives’ collections and services)

Another resource for researchers maintained on the University Archives’ website is the Buildings & Grounds page.

Listed at the top is an index to UBC’s buildings, dating from 1911 to the present-day. It is presented in both chronological and alphabetical form, and includes facilities on both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.  Each entry (for example, that of the Chemistry Building) includes information on the building’s location, date(s) of construction, architect(s), cost, history, architectural features, and other points of interest.  Also included are the published and archival sources used to compile those facts, and which researchers are recommended to consult for further information.

Also included on the page are links to images of buildings and facilities from our digitized photograph collections; lists of campus trees and graduating class tree plantings; how persons or organizations are commemorated at UBC through the naming of buildings and facilities; links to selected campus plans; virtual displays related to campus facilities; and other sources of information on the University’s physical development.  Also of interest are two articles, originally published in professional journals and now available on-line: one on the original architectural proposals for the Point Grey campus, and the other on the neighbouring residential area of University Hill.

Anybody conducting research on the built environment of the University would do well to begin by consulting with these resources.

This is a reminder for those who are interested in participating in the “Orientation to Connect” training session. This is the last one offered by ETS in September. It is scheduled for EDCP members, but everyone is welcome. 
Time: September 25th, 10:00-11:30am
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