General Librarian, UBC Okanagan Campus Library (full time, ongoing)

Scholarly Communications, UBC Okanagan Campus Library


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. Visit the campus website for more information:

Currently, there are approximately 8,400 UBC Okanagan undergraduate and graduate students and 350 faculty members. Administratively, UBC Okanagan 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.

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Overview of the position

We are seeking a dynamic, visionary librarian to be responsible for the growing Scholarly Communications unit of the Okanagan Campus Library. The Scholarly Communications Librarian provides graduate and undergraduate students with opportunities to advance their writing skills, as well as support in sharing their research findings, through leadership of Language, Writing and Research Services at UBC Okanagan. The Librarian assumes a lead role in digital scholarship within the UBCO Library context by working with the Chief Librarian to develop and cultivate the scholarly communications program, and plans and implements services that respond to student and faculty needs. This position will assume responsibility for management of staff, services, and projects as required, and may assume responsibility for designated subject areas and liaison with assigned departments.

The nature and scope of responsibilities for this and other Library positions are expected to change as the Library organization evolves.

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.

A detailed job description can be viewed online.


Qualifications and requirements

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A graduate degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent from an accredited institution. Knowledge of scholarly communication, publishing trends, and the information needs of researchers and students in an academic context are essential. Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as demonstrated skills in leadership, planning, and evaluation are required. The ability to adjust priorities in a continuously changing academic and technological environment is necessary.

Preferred qualifications: A Ph.D and/or extensive evidence of scholarly writing activity, as well as experience with teaching of scholarly writing and dissemination, including rhetoric. Public service and instructional experience in an academic library, or equivalent experience, is desirable.


Terms of Appointment and Salary

This position will be filled as a full time ongoing position. This position is governed by the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association; it is not an excluded 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.


How to Apply

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Applications for this exciting opportunity are to 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; and detailed and current curriculum vitae.

For further inquiries, please contact Lois Marshall at

To ensure full consideration, complete applications are to be submitted by 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, June 15, 2014.


UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community.  We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Disaster Print, 1854, from the Japanese Maps of the Tokugawa Era Collection.

Disaster Print, 1854, from the Japanese Maps of the Tokugawa Era Collection.


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