Head, Education Library
Full-time, ongoing General Librarian position with 5 year renewable Head term
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus

Anticipated start date: January 2, 2018

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 14 branches and divisions, 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 collection of over 7M items includes 1.4M ebooks, 229,020 electronic journals, 850,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials, and 1,703 bibliographic and full-text databases.

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.  To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library – Why work with us.

EDUCATION LIBRARY

The Education Library collections serve as the foundation for teaching and research in the Faculty of Education. The Library’s development is unique and changing and the relationships between practice, theory and research have resulted in building a distinctive collection.  For nearly twenty years, materials supporting practica and basic pedagogical courses comprised the core holdings of what was a Curriculum Laboratory.  Now, the Education Library collections are comprised of children’s books, school texts, and multimedia for K-12, as well as, professional monographs, serials, microfiche and electronic resources dealing with teaching strategies, ideas and research in Education.  A high priority is placed on materials that reflect Canadian content and approach and materials pertaining to BC Education.  For more detailed information see the Branch website at education.library.ubc.ca.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Education Library provides reference, information, bibliographic and circulation services in support of undergraduates, graduate students and faculty of the Faculty of Education and to others requiring the use of the collection and services.  The Head is responsible for providing the leadership necessary to develop facilities, collections, and programs including organization, administration, and operation of services. Within the context of a changing environment, the Head will facilitate the planning for and implementation of a service model which focuses on meeting user needs by the provision of information, consulting services, and instructional programs delivered by reference and other library staff. The nature and scope of responsibilities are carried out within the context of a changing environment and in collaboration with colleagues and staff as appropriate as the Library organization and operational model evolves.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science.
  • An academic background in education or equivalent knowledge gained through professional experience working in the educational sector.
  • Demonstrated effective administrative, management and leadership skills developed and demonstrated by progressively responsible work experiences. 
  • Managerial and supervisory experience.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Experience in managing a complex budget.
  • Dedicated to cultivating an inclusive environment that recognizes barriers faced by people and encourages and incorporates contributions from diverse groups and individuals.
  • Contributes to the Library’s sense of community and achievement of common goals through cooperation across units and encouragement of equitable and balanced involvement in decision making.
  • Promotes and fosters a supportive and open environment built on appreciation, recognition, learning and professional growth.
  • Works to build a team environment built on positive working relationships, provides guidance and resources to teams while trusting them to excel.

Preferred:

  • A B.Ed degree.
  • Relevant professional experience, familiarity with bibliography, faculty-library liaison, electronic services, collection development and library instruction.
  • A commitment to responsive and innovative information services, development of space to meet user needs, and a vision for the future.
  • Experience in leading, developing and implementing strategic priorities, preferably within a large academic research library.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

The Head, Education Library works under the general direction of and reports to an Associate University Librarian (AUL). The Head consults with the appropriate AUL/Manager/Director/Head concerning the budget for collections, ordering and processing of Library materials, and collection development and preservation; financial and facilities matters; systems issues; human resources; and development. The Head cooperates with the Heads of other branches and divisions in the provision of services and the development of collections, and ensures that relevant issues are discussed with the Dean of Education, the Associate Dean, or other administrators within the Faculty. The Head also works with relevant external organizations and community partners.

DUTIES

  1. Provides vision and leadership for the Education Library operations and services. Develops and implements goals and objectives that support the UBC Library’s strategic plan.
  2. Provides leadership for the librarians, M&P and CUPE staff in the Education Library. Participates in the recruitment and selection of faculty and staff for the unit. Manages workforce planning, performance management reviews, assessing and recommending training and learning opportunities, performing annuals reviews, making merit recommendations and engaging with employees through open dialogue and discussion.
  3. Assesses needs of library users and opportunities for new programs and services by consulting with users; keeping up with changes in curriculum and new areas of research, maintains strong relationships with key stakeholders in the Faculty of Education and other related Faculties.  Ensures consultation with the Library on new/changed courses and curriculum.  Works with members of the external community on community engagement opportunities.
  4. Prepares and monitors budgets, allocates and is accountable for the use of resources.  This includes setting unit priorities in consultation with staff and users.
  5. Oversees the development of collections ensuring that faculty and students are consulted on a regular basis.  Ensures that librarians consult with interested faculty about collection development.
  6. Oversees the management of the physical collections in the Education Library, including the development of criteria for the transfer of materials to storage and weeding.
  7. Evaluates space needs and plans new spaces to meet new and evolving user needs.
  8. Participates in the development and delivery of reference, research and instructional programs in the Education Library.
  9. Participates in and supports the collaborative work of the UBC public service branches to ensure excellent service to users and to ensure effective use of resources.
  10. Engages in the management of the UBC Library by participating as a member of appropriate committees.
  11. Contributes to the initiatives of the Library Development Office in obtaining funding in support of the programs and services of the Education Library. Participates in the preparation of grant applications and administration of grants.
  12. Participates in professional and university wide initiatives.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT AND SALARY                         

This position will be filled as a full-time, ongoing General Librarian position with a five year renewable administrative term as Head, Education Library. 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 the 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.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Applications will include: a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above; a detailed and current curriculum vitae.

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at hr.ubc.ca by midnight on October 4, 2017.

 

Photo credit: Don Erhardt

 

Situated on the UBC Vancouver campus, the Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution (APDR) Project is comprised of a network of colleagues not just from UBC but also from partner institutions in North America and Asia. The APDR Project supports research, analysis and policy proposals on cross-cultural dispute resolution in the areas of trade and human rights, with particular attention to Canada, China, India, Indonesia and Japan.

 

Known as an MCRI (Major Collaborative Research Initiatives) project, it is “a flagship-funding program within the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)” whose principal investigator is Dr. Pitman Potter, a professor at UBC’s Allard School of Law. He has ‘published several books such as Assessing Treaty Performance in China: Trade and Human Rights (Vancouver and Toronto: UBC Press, 2014) and The Legal System of the People’s Republic of China (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013) and over 100 articles and essays’.

 

With the last part of this multi-year project falling into place, the dissemination of the multiple findings are now underway as each country and its research team of representatives prepare to release their publications. These much-anticipated publications are arranged around the following key ‘topics in which the research findings have been grouped for dissemination – development, good governance, health, labour and poverty/inequality – with these volumes which include papers from members of the different research teams’. They also added, “The number of publications from the project, as can be expected from a project in its last stage, is quite vast and varied in types. At the moment, we are updating the inventory of publications and they are being classified according to five main types: book, book chapter, journal article, policy report and miscellaneous (media and other types of publications)”.

 

So while the APDR Project was ‘granted funding before May of 2015, the new policy on Open Access released by SSHRC last year is not mandatory, the stakeholders are aware [that] this is something the agency is encouraging for all [of] its projects’.

 

Download the APDR Working Papers Series‘ items now (see directly below) and stay tuned for more new items coming soon!

 

APDR Working Papers Series’ items:

Learning Networks as a Tool for Good Governance: The Case of the Canada-China Forum on Industrial Relations and Employment Standards

Introduction: Labour and Human Rights

AIDS, Human Rights, and Public Security in China

Public Health and Drug Policing in Malaysia: Using Empirical Evidence for Advocacy

Four Suggestions on Establishing a Legal Environment for a Speedy Transformation of the Economic Development Model

An Analysis of the Social and Legal Problems in Transitional China

Inclusive Workplace Practice in Canada: Competing Inequalities in an Industrial-Mobile Society

 

Our #SBAlibrary summer reading challenge was a great opportunity to delve into the world of business reading. With help from community members and organizations, we featured books that help entrepreneurs keep up with trends, build important skills, and be inspired by innovation. As we wrap up #SBAlibrary for the year, we want to take an opportunity to spotlight some of the most outstanding business reads that we featured this summer.

 

Most Recommended:

Originals by Adam Grant

Librarians at both the Vancouver Public Library and the Kelowna Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library recommended Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant. Grant, an organizational psychologist, is another familiar name for frequent business readers – he has published two other best-selling books – and his TED Talks have been praised for inspiring increased creativity. In Originals, Grant brings together diverse stories and studies to explore how to recognize good ideas, speak up, build effective coalitions, and manage fear and doubt.

Most Social Media Engagement

The Content Planner by Angela Crocker

The Read Local BC project advised us to check out Self-Counsel Press, a North Vancouver-based business publisher, as we collected summer business reads. This led us to The Content Planner by BC author Angela Crocker. Published this year, The Content Planner provides tailored structures for readers to learn to write more professionally, share content consistent with their brand, and better serve their customer base. Appropriately for a book about crafting web content, this book received an especially positive reception from our Twitter followers.

Best Cover Design

In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney

In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice From Over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by best-selling author Grace Bonney stands out for its fascinating interviews with diverse female leaders, but it first drew us in because of its engaging cover design. With its practical and empowering insights, In the Company of Women is just as good as its cover!

Team Pick

Without Excuses by Joe Watson

Here at the SBA we highly value the important contributions of equity and inclusion in the business world. Without Excuses: Unleash the Power of Diversity to Build Your Business by strategic advisor Joe Watson brings a unique perspective to conversations about diversity at work. Watson offers proven, practical strategies for building diversity and challenges readers to push past their comfort zones.

Canadian Read

An Army of Problem Solvers by Shaun Loney

In An Army of Problem Solvers: Reconciliation and the Solutions Economy, Shaun Loney draws on his experiences as one of Canada’s leading social enterprise developers to make a case that Canada cannot achieve reconciliation without allowing the re-emergence of local economies. Loney believes that the key to this re-emergence is the “solutions economy” – social enterprises, social entrepreneurs, and the small farm movement. This book is a must-read for any Canadian interested in social entrepreneurship. Thanks to Burnaby Public Library for the recommendation!

Business Biography

Walking in the Woods by Herb Belcourt

Autobiographies by business leaders offer insights on professional and personal development that entrepreneurs can apply in their daily lives. In Walking in the Woods: A Métis Journey, the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Herb Belcourt reflects candidly on his life experiences. Born in a small log home during the Great Depression, Belcourt became a successful business owner and founded initiatives that have made a difference in the lives of many Métis Albertans. No matter your background, this book has something for every reader.

Modern Classic

Grit by Angela Duckworth

After reading Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, you can understand why author Angela Duckworth won a MacArthur Genius Grant. Duckworth shares findings from her research about success, which revealed that grit – a combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal – is a hallmark of high achievers. Don’t have time to pick up the book? Check out Duckworth’s dynamic TED Talk on the same subject.
 

To explore the rest of our #SBALibrary recommendations, check out the #SBAlibrary hashtag on Twitter. Are you looking for a personalized or more specific business reading recommendation? Visit your local library for recommendations and resources!

Books

Our #SBAlibrary summer reading challenge was a great opportunity to delve into the world of business reading. With help from community members and organizations, we featured books that help entrepreneurs keep up with trends, build important skills, and be inspired by innovation. As we wrap up #SBAlibrary for the year, we want to take an opportunity to spotlight some of the most outstanding business reads that we featured this summer.

 

Most Recommended:

Originals by Adam Grant

Librarians at both the Vancouver Public Library and the Kelowna Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library recommended Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant. Grant, an organizational psychologist, is another familiar name for frequent business readers – he has published two other best-selling books – and his TED Talks have been praised for inspiring increased creativity. In Originals, Grant brings together diverse stories and studies to explore how to recognize good ideas, speak up, build effective coalitions, and manage fear and doubt.

Most Social Media Engagement

The Content Planner by Angela Crocker

The Read Local BC project advised us to check out Self-Counsel Press, a North Vancouver-based business publisher, as we collected summer business reads. This led us to The Content Planner by BC author Angela Crocker. Published this year, The Content Planner provides tailored structures for readers to learn to write more professionally, share content consistent with their brand, and better serve their customer base. Appropriately for a book about crafting web content, this book received an especially positive reception from our Twitter followers.

Best Cover Design

In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney

In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice From Over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by best-selling author Grace Bonney stands out for its fascinating interviews with diverse female leaders, but it first drew us in because of its engaging cover design. With its practical and empowering insights, In the Company of Women is just as good as its cover!

Team Pick

Without Excuses by Joe Watson

Here at the SBA we highly value the important contributions of equity and inclusion in the business world. Without Excuses: Unleash the Power of Diversity to Build Your Business by strategic advisor Joe Watson brings a unique perspective to conversations about diversity at work. Watson offers proven, practical strategies for building diversity and challenges readers to push past their comfort zones.

Canadian Read

An Army of Problem Solvers by Shaun Loney

In An Army of Problem Solvers: Reconciliation and the Solutions Economy, Shaun Loney draws on his experiences as one of Canada’s leading social enterprise developers to make a case that Canada cannot achieve reconciliation without allowing the re-emergence of local economies. Loney believes that the key to this re-emergence is the “solutions economy” – social enterprises, social entrepreneurs, and the small farm movement. This book is a must-read for any Canadian interested in social entrepreneurship. Thanks to Burnaby Public Library for the recommendation!

Business Biography

Walking in the Woods by Herb Belcourt

Autobiographies by business leaders offer insights on professional and personal development that entrepreneurs can apply in their daily lives. In Walking in the Woods: A Métis Journey, the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Herb Belcourt reflects candidly on his life experiences. Born in a small log home during the Great Depression, Belcourt became a successful business owner and founded initiatives that have made a difference in the lives of many Métis Albertans. No matter your background, this book has something for every reader.

Modern Classic

Grit by Angela Duckworth

After reading Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, you can understand why author Angela Duckworth won a MacArthur Genius Grant. Duckworth shares findings from her research about success, which revealed that grit – a combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal – is a hallmark of high achievers. Don’t have time to pick up the book? Check out Duckworth’s dynamic TED Talk on the same subject.
 

To explore the rest of our #SBALibrary recommendations, check out the #SBAlibrary hashtag on Twitter. Are you looking for a personalized or more specific business reading recommendation? Visit your local library for recommendations and resources!

Books

Hello:

Due to conflicts in staff scheduling, the eResources & Access Team will all be away on Friday, September 1st.

Please do report any problems or access issues via our Help Form, and we will get to them on September 5th (after Labour Day).

Sorry for the inconvenience.

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD1602 .L395 2016
Richard Lawson, Damages for Breach of Contract (London: Thomson Reuters (Professional) UK Limited, 2016).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE3170 .S28 2017
Larry Savage & Charles W. Smith, Unions in Court: Organized Labour and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2017).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE3660.5 .R44 2017
Trudo Lemmens et al., eds., Regulating Creation: The Law, Ethics, and Policy of Assisted Human Reproduction (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KNQ3191 .B45 2017
Weitseng Chen, ed., he Beijing Consensus?: How China Has Changed Western Ideas of Law and Economic Development (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Join us September 12, 2017 or September 20, 2017.

The Law Library is offering the following training sessions for current Allard School of Law students and faculty.

WestlawNext Canada

  • Monday, September 18, 2017 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Lexis Advance Quicklaw

  • Monday, September 25, 2017 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

To register, please see Law – Commercial Databases Training Sessions

The Digitization Centre’s work is housed online in Open Collections, with projects organized into collections. Occasionally, objects are digitized alone or in a small group, and these are placed in Special Projects—our own home for wayward items. Being a bit of a grab-bag, it is one of our favourite places to explore and gain insight on the breadth of the UBC collection.



This Debussy piano score has some great marginalia, including a date of 1913 on the front and many playing notes throughout- including some comments about a co-performer.

The digital copy of the Tu Fu poem “Gazing at Taishan” has only been seen 45 times in Open Collections- a truly beautiful work.


This map, with the verbose name of “Fraser River and Burrard Inlet surveyed by Captn. G.H. Richards, assisted by Lieutt. R.C. Mayne … [et al.], H.M.S. Plumper 1859-60 ; Burrard Inlet by Mr. W.J. Stewart by order of the Government of the Dominion of Canada, 1891 ; engraved by J. & C. Walker” has a most enjoyable fold-up bit in the corner.


This 1890 map of Vancouver goes both local and global: many façades of buildings found downtown, but also a world map so you know where Vancouver is in relation to everywhere else, I guess?

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