Visualization and Emerging Media Librarian

The University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus

Full-Time, Ongoing

Anticipated Start Date: December 1, 2018 

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITY:

The Visualization and Emerging Media Librarian leads the design, creation, development and implementation of programs and services to support data visualization and emerging media needs in teaching, learning, scholarship, and research.

The Librarian will manage, and assist users in managing, data visualization projects including developing project plans, assessment, identification of appropriate resources required, design, data mining/analysis and implementation as required to achieve successful data visualization.  This individual collaborates with users, teams, and departments across the University and in the community, and works collegially to develop a planned and strategic approach to this new area of service. The position conducts individual and specific needs assessments to inform service, technical, teaching & learning, and infrastructural requirements. This position is also responsible for designing and delivering training, presentations, workshops, and classes on approaching, creating, implementing and using visualization and immersion tools in a variety of academic settings.

The position also provides reference and information services to faculty, students and other users in UBC’s Okanagan campus Library. Assumes responsibility for designated subject areas and liaison with assigned departments. Provides web-based and classroom instruction and assistance in use of information resources. Plans and implements services that respond to needs of users in UBC’s Okanagan campus Library. Participates in the development of Library policy, procedures and services. Assumes responsibility for coordination and management of staff, services and projects, as required. Evening and weekend work may be required. The nature and scope of responsibilities for this and other Library positions are expected to change as the Library organization evolves.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

A graduate degree from an ALA-accredited Library Science program is required. An academic background in a subject area within the scope of UBC’s Okanagan campus or equivalent knowledge gained through professional experience is required.

Demonstrated knowledge of data extraction, analysis, and visualization methods. Experience using proprietary and open-source digital technologies, such as geographic information systems, statistical software, and visualization tools such as Unity, D3.js, Tableau, Mathematica, and/or R.

Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills; ability to work in a team situation; ability to make decisions based on problem solving skills; and the ability to focus on important issues are essential.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Experience developing and supporting visualizations in teaching, scholarship, and scholarly communication projects. Knowledge of research data management and digital preservation.

Experience in assisting scholars in the development of digital scholarship.

As this position will have a strong focus on supporting the academic mission of the University, experience with the following would be considered a significant asset:

  • preparing and facilitating workshops and presentations
  • planning, creating, and updating digital learning objects (including tutorials, learning modules, and instructional materials)
  • formal teaching experience

An advanced academic degree in a field related to the responsibilities of the position (such as humanities, sciences, social sciences, computer science, data sciences, or design) preferred.

RELATIONSHIPS:

Reports to the Associate Chief Librarian at UBC’s Okanagan campus Library. Coordinates activities with other Librarians at UBC’s Okanagan campus and collaborates with Librarians throughout the UBC Library system. Works closely and collaboratively with the Senior Manager, Media and Classroom Services and the Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning. Maintains a strong working relationship with the Manager, UBC Studios, and Director, Advanced Research Computing (ARC) and members of the ARC team.

May be requested to act on behalf of the Associate Chief Librarian at UBC’s Okanagan campus

Library. Works closely with colleagues in other units within UBC. Works with faculty, students, staff and the public.

DUTIES:

Visualization and Emerging Media Services:

  1. Designs, develops and implements programming and services for The Commons visualization, immersion, and emerging media spaces.
  2. Assists faculty with the integration of data visualization and emerging media into the design, assessment, and delivery of their courses.
  3. Collaborates with students, faculty, and staff to contribute expertise to visualization projects, research, practice, teaching, and classes in a range of disciplines.
  4. Leads presentations, workshops, and classes, for faculty, staff, and students, and creates and shares learning materials and guides for users, to facilitate the creation of visualizations and the use of visualization and immersive tools.
  5. Leads the identification and deployment of applications, software, and technology requirements.
  6. Provides consultation, support, teaching, and training to users about tools, techniques, and methods.
  7. Leads the development of policy and procedures related to The Commons Visualization and Emerging Media Studio.
  8. Partners with internal outreach teams and with campus service and support areas to promote and encourage use of campus visualization spaces.

Reference and Research Services:

  1. Provides reference and research services to UBC’s Okanagan campus students, staff and faculty members as well as collaborates with UBC’s Vancouver campus Librarians to provide services to all UBC faculty, staff and students and members of the public, as required.
  2. Provides training and back-up for Library Services Assistants.
  3. Works with other staff to develop and maintain the UBC’s Okanagan Campus Library presence on the UBC Library web pages and throughout UBC, as appropriate.
  4. As the librarian responsible for particular subjects, advises and assists in difficult or extensive searches in these areas. Employs the full range of Internet, electronic and print resources, as required.

Library Teaching and Orientation:

  1. Teaches classes in the use of resources available to users of the Library, including the Library’s catalogue, print resources and e-resources. May also provide instruction in the use of a variety of types of software.
  2. Undertakes specialized instructional programs including planning, designing and organizing and using various formats for presentation.
  3. Participates in orientation tours and Library-use instruction programs.
  4. Prepares handouts, research guides and informational brochures in collaboration with UBC’s Vancouver campus Library.
  5. Provides instruction/presentations to faculty, staff, and students (in the Library, online and in the faculty departments).

Faculty Liaison:

  1. Initiates and maintains contact with faculty in assigned departments
  2. Liaises with faculty on issues of copyright, collection development and management, and on issues related to properly archiving research outputs.
  3. Works with faculty on the development and delivery of information and research modules, services and courses or workshops and course readings for students at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
  4. Attends faculty meetings and events and participates in faculty committees in designated subject areas as appropriate.
  5. Responds to requests from faculty for Library involvement in accreditation, new course proposals, etc., in consultation with the Associate Chief Librarian.

Collection Development and Management:

  1. Responsible for the selection of new resources in designated subject areas for the Library at UBC’s Okanagan campus in consultation with other UBC Librarians and departmental representatives.
  2. Participates in the development and application of criteria for the review of electronic subscriptions, transfer of print materials to storage and for weeding.
  3. In consultation with other UBC Librarians, participates in the evaluation of potential gifts-in-kind to the Library at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
  4. Participates in the monitoring and maintenance of UBC’s Okanagan Campus Library reference collection.

Supervision and Administration:

  1. May be required to supervise staff.
  2. May be required to act as Associate Chief Librarian in their absence.

Library Liaison:

  1. Represents the UBC Okanagan campus Library on Library committees, working groups and task forces.
  2. Liaises with Librarians in other areas of the UBC Library system.
  3. Maintains an awareness of new literature and research developments in areas of specialization and emerging trends in academic libraries.
  4. Keeps abreast of developments in public services across UBC Library and more widely.

Other Activities:

  1. Identifies best practices and implements as appropriate.
  2. Participates in professional and university-wide initiatives.
  3. Seeks funding opportunities and completes grant applications within UBC’s Okanagan campus Library portfolio and in collaboration with UBC’s Vancouver campus as appropriate.
  4. Performs other duties as assigned.

STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE:

Provision of competent, professional library services.

  • Effective, cooperative working relationships with support staff, colleagues and management at UBC’s Okanagan campus and, more generally, across UBC.
  • Flexible, innovative approaches to problem solving.
  • Effective focus on important issues and demonstrated ability to balance a multitude of responsibilities.
  • Current knowledge of Library policies, practices and procedures and appropriate interpretation of these to staff and users.
  • Effective application of current developments in information resources.

To ensure full consideration, complete applications are to be submitted by 11:59 pm PDT on August 18, 2018.

To apply for this position, please visit the following link:

Please direct your questions to:

Lois Marshall
Manager, Planning and Operations | Library
The University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus
3333 University Way, Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7
Or by e-mail to lois.marshall@ubc.ca

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.

Japanese Language Librarian

Asian Library, UBC Library | Vancouver Campus

Full-Time, Ongoing

Anticipated Start Date: September 1, 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 fulltext 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.  The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2015-2017 can be viewed at http://about.library.ubc.ca/strategic-plan/  To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library – Why work with us.

ASIAN LIBRARY

The Asian Library is a hub of scholarship, learning and community connections, where research meets community.  The Asian Library’s collections, totaling over 684,000 volumes across Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Indic languages, provide key resources in support of teaching and research of Asian studies. The Council on East Asian Libraries consistently ranks UBC among the best in the world—#1 in Canada and #12 in library holdings across North America.  The Asian Library’s rare and special materials further distinguish it as a top-tier research library.  For more information about the Asian Library, please visit us at http://asian.library.ubc.ca/.

POSITION SUMMARY

Provides reference, information services and collection development in support of Japanese studies. Assumes responsibility for liaison with scholars working with Japanese language materials. Provides instruction and assistance in the use of information resources. Supervises the handling of Japanese materials. Acts as liaison with the Japanese specialists at the University and the Japanese-Canadian community. Participates in selection, configuration and presentation of electronic resources in Japanese languages. Participates in the development of library policy, procedures, and services as required. Works collaboratively with library colleagues to strengthen system-wide practices and initiatives. Participates in library committees and contributes to the university’s goals, including those related to diversity and inclusion. May be required to work evenings or weekends. Performs other assigned duties and related projects.

WORKING relationships:

Reports to the Head, Asian Library. Consults with library colleagues, faculty members, Digital Initiatives and the Library Development Office, as necessary. Works with the Technical Services staff on the cataloguing and processing of Japanese language materials. May supervise the work of library support staff and student assistants.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required:

  • Graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science.
  • Excellent proficiency in reading, written and spoken Japanese, as well as an excellent command of spoken and written English.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Modified Hepburn Romanization System.
  • Ability to write professional reports and to deliver presentations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a strong track record in working collaboratively with colleagues and supervisors.
  • Demonstrated interest in issues facing libraries and academic institutions such as open access, digital scholarship and metrics.
  • Strong computer skills, including word-processing for English and Japanese.
  • Knowledge of current collections trends and databases related to Japanese Studies.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Japanese Studies bibliography and resources.
  • Experience handling a budget for collections, projects and/or programs.
  • Demonstrated ability in creating, planning and carrying out projects, both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Experience with electronic information technologies and their applications to reference, as well as knowledge of best practices in online learning pedagogies.
  • Ability to adjust to and accommodate changing demands within Libraries and academic institutions.
  • Evidence of active participation in professional or community organizations. 
  • Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.  Takes initiative in learning about language and issues relating to equity and diversity.
  • Ability to recognize and appreciate the contributions of colleagues.
  • Models and demonstrates good communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback.
  • Listens to, encourages and expresses creative and innovative ideas. Open to experimenting with and improvising new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems.

Preferred:

  • Working knowledge of Chinese or Korean.
  • Advanced degree in Asian Studies.
  • Experience with collections development for both print and electronic resources.
  • Knowledge of RDA, AACR2, LCSH, LC Classification.
  • Experience using LibGuides
  • Experience using OCLC.
  • Experience with digitization projects.

DUTIES:

Reference, Instruction and Liaison Services

  1. Develops and participates in instructional programs related to the Japanese language collection and the use of information sources. Undertakes specialized instructional programs for both undergraduate and graduate learners. Prepares guides and handouts in electronic and paper formats and organizes user groups on the advanced use of electronic resources. Participates in Library orientations and bibliographic instruction programmes for new students, faculty, and staff.
  1. Provides comprehensive reference and research services in Japanese studies. Develops web resources to support and extend reference services. Assists users in locating Japanese materials from other East Asian collections in North America as well as Japan and facilitates inter-library loans when required.
  1. Acts as liaison between the Asian Library and the Japanese specialists at UBC in matters concerning the Japanese collections and Library services and other units in the Library System in matters concerning Japanese materials.
  2. Translates Japanese into English and English into Japanese within the framework of the services and practices of the Asian Library.

Digital Projects

  1. Works with Digital Initiatives on the selection and implementation of digitization projects.
  2. Provides guidance to scholars and students on data analysis tools relevant to Japanese Studies and digitized collections.
  3. Continually builds on expertise in this area through a combination of self study and professional development opportunities.

Rare Books and Special Collections

  1. Works closely with colleagues in Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) on projects concerning Japanese language rare and archival materials.
  2. Collaborates with RBSC colleagues on collection development issues.
  3. Coordinates the digitization of rare materials in conjunction with RBSC.

Technical Services, Collection Development and Management

  1. Selects material for the Japanese language collections and both print and electronic material from the collection for storage, according to curricular and research needs of faculty and students. Suggests new print and electronic serials titles based on faculty needs and monitors and evaluates the Japanese language periodical collections. Assists in the development of collection policies.
  2. For electronic material in Japanese, works with the Head and other library staff to create access and resolve user support issues, which may include licensing, systems configuration, presentation and evaluation.
  3. Selects monographs and serials in print and electronic format. Consults with the Head and the AUL, Collections Management in cases of expensive and rare materials.
  4. Identifies Japanese language materials that should be moved to a storage facility, or weeded from the collection.
  5. Administers the Japanese Government Publications Depository Programme and scans the new shipments before they are sent to other divisions for processing. Maintains and facilitates access to the Japanese special collections.
  6. Assesses, selects, and processes Japanese materials received through gift or exchange. Handles book donations from individuals or organizations. Performs monetary evaluations as required.
  7. Maintains and facilitates access to the Japanese special collections.
  8. Keeps up with literature and research developments in support of the Asian Library. Maintains expertise in electronic information resources and technologies and assists in the acquisition and application of Japanese software for technical services.
  9. Advises and assists regarding Japanese monographs and serials for binding.
  10. Manages the Japanese book funds and monitors expenditures to ensure consistency with the allocations. Assesses, selects and processes materials received as gifts or on exchange.  Does monetary evaluations as required.
  11. Works closely with Technical Services staff regarding acquisition and cataloguing of Japanese materials.

Community and Professional Engagement

  1. Organizes community engagement activities or events related to Japan or Japanese Studies. Creates project plans for these activities, including budgetary planning.
  2. Contributes to branch-wide initiatives, working together with the Head and other language librarians.
  3. Prepares or curates book displays or exhibits on Japan or Japanese Studies.
  4. Serves as liaison with the Japanese-Canadian Community.
  5. Actively participates in professional associations and bodies related to Japanese studies librarianship.

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 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.

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 5 years of experience.  However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply.

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 detailed and current curriculum vitae; and 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.  

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/faculty.php by midnight on July 24, 2018.

Art Librarian

Music, Art & Architecture Library, UBC Library | Vancouver Campus

Full-Time, One Year Term

Anticipated Start Date: September 1, 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 fulltext 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.  The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2015-2017 can be viewed at http://about.library.ubc.ca/strategic-plan/  To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library – Why work with us.

MUSIC, ART & ARCHITECTURE LIBRARY

The Music, Art and Architecture (MAA) Library supports the study, research and teaching needs of the faculty, students and staff in the School of Music; the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory; the School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture; and the School of Community & Regional Planning. In addition, MAA Library holds the research collections belonging to the School of Library, Archival & Information Studies and the Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science departments. MAA Library is home to the ASRS, UBC Library’s Automated Storage and Retrieval System, and as such is responsible for the circulation of the facility’s materials which span all subject areas. MAA Library prioritizes collecting, preserving and making accessible our Canadian cultural heritage (e.g., the Canadian Art Exhibition Catalogue Collection, the Canadian Women Composers Archive). For more detailed branch information, please see MAA Library’s website: https://barber.library.ubc.ca

POSITION SUMMARY

Provides reference and information services to faculty, students, staff, and community users and assumes responsibility for designated subject areas, including but not limited to art history and visual art, and liaison with assigned departments, including but not limited to the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory (AHVA).  Participates in the development and assessment of the library collections and leads the development, preservation, and evolution of UBC Library’s art history and visual art collection. Provides web-based and classroom instruction and assistance in the use of information resources. Plans and implements services that respond to the needs of our users.  Participates in the development and review of library policies, procedures, and services.  Is responsible for the coordination and management of services and projects as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

REQUIRED

  • A graduate degree from an ALA accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science
  • Experience with art history and visual art resources
  • Demonstrated ability and enthusiasm to teach classes as well as initiate, plan, and carry out projects both independently and as a member of a team
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Comprehensive information technology and digital literacy skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work creatively and effectively as a member of a team
  • A high-level service commitment and flexibility and willingness to assume a variety of assignments
  • Ability to recognize, respect, and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Demonstrated knowledge of issues related to equity and inclusion.
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships and engage in workplace culture.
  • Ability to recognize and appreciate the contributions of colleagues.
  • Committed to demonstrating respect for colleagues at every level by trusting in their abilities and knowledge to perform their roles and earning respect through meeting commitments.
  • Models and demonstrates good communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback.
  • Listens to, encourages and expresses creative and innovative ideas. Open to experimenting with and improvising new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems.

PREFERRED

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in art history or related discipline
  • Library experience in the additional disciplines of architecture, music, and/or planning
  • Reading knowledge of French and at least one other foreign language
  • Experience with outreach, promotion, and marketing of library services and resources

 

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:

Reports to the Head, Music, Art & Architecture (MAA) Library.  Works cooperatively with librarians and support staff in the MAA Library, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Rare Books & Special Collections, Technical Services, Digital Initiatives, and other departmental employees. Builds relationships with faculty, students, and the community as part of Reference, Teaching, Collections, and Liaison duties.

 DUTIES:

REFERENCE

Provides online and in-person reference and information services to faculty, students, and other users. Advises and assists in difficult or extensive searches for related subject areas of responsibility.  Employs the full range of internet, electronic, and print sources.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Teaches classes to students and faculty in the use of the Library’s resources, including the Library’s databases, print resources, and e-resources. Participates in orientation tours and other Library instruction programs. Prepares handouts, research guides, and informational brochures in appropriate formats.

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT

Selects art resources across all formats with consideration of the art collection’s role supporting research, faculty teaching, and identity as a major local, provincial, and national art resource. Develops and maintains the art collection policies and procedures. Oversees the art collection’s budgets to ensure allotments are spent out on time and encumbrances kept within funding allocations. Proactively assesses the state of the collection to align purchasing activities with users’ needs.  Liaises with UBC Library Development Office, UBC Development Office, donors, and AHVA to coordinate receipt of gifts-in-kind.

LIAISON RESPONSIBILITIES

Initiates and maintains contact with faculty, staff, and students in assigned departments.  Attends departmental meetings as needed.  Informs faculty of services and instruction offered.  Liaises with faculty on issues of collection development.  Responds to faculty requests for accreditation/review, new course proposals, etc., in consultation with the Head, MAA Library. Represents MAA Library on library committees and working groups. In collaboration with other Library employees and adhering to UBC Library Communications & Marketing standards, plans, develops, delivers and assesses orientation, promotional, and event-based initiatives. Participates in the advancement and support of UBC Library scholarly communications initiatives, including copyright, open access activities, open education resources (OER), data management, and institutional repository.

MANAGEMENT

In consultation with the Head, plans and implements services for users, processing tasks in the Branch, or other activities as assigned.  Initiates and participates in needs assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation for the provision of information services for the Library.  Undertakes, or assists with, special projects, committee work, or other temporary assignments as required.  Acts on behalf of the Head Librarian as required.

CURRENT AWARENESS

Remains up-to-date with new literature and research developments in areas of specialization. Maintains expertise in electronic information resources and technologies.  Keeps current with changing professional expectations, services requirements, and developments in academic libraries.

 

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT AND SALARY:

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

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 5 years of experience.  However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply. 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 detailed and current curriculum vitae; and 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.  

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/faculty.php by midnight on July 22, 2018.

 

Education Librarian

Education Library, UBC Library | Vancouver Campus

Full-Time, Ongoing

Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 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 fulltext 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.  The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2015-2017 can be viewed at http://about.library.ubc.ca/strategic-plan/  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 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 http://education.library.ubc.ca/.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Education Librarian provides information and research support services to faculty, students, and the UBC community.  Liaison with assigned departments and units.  Participates in the development and assessment of the library collections. Maintains liaison with branch and library technical service units to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of current practices. Participates in activities supporting scholarly communications and flexible learning initiatives – directly through liaison role as well as through collaborative participation with UBC Library. Participates in the planning, development, delivery and assessment of instructional programming to support the information and digital literacy mandate of the Faculty of Education as well as that of the UBC Library.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

Required:

  • A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science.
  • Experience and familiarity with education specific resources.
  • A commitment to providing responsive and innovative information services.
  • Ability to design and implement informational and instructional content both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • A strong service commitment, flexibility, and willingness to assume a variety of assignments.
  • Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Takes initiative in learning about language and issues relating to equity and diversity.
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships and engage in workplace culture.
  • Ability to recognize and appreciate the contributions of colleagues.
  • Committed to demonstrating respect for colleagues at every level by trusting in their abilities and knowledge to perform their roles and earning respect through meeting commitments.
  • Models and demonstrates good communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback.
  • Listens to, encourages and expresses creative and innovative ideas. Open to experiment and improvise with new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems.

Preferred:

  • A Bachelor of Education or related academic background and experience in the education sector.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:

Reports to Head of the Education Library; may represent the Head in their absence where appropriate. Works closely with all library employees within branch and in other units as necessary.  Builds relationships with faculty, students and other branch employees as part of Information Services, Liaison, and Collections duties and in a manner reflective of aspirational values of UBC Library. In consultation with the Head and in communication with Circulation and Office Manager, develops the duties and supervises the performance of GAA student employees in the branch.

DUTIES:

Information Services, Instruction & Liaison

In consultation with the Head, works collaboratively with other Education librarian(s) and other branch employees in commitment to ongoing growth, development and provision of responsive, inclusive, and impactful information services. Works collaboratively as part of the branch’s Librarian cohort to provide responsive liaison to assigned Faculty department/unit areas and to build overall branch capacity to serve all department/unit areas.

  • Provides information services to faculty, students, and the wider UBC community.  Advises and assists in difficult or extensive searches.
  • Works collaboratively with branch and other UBC Library technical service areas to ensure effective search, discovery and retrieval features of collection.
  • In collaboration with other Library employees and adhering to UBC Library Communications & Marketing standards, plans, develops, delivers and assesses orientation, promotional, and event-based initiatives.
  • Using the Library’s content management tools and adhering to UBC Library Communications & Marketing standards, develops and maintains a wide range of web-based resources, including the creation of web pages, instructional materials, subject and research guides, tutorials, and other learning objects. 
  • Initiates and maintains strong working relationships and collaboration with faculty in assigned liaison areas; communicates regularly, attends department or unit meetings as necessary.
  • Collaborates with faculty and works independently to provide responsive instruction to students, incorporating program-identified information and digital literacy outcomes for graduates; the flexible learning mandate of UBC; and other frameworks for information literacy in higher education.
  • Provides general and specialized research assistance and consultation to support knowledge production within the Faculty of Education.
  • Participates in the advancement and support of UBC Library scholarly communications initiatives, including copyright, open access activities, open education resources (OER), data management, and institutional repository.

COLLECTIONS

In consultation with the Head and faculty in liaison areas, works collaboratively to ensure the Education Library’s print, electronic, other materials and historic collections are reflective of current practices in education as well as allowing for extensive scholarly research.

  • Selects library materials reflecting the breadth and scope of scholarship in education including: professional literature, children’s and young adult reading and learning material, other classroom support materials reflecting current pedagogical practice in education.
  • Remains current in liaison area publications; especially those produced by UBC Faculty of Education.
  • Uses analytics and other assessment tools to develop the collection, including participating in ongoing monitoring and evaluation of collection holdings, and making decisions for retention or deselection based on branch collection development policies.
  • Participates in projects, both within the branch and in collaboration with other UBC library branches, designed to curate and preserve historic education material for use in education research.
  • Participates in ongoing development and revision of branch collection policies.

Current Awareness

Remains current with new literature and research developments in areas of specialization through scanning of journal and other professional literature, monitoring of electronic sources, etc. Maintains expertise in electronic information resources and technologies. Keeps current with changing professional expectations, services requirements, and developments in academic libraries. Keeps current with developments in education policy and professional practice, specifically in the province of BC, and in areas of special interest. Participates in a community of practice with other Education librarians, ensuring currency in subject specific scholarship, practice and collaborative librarianship.

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 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.

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 5 years of experience.  However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply.

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 detailed and current curriculum vitae; and 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.  

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/faculty.php by midnight on May 16, 2018.

Chinese Rare Books Cataloguer Librarian , Technical Services

UBC Library, Vancouver Campus

(Full-Time, One Year Term)

Anticipated Start Date: April 1, 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 fulltext 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. The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2015-2017 can be viewed at http://about.library.ubc.ca/strategic-plan/ To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit http://about.library.ubc.ca/work-with-us/why-work-with-us/.

PUBAN COLLECTION

The Puban Collection, formerly owned by Yao Junshi of Macao and acquired by UBC in 1959 with funds from the Friends of the Library and Dr. Walter Koerner, contains some 3,200 Chinese titles in about 45,000 volumes in thread-stitched binding, the majority of which came from the well-known Nanzhou Studio of Guangdong Province. With numerous rare editions in many subject fields such as history, literature, philology and philosophy, it is one of the most distinguished Chinese collections in North America.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Chinese Rare Books Cataloguer Librarian will work exclusively with the Puban Collection in Rare Books and Special Collection at UBC Library for a one (1) year term. The key area of focus will be to provide bibliographic control for selected materials from the Puban Collection and identified for subsequent digitization. This will include creating full-level bibliographic records in national databases according to cataloguing standards developed for rare materials; enriches data in existing bibliographic records; and performs or supervises complex holdings and item maintenance. This position will select items of highest priority for description and digitization, and identify items in greatest need of conservation or preservation. May also contribute to reference and instruction related to Chinese rare books, particularly the Puban Collection. May assist Library Development with donor relationships regarding the Chinese rare Collections.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required:

  • A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science.
  • Native or near-native fluency in Chinese (including knowledge of traditional & simplified characters). Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Thorough knowledge of the Pinyin and Wade-Giles systems of Chinese romanization.
  • Working knowledge of or study of classical Chinese.
  • In-depth knowledge of AACR2R, RDA, Cataloguing Guidelines for Creating Chinese Rare Book Records in Machine-Readable Form and other relevant rare book cataloguing standards.
  • Demonstrated experience carrying out original cataloguing and authority work on Chinese materials using online bibliographic systems (preferably OCLC Connexion and ExLibris Voyager).
  • Familiarity with LCSH, Siku thesaurus, LC-PCC & CONSER cataloguing guidelines and policy statements.
  • Experience with Chinese rare book authentication to distinguish the correct edition from later or forged editions, reprints and commentaries.
  • Demonstrated experience maintaining and developing donor relations with individuals, organizations, and community groups.
  • Strong computer skills, including word-processing for English and Chinese, as well as knowledge of bibliographic databases.
  • Good organizational and project management skills.
  • Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Takes initiative in learning about language and issues relating to equity and diversity.
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships and engage in workplace culture.
  • Committed to demonstrating respect to colleagues at every level by trusting in their abilities and knowledge to perform their roles and earning respect through meeting commitments.
  • Models and demonstrates good communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback.
  • Listens to, encourages and expresses creative and innovative ideas. Open to experimenting and improvising new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems.

Preferred:

  • Familiarity and experience with rare book digitization projects.
  • Experience in an academic library setting, including working with faculty and students, providing instruction, and promoting collections.
  • Substantial knowledge of Chinese literature, history and culture.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:

Reports directly to the Head, Technical Services. Works closely, and may receive direction from, the Head, Rare Books & Special Collections and the Head, Asian Library. Works closely with the Chinese Language Librarian (Asian Library), the Principal Cataloguer (Technical Services) and with librarians and staff in the Rare Books and & Special Collections and Asian Library. Collaborates with the Library’s conservator. Collaborates with Digital Initiatives librarians and staff involved in digitizing Chinese rare materials. Works with Development staff in maintaining donor relationships and promoting the Chinese rare materials. Works with faculty in providing instruction and/or presentations. Consults with colleagues as required.

DUTIES:

Working with the Puban Collection:

  • Provides authentication of the rare books and manuscripts in Chinese.
  • Provides original cataloguing as well as complex copy-cataloguing for rare Chinese materials following international standards (Cataloging Guidelines for Creating Chinese Rare Book Records in Machine-Readable Form) as well as local policies.
  • Works with the Library’s conservator to develop a preservation and conservation strategy for the books.
  • Participates in projects to digitize Chinese rare books, particularly in regards to metadata work.
  • Assists with, develops, and/or maintains relevant documentation pertaining to the local Chinese rare cataloguing standards and processes.
  • Working with the Library Development Office, maintains and develops donor relations and may assist with promotion of the collection.
  • May provide reference, collection, and instruction services and support.
  • Provides reports and documentation on project progress to Project Team on a quarterly basis and as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT AND SALARY:

This position is a full-time, term appointment for one year.

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 3 years of experience. However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply. 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 detailed and current curriculum vitae; and 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.

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit Job ID #28872 on the UBC Careers page at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/faculty.php by midnight on March 4, 2018.

Chinese Rare Books Cataloguer Librarian , Technical Services

UBC Library, Vancouver Campus

(Full-Time, One Year Term)

Anticipated Start Date: April 1, 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 fulltext 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. The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2015-2017 can be viewed at https://about.library.ubc.ca/strategic-plan/ To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit https://about.library.ubc.ca/work-with-us/why-work-with-us/.

PUBAN COLLECTION

The Puban Collection, formerly owned by Yao Junshi of Macao and acquired by UBC in 1959 with funds from the Friends of the Library and Dr. Walter Koerner, contains some 3,200 Chinese titles in about 45,000 volumes in thread-stitched binding, the majority of which came from the well-known Nanzhou Studio of Guangdong Province. With numerous rare editions in many subject fields such as history, literature, philology and philosophy, it is one of the most distinguished Chinese collections in North America.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Chinese Rare Books Cataloguer Librarian will work exclusively with the Puban Collection in Rare Books and Special Collection at UBC Library for a one (1) year term. The key area of focus will be to provide bibliographic control for selected materials from the Puban Collection and identified for subsequent digitization. This will include creating full-level bibliographic records in national databases according to cataloguing standards developed for rare materials; enriches data in existing bibliographic records; and performs or supervises complex holdings and item maintenance. This position will select items of highest priority for description and digitization, and identify items in greatest need of conservation or preservation. May also contribute to reference and instruction related to Chinese rare books, particularly the Puban Collection. May assist Library Development with donor relationships regarding the Chinese rare Collections.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required:

  • A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science.
  • Native or near-native fluency in Chinese (including knowledge of traditional & simplified characters). Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Thorough knowledge of the Pinyin and Wade-Giles systems of Chinese romanization.
  • Working knowledge of or study of classical Chinese.
  • In-depth knowledge of AACR2R, RDA, Cataloguing Guidelines for Creating Chinese Rare Book Records in Machine-Readable Form and other relevant rare book cataloguing standards.
  • Demonstrated experience carrying out original cataloguing and authority work on Chinese materials using online bibliographic systems (preferably OCLC Connexion and ExLibris Voyager).
  • Familiarity with LCSH, Siku thesaurus, LC-PCC & CONSER cataloguing guidelines and policy statements.
  • Experience with Chinese rare book authentication to distinguish the correct edition from later or forged editions, reprints and commentaries.
  • Demonstrated experience maintaining and developing donor relations with individuals, organizations, and community groups.
  • Strong computer skills, including word-processing for English and Chinese, as well as knowledge of bibliographic databases.
  • Good organizational and project management skills.
  • Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Takes initiative in learning about language and issues relating to equity and diversity.
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships and engage in workplace culture.
  • Committed to demonstrating respect to colleagues at every level by trusting in their abilities and knowledge to perform their roles and earning respect through meeting commitments.
  • Models and demonstrates good communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback.
  • Listens to, encourages and expresses creative and innovative ideas. Open to experimenting and improvising new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems.

Preferred:

  • Familiarity and experience with rare book digitization projects.
  • Experience in an academic library setting, including working with faculty and students, providing instruction, and promoting collections.
  • Substantial knowledge of Chinese literature, history and culture.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:

Reports directly to the Head, Technical Services. Works closely, and may receive direction from, the Head, Rare Books & Special Collections and the Head, Asian Library. Works closely with the Chinese Language Librarian (Asian Library), the Principal Cataloguer (Technical Services) and with librarians and staff in the Rare Books and & Special Collections and Asian Library. Collaborates with the Library’s conservator. Collaborates with Digital Initiatives librarians and staff involved in digitizing Chinese rare materials. Works with Development staff in maintaining donor relationships and promoting the Chinese rare materials. Works with faculty in providing instruction and/or presentations. Consults with colleagues as required.

DUTIES:

Working with the Puban Collection:

  • Provides authentication of the rare books and manuscripts in Chinese.
  • Provides original cataloguing as well as complex copy-cataloguing for rare Chinese materials following international standards (Cataloging Guidelines for Creating Chinese Rare Book Records in Machine-Readable Form) as well as local policies.
  • Works with the Library’s conservator to develop a preservation and conservation strategy for the books.
  • Participates in projects to digitize Chinese rare books, particularly in regards to metadata work.
  • Assists with, develops, and/or maintains relevant documentation pertaining to the local Chinese rare cataloguing standards and processes.
  • Working with the Library Development Office, maintains and develops donor relations and may assist with promotion of the collection.
  • May provide reference, collection, and instruction services and support.
  • Provides reports and documentation on project progress to Project Team on a quarterly basis and as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT AND SALARY:

This position is a full-time, term appointment for one year.

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 3 years of experience. However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply. 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 detailed and current curriculum vitae; and 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.

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit Job ID #28872 on the UBC Careers page at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/faculty.php by midnight on March 4, 2018.

HEAD, XWI7XWA LIBRARY

UBC Library, Vancouver Campus

(Full-time, ongoing General Librarian position with 5 year renewable Head term)

Anticipated Start Date: February 1, 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 http://about.library.ubc.ca/work-with-us/why-work-with-us/.

XWI7XWA LIBRARY

The Xwi7xwa Library is located on the ancestral and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking Musqueam people.  It is adjacent to the UBC’s First Nations House of Learning, (FNHL) and is the only separate library dedicated to Indigenous collections and services at an academic institution in Canada. An agreement outlines the relationship between the First Nations House of Learning and Library. Xwi7xwa Library’s work is guided by the UBC Library strategic plan, the 2009 UBC Aboriginal Strategic Plan, ongoing University initiatives, and responses to the Calls to Action in the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Xwi7xwa Library is a world leader in the effective organization and respectful use of Indigenous knowledge and information in academic inquiry. The Library is key to developing UBC’s capacity for advanced work in Indigenous studies and engagement by providing expert staff, unique collections and collaborative space for supporting respectful academic inquiry through teaching, research, and community partnerships.

The Xwi7xwa Library provides leadership and support across the UBC Library to develop improved access to collections and services that support Indigenous perspectives in all fields of study and research and to further the development of the skills to do so in all units of UBC Library. In collaboration with UBC Library Technical Services, Xwi7xwa Library leads in the development of descriptive systems that are based in Indigenous Knowledge Organization, an evolving and emergent area of research and operations. The Library fosters collaborative relationships with Indigenous programs and services at UBC and works closely with the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, other academic units, and community partners to ensure respectful access to materials and critical understanding of Canadian and Indigenous history.

Through building and maintaining relationships with a vibrant network of current and former faculty, staff and students, the Xwi7xwa Library connects the intellectual life of the campus with diverse communities, and serves as a facilitator to many longstanding collaborative knowledge-based projects and initiatives.  Community scholars and educators entrust Xwi7xwa Library with locally developed resources, which form many of the unique materials in the collection.  Xwi7xwa Library has an active and well-regarded profile in public programming at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and other venues that helps to increase campus awareness of Indigenous issues and their relevance, depth, and complexity. The Library participates with the Museum of Anthropology, the Barber Centre, the First Nations House of Learning and many other campus units and community partners in information dissemination and service initiatives. 

Xwi7xwa Library has a close relationship with the First Nations Curriculum Concentration, (FNCC) in the iSchool. It draws students from FNCC to work as graduate academic assistants while at the same time acting as a draw for applicants to the iSchool. The Library actively supports FNCC students by participating in the experiential learning programs offered at the iSchool – through hosting class visits and guest lecturing, as well as offering co-op placements, professional, and practicum experiences.

The Xwi7xwa Library has an important and ongoing role in strategic initiatives in Indigenous research and knowledge organization, and the role of Head Librarian is critical to that function. The nature and scope of this position are expected to change as Indigenous studies, the Library’s organizational structure, and the Library’s strategic position evolve. For more information see the Branch website at http://xwi7xwa.library.ubc.ca/.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Head, Xwi7xwa Library, is responsible for providing strategic leadership for people, services and operations including the development of collections, services, and user spaces and is charged with positioning the Xwi7xwa Library as a vital resource in advancing Indigenous scholarship at the University and beyond. The scope of this position includes the organization, administration, and operation of the Xwi7xwa Library, for the development of its collection, for the provision of effective reference, instructional, and circulation services, and for outreach to partners on and off campus, and to Indigenous and library communities and organizations in Canada and abroad.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science.
  • An undergraduate degree in a subject area relevant to Indigenous studies or equivalent knowledge gained through professional experience in relevant subject areas.
  • A nuanced understanding of Indigenous histories, initiatives and subject materials.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the experiences of Indigenous people and communities and experience working with Indigenous people and communities.
  • 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 graduate degree with an Indigenous focus.
  • Experience with knowledge-based description systems such as Brian Deer Classification and subject headings used in an Indigenous context.
  • Relevant professional experience, familiarity with bibliography, faculty-library liaison, electronic services, collection development and library instruction.
  • Experience in leading, developing and implementing strategic priorities, preferably within a large academic research library.

WORKING relationships:

The Head, Xwi7xwa Library works under the general direction of and is responsible to the University Librarian, or designate, and the Director of the First Nations House of Learning.  The Head supervises a team comprising a public services librarian, an Aboriginal engagement librarian in a position shared with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, two support staff and several part-time graduate academic assistants. 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 Director, the Associate Director, or other administrators within the First Nations House of Learning.  The Head consults with other members of the UBC Library, First Nations House of Learning, community members, and an advisory committee.  The Head also works with relevant external organizations and community partners. 

The nature and scope of this position are expected to change as Indigenous studies, the Library’s organizational structure, and the Library’s strategic position evolve.

Duties:

  1. Provides vision and leadership for the Xwi7xwa Library operation and services. Develops and implements strategies, goals, and objectives that support the UBC Aboriginal Strategic Plan and UBC Library’s strategic plan, and are responsive to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action. Creates a supportive environment for the librarians and CUPE staff in Xwi7xwa Library. Plans for staff development and training by determining the needs of the unit including individual staff needs. Allocates time for training and development.
  2. Assesses the needs of Xwi7xwa Library users by consulting broadly with UBC’s Indigenous community and faculty, researchers, staff and students engaged in First Nations research and scholarship. Maintain knowledge of curriculum changes, program development, and new areas of research. Develop programs and services in response to expressed needs.
  3. Establishes develops and works with a Library Advisory Committee comprised of key stakeholders.
  4. Sets and implements branch priorities. Plans, organizes and manages the people, services and operation of Xwi7xwa Library to enable the successful fulfilment of the Library’s and UBC’s mission and vision regarding Indigenous peoples.
  5. Plans, develops and manages the Xwi7xwa Library operating budgets annually. Develops a programs-based budget for the FNHL funds. Allocates and monitors resources by setting unit priorities, allocating funds/human resources and monitoring expenditures.
  6. Reviews curriculum changes and program development, maintaining liaison with faculty and participating in departmental and faculty meetings as invited.
  7. Develops collections policies, determines the scope of the collection, and selects and orders materials. Oversees Xwi7xwa special collections and archives in conjunction with Rare Books and Special Collections and University Archives.
  8. Works with UBC Library Technical Services in the development of descriptive systems that are based in Indigenous Knowledge Organization.
  9. Develops and maintains a plan for collection curation that maximizes the strategic value of the Xwi7xwa Library building and leverages relationships with other facilities to support collection distribution as required.
  10. Oversees and participates in the provision of reference, circulation, cataloguing and instructional services.
  11. Evaluates existing services, adjusts priorities, allocates human resources and seeks funding as appropriate.
  12. Develops and maintains a good knowledge of Indigenous issues, concerns, and programs to ensure that the Xwi7xwa Library continues to meet the needs of UBC faculty, staff, and students, and Indigenous communities and organizations, and groups and individuals with an interest in Indigenous issues.
  13. Liaises with Indigenous groups to develop Indigenous library and information sciences capacity and provides professional and technical advice as appropriate. Provides leadership to Indigenous librarians, archivists, information managers, and researchers by participation in Indigenous and information management organizations.
  14. Supports fundraising initiatives for the Xwi7xwa Library and participates in the preparation of grant requests and administration of grants. Initiates involvement with the Library Development Office as appropriate opportunities occur.
  15. Participates in professional and university wide initiatives.
  16. Performs other duties as required.

 

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, Xwi7xwa 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.

Indigenous persons are encouraged to apply. 

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 by midnight on December 10, 2017.

Job ID:  28182

Position No:  00046086

Anticipated Start Date:  January 1, 2018

 

DETAILED JOB DESCRIPTION

 

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITY

Advances the Open Scholarship portfolio at the University of British Columbia, with a focus on initiatives that will launch on the Okanagan campus. Open Scholarship aims to promote reproducibility and integrity in research and to increase its quality through robust replicable methods and clear, transparent, and open reporting.

Provides reference and information services to faculty, students and other users in UBC’s Okanagan campus Library.  Assumes responsibility for designated subject areas and liaison with assigned departments.  Provides web-based and classroom instruction and assistance in use of information resources.  Plans and implements services that respond to needs of users in UBC’s Okanagan campus Library.  Participates in the development of Library policy, procedures and services.  Assumes responsibility for coordination and management of staff, services and projects, as required.  Evening and weekend work may be required.  The nature and scope of responsibilities for this and other Library positions are expected to change as the Library organization evolves.  Evening and weekend work will be required. The nature and scope of responsibilities for this and other Library positions are expected to change as the Library organization evolves.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Required: A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science; knowledge of library systems and applications; demonstrated competencies in reference and instructional methodologies in an academic, or research setting, with an emphasis on evidence based practice; excellent organizational and analytical skills; excellent written and oral communication skills including the ability to communicate at a distance; proven ability to work well independently and within large and complex teams; commitment to developing professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis. Some weekend and evening work may be required.
  • Preferred: Academic library experience; a background working in science librarianship and with emerging technologies; e-resource acquisition; knowledge of Open Science and Open Scholarship more broadly, including tools that support its effective implementation.

 

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

Reports to the Associate Chief Librarian at UBC’s Okanagan campus Library.  Coordinates activities with other librarians at UBC’s Okanagan campus and collaborates with librarians throughout the UBC Library.  May be requested to act on behalf of the Associate Chief Librarian at UBC’s Okanagan campus Library. Works closely with colleagues in other units within UBC.  Works with faculty, students, staff and the public.

 

DUTIES 

Open Scholarship:

  1. Coordinates and provides support for Open Scholarship educational initiatives.
  2. Engages in outreach activities across both campuses, as well as with professional and scholarly associations, and with national and international colleagues and organizations promoting Open Scholarship strategies.
  3. Assists in the support and development of tools and infrastructure to further UBC’s goals in the area of Open Scholarship.
  4. Serves as a member of UBC’s Open Science Task Force and chairs two related working groups.
  5. Consults with stakeholders to define, implement, and assess 2-3 additional strategic and scalable projects relating to Open Scholarship.

Reference and Research Services:

  1. Provides reference and research services to UBC’s Okanagan campus students, staff and faculty members as well as collaborates with UBC’s Vancouver campus Librarians to provide services to all UBC faculty, staff and students and members of the public, as required.
  2. Provides training and back-up for Library Services Assistants.
  3. Works with other staff to develop and maintain the UBC’s Okanagan Campus Library presence on the UBC Library web pages and throughout UBC, as appropriate.
  4. As the librarian responsible for particular subjects, advises and assists in difficult or extensive searches in these areas. Employs the full range of Internet, electronic and print resources, as required.

Teaching and Orientation:

  1. Teaches classes in the use of the Library’s resources, including the Library’s catalogue, print resources and e-resources. May also provide instruction in the use of software that assists users in managing the results of their information retrieval process.
  2. Undertakes specialized instructional programs and workshops including planning, designing and organizing and using various formats for presentation.
  3. Participates in orientation tours and Library-use instruction programs.
  4. Prepares handouts, research guides and informational brochures in collaboration with UBC’s Vancouver campus Library.
  5. Provides instruction/presentations to faculty, students, and community members (in the Library, online and in the faculty departments).

Faculty Liaison:

  1. Initiates and maintains contact with faculty in assigned departments.
  2. Liaises with faculty on issues of copyright, collection development and management, and on issues related to properly archiving research outputs.
  3. Works with faculty on the development and delivery of information and research modules, services and courses or workshops and course readings for students at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
  4. Attends faculty meetings and events and participates in faculty committees in designated subject areas as appropriate.
  5. Responds to requests from faculty for Library involvement in accreditation, new course proposals, etc., in consultation with the Associate Chief Librarian.

Collection Development and Management:

  1. Responsible for the selection of new resources in designated subject areas for the Library at UBC’s Okanagan campus in consultation with other UBC Librarians and departmental representatives.
  2. Participates in the development and application of criteria for the review of electronic subscriptions, transfer of print materials to storage and for weeding.
  3. In consultation with other UBC Librarians, participates in the evaluation of potential gifts-in-kind to the Library at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
  4. Participates in the monitoring and maintenance of UBC’s Okanagan campus Library reference collection.

Supervision and Administration:

  1. May be required to supervise staff.
  2. May be required to act as Associate Chief Librarian in their absence.
  3. May be required to develop and manage budgets related to their assigned responsibilities.

Library Liaison:

  1. Represents the UBC Okanagan campus Library on Library committees, working groups and task forces.
  2. Liaises with Librarians in other areas of the UBC Library system.
  3. Maintains an awareness of new literature and research developments in areas of specialization and emerging trends in academic libraries.
  4. Keeps abreast of developments in public services across UBC Library and more widely.

Other Activities:

  1. Identifies best practices and implements as appropriate.
  2. Participates in professional and university-wide initiatives.
  3. Seeks funding opportunities and completes grant applications within UBC’s Okanagan campus Library portfolio and in collaboration with UBC’s Vancouver campus as appropriate.
  4. Performs other duties as assigned.

 

STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE

  • Provision of competent, professional library services.
  • Effective, co-operative working relationships with support staff, colleagues and management at UBC’s Okanagan campus and, more generally, across UBC.
  • Flexible, innovative approaches to problem solving.
  • Effective focus on important issues and demonstrated ability to balance a multitude of responsibilities.
  • Current knowledge of Library policies, practices and procedures and appropriate interpretation of these to staff and users.
  • Effective application of current developments in information resources.

 

To apply for this position, please visit the Faculty Careers page (Job ID 28182) by 11:59 p.m. on December 8.

 

Please direct your questions to:

Lois Marshall

Manager, Planning and Operations | Library

The University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus

3333 University Way, Kelowna, BC  V1V 1V7

Or by e-mail to lois.marshall@ubc.ca

 

 

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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.  The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2015-2017 can be viewed online. To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit the UBC Library – Why work with us  page.

Position Summary

The David Lam Management Research Library and Canaccord Learning Commons is an integrated unit, which provides collections and services to support UBC Sauder School of Business students, faculty and staff at the University of British Columbia, as well as others who require use of the collection and services.

The Reference Librarian provides instruction and reference in business resources and research strategies, using a variety of formats and methodologies, in support of UBC Sauder School of Business students, faculty and staff and to others who require use of the collection and services. The librarian develops and maintains teaching and learning resources, including online course and subject guides. The librarian works cooperatively with other librarians and staff in the unit and in the UBC Library System, as well as faculty and staff in the UBC Sauder School of Business and database vendors to develop and maintain high quality business library collections in all formats. The librarian participates in the planning and implementation of Library and Learning Commons services that support the needs of UBC Sauder faculty and students. The librarian assumes responsibility for coordination and management of staff, services and projects, as required.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team
  • Enthusiasm for and ability to support and instruct a range of users in their approaches to business research and their use of business resources, using a variety of methodologies and platforms
  • Experience with carrying out or contributing to projects
  • Strong information technology and digital literacy skills 
  • Demonstrated service commitment, flexibility and willingness to assume a variety of assignments
  • Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Takes initiative in learning about language and issues relating to equity and diversity
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships and engage in workplace culture
  • Ability to recognize and appreciate the contributions of colleagues
  • Committed to demonstrating respect to colleagues at every level by trusting in their abilities and knowledge to perform their roles and earning respect through meeting commitments
  • Models and demonstrates good communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback
  • Listens to, encourages and expresses creative and innovative ideas. Open to experimenting with and improvising new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems

Preferred

  • A degree in commerce and business administration or experience in an academic business library
  • Extensive knowledge of business and financial resources in multiple formats
  • Interest in and understanding of research processes in business disciplines
  • Liaison experience with faculty
  • Interest in and experience with developing effective outreach strategies to diverse groups, employing a wide range of strategies and platforms.
  • Experience with designing and delivering instruction and reference using a variety of methodologies and formats
  • Experience with using assessment techniques and strategies effectively
  • Familiarity with the UBC Library system
  • Experience with collection development and management, particularly in working with and building relationships with vendors
  • Experience in or understanding of working within a Learning Commons

 

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

Reports to the Head of the David Lam Management Research Library and Canaccord Learning Commons. Consults and collaborates with colleagues within the unit, the UBC Library system, and external colleagues. Works with faculty, staff and students at the UBC Sauder School of Business and the University of British Columbia, database vendors and members of the public. May supervise the work of library assistants and student assistants working in areas for which the librarian is responsible.  

 

DUTIES

RREFERENCE AND INSTRUCTION

Contributes to the provision of Library and Learning Commons’ services, including reference consultations, orientations, tours, and bibliographic and research skills instruction, using a variety of methodologies, including in-person and online. Participates in and contributes to the creation of online course and research guides, as well as videos, tutorials and other learning objects.

LIAISON

Develops and maintains strong working relationships with UBC Sauder School of Business faculty divisions and academic units. Consults with faculty on their needs for collection, research and instructional support. Keeps abreast of trends and developments in resources relevant to assigned subject areas and communicates new relevant resources, as well as any changes to existing resources when appropriate. Responds to faculty requests including collections, new course proposals, etc. in consultation with the Head.  Contributes to the UBC Sauder Faculty database wish list. Liaises with relevant UBC Sauder committees, staff and students in support of the educational and research objectives of the school.  Liaises with electronic resource vendors.

TECHNICAL SERVICES

Coordinates the David Lam Library’s web presence and maintenance, in consultation with colleagues in the unit, as well as in collaboration with colleagues in Systems and Web services. Coordinates and contributes to the Library and Learning Commons’ social media presence, in consultation with colleagues in the unit, as well as the Communications and Marketing teams in UBC Library and UBC Sauder. Contributes to the Learning Commons’ web presence, in consultation with the Canaccord Learning Commons Manager and the Investment Labs Coordinator.

Manages and supervises relevant processes related to collections. Consults with colleagues in the Library and Learning Commons, Technical Services and Systems to resolve issues related to the life cycle of relevant electronic resources. Participates in technical troubleshooting and maintenance of David Lam Library’s online resources.

SELECTION AND COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT

In consultation with librarians and staff, as well as UBC Sauder faculty, supports the selection and acquisition, evaluation, maintenance and cancellation of electronic resources in accordance with faculty and subject area needs. Liaises with colleagues in Technical Services and Systems. Liaises with database vendors. Contributes to monograph selection and collection development. Contributes to other collections-related projects.

Consults and communicates with faculty affected by collection decisions or significant changes in platforms.

SUPERVISION AND MANAGEMENT

Trains Library and Learning Commons’ staff on changes to the website and online systems, as well as basic use of electronic databases. May supervise certain work of library assistants and manage the provision of services.  Participates in recruiting, training and supervising the student librarian. Participates in the recruiting, training and supervising of student employees as needed. Assumes responsibility for the operation of the David Lam Library and Canaccord Learning Commons in the absence of the Head, as requested.

BRANCH PLANNING AND OPERATIONS

Undertakes or supports special projects, new services or assignments deemed necessary by the Head. Contributes to planning, development and implementation of policies, procedures and services for the unit to support the goals of the Library and Learning Commons, UBC Library and UBC Sauder.

Other

Serves on UBC Library, UBC Sauder and other committees, working groups or implementation teams where appropriate.  Participates in and contributes to the Library’s evolving initiatives (Scholarly Communications, Research Data Management, Open Access, Digital Initiatives etc.). Keeps current with changing professional expectations, service requirements, and trends and developments in academic libraries, academic business libraries, learning commons, teaching and learning activities, relevant technologies and academic research models. Coordinates and supervises staff, services and special projects.

 

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 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.

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 5 years of experience.  However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply.

 

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 detailed and current curriculum vitae; and 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.  

 

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page by midnight on October 20, 2017.

 

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