The UBC Open Access Fund for Humanities and Social Sciences Research assists UBC faculty members who wish to publish in Open Access books and journals and who are required to pay associated fees, sometimes known as article processing charges (APCs).
The space will be available Monday-Saturday, include access to desktop computers, printing and scanning and be organized to ensure safe physical distancing at all times.

Head, Education Library
UBC Library | Vancouver Campus
Full-time, ongoing General Librarian position with 5 year renewable Head term
Anticipated Start Date: November 1, 2020


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 Framework can be viewed at To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library – Work with us.


The Education Library provides reference, information, instruction, bibliographic and circulation services in support of undergraduates, graduate students and faculty of the Faculty of Education and to others requiring the use of the collection.  The Head is responsible for providing strategic leadership necessary to develop facilities, collections, and programs including organization, administration, and operation of services. Within the context of a changing environment, the Head will facilitate the planning for and implementation of a service model which focuses on meeting user needs. The nature and scope of responsibilities for this and other library positions are expected to change as the Library organization evolves.


A graduate degree from an accredited program in Library, Archival and Information Science.  An academic background in education or equivalent knowledge gained through professional experience working in the educational sector.  A B.Ed. degree is preferred.  Relevant professional experience appropriate to academic education librarianship. Familiarity with effective teaching methodologies, computer technology, and commitment to responsive and innovative information services.  Strong leadership, administrative and management skills, including the development and monitoring of budgets. Supervisory experience.  Demonstrated ability to develop, assess and refine library services and facilities.  Effectiveness in collaborating and building relationships.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  Demonstrated ability to work effectively with staff and colleagues, inspire innovation, and experience developing and motivating teams and individuals. Ability to contribute 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. Dedicated to cultivating an inclusive environment that recognizes barriers faced by people and encourages and incorporates contributions from diverse groups and individuals.


The Head of the Education Library works under the general direction of and reports to an Associate University Librarian (AUL).  The Head interacts and consults with relevant individuals relating to collection development and budgeting, finance, information technology, facilities and human resources.  The Head cooperates with other Heads and AULs in the provision of services and ensures that relevant issues are discussed with the Dean of Education, Associate Deans, or other administrators within the Faculty.  The Head also works with relevant external organizations and community partners. 


  1. Provides vision and leadership for the Education Library operations and services. Develops and implements goals and objectives that support the strategic directions of the Library, the Faculty of Education, and the University.
  2. Assesses needs of library users and opportunities for new services by consulting with students and faculty, reviewing curriculum changes and program development and new areas of research, and maintaining strong relationships with faculty and participating in departmental and faculty meetings.
  3. Evaluates existing services and adjusts priorities. Plans and implements new services, obtaining the necessary associated resources and technology required to support these.
  4. Evaluates space needs and plans new spaces to meet new and evolving user needs.
  5. Allocates and monitors resources by setting unit priorities, allocating funds, human resources and time, and controlling expenditures.
  6. Participates in the development and delivery of reference, research and instructional services in the Education Library.
  7. Assists in the management of the UBC Library by participating in Library-wide planning, budgeting and monitoring of activities. Sets unit goals that are related to the missions of the Library and the University.
  8. Provides leadership for the librarians and staff in the Education Library. Participates in the recruitment and selection of librarians and staff. Manages organizational planning, conducts annual reviews, assesses and recommends training and learning opportunities, makes merit recommendations and engages with librarians and staff through open dialogue.
  9. Enables an environment that is collegial, based on mutual trust and respect, is open and supportive, and that creates a positive and effective work environment for employees and patrons. This environment will be built on appreciation, recognition, learning and professional growth, where everyone is able to listen, contribute and engage with colleagues and ideas and provide and receive timely, constructive feedback. 
  10. Coordinates the development of collections in the Education Library. Ensures that faculty are consulted about collection development.  In consultation with librarians and staff, develops criteria for the selection of material for purchase, for the transfer of materials to storage, and for weeding decisions.
  11. Supports the University Librarian in fund raising initiatives, as requested, and participates in the preparation of grant requests and administration of grants.
  12. Participates in professional and university wide initiatives.


Effective development of collections and services in the Education Library. Administrative efficiency and effectiveness. Excellent public, interlibrary and staff communications. Collegial, respectful and collaborative working relationships with staff and librarians. Familiarity with the Library’s organization of services and adherence to its policies and procedures. Awareness of developments in relevant areas of librarianship, disciplines supported by the Education Library, scholarly publishing, and information technology. Imaginative, innovative and analytical approaches to service delivery.  Effective supervision, leadership and team building.  Effective development, delivery and assessment of instructional programs.


This position will be filled as a full-time, ongoing General Librarian position with a five year renewable administrative term as Head, Education Library. If eligible and qualified, the successful applicant may be appointed with a confirmed appointment. Otherwise, there will be an initial three-year probationary appointment.  Normally, such an appointment is reviewed by the end of the second year of the appointment, and a recommendation is made at that time to grant or not to grant a confirmed appointment.

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

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

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

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at by midnight on September 20, 2020.

UBC Library’s annual Senate Report (2019/20) is now available. Read our highlights from the past fiscal year which include advancing research, learning and scholarship, engaging with communities, creating and delivering responsive collections, inspiring with innovative spaces and services, and stewarding the organization.
Indigitization recently announced the launch of its new redesigned website, along with a new style guide, which was developed for this web project. The site facilitates digital storytelling to showcase the work of the Indigitization team and its community partners.

As part of our efforts to make our collections more easily accessible during this time, UBC Library is excited to announce our participation in the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS).

Through this service, UBC students, faculty and staff will have access to nearly 750,000 digitized items from UBC Library’s print collections, as well as continued access to more than 6.7 million public domain and Creative Commons-licensed works in the HathiTrust Digital Library.

HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries that provides access to a digital preservation repository with lawful access to more than 17 million digitized items. Earlier this spring, HathiTrust introduced its Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS), which allows students, faculty, and staff from eligible member libraries to have online reading access to materials that are physically unavailable due to restrictions accessing print collections during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“The HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service is a huge benefit for UBC Students and Faculty continuing their research and studies, providing digital access to approximately 750K items held in UBC Library’s print collections unavailable anywhere else,” says Sheldon Armstrong, UBC Library’s Associate University Librarian, Collections.

How does this service work?

  • Only those books that HathiTrust has verified as belonging to UBC Library’s print collections will be accessible through the service.
  • While the ETAS is operational, physical copies of UBC Library books held in ETAS will not be available for order through UBC Library’s Materials Pick-up service. The number of copies available through HathiTrust for each book coincides with the number of print copies UBC Library owns in its print collections.
  • When checking out an item, users will have 60 minutes of access to the book during any session. If users remain active in the book during any session, access time will be extended.
  • HathiTrust enables reading access to the book online, within a web browser. Books checked out through HathiTrust cannot be downloaded in full; however, individual pages may be downloaded.
  • Only UBC Library students, faculty, and staff are permitted access to eligible items when logged-in to HathiTrust.
  • Once access to UBC Library’s print collections is fully reinstated, access to in-copyright materials through this service will end.

How to access the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service

  • The Library has incorporated HathiTrust ETAS links to digitized copies of print titles into its catalogue.
  • Click on the orange Online Access button in a record for an item, this will lead to a CWL Authentication login page. Once the login is successful (duo authentication is required), the user will proceed to the title in HathiTrust ETAS.
  • Click on either “Catalog Record” or “Temporary Access.”
    • If more than one volume or copy has been digitized, “Catalog Record” will need to be clicked first. From the following screen click on “Temporary Access” (the Institution where the digital copy was created will be listed).
    • If only one item has been digitized, “Temporary Access” appears right away, and you can click there immediately.
  • From the next screen a yellow banner at the top of the screen will read “Access to this work is provided throught the Emergency Temporary Access Service.
  • Click the “Check Out” button.


  • From anywhere on the HathiTrust website, click the yellow LOG IN
  • Find and select “University of British Columbia” in the list of partner institutions.
  • Log in with your CWL login and password.
  • When you have successfully logged in, you will be returned to the HathiTrust website.
  • Enter your search terms in the search bar and select the “Search HathiTrust” button to submit your search.

Get started by visiting the HathiTrust website now. If you have questions about the service or require support, please contact Sheldon Armstrong (

This project is part of UBC Library’s strategic direction to inspire with innovative spaces and services.

Learn more about our Strategic Framework.

Join the new Program for Open Scholarship and Education, a one-year flexible and blended program designed to help you gain tools and strategies to become proficient in supporting and advocating for open practices.

UBC Librarians Recommend Part 2

From the latest adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Emma to author Liu Cixn’s classic Three-Body Problem, this is the second instalment in a series of recommendations from UBC librarians and library staff. Find your next novel, film or documentary in UBC Library’s online collections.

Independent learning

Independent Learning graphic

Stephanie Savage, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian, has been preoccupied with thoughts about the economy and capitalism in recent months. “As a result, I have been reading books about class, wealth and consumerism,” she says. Stephanie recommends My life with things: the consumer diaries by Elizabeth Chin: “My Life with Things is a meditation on the author’s relationship with consumer goods and highlights the cultural value and significance of possessions and consumption.”

“Sociologist Rachel Sherman’s Uneasy street: the anxieties of affluence is a revealing and fascinating look at how today’s elite view their wealth and place in society,” Stephanie shares.

Kimberly Fama, Reference Librarian at David Lam Library, has been finding motivation in Angela Duckworth’s book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. “This book offers invaluable lessons using anecdotes, scientific evidence and personal stories that will make you realize that hard work and perseverance can play a bigger role in achieving success rather than just having natural talent,” Kim explains.

Classics and adaptations

Classics and adaptations

“Recently I watched Emma, the 2020 adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel. This latest version is so fun and beautifully shot,” said Savage. “The Library recently subscribed to Audio Cine Films, an online database of Hollywood and international feature films. Because I am spending most of my time at home I have had a lot of opportunity to take advantage of this new resource.”

Allan Cho, Research Commons Librarian, suggests a classic in China for almost two decades, Three-Body Problem by author Liu Cixin. “First of the three-book trilogy gained immediate acclaim in 2014 in North America when it was nominated for the Nebula Award for the best works of science fiction or fantasy,” Allan shares.

“C.C. Tsai (Tsai Chih Chung)’s illustrated versions of Chinese classics are always my favorite,” shares Phoebe Chow, Program Services Assistant at the Asian Library. “His wonderful drawings brilliantly capture the spirit of the difficult original text. The Way of Nature collected stories written by Zhuangzi, a pivotal figure in Classical Philosophical Daoism. These thought-provoking stories talk about how human beings live with nature and what the basics of nurturing life are.”


Documentaries graphics

If you’re interested in documentaries, Phoebe has also been spending her time watching Free Solo, a film about the first person to free solo climb Yosemite’s 3,000 feet high El Capitan Wall, and Forever, Chinatown, a James Q. Chan film.

Forever, Chinatown reminds me to cherish the present moment and people around you. The world is ever-changing, but memories can be long-lasting. Sometimes they are even prettier. Highly recommend!” says Phoebe.

Looking for more recommendations? UBC librarians and library staff are here to help.

Top row: Kat McGrath, Lisa Larkins; Middle row: Linda Wensveen; Bottom row: Katherine Kalsbeek, Dr. Susan E. Parker.

UBC Library is pleased to announce that Katherine Kalsbeek, Lisa Larkins, Kat McGrath, and Linda Wensveen are the 2020 recipients of UBC Library Awards. Each year, the Library Awards Program shines a light on those employees who have demonstrated exceptional creativity, innovation, leadership, excellence and a dedication to customer service through their work.

The awards were presented during the 2020 UBC Library Summer Recognition Awards Ceremony, held virtually on Zoom this year on Monday, June 15, 2020. Congratulations to Katherine, Lisa, Kat and Linda, and thank you to everyone who participated by submitting nominations.

Katherine Kalsbeek

Katherine Kalsbeek (Head, Rare Books & Special Collections) is a winner of the 2020 UBC Library Employee Excellence Award, which recognizes a Library employee who consistently demonstrates their commitment to making an impact on the Library and making it a better workplace for all, through living our values and behaviors. Their kindness, compassion and respect for those above and below make them eagerly sought after as project team members or leaders.

Katherine’s colleagues see her humility, warmth and visionary spirit as an inspiring example. Her impact can be seen in the collections she has shaped, the library staff and librarians she has supported, the relationships she has built, the leadership style she embodies.

Lisa Larkins

Lisa Larkins (E-resources Licensing Specialist, Technical Services) is the winner of the 2020 UBC Library Leadership From Within Award, which recognizes a Library employee who consistently demonstrates leadership through their ability to inspire engagement in others, while exemplifying the Library’s values. They are sought after for their advice and regularly go above and beyond for the betterment of processes, services or the workplace.

Lisa brings stamina, a logical mindset and a gift for communicating in a professional, firm and friendly manner with the range of vendors and publishers with which the Library and University conduct business.

Kat McGrath

Kat McGrath (Renewals & Collections Librarian, Technical Services) is a winner of the 2020 UBC Library Employee Excellence Award, which recognizes a Library employee who consistently demonstrates their commitment to making an impact on the Library and making it a better workplace for all through living our values and behaviors. Their kindness, compassion and respect for those above and below make them eagerly sought after as project team members or leaders. Their presence has made the Library a better place.

Leading by example, Kat’s unwavering work ethic, integrity and inclusiveness makes her a role model within the Library. She is lauded for her dedication to collections, research and learning, her leadership and collaborative spirit, and her enthusiasm in supporting community events and activities.

Linda Wensveen

Linda Wensveen (Library Assistant, Borrower Services) is the winner of the 2020 UBC Library Unsung Hero Award, which recognizes a Library employee or team who keeps our libraries running, delivering services collections and operations. Their efforts help the Library to effectively deliver the stellar service that users have come to expect.

After seeing her workload expand substantially when the campus first transitioned to online instructions in late March, Linda stayed focused and simply got to work in providing her expertise and excellent service. She continues to work closely with faculty, librarians and other course reserve staff, even at a distance.

UBC Library’s Chapman Learning Commons (CLC) has been busy creating new and innovative resources for UBC students to access online. Located in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, the Chapman Learning Commons puts an emphasis on peer-led, student-driven initiatives and shared-decision making. Through their programs and services, they strive to enrich academic support and enhance the experience of all UBC students.

Get the support you need through one of the following new services.

Practice for your online exams

With exam time fast approaching, the CLC has released a new self-enrollment course for UBC students who want to practice taking different types of online exams. The CLC’s Exam Prep Canvas Course is available to all students through self-enrollment through Canvas.

Become familiar with Proctorio, Lockdown Browser, Webwork and more to feel confident with online exam technology, just in time for the start of exams. CLC Online Assistants will also be available to help with pre-exam tech checks and troubleshooting.

Enroll for the course on Canvas.

Get help with your academic support questions

The CLC Online Assistants are trained peers ready to help answer student questions about academic support, learning technologies and online exams (including Canvas, Collaborate Ultra, Zoom, and more). They are available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm through email and video chat.

Reach out with your questions.

Register for Learning Skills Workshops

In June, the CLC launched a new online workshop series for students that offers skills training for the online learning environment. The series covers topics like finding work-life balance while remote learning, giving group presentations online, time management best practices, and developing online communication skills.

New dates are being added throughout the summer, so check back often.

Sign up for a workshop.

This project is part of UBC Library’s strategic direction to inspire with innovative spaces and services.

Learn more about our Strategic Framework.

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