Marking its tenth anniversary this October, the International Open Access Week: October 23-29, 2017 is a large scale, global event. It is where open access advocates, supporters and participants share their knowledge and experiences about the benefits of Open Access. This event serves to “inspire wider adoption and participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research”.

 

Starting in 2007 as an Open Access Day event dubbed as “a partnership between SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and students who organized local events on a handful of campuses across the United States”, it is now a worldwide event where anyone interested in furthering the dissemination of openly accessible scholarly research can partake.

 

The collaborative International Open Access Week 2017 event by UBC Library, UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, Simon Fraser University (SFU) and British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) libraries, and BC Campus will take place as follows:

 

DATE:

Thursday, October 26, 2017

 

PRE-EVENT:

5:00-6:00pm (arrivals and appetizers)

 

EVENT SESSION:

6:00-8:00pm (including coffee and dessert)

 

LOCATION:

BCIT’s downtown campus

 

The event theme, Tension and Risk in Open Scholarship: A Conversation: 2017-10-26, will address not only the “benefits and opportunities of open access but also a recognition that openness can sometimes create unintended consequences for individuals and communities”.

 

Register here and join BC’s open scholarship conversation in celebration of International Open Access Week 2017!

 

 

 

 

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

Anticipated start date: January 2, 2018

UBC LIBRARY

The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 14 branches and divisions, two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), one off-site hospital library, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

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

More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.  To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library – Why work with us.

EDUCATION LIBRARY

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

POSITION SUMMARY

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

QUALIFICATIONS

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

Preferred:

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

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

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

DUTIES

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

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT AND SALARY                         

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

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

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

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

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

 

The appointment of Susan Parker as the new University Librarian was recently covered by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries News.
The appointment of Susan Parker as the new University Librarian was recently covered by the Association of Research Libraries News.
susan Parker

Ms. Susan E. Parker. Photo: Don Leibig, UCLA Photography

 

In September 2017, UBC will welcome Susan E. Parker as University Librarian for a five-year term. Ms. Parker currently holds the role of Deputy University Librarian at the University of California, Los Angeles where she leads operations, human resources, assessment, budgeting, strategic planning, capital project planning and fundraising.

Ms. Parker will take over leadership of UBC Library at a pivotal time as the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan comes to a close and the library develops new strategic priorities in alignment with UBC’s new strategic plan. At UCLA, Ms. Parker led the processes behind the library’s strategic plans for 2006-2009 and 2012-2019.

“Susan Parker’s reputation in the library community is one of solid competence and professionalism,” said Melody Burton, Interim University Librarian. “We are thrilled to have her join UBC Library at this particular time.”

Ms. Parker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and American Literature, a Master of Arts in History, and a Master of Library Science with a specialization in academic librarianship. Her research interests include leadership in academic libraries and higher education, organization theory, and the concept of “credible optimism” emphasizing the importance of positivity in the pursuit of realistic and sustainable goals.

“Being named University Librarian at UBC is an honour, and the highlight of my career,” says Susan Parker. “I look forward to partnering with UBC’s excellent library staff, students, and faculty as we continue to develop and deliver outstanding services, scholarly resource collections, and welcoming library facilities for the UBC community.”

In July 2016 Melody Burton stepped into the role of Interim University Librarian, in addition to her role as Deputy University Librarian. Over the past year Ms. Burton has been focused on a “domestic agenda” to build relationships on campus and set the table for the next University Librarian.

“I wish to express my gratitude to Ms. Melody Burton for her service as the Interim University Librarian since July 2016,” said Dr. Angela Redish, UBC Provost and VP Academic pro tem. “Her work has been integral to the continuity of the library’s strong leadership over the past year.” 

Ms. Burton will continue in this interim role until September 1, when Ms. Parker joins UBC.

 

Read the full announcement from the Office of the Provost and VP Academic.

 

UBC Library’s annual Report to the Senate (2015-16) is now available. Read about our milestones from the past fiscal year, which included connecting students to transformative learning experiences, investing in collections and engaging with the community.

View the entire report below or or download the PDF.

staff at booth

Thank you to all the UBC students who came to the Library’s annual Chat and Chew Library Love booth last Thursday in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Visitors grabbed snacks and swag to help them with their finals, and dropped in for a pop-up photo booth.

The Library hosts a Library Love booth twice a year to share appreciation for library users of all kinds and to encourage communication about library services and spaces.

Follow our Facebook page to see the album of photos from the event, and be sure to join us for the next Library Love event in the fall!

 staff at booth

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