Mount Saint Vincent University invites nominations and
applications for the position of University Librarian.
Recognized as a leader in innovative education, Mount Saint
Vincent is a dynamic, challenging and welcoming environment.
Our reputation for academic excellence, personal approach to
education and distinctive programs attract outstanding faculty,
staff, and students from across Canada and around the globe.
MSVU is primarily an undergraduate university with strong
programs in arts and science, and several professional areas. The
University also offers graduate programs in six areas.
The Library, with its total collection of 488,000 print and
microform volumes, provides a full range of services to a
community of 4,400 students and 500 employees, with a staff of 4
professional librarians and 14.5 library assistants. The Library has a
mission to serve both on-campus students and those studying from
a distance. The Library is a member of the Novanet consortium of
10 post-secondary institutions in Nova Scotia.
As a member of the senior administrative team, the University
Librarian will report to the Vice-President (Academic) and work
closely with Deans and the Directors of Information Technology
and Distance Learning. The University Librarian will act as a
professional Librarian and will, in addition: manage all aspects of
library and archival operations, including personnel, public
services, cataloguing, collection development, facilities, and
purchasing; define and monitor Library goals and set priorities in
support of the Academic Plan; develop and administer the Library
budget; oversee the selection and integration of emerging library
technologies and services; represent MSVU to Novanet and the
Council of Atlantic University Libraries for regional resource
sharing; manage consortial agreements and licensing agreements
for electronic resources; and administer the Collective Agreements
with the MSVU Faculty Association and the NSGEU with respect
to Library employees.
The successful candidate will possess an ALA-accredited MLIS or
MLS degree with a minimum of five years of increasing
administrative responsibility and success in an academic library.
The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent leadership
ability in a collegial environment, an appreciation of the needs of
distance as well as on-campus students , broad knowledge and
understanding of current issues in academic librarianship, and
achievement in the integration of emerging technologies and
electronic resources with traditional library services. The
successful candidate will have a commitment to teamwork and staff
development, the ability to work effectively with university
administrators, faculty, librarians, staff, and students, and the
commitment to develop external relations and partnerships.
The anticipated start date of this appointment is September 1, 2003.
The search committee will begin considering applications on May
20, 2003, and will continue until the position is filled.
Applications, including a cover letter, current curriculum vitae,
names and phones numbers of three references (who shall not be
contacted without the consent of the applicant) and a statement of
vision for this new role in a successful academic library, should be
Dr. Donna M. Woolcott
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3K 1E3
Email: [log in to unmask]; fax: 902-443-3813
MSVU is committed to the principles of employment equity and
encourages applications from all qualified candidates including
women, aboriginal personas, visible minorities and persons with
disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply;
however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.