Physical Sciences Librarian and 
Head of Steacie Science and Engineering Library, 
York University Libraries, York University

York University Libraries seeks an innovative and visionary leader who 
will inspire the librarians and staff of the Steacie Science and 
Engineering Library to match the ambition of York’s growing Science, 
Engineering and Health faculties.

The Steacie Science and Engineering Library has 4.5 full-time librarians 
and 5.5 full-time support staff and is one of seven libraries in four 
buildings within the York University Libraries system. It attracts half a 
million visitors a year and provides specialized resources, research 
support and information literacy sessions to York’s science, engineering 
and health programs. Steacie Library takes pride in its extensive 
information literacy program and successful community outreach events such 
as its Hackfest, the Ada Lovelace Day Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, Open Access 
Week and Science Literacy Week.

This is a continuing appointment with an expected designation of 
Assistant, Associate or Senior Librarian, depending on qualifications. 
York offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and an 
exceptional benefits package. 

The appointment as head of the Steacie Science and Engineering Library is 
a five-year term (with possibility of renewal), providing leadership and 
direction for the department, working collegially with librarians and 
consultatively with department staff. 

Responsibilities include oversight of daily library operations, dealing 
with staffing levels, mentoring and enabling goal-setting, promoting 
leadership at different levels, fostering implementation of best 
practices, and regularly reviewing department structures and procedures to 
ensure excellence and quality user experience. The department head 
represents Steacie Library as an advocate of the Libraries; serves as a 
point of contact for the science and engineering community on campus and 
externally; and builds partnerships with faculty, university 
administration and other campus units.

York University Libraries released a new five year strategic plan in 2016 
and is currently engaging in a restructuring process. The department head 
will embrace and implement the plan and lead an ambitious agenda to 
position Steacie Library as an innovation hub to support the growing 
Science, Engineering and Health faculties. The candidate will also lead 
Steacie Library and its staff through this period of change by aligning 
departmental goals and institutional vision in support of the Libraries’ 
strategic priorities, and by representing the departmental perspective 

The successful candidate will act as liaison with the Departments of 
Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, and Science and Technology Studies 
(STS), and the Division of Natural Science, and will build relationships 
with students, researchers and instructors in these undergraduate and 
graduate programs. The candidate will support teaching, learning and 
research; provide information literacy instruction; work with colleagues 
to provide, promote, manage and evaluate library services, resources and 
collections; and foster an understanding of the research culture, data 
needs and publication trends of science and technology researchers. The 
candidate will also participate in project and committee work for the 
Libraries and the university, and in external cooperative and professional 
activities. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

●      an ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent with graduation year of 2007 
or later;
●      academic background in the physical sciences or equivalent library 
professional or work experience in these subject areas;
●      demonstration of a progression of leadership responsibilities and 
evidence of building effective working relationships with institutional 
●      demonstrated understanding of information literacy and research 
competencies in science and STS;
●      demonstrated understanding of the research culture of science and 
technology, including scholarly communication, publishing trends and 
corresponding needs of faculty and researchers in the physical sciences;
●      demonstrated expertise with relevant information sources in 
science and technology, particularly for chemistry, physics and astronomy, 
including chemical structure searching;
●      understanding of the changing role of academic libraries in higher 
education and an ability to envision innovative and creative methods of 
integrating and employing digital technologies;
●      established record of research, publication and professional 
●      strong public service philosophy and evidence of professional 
initiative and leadership;
●      strong written and oral communication skills;
●      ability to work collegially with a diverse population of 
colleagues and patrons; and
●      ability to handle multiple responsibilities and manage priorities.

The position is available from 1 October 2017. All York University 
positions are subject to budgetary approval.

Librarians at York University have academic status and are members of the 
York University Faculty Association bargaining unit ( 

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values 
diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. 
The AA Program, which applies to Aboriginal people, visible minorities, 
people with disabilities, and women, can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. 
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian 
citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority. 

People with disabilities and Aboriginal people are priorities in the York 
University Libraries Affirmative Action plan and are especially encouraged 
to apply. Consideration will also be given to those who have followed 
non-traditional career paths or had career interruptions.

Deadline for complete applications is 2 June 2017. Three letters of 
reference will be requested by 26 June and required by 17 July for 
candidates who may be interviewed. Interviews will be scheduled in the 
last two weeks of August.

A letter of application with a current curriculum vitae should be sent to:

Chair, Steacie Librarian Search Committee
York University Libraries
516 Scott Library
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON
M3J 1P3
Fax: (416) 736-5451
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