Physical Sciences Librarian
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$B!G(Bs growing
Science, Engineering and Health faculties.
The Steacie Science and Engineering Library
has 4.5 full-time librarians and 5.5 full-time support staff and is one
of seven libraries in four buildings within the York University Libraries
system. It attracts half a million visitors a year and provides specialized
resources, research support and information literacy sessions to York$B!G(Bs
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
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$B!G(B strategic priorities, and by representing the departmental
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
ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent with graduation year of 2007 or later;
background in the physical sciences or equivalent library professional
or work experience in these subject areas;
of a progression of leadership responsibilities and evidence of building
effective working relationships with institutional colleagues;
understanding of information literacy and research competencies in science
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;
expertise with relevant information sources in science and technology,
particularly for chemistry, physics and astronomy, including chemical structure
of the changing role of academic libraries in higher education and an ability
to envision innovative and creative methods of integrating and employing
record of research, publication and professional development;
public service philosophy and evidence of professional initiative and leadership;
written and oral communication skills;
to work collegially with a diverse population of colleagues and patrons;
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
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 http://www.yorku.ca/acadjobs/
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.
Fax: (416) 736-5451
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