Humanities Collections Development Librarian
What your responsibilities will be:
As a full-time member of the Collection Development Division, the successful candidate will be responsible for effectively managing a large materials budget to be used for identifying and selecting a broad range of materials, including books, periodicals and digital media in support of teaching and research in English, Linguistics, French, and the General Humanities, including Irish Studies and additional minor arts areas. In the future some modification to the areas of responsibilities may be possible to accommodate a candidate's special strength in another subject area. The appointee may be asked to assume temporary responsibility for other subjects as needed. Other duties will include evaluations of both the relevance of the collection to the university curriculum and use of the collection; consideration and application of new technologies to collection development; keeping abreast of developments in scholarly print and digital publishing; and the evaluation of gifts for inclusion in the Library’s collection.
The successful candidate will be required to serve as a liaison between the Library and the academic departments. Working closely with faculty and students, the individual will identify disciplinary and interdisciplinary needs and will promote library resources in the humanities subject areas.
As a tenure track appointment, the successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the library profession, the University, or the community through participation in Library or University wide committees, professional associations, or community projects. The successful candidate will be encouraged to pursue scholarly or professional activities that contribute to the research and creative environment of the University.
The appointee will report to the Head of Collections Development.
The person we want to hire:
Memorial University is seeking a highly motivated, analytical, service-oriented librarian who enjoys interacting with people, planning and delivering library services, and shaping collections of resources. The individual should be committed to a reflective professional practice that identifies needs, creates new solutions, and involves both team and individual working styles.
We encourage applications from librarians who are attracted to an evolving workplace that strives to meet changing user needs and the long term requirements of research and scholarship. Applicants must have a Master’s degree from an ALA accredited program; an advanced academic subject qualification (either a Masters or a PhD) in the Humanities, specifically in English language and literature; a working knowledge of French language and literature; and experience with information technology applications in academic libraries. Applicants with at least two years professional experience in an academic library and a demonstrated knowledge of another major language are strongly preferred. Preference may be given to applicants with previous experience in collection development and experience or familiarity with statistical methods and assessment in academic libraries. Also, this position has primary responsibility for cross-disciplinary support for the Library’s substantial Irish Studies collection, so some familiarity with this subject area would be an asset.
This is a permanent tenure-track appointment. An appointment at the rank of Librarian I or II is anticipated. Salary ranges as of 1 September 2011 are $54,190-$67,917 and $62,034-$81,644 for Librarian I and II respectively. Actual salary will recognize experience and qualifications. Memorial offers this position, as part of the bargaining unit, with standard academic benefits including provision of time for research and professional development. For more details see http://www.mun.ca/munfa/collagree.htm.
Who we are:
Memorial University Libraries include: the Queen Elizabeth II Library, the main branch of the system, which includes the renown Centre for Newfoundland Studies, and Archives and Special Collections; the Health Sciences Library, serving the Faculty of Medicine, and Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy; the Dr. C.R. Barrett Library serving the Marine Institute’s community; the Ferriss Hodgett Library on the Grenfell campus in Corner Brook, and a small library located at the Harlow campus in England, along with two resource centres embedded in the Education and Music buildings. Memorial’s librarians are forward‐looking and dedicated professionals committed to high standards of service. Our mission is to support the University’s research and teaching agenda and student success at all levels. With a complement of 40 professional librarians and over 140 support staff, the Library has an annual materials expenditure of approximately $6.5M and involves most of it librarians in collection development and information services. This library is growing and evolving rapidly. Challenges in the changing environment will make the next decade an exciting time to test assumptions about the style and content of professional practice. For more details about the Library see http://www.library.mun.ca.
Memorial University of Newfoundland is the largest university in Atlantic Canada. As the province’s only university, Memorial plays an integral role in the educational and cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador. Offering diverse undergraduate and graduate programs to approximately 18,000 students, Memorial provides a distinctive and stimulating environment for learning. St. John’s is a safe, friendly, thriving capital city with great historic charm, a vibrant cultural life, and easy access to a wide range of outdoor activities. For more information about the University and St. John’s see http://www.mun.ca/memorial/about/.
Memorial University of Newfoundland is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified women and men, visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Interested qualified individuals should send a resume and contact information for three references to:
Lorraine Busby Tel: (709) 864-3862
University Librarian Fax: (709) 864-2153
Memorial University of Newfoundland Email: univlibmun [dot] ca
St. John’s, NL Canada A1B 3Y1
The deadline for applications is April 30, 2012. Please cite competition number VPA-QEII-2012-002.