Head, Library Systems & Information Technology

Applications are invited for a tenured or tenure-track appointment with the University Library at the University of Saskatchewan. We are seeking a dynamic, innovative and flexible leader with strong professional practice to provide leadership in the planning, development and implementation of technology to enhance library services and access to information, as well as the integration of library systems with other business and information systems on and off campus. The ideal candidate will bring a successful record as a leader, manager and mentor during times of change. S/he will also bring experience leading library operations, programming and projects.

Reporting to the Associate Dean, University Library, the successful appointee will:

  • Provide visionary leadership and management for the development and delivery of library systems and technology products and services across the library
  • Contribute to library planning, including expertise relating to new and emerging services (e.g. the storage, retrieval and preservation of research data and scholarly outputs of the university; copyright management; GIS; etc.)
  • Provide leadership of LS&IT unit operations including the effective deployment of resources assigned to the unit
  • Provide leadership to LS&IT unit employees, including mentoring, career development and training, performance assessment, and coaching
  • Plan and advocate for IT infrastructure renewal and expansion
  • Provide technical expertise to projects and priority areas as identified in the library strategic plan
  • Build effective relationships and represent the library at institutional meetings/forums (e.g. University Copyright Committee)
  • Be a designated representative on various collaborative library-sector projects (e.g. within COPPUL, CARL, etc.)

As a requirement for tenure and promotion as defined in the University Library Standards for Tenure and Promotion (http://library.usask.ca/info/libstandards.pdf), librarians are required to engage in research and scholarly work leading to the development of a formal program of research and actively disseminate research results via peer-reviewed publications. Examples of librarians’ scholarly work can be found at http://ecommons.usask.ca. Librarians are expected to participate in collegial activities and engage with academic or professional organizations.

An ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science degree or equivalent is required for this appointment. Candidates must also demonstrate:

  • Outstanding proactive leadership skills, including a commitment to action and a demonstrated ability to inspire and mobilize others
  • Managerial experience, showing progressive responsibility leading high volume IT operational, programming and project development environments
  • Demonstrated record of successful innovation in a changing technological environment
  • Knowledge of current issues and applications in library IT and systems
  • An understanding of new and emerging services (e.g. the storage, retrieval and preservation of research data and scholarly outputs; copyright management; GIS; etc.)
  • An ability to think both strategically and tactically, and to communicate effectively
  • A commitment to excellence in academic librarianship and effectiveness in mentoring and encouraging librarians in scholarly and professional activity
  • Demonstrated capacity to progress a defined program of research and scholarly activity
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in developing productive, collaborative relationships
  • A reputation for credibility, integrity, innovation, vision, cooperation, collegiality, and consultation
  • Experience leading projects utilizing project management methodologies
  • The capacity to lead and motivate others
  • A commitment to evidence-based professional practice
  • A commitment to developing professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis

The University Library has developed core competencies for librarians at the University of Saskatchewan (http://library.usask.ca/info). Our competencies mirror those required by librarians in the Canadian academic research environment, and identify the basic knowledge and skills that librarians should employ in their professional practice.

The successful appointee will become a member of the Faculty of the University of Saskatchewan. Duties for all librarians are assigned annually by the Dean. Assignments with administrative responsibilities attract a stipend. Salary and rank will be determined upon appointment. Compensation for U of S Faculty can be found at http://working.usask.ca/salaries. Faculty enjoy an excellent benefits plan including six weeks annual vacation, sabbatical leaves, an annual professional expense allowance, as well as research support.

About the University Library

As one of Canada’s leading research libraries, the University Library (http://library.usask.ca) provides tremendous opportunities for professional growth and development in a dynamic and flexible work environment. We have an exciting strategic plan and an accompanying people plan for the future that involves a significant transformation of library services, collections, facilities and organizational culture. Through the priority projects identified within our plan, we contribute to success in learning, scholarship and practice by being leaders and innovators and working in collaboration with others. Our values guide our actions and strongly influence our approach to the practice of professional skills. The University Library is home to the Centre for Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (http://library.usask.ca/ceblip). The Centre supports University Library librarians in their research endeavors and promotes the application of evidence based library and information practice.

The LS&IT unit is comprised of a team of IT professionals that includes librarians, programmers, system business analysts, and certified technicians. The team develops and delivers new and existing systems and technology services across the Library fulfilling priority areas as identified in the Strategic Plan. Underpinning the unit’s work is the strong utilization of project management methodology.

About the University of Saskatchewan and the City of Saskatoon

Established in 1907, the University of Saskatchewan (www.usask.ca) has evolved into an institution of note in advanced education and research in Canada. Its Strategic Directions and Integrated Plan outline a vision focused on international standards in all activities, academic pre-eminence and a sense of place. The Canadian Light Source synchrotron, construction of the International Vaccine Centre, the establishment of graduate Schools of Public Health, Public Policy, and Environment and Sustainability, and significant capital building projects to revitalize Law, Veterinary Medicine, Health Sciences, residences, and library buildings on campus are just some of the University’s recent achievements. The University contributes to the cultural life of the community through concerts and recitals of the performing ensembles. The University has a reputation for innovation and excellence in education and boasts one of the most attractive campuses in the country.

Saskatoon (www.saskatoon.ca) is the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan with a rapidly growing population currently at 250,000. The city is situated on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, which is crossed by seven bridges within the city limits. The city offers a scenic riverbank, many parks, a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant cultural community, and a high quality of life.

To Apply

The Search Committee comprises all librarians holding probationary or tenured appointments and is chaired by the Dean, University Library. The CVs of all applicants will be made available in confidence to the members of the Search Committee. Applications must include a current curriculum vitae, the names of three references, and a statement outlining their knowledge, experience, and abilities as related to this appointment. A review of applications will begin the week of June 9, 2014. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply or for further information please contact:

Jill Mierke, Director, Human Resources
University Library
University of Saskatchewan
Room 156 Murray Building, 3 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A4
Telephone: 306-966-5930
Fax: 306-966-5932
Email: library.jobs@usask.ca

Note: All appointments are subject to approval by the University Provost

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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