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University Librarian

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Brock University
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This opening is a unique opportunity for an energetic and forward-looking University Librarian to lead the continued evolution of a modern academic library. Come to Brock to make a difference; to build teams, culture, relationships, and capacity. Join us, an innovative team of librarians and library staff, in this exciting period of change.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, the University Librarian is a member of the Senior Administrative Council, and provides the vision, strategic leadership, and oversight of the Library as it continues to fulfill its role as an essential partner in the teaching, learning and research endeavours of the Brock community.

The University library system includes the James A. Gibson Library, Map, Data & GIS Library, and Special Collections and Archives. With a staff of 52 of whom 20 are professional librarians, and an annual budget of approximately $8 million, the Library provides services and resources to support 594 faculty and over 18,000 students in seven Faculties.

The University Librarian is integral to the continued commitment of cultivating relationships, and represents the Library both internally and externally in organizations to which it belongs, such as the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), and, the Centre for Research Libraries (CRL). A collaborative leader with excellent communication and team-building skills, the University Librarian will articulate, implement and promote a vision for a 21st century library, with an emphasis on advancing digital initiatives and services.

  • A record of progressively responsible leadership positions in an academic library
  • An ALA-accredited MLS degree or equivalent accreditation in library and information science;
  • Exceptional communication and relationship building skills;
  • Proven successful administrative leadership, including evidence of strategic planning, budget management, and innovative initiatives;
  • A deep understanding of current issues in academic librarianship and scholarly communication;
  • A desire to foster a culture of collaboration, transparency, and a climate that encourages innovation;
  • A willingness to work alongside our senior leaders to embrace change in a pioneering way;
  • An advanced degree in an academic discipline (an asset)
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The appointment, for an initial 5-year term, will commence on July 1, 2016.

Consideration of candidates will begin in September 2015, with a deadline for applications on October 30, 2015. Please include with the application a curriculum vitae, a statement of interest in the position, and the names and contact information of three referees. All expressions of interest, applications and nominations will be held in strict confidence and should be directed to Provost and Vice- President, Academic Neil McCartney at

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