Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant or Associate Librarian, Research & Scholarship, One-Year Contractually-Limited

College: McLaughlin Library

Department: Research & Scholarship (R&S)

Date Posted: February 28, 2022
Deadline: March 28, 2022 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #22-16

Position Description:

The McLaughlin Library at the University of Guelph invites applications for a Contractually-Limited Appointment (12 months) at the Assistant or Associate Librarian level.

The Team:

The Research & Scholarship (R&S) team focuses on addressing the systemic issues in scholarly communication by challenging legacy processes in the exploration of new services, approaches, and initiatives. The team is comprised of librarians, professionals, and associates who provide expertise throughout the publishing and research lifecycle.

Members of the R&S team are creative and take risks in exploring new ideas. As part of this team, the Research & Scholarship Librarian will actively contribute toward the fulfillment of the team’s mandate to:

  • Raise awareness of, enable, and advocate for a transformation in scholarly communication
  • Collaboratively identify, develop, and implement sustainable services and infrastructure in support of digital scholarship projects
  • Contribute to the research and scholarly communication processes through developing services, participating in research, and providing expertise
  • Engage the research community by developing an understanding of the research enterprise on campus and identifying needs for support and collaboration

Position Description:

Reporting to the Head of the R&S team, the Research & Scholarship Librarian will collaborate with members of the team, other teams in the library (particularly Collections & Content and Learning & Curriculum Support), and units across campus (such as the Office of Teaching and Learning and Open Learning and Educational Support) to provide continued support for an established open educational resources (OER) service. The position will be responsible for providing support to members of the University of Guelph community through instruction, consultation, and outreach activities around the adoption, adaptation, and creation of OER.

Responsibilities for this position will include:

  • Working collaboratively with stakeholders to develop strategies and activities to further support the discovery, adoption, creation, and accessibility of OER across campus
  • Designing and delivering instructional workshops and learning materials to increase awareness of Creative Commons licensing, copyright, and OER repositories
  • Serving as Co-Chair of the Open and Affordable Course Content Task Force
  • Promoting and providing introductory level support for Pressbooks open publishing software
  • Coordinating the OER Support grant program and liaising with successful applicants
  • Leading an open and affordable course content curriculum mapping project alongside members of the Collections & Content team

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree or equivalent 
  • Minimum of one-year relevant work experience in an academic environment
  • Knowledge of / experience with OER
  • Experience with creating and facilitating outreach opportunities
  • Demonstrated experience designing and delivering instruction
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Knowledge of Creative Commons licensing, especially as it relates to the deposit, sharing, and reuse of educational materials
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, set goals, and manage time
  • Strong collaboration skills and the ability to work with diverse stakeholders

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated track record of project management and/or creating new programming
  • Knowledge of Canadian copyright and fair dealing
  • Demonstrated creative thinking and problem-solving abilities
  • Familiarity or experience with using Wordpress or other content management system

The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process

The position will be filled at the Assistant or Associate Librarian level and is part of the University of Guelph Faculty Association. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, but salary floors and information about professional development funds are outlined in the Collective Agreement. A comprehensive benefits package is provided.

Assessment of applications will begin on March 28, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials:

  • A cover letter demonstrating how their qualifications and experience relate to the responsibilities, duties, and required qualifications of the position,
  • A curriculum vitae, and
  • Names of three references (including one direct supervisor and one peer/collaborator) for either most recent or immediately prior position. References will not be contacted without consent.

Please submit application as a single PDF by email to libhire@uoguelph.ca by end of day March 28, 2022.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.