Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant or Associate Librarian in Collections & Content, One-Year Contractually-Limited (Open to Internal UofG Applicants Only)

College: McLaughlin Library

Department: Collections & Content (C&C)

Date Posted: April 20, 2022
Deadline: May 4, 2022 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #22-40

Position Description:

The McLaughlin Library at the University of Guelph invites applications for a 12-month contractually-limited Collections & Content Librarian at the Assistant or Associate Librarian level, to serve on the Collections & Content (C&C) Team. This is an internal search open only to current University of Guelph employees.

The Collections & Content Team consists of a Collection Development Team who are responsible for the content of the collection; an Acquisitions and Resource Management Team who acquire and make content available and discoverable to our users; and an E-learning and Reserves Team that manages course content. In addition, the Team provides expertise to other teams and cross-functional committees as required.

Reporting to the Head, Collections & Content, the Collections & Content Librarian:

  • Coordinates selection, acquisition and hosting of media materials
  • Works in collaboration with other Collections & Content Team members, Open Education, Library Accessibility Services, and the Research and Scholarship Team to provide access to media resources to the campus
  • Provides technical support for media acquisitions and access (e.g. file management, hosting, metadata, and adding accessibility features)
  • Participates as a member of the OCUL Video Community and the Library Accessibility Working Group
  • In collaboration with others, reviews and revises procedures around media selection and acquisition
  • In collaboration with Collections & Content Team members creates policy and procedure around the lifecycle of our collections including weeding
  • Monitors provincial and national developments in print preservation initiatives and as necessary suggests ways that Guelph might best participate in them
  • Helps develop and implement collection strategies to support university curriculum and research, in alignment with library priorities and collections policy
  • Has responsibility for collection development (open and paywalled), budget management, collection management, and collection assessment in assigned areas
  • Engages in projects, as required

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information science or equivalent 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Demonstrated project management experience and the ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Proven ability to adjust priorities, take initiative, set goals, and make quick effective decisions in a fast-paced environment
  • Intellectural curiosity/initiative and a commitment to ongoing professional development
  • Experience working with Excel

Desired Qualifications:

  • Foundational knowledge of collection development and management
  • Experience managing a budget

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

Assessment of applications will begin on May 5, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials:

  • A statement of interest and vision for the position 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) all 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 May 4, 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.