Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant or Associate Librarian, Research & Scholarship

College: McLaughlin Library

Department: Research & Scholarship (R&S)

Date Posted: October 11, 2022
Deadline: November 8, 2022 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #22-71

Position Description:

The McLaughlin Library at the University of Guelph invites applications for a continuing appointment-track position 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 research and publishing lifecycle.

As part of this team, the Research & Scholarship Librarian will actively contribute toward the team’s goals to:

  • Develop services, participate in research, and provide expertise to support research and scholarly communication processes
  • Collaboratively identify, develop, and implement sustainable services and infrastructure in support of open scholarship projects
  • Develop an understanding of the research enterprise on campus and identify needs for support and collaboration
  • Raise awareness of, enable, and advocate for transformation in scholarly communication

The Position:

Reporting to the Head of the R&S team, the Research & Scholarship Librarian will collaborate with members of the R&S team, other teams in the library (particularly Collections & Content), and units across campus to provide continued support for researcher needs around open publishing, especially as they pertain to the University of Guelph’s institutional repository (IR). The position will be responsible for providing support to members of the campus community through instruction, consultation, and outreach activities. Significant collaborators will include the Office of Research and the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Responsibilities for this position will include:

  • Lead the development, advancement, and promotion of open collections in the IR
  • Work collaboratively with stakeholders in the development of strategies to support the creation, discovery, and accessibility of open scholarship across campus
  • Contribute to the advancement and assessment of the IR
  • Lead the library’s support for ORCiD, with a focus on increasing adoption and integration into campus and research support systems
  • Contribute to services in support of research metrics and publication analysis
  • Contribute to services in support of author rights, including the review of publisher contracts and advisement around publishing considerations
  • Design and deliver instructional workshops and educational materials to increase understanding of open licensing, copyright, and the publishing process

Required Qualifications:

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

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Canadian copyright law
  • Knowledge of research metrics and tools for publication analysis
  • Experience with project management
  • Experience with creating new programming

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

This 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 UGFA Collective Agreement. A comprehensive benefits package is provided.

Assessment of applications will begin on November 9, 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 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 November 8, 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 (https://uoguel.ph/ox2p9) 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.