University Librarian – Hong Kong Baptist University – Kowloon, Hong Kong

Established in 1956, Hong Kong Baptist University is a publicly-funded institution with the mission of providing quality higher education for the young people of Hong Kong and the Region, combining broad-based liberal education with academic and professional rigour. The University has a student population of around 11,000 with a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes offered under its six Faculties/Schools and an Academy of Visual Arts. In addition, there is a School of Continuing Education which offers self-financed programmes leading to the award of certificates/diplomas and associate, undergraduate and higher degrees in collaboration with the University and overseas institutions.

The HKBU Library embraces the principle of excellence in advancing the teaching, learning, research and service mission of the University through the provision of quality collections, outstanding services, and a variety of collaborative and partnership programs in the area, region, and the world. The Library houses a comprehensive collection of electronic and printed materials, primarily in Chinese and English. Its physical collection includes more than 1.17 million print volumes, 2,800 active print serials titles, and close to 150,000 multimedia items. In recent years, the Library’s electronic collection has also grown substantially, currently providing access to 255 databases, more than 63,100 e-journals, and over 1.2 million ebook titles. The Library also provides data management services and has developed an Institutional Repository to collect and preserve the research and scholarly output of the University community. For more information on the Library, please visit our website or homepage at [http://www.hkbu.edu.hk/library].

The University is now looking for an experienced, innovative and dynamic leader to assume the position of:

University Librarian

(PR259/14-15)

Applications and nominations are invited for suitable candidates who will offer strategic leadership to the Library, including management oversight of all library operations in order to ensure the continued successful planning and implementation of the University’s strategic growth and technological directions. Key operational objectives will be leadership and the effective management of budget, staffing, services, information and physical resources, flexible learning spaces, to optimize the application of information technology in the delivery of services, strategic deployment of IT in library services and to ensure that a high level of services is provided to teaching, research and learning endeavours, to advocate for the Library’s partnership role on campus and in the region, to lead in support of scholarly research including a demonstrated awareness of trends in scholarly communication and the development of print and digital collections, and to build a strong team environment that supports all staff in the Library.

Reporting to the Vice-President (Research and Development), the responsibilities of the University Librarian will include strategic planning, development of the Library with respect to traditional materials and new technology, maintaining inter-library communications and services, ensuring the provision of high-standard services to users, stock, space and financial management. There will be a close collaboration between the Library and other information service providers in the University, e-learning, information technology in forming an end-to-end information services for a quality learning environment for students.

Qualifications and Experience:

The successful candidate should be a self-motivated professional who advocates a high standard of performance, with an emphasis on productivity, efficiency and quality of services. He/She should have at least an MLS or equivalent qualification, and possess extensive experience in academic library services. In-depth knowledge of information technology and the ability to translate that knowledge into creative and innovative services to support teaching and research are essential. He/She must have a commitment to user-satisfaction and demonstrate excellent interpersonal relations and communication skills and a progressive management style. A successful track record of experience at senior management level with vision, foresight and strategic leadership is essential.

Appointment Terms:

Initial appointment will normally be made on a three-year contract basis. Re-appointment thereafter is subject to mutual agreement. The salary offered will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include retirement/gratuity benefits of up to 15% of basic salary, annual leave, medical and dental scheme, cash and relocation allowance as appropriate.

Application/Nomination Procedures:

Applications and nominations of suitable candidates are welcome. Please write in response to the requirements and/or provide an updated curriculum vitae or fill in an application form which is obtainable (a) by downloading from http://pers.hkbu.edu.hk/applicationforms; or (b) by fax at 3411-7799 (local line only); or (c) in person from the Personnel Office, Hong Kong Baptist University, AAB903, Level 9, Academic and Administration Building, 15 Baptist University Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Completed application form should be sent to the same address. Please quote PR number on the correspondence. Details of the University’s Personal Information Collection Statement can be found at http://pers.hkbu.edu.hk/pics.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment for the post advertised, and the appointment will be made according to the terms and conditions then applicable at the time of offer.

Review of applications/nominations will begin on 15 April 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

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