Reference Librarian – University of British Columbia Library – Vancouver, British Columbia

The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 14 branches and divisions, two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), one off-site hospital library, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

The Library’s collection of over 7M items includes 1.4M ebooks, 229,020 electronic journals, 850,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials, and 1,703 bibliographic and fulltext databases.

More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.  The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010-2015 can be viewed at http://www.library.ubc.ca/strategicplan/.

The David Lam Management Research Library and Canaccord Learning Commons is an integrated unit which provides collections and services to support Sauder School of Business students, faculty and staff at the University of British Columbia, as well as others who require use of the collection.

 

OVERVIEW OF THE POSITION:

The Reference Librarian provides instruction and reference assistance in business resources and research strategies in support of Sauder School of Business students, faculty and staff and to others who require use of the collection and services. The librarian develops and maintains learning resources including online course, subject guides and other appropriate tools. The librarian participates in the planning and implementation of library and learning commons services that support the needs of Sauder faculty and students. The librarian works cooperatively with other librarians and staff in the unit and the UBC Library System, as well as faculty and staff in the Sauder School of Business to develop and maintain high quality business library collections in all formats. The library participates in the development of library and learning commons policy, procedures and services. The librarian assumes responsibility for coordination and management of staff, services and projects, as required.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

REQUIRED:

·         A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills

·         Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively as a member of a team

·         The enthusiasm and ability to teach users about business resources and research strategies and to carry out projects, both independently and as part of a team.

·         Strong information technology and digital literacy skills

·         A strong service commitment, flexibility and a willingness to assume a variety of assignments

 

PREFERRED:

·         A degree in commerce and business administration or experience in an academic business library

·         Extensive knowledge of business and financial resources in all formats, and of the research process in business disciplines

·         Familiarity with the UBC Library system

·         Experience with collection development

 

DUTIES:

REFERENCE AND INSTRUCTION

Contributes to the provision of library services, including reference consultations, orientations, tours, and bibliographic and research skills instruction. Participates in the creation of online course guides, research guides and tutorials as well as other learning objects.

LIAISON

Develops and maintains a strong working relationships with Sauder School of Business faculty divisions and academic units, as assigned. Consults with faculty on their needs for collection, research and instructional support. Keeps abreast of trends and developments in resources relevant to assigned subject areas and communicates new relevant resources, as well as any changes to existing resources when appropriate. Responds to faculty requests including collections, new course proposals, etc. in consultation with the Head

TECHNICAL SERVICES

Manages and supervises relevant technical processes related to collections, as assigned. Consults with David Lam Library staff and Technical Services colleagues to resolve issues related to acquisitions, subscriptions, cataloguing, gift processing, binding, weeding and cancellation, as well as other collections-related projects. Participates in technical troubleshooting and maintenance of David Lam Library’s online resources as needed.

SELECTION AND COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT

In consultation with colleagues, supports monograph selection and acquisition, gift processing, as well as collection evaluation, maintenance and weeding, in accordance with faculty and subject area needs. Collaborates with colleagues in the selection, acquisition, maintenance and evaluation of the electronic resources subscribed to by the David Lam Library. Participates in the development of collection policies. Consults and communicates with faculty affected by collection decisions.

BRANCH PLANNING AND OPERATIONS

Undertakes or supports special projects, new services or assignments deemed necessary by the Head. Contributes to planning and policy development for the unit, as required. May supervise certain work of Library Assistants and manage the provision of services. Participates in recruiting, training and supervising of the Student Librarian.

OTHER

Serves on library and other committees where appropriate.  Participates in the Library’s evolving initiatives (cIRcle, Data Management, Open Access, Digital Initiatives etc.) Keeps current with changing professional expectations, service requirements, and developments in academic libraries, academic business libraries and learning commons.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:

 

Reports to the Head of the David Lam Management Research Library and Canaccord Learning Commons. Consults with colleagues both within the unit and the UBC Library system, as required. Works with faculty, staff and students at the Sauder School of Business and the University of British Columbia, as well as members of the public. May supervise the work of library assistants and student assistants working in areas for which the librarian is responsible. Assumes responsibility for the operation of the David Lam Library and Canaccord Learning Commons in the absence of the Head, as requested.

 

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT AND SALARY:

 

This position will be filled as a full-time ongoing position. If eligible and qualified, the successful applicant may be appointed with a confirmed appointment. Otherwise, there will be an initial three-year probationary appointment.  Normally, such an appointment is reviewed by the end of the second year of appointment, and a recommendation is made at that time to grant or not to grant a confirmed appointment.

 

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

 

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 5 years of experience.  However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply.

 

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. The University especially welcomes applications from visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

 

Applications will include: a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above; a detailed and current curriculum vitae.

 

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/20716 by midnight on Thursday June 4, 2015.

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