Physical Sciences Librarian and Head of Steacie Science and Engineering Library, York University Libraries, York University (Apply by June 2, 2017)
Physical Sciences Librarian and Head of Steacie Science and Engineering Library,
York University Libraries, York University
DEADLINE: June 2, 2017
The Steacie Science and Engineering Library has 4.5 full-time librarians and 5.5 full-time support staff and is one of seven libraries in four buildings within the York University Libraries system. It attracts half a million visitors a year and provides specialized resources, research support and information literacy sessions to York’s science, engineering and health programs. Steacie Library takes pride in its extensive information literacy program and successful community outreach events such as its Hackfest, the Ada Lovelace Day Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, Open Access Week and Science Literacy Week.
York University Libraries seeks an innovative and visionary leader who will inspire the librarians and staff of the Steacie Science and Engineering Library to match the ambition of York’s growing Science, Engineering and Health faculties.
This is a continuing appointment with an expected designation of Assistant, Associate or Senior Librarian, depending on qualifications. York offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and an exceptional benefits package.
The appointment as head of the Steacie Science and Engineering Library is a five-year term (with possibility of renewal), providing leadership and direction for the department, working collegially with librarians and consultatively with department staff.
- an ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent with graduation year of 2007 or later
- academic background in the physical sciences or equivalent library professional or work experience in these subject areas
- demonstration of a progression of leadership responsibilities and evidence of building effective working relationships with institutional colleagues
- demonstrated understanding of information literacy and research competencies in science and STS
- demonstrated understanding of the research culture of science and technology, including scholarly communication, publishing trends and corresponding needs of faculty and researchers in the physical sciences
- demonstrated expertise with relevant information sources in science and technology, particularly for chemistry, physics and astronomy, including chemical structure searching
- understanding of the changing role of academic libraries in higher education and an ability to envision innovative and creative methods of integrating and employing digital technologies
- established record of research, publication and professional development
- strong public service philosophy and evidence of professional initiative and leadership
- strong written and oral communication skills
- ability to work collegially with a diverse population of colleagues and patrons
- ability to handle multiple responsibilities and manage priorities.