Head, Collections Services

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Posting #:LB 02/2012
Posted:Aug 15, 2012
Employment Status:Full-Time
Department:James A. Gibson Library
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Job Summary

Brock University Library invites applications for the full-time probationary position of Head, Collections Services, from qualified candidates who will thrive in a dynamic and fluid environment. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian, Collections & Liaison Services, the successful candidate will provide leadership and direction for the operations of the Collections Services area, including: Collections, Acquisitions, Discovery/Access (formerly Cataloguing), E-Resource Management and Licensing. The successful candidate will contribute to major organizational development as this area undergoes significant staffing changes within the librarian complement. Roles and reporting lines will change during 2012-13. The successful candidate will participate in library-wide planning and the implementation of strategic initiatives, and will engage in scholarly and service activities according to the Collective Agreement available at brocku.ca/webfm_send/21442.


Qualifications: A Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library program or its equivalent is required; an additional Master’s degree in an academic discipline is desirable. The incumbent will have strong managerial skills, ideally 2-4 years supervisory experience, knowledge of human resources practices, and familiarity with academic collective agreements. At least two years of significant collection development, metadata and discovery experience in an academic library is also required.

In addition, the successful candidate must be able to demonstrate:
• Knowledge of cataloguing and collection development theory and practice
• Knowledge of existing and emerging cataloguing/metadata schema including: RDA, AACR, MARC21, Dublin Core, MODS and METS
• Knowledge of digital information resources, the publishing industry, scholarly communication issues and trends, and an understanding of relevant digital library initiatives and activities
• Knowledge of planning and managing acquisitions budgets
• Strong managerial and supervisory experience. Knowledge of human resources practices in academia and the ability to work effectively in a unionized environment
• Strong organizational, time management, and decision-making skills. Sound judgment and problem solving abilities
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and success in developing collaborative professional relationships
• High level of computer skills, including an understanding of an ILS and other discovery tools, and an ability to keep pace with developments in appropriate technologies
• Familiarity with Ontario’s Quality Assurance Framework and Degree Level Expectations
For a complete position description, please see: brocku.ca/webfm_send/22622.


Brock University offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package. An appointment will be made at the rank of Librarian II or III. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The position is included in the Brock University Faculty Association.

Located at the centre of Canada's beautiful Niagara Peninsula, Brock offers an exciting work environment with strong undergraduate, graduate and interdisciplinary programs and a vigorous research culture. The University Library provides information resources and services to a user community of more than 17,000 students and 600 faculty. For further details about the Library, visit brocku.ca/library.

Applicants are invited to submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references, by applying online below no later than September 21, 2012. The preferred start date is November 19, 2012 or sooner. As part of the interview process, short listed candidates will be asked to give a public presentation on a topic related to the position. We appreciate all applications received; however, we will contact only those candidates selected for an interview.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of Employment Equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. Candidates who wish to have their application considered as a member of one or more designated groups should fill out the Self-Identification Form available at brocku.ca/webfm_send/20927 and include the completed form with their application. More information on Brock University may be found on the university website brocku.ca.