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Liaison Librarian: STEM & Applied Trades
Hours of work:
Level 9 - Starting Salary, Step 1 $70,065
September 15, 2021
September 21, 2021
The Ontario Tech University Library invites applications for a Subject Specialist Liaison Librarian (full-time, contract). The successful candidate will join a dynamic team of Liaison Librarians who contribute to fulfilling the Library’s mandate of supporting the teaching, learning and research missions of both Ontario Tech University and Durham College. Collectively, the team is responsible for building and curating excellent collections necessary to support the curriculum as well as contributing to student success and engagement through provision of research and reference services and information literacy instruction, both one-on-one, in classroom settings and online. Some evening and weekend shifts may be required. Librarians are currently working remotely due to Covid-19, and we anticipate a gradual return to on campus work in keeping with University, College directives, informed by Province of Ontario and Durham Region Health Department guidelines.
Nature of work:
Reporting to the Associate University Librarian, Scholarly Resources, the successful candidate will be responsible for outreach and liaison with Ontario Tech University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and with Durham College’s School of Science & Engineering Technology and School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeships and Renewable Technology. The incumbent will also serve both institutions more generally through the provision of research support and consultations (including research and publishing support), information literacy, collection development and related projects. Working in a collaborative, team-based environment, the successful candidate will be expected to maintain current awareness within STEM fields as well as keep abreast of developments in information and digital literacies, scholarly communication, open access, digital scholarship and pedagogy, and emerging trends in higher education. The incumbent will support library assessment and continuous improvement initiatives, compile and analyze data on library services, spaces and resources, and produce reports as part of institutional program quality and accreditation processes. Responsibility for other projects or initiatives may also be assigned.
Information Literacy & Research Services
Collaborate in the planning, delivery and evaluation of information literacy initiatives. Teach library classes and deliver workshops for a variety of subjects and specialized services (e.g. copyright, research metrics, data and geospatial) in person and online
Effectively integrate library resources in the curriculum through faculty liaison, workshops, and class sessions
Provide both general and subject-specific reference assistance, in person, online and via telephone and through small group and individual consultations
Develop customized information resources and tools to support curriculum, research and administrative needs
Develop an understanding of the research landscapes at both institutions
In collaboration with institutional stakeholders, support research across the entire scholarly communication cycle, including research data management, compliance with Tri-Agency open access deposit requirements, publishing support, and research impact metrics
Promote and support use of specialized information and resources (e.g. bibliographic, statistical, data, geospatial) by the university and college community
Outreach & Liaison
Promote library services and resources to the university and college community in a variety of formats and settings, leveraging multiple communication channels
Establish and maintain professional relationships and liaise with faculty, staff, students, and other library users
Collaborate with others in the library, university, college and educational community to promote library services
Participate in professional organizations and consortial initiatives
Advance the Library’s strategic directions, such as scholarly communication, digital scholarship, open access, hosting and publishing institutional scholarly output
Coordinate the Library’s 3D printing service, in collaboration with colleagues in the Library and campus partners
Build and manage collections that support the teaching and research needs of both Ontario Tech University and Durham College
Engage in innovative and emerging collection development practices including selection and deselection of a variety of resource types and formats (e.g. data, print, electronic, media, software)
Maintain knowledge and awareness of emerging trends in higher education and academic librarianship
Proactively advance principles of equity, diversity and inclusion in the provision of Library programs, services and collections
Deep knowledge and experience in collection development and emerging practices in collection management
Familiarity with the scholarly communication ecosystem including research data management, emerging publishing models, research dissemination practices, and research impact metrics
Fluency in open practices including open science, data, open educational resources and pedagogy
Collaborative and collegial
Creative thinking and problem solving abilities
Intellectual curiosity and demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development and lifelong learning
Demonstrated project coordination skills and the ability to prioritize work and meet multiple deadlines
Flexible and adaptable in a variety of professional contexts
Exceptional written and oral communication and presentation skills
MLIS or equivalent from an ALA accredited institution
- Verification of Academic credentials may be required
1 to 3 years of professional library experience, preferably in an academic library setting
Undergraduate or graduate degree in a STEM field, or equivalent work experience, preferred
About Ontario Tech University
As one of Canada’s newest research universities, Ontario Tech University advances the discovery and application of knowledge through a technology-enriched learning environment and the delivery of innovative market-driven programs responsive to the needs of students and industry. With more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in more than 75 programs, the university promotes social engagement, fosters critical thinking and integrates outcomes-based learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. The university’s commitment to accelerating economic growth and social innovation is realized through faculty research collaborations with leading organizations such as Ontario Power Generation, IBM, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the Durham Regional Police Service. To find out more, please visit https://ontariotechu.ca.
About Durham College
An unwavering commitment to student success, high-quality programs led by exceptional professors with real-world experience, graduates who’ve gone on to outstanding career success and a treasured relationship with the community – Durham College (DC) has been guided by these ideals since 1967. The college has more than 11,000 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students as well as part-time and continuing education students and online learners. The college offers a wide range of market-driven programs in a number of different disciplines including culinary, hospitality, tourism, horticulture, business, information technology, media, art, design, general arts, science, skilled trades, justice, emergency services, health and engineering technology, enabling students to develop the skills required to meet the demands of today’s job market. Visit https://durhamcollege.ca to learn more.
How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit in electronic format a covering letter and their resume. Applications will be accepted September 21, 2021 or until a suitable candidate is found. We appreciate all applications received; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
This position falls within the bargaining unit represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and will be subject to the terms and conditions of the collective agreement between the university and the OPSEU. To the extent that policies are not included in the collective agreement, employment will also be governed by the university’s policies which may also be found on our website https://ontariotechu.ca and which may be amended from time-to-time.
Ontario Tech University is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, while especially encouraging applications from women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous Peoples in Canada will be given priority.
Ontario Tech University respects people's different needs and therefore will take all reasonable steps to ensure accommodation for applicants where appropriate. The University is also committed to ensuring that confidentiality is maintained throughout all aspects of the recruitment cycle.
If you require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please notify the hiring manager or Julie Day, Health and Disability Management Specialist. For more information about the universities policies for accommodating employees with disabilities please review the university’s Accessibility Policy
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