Replacement Librarian October 15, 2020 – October 15, 2021
Responsibilities: The University of Ottawa Library seeks a motivated, innovative and technically grounded Head, Archives and Special Collections to provide leadership in planning, managing and promoting this specialized unit. The successful candidate will be a creative scholar who works well with other colleagues in a challenging and changing environment.
Setting: Located on the ancestral land of the Algonquin people in the heart of the National Capital, the University of Ottawa is recognized as one of Canada’s leading teaching and research institutions. With 1,200 regular faculty and 40,000 students enrolled in over 360 programs, the University of Ottawa offers a broad spectrum of high quality programs in both English and French. For more information, see: http://www.uottawa.ca .
Description: The Head, Archives and Special Collections provides strategic leadership for special collections in a period of transformative change. The incumbent establishes best practices for curating digital and analog archival materials, is knowledgeable of current and emerging trends that support the development of digital collections, develops donor and grant proposals, and develops project plans for digitization projects. Fostering campus engagement to encourage an increase in the use of special collections, the incumbent works with faculty, students and library colleagues across the curriculum to support hands-on experience with primary sources and to enable the discovery and use of archival content and “hidden collections” in digital scholarship through the provision of sustainable and scalable digital research tools, methods and frameworks. As the specialist responsible for rare books, they have knowledge and understanding of preservation techniques, the history of the book, antiquarian book trade and of specialized archival description/metadata/cataloguing requirements.
A Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from an ALA accredited institution and/or a Ph.D. in History, Women’s Studies or in a related field;
A minimum of four (4) years of professional experience, or fewer, depending on relevance of experience to the position;
Knowledge of scholarly information and research methods in humanities and social sciences acquired through studies or professional experience;
Knowledge of digital content systems and related technologies (such as ICA-AtoM, Omeka, Archivematica, Drupal);
Experience with current and emerging metadata schemas and standards including Dublin Core, MARC, RDA, EAD and DACS;
Knowledge of current and emerging trends that support the development of digital collections;
Knowledge of best practices in digital preservation, library preservation practice and conservation techniques;
Knowledge of the antiquarian book trade and a record of successful collection building;
Project management and supervisory experience;
Excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills;
Bilingual (English and French), written and spoken, including the ability to teach in both official languages.
Rank and the salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
This position is part of the APUO bargaining unit (faculty, librarians, counsellors, and language teachers).
If librarians currently employed at the University of Ottawa are interested in this position, the opportunity of an interim appointment would be available.
Posting no.: 20044-LIB
Applicants are requested to submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter, with their name in the document title. Internal candidates will be considered first. The position will remain open until filled and we will begin reviewing applications on October 7, 2020:
Ms. Talia Chung
University Librarian and Vice-Provost (Knowledge Systems)
University of Ottawa Library
65 University Private
The University of Ottawa Library thanks all those who apply. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from, Indigenous persons, racialized persons (visible minorities), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse and inclusive communities. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups are asked to complete the confidential Self-Identiﬁcation Questionnaire, to be completed at the time of application. Please take note of this posting number. This questionnaire can be found online.
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