Head, Collections and Content
Mount Royal University
Calgary, AB
About MRU
Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s and became a mid-sized university in 2009. Mount Royal has carved out a distinct niche by offering smaller class sizes, a robust liberal education and unique undergraduate programs. Currently, nearly 14,000 credit students choose from 12 bachelor degrees and 33 majors.

Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut'ina and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is "Mohkinstsis," which we now call the city of Calgary. The city of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.

About the Library
Housed in the Riddell Library and Learning Centre, the University Library is an integral part of the MRU experience. The Library values a healthy inclusive workplace, encourages a culture of innovation and teamwork, and provides support for professional development. Staff also enjoy a strong benefits program, access to recreation facilities and support for parental leave, among other benefits. The Library team is comprised of approximately 60 employees.

The services, facilities, programming and expertise available in the Library support innovative teaching, learning, and scholarship across campus. The Library includes the Archives and Special Collections, and specialized and technology-enriched teaching and learning spaces, including information literacy classrooms, a Maker Studio, audio production rooms, and a range of visualization, simulation, and immersive spaces.

About the Role
Mount Royal University Library invites applications for the Head, Collections and Content. Reporting to the Associate Dean, Collections and Metadata, the incumbent is responsible for coordinating and overseeing efficient, effective collections planning, budgeting, licensing, acquisitions, and maintenance activities in support of learning, teaching, and research.

This work involves managing a series of complex contractual and systems-related processes while leading and supervising an integrated team in an environment of rapidly changing technology and information. The candidate in this position responds to changes in the Library, publishing, and information environment, ensuring Library process and procedures are in place so that print and digital resources are licensed, acquired, managed, maintained, and preserved efficiently throughout all stages of their lifecycle. The position works in close collaboration with the collections and metadata leadership team, with library faculty members and selectors and collaboratively with members of the senior Library management team to plan strategically, establish priorities, and implement initiatives to ensure Library resources are acquired and made available to users efficiently and effectively. Effective management of this department is reliant on the candidate’s strong commitment to customer service and dedication to maintaining a high level of expertise relating to the information needs and preferences of Library users.

This is a full-time management position working 35 hours a week.

Collection and Content Management

Oversee the Library’s contractual and technical processes related to the acquisition and management of information resources in print and electronic form through their lifecycle including ordering, setup, configuration, implementation, assessment, troubleshooting, invoicing, processing, maintenance, preservation, and cataloging.
Assess, evaluate, and negotiate new and renewal licensed product offers from Library consortia and vendors; consult with Library faculty as appropriate; provide decision recommendations to Associate Dean Collections and Metadata
Collaborates and consults with faculty and selectors to stay current on format preferences, subject-specific collecting directions, and other preferences to ensure streamlined communication and decision making.
Manage and analyze internal collections-related data for internal and external reporting requirements and evidence-based decision-making.
Work collaboratively with other departments, teams, and individuals across the Library to ensure interoperability of Library systems.
Oversee in-kind donation procedures including the communication of policy, assessment of materials, transfers, appraisals, associated paperwork, and processing through collaboration with donors, Library staff and the University Foundation.

Planning and Administration

Develop and manage the acquisitions budget based on principles as established through processes led by the Associate Dean collections. This requires collaboration with the Associate Dean, Library Operations Officer, Financial Services, and other University departments as needed.
Create and implement a plan to achieve strategic goals and work towards the strategic priorities of the unit. Direct the work of staff towards that same end.
Conduct regular functional analysis of existing collections activities and future operations or challenges, and take the lead in making changes that align with Library and Collections Unit goals and priorities.
Maintain expertise in functions of Library systems, sufficient to strategically analyze functions and troubleshoot system configuration, collaborating and consulting with other Library employees, University Information Technology Services and vendors as appropriate.
Maintain current awareness of trends in collections work and collections-related technology across the Library community.

Supervision and Leadership of Staff

Manages a team of Library technology employees, including recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, scheduling, setting priorities, resolving problems and conducting performance reviews within the parameters of University policies and collective agreements
Builds an effective team and promotes teamwork working towards common Library and University goals
Collaborate with other Unit managers, supervisors and staff within the Library in the pursuit of inter-unit objectives, initiatives, and projects.
Seek out and provide leadership and learning opportunities for staff to adapt to evolving collections processes suitable for the deployment of innovative features offered by next-generation Library systems.

An MLIS degree (or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited program, with (6-10) total experience in collections and/or technical services, including 3-5 years (minimum) in a management position in collections.
Demonstrated problem-solving skills
Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills
Demonstrated skills and experience with library service platforms, electronic resource management, budgeting and licensing.
Skilled in supervising teams and in collaborating and communicating with internal and external groups

Questions about this position can be directed to Francine May, Associate Dean, Collections and Metadata at fmay@mtroyal.ca

Why Work for MRU
At Mount Royal University, we recognize that people are a combination of many intersecting identities; we work to cultivate an environment that welcomes the whole person, and harnesses the strength that is available in our diversity, creating a rich and inclusive workplace where each person's individuality is appreciated.

Mount Royal University offers a competitive total compensation package including health and dental benefits, pension, a health spending account, paid vacation, Christmas leave, personal days and a free membership to our fully equipped recreation centre.

Closing Date: Open until a suitable candidate is found

A cover letter and resume should be submitted in one .pdf formatted document. Please title your .pdf document as follows: [Job Title], [Requisition Number].pdf (ex. Coordinator, 999999.pdf).

Salary Grade:
We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. After the close date, you can check on the status of your application through your Career Centre. New career opportunities arise frequently and are posted as they become available. Please check back often to view our latest postings on our Career Opportunities page. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Mount Royal University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to fostering diversity as a source of excellence, intellectual and cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome applications from those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, faculty and their scholarship including but not limited to Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual or gender identity, ethnic, national or socio-economic background, religion or age.