This is a posting for a new tenure stream librarian at my library, the Steacie Science & Engineering Library. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me via email at jdupuis at yorku dot ca. I'm not on the search committee, but it is at the library I work at every day so I can answer both fairly specific questions about Steacie as well as general questions about working at York. Like I said, this is a brand new position and a terrific opportunity to work at a great institution. The ad is online here as some other library postings at York here.
York University Libraries seek a self-directed and public service-oriented Science Librarian based in the Steacie Science & Engineering Library.
The Science Librarian will be responsible for faculty liaison, collection development and the delivery of library programs for assigned disciplines and will participate in research consultations and outreach activities to departments and research centres. Responsibilities include selection of information resources, collection management and evaluation in such fields as kinesiology, neuroscience and mathematics. He/she will work individually and as part of a team to develop and provide reference services and information literacy programs to York’s community of users taking full advantage of the online learning and web environments. She/he will also participate in project and committee work for York University Libraries and the University. Some evening and weekend work is required.
York University offers a world-class, modern, interdisciplinary academic experience in Toronto, Canada’s most multicultural city. York is at the centre of innovation, with a thriving community of almost 60,000 students, faculty and staff, who challenge the ordinary and deliver the unexpected.
Steacie Science and Engineering Library is one of four libraries within York University Libraries. The Steacie Science and Engineering Library attracts a half million visitors a year and provides specialized resources, and reference and instructional services to the science, engineering, and health programs of York University. Three full-time librarians and seven full-time support staff are currently based in the Steacie Library.
Qualifications: An ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent with up to two years’ post-MLIS experience. Educational background relating to science, technology, health, or kinesiology. Knowledge of science and technology literature and reference resources, and awareness of emerging trends in scholarly communication. Experience with Web authoring software and Web support technologies; familiarity with Web 2.0 technologies preferred. Strong client-centred service philosophy and evidence of professional initiative and leadership. Ability to handle multiple responsibilities and projects concurrently. Strong written and oral communication skills, including demonstrated skills in teaching and public communications. Ability to work effectively and collegially with a diversity of colleagues and clients. Interest in research, professional development, and university committee work.
The Science Librarian position is a tenure-track appointment to be filled at the Assistant Librarian level and is appropriate for a librarian with up to two years’ post-MLIS experience. Librarians at York University have academic status and are members of the York University Faculty Association bargaining unit (http://www.yufa.org/). Salary is commensurate with qualifications. The position is available May 1, 2007. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.
York University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York's website at www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.
Campus resources include an on-site daycare centre and centres relating to gender equity, race and ethnic relations, sexual harassment, human rights, and wellness. York University encourages attitudes of respect and non-discrimination toward persons of all ethnic and religious groups, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
The deadline for applications is March 12, 2007. Applications, including a cover letter relating applicant qualifications to the requirements of the position, a current curriculum vitae, a link to online examples of work where relevant, and the names of three referees, should be sent to:
Chair, Science Librarian Appointment Committee
York University Libraries, 310 Scott Library
York University, 4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3
Applications should be sent by mail or by fax with a mail copy following. Applications sent by e-mail will not be accepted.