January 8, 2009

Science Librarian, York University Libraries

This is a 3-year appointment in my library, the Steacie Science & Engineering Library. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Since I'm on the search committee for this position, I really can't answer any but the most general questions.

The deadline for applications is March 2, 2009.

Here's the posting:

Position Rank: Contractually Limited Appointment
Discipline/Field: Science Librarian
Home Faculty: Libraries
Home Department/Area/Division: Steacie Science and Engineering Library
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: August 1, 2009
Position End Date: July 31, 2012

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 information literacy 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 nursing, biology, chemistry and physics. 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. The Library takes pride in its extensive information literacy program and online learning support initiatives. Four full-time librarians and seven full-time support staff are currently based in the Steacie Science & Engineering Library.

Qualifications: An ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent with up to three years’ post-MLIS experience. Educational background or library experience relevant to science and particularly health related disciplines. Knowledge of health, 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. Demonstrated understanding of concepts, goals, and methods of information literacy instruction and ability to teach in a variety of settings and formats. 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 three-year contractually limited appointment to be filled as Adjunct Librarian level and appropriate for a librarian with up to three years post-MLS 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 August 1, 2009. 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. Temporary entry for citizens of the U.S.A. and Mexico may apply per the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

York University resources include 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 2, 2009. 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
Fax: 416-736-5451

Applications should be sent by mail, e-mail, or fax, with a hardcopy following by mail.


Ekaterina said...

Hello, John!
I decided to write here in hope to get some advice.
I'm applying for MLIS in McGill Montréal Fall 2009, while waiting for admission decision and saving up time till Sepember I would like to start working in library field. The matter is that I do not have any relevant experience ( only html and customer service of about 6 years). How and where here in Montreal do you think I could find any librarian work?
Thanks in advance for attention and sorry if my post is completely off.

John Dupuis said...

Hi Ekaterina,

Unfortunately, I really don't know the library scene in Montreal anymore since I haven't lived there for over 8 years.

Perhaps you should try volunteering at the Atwater Library or some of the public library branches.

Once you do start at McGill, there are opportunities there to work at the libraries on campus. I would also really encourage you to take the practicum course, as that also will give you valuable experience.

And continue blogging and exploring other web technologies. I know that a lot of library students blog about their experiences and what they learn and it's a great way to develop your interests and to also have a kind of portfolio to show when you're looking for work

Good luck,

Ekaterina said...

Thanks a lot for your attention, John!
It's on my to-do-list to pass by Atwater library and to enroll myself into their volunteer list.

Practicum course - what is it? you mean to take it while studying in McGill?

John Dupuis said...

In the second year you can take a practicum course, which is basically a one-course internship at a local library. I believe it requires working 140 hours or something like that.

When I was at McGill, I did my practicum at the Physical Science & Engineering Library (now Schulich) and it was a great experience.

DeDeDawson said...

I am planning to apply for this position. Would you be able to provide me with the name of the Chair of the appointment committee so that I may address my cover letter appropriately?
Thank you!
(Diane Dawson)

Anonymous said...

Diane's question is also my question. Was it ever answered?

John Dupuis said...

Ooops. Sorry. I was getting hammered by comment spam a week or so ago and I think I might have deleted my response here by accident.

We don't announce the names of the committee members so you should just address your cover letter to the committee as a whole or just, To the Chair.