Queen's University Library invites applications for the position of Head,
Reporting to an Associate University Librarian, the Head of Discovery Systems
provides leadership and direction in the planning, development, delivery and
ongoing assessment of high quality services for the library's Discovery
Systems division. Services provided by the Discovery Systems division include
administration and assessment of the Library's integrated library system and
related interfaces and processes, additional Library management systems
including the link resolver, electronic resource management system and
institutional repository, the Library's website and discovery layer, digital
initiatives and the Library's hardware and software infrastructure.
The Head provides leadership and direction for Discovery Systems staff,
support and technical expertise to the Library, and is responsible for
evaluating and implementing new approaches to service in a rapidly changing
library environment; fostering a collegial and productive environment for
staff, and ensuring that user-centred services meet the constantly evolving
needs of a diverse educational and research user community. The Head consults
and collaborates with other units and divisions within Queen's University
Library, promoting the vision of a team-based learning organization.
Responsibilities will evolve as the Library continues to develop and
restructure in support of the University's strategic priorities.
An ALA accredited MLIS or equivalent degree with a strong academic background.
A keen interest in information technology, digital initiatives, social media
and emerging web and mobile technologies and demonstrated ability to plan,
develop, implement and manage system installations and projects. Evidence of
analytic skills to effectively manage data in relational database form. Proven
technical abilities and demonstrated knowledge of current applications and
utility tools for managing and transferring data between different systems.
Working experience with both server and PC-based operating systems and
software (Unix and Windows). Knowledge of database technologies and standards
with working experience using products such as MySQL, Oracle and MS Access.
Experience developing and administering application and web-based solutions
HTML, XML/XSL). Experience administering an integrated library systems and
familiarity with metadata standards and formats for library systems (e.g. MARC
21, Dublin Core, METS, MODS), authentication (e.g. LDAP, Shibboleth) and
protocols for search and retrieval, messaging and networking (e.g. : APIs and
RESTful web services, Z39.50, EDI, OpenURL, OAI, FTP).
Substantial relevant professional experience with a record of successful
administrative and management experience, preferably in an academic research
library setting. Demonstrated leadership and facilitative abilities, and the
ability to motivate staff in an environment that
supports the vision of one library with a shared allegiance to common goals
and a 'learning organization' philosophy of continuous staff development,
engagement and teamwork.
Awareness of opportunities and challenges for library services and
collections. Ability to evaluate and implement new approaches and to respond
creatively to rapidly changing academic, research and library environments.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Excellent interpersonal and
communication skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with all
staff members in a collaborative team-based environment. Creativity,
flexibility and initiative.
Queen's is one of Canada's leading universities, with an international
reputation for scholarship, research, social purpose and spirit. Established
in 1841, Queen's has reflected and helped shape Canadian values and policies,
educating some of the country's most notable figures. The university has a
student body of 23,000, representing 83 different countries, and 2500 faculty
drawn from some of the best institutions in the world. Queen's is located in
the heart of historic Kingston, midpoint between Montreal and Toronto, and the
Queen's University Library consistently receives top marks as a medium-sized
university library. It comprises six libraries and several cross-library
divisions supporting the university's academic mission, and is known for its
dedicated staff, strong research collections and superb facilities. A staff of
approximately 120 provides information leadership and is deeply embedded in
Queen's faculties and schools of Engineering & Applied Science, Arts &
Science, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Policy Studies, Religion
and Urban & Regional Planning. The Library's research collections, developed
since the university's founding, are a central university priority and include
millions of print and digital items supported by a strong technology
infrastructure and a focus on scholarly communications. Library facilities are
heavily used campus hubs with a mix of inviting, accessible learning spaces,
computers and collections. Queen's University Library is a member of the
Association of Research Libraries and the Canadian Association of Research
Salary and Benefits:
Librarians are members of the Queen's University Faculty Association and terms
and conditions of work are governed by the collective agreement between the
Association and the University, which is posted at http://www.qufa.ca Salary
and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a
five year term position that may be renewed in accordance with Article 41 of
the collective agreement.
The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen's
University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace
and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, aboriginal people,
persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender
identity. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian
citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
Complete position guide:http://library.queensu.ca/files/Pos
Learn more about Queen's University Library: http://library.queensu.ca
Learn more about Queen's University: http://www.queensu.ca/
Applications will be reviewed beginning October 12, 2012.
A letter of application, accompanied by curriculum vitae and the names of
three referees, one of whom must be a current or recent supervisor, should be
Associate University Librarian
Joseph S. Stauffer Library
Queen's University Kingston, Ontario K7L 5C4
FAX: (613) 533-6362
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