Position Rank: Contractually Limited Appointment
Discipline/Field: Web Librarian
Home Faculty: Libraries
Home Department/Area/Division: Steacie Science and Engineering Library
Position Start Date: September 1, 2013
Position End Date: August 31, 2014
Steacie Science and Engineering Library, York University
Web Librarian - Contractually Limited Appointment
York University Libraries seek a self-directed and public service-oriented
librarian to serve as Web Librarian for the Libraries as well as to provide
excellent reference, liaison and collection services in the Steacie Science &
Working with the Associate University Librarian, Information Services, the Web
Librarian will further develop the Web presence of York University Libraries,
leading and working with others to articulate and achieve an exciting vision
for a modern university library website, striving to increase its
functionality, usability, accessibility, and aesthetic appeal. The Web
Librarian will monitor current trends in Web development, maintain currency
with professional standards and practices, and guide colleagues so they may be
more effective content contributors and Web service providers. In his/her role
as a librarian located in Steacie Science and Engineering Library, the Web
Librarian will also 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 some of the
sciences taught at York. She/he will also participate in project and committee
work for York University Libraries and the University. Some evening and
weekend work is required.
- An ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent.
- Educational background in or library experience relevant to science or technology required.
- Demonstrated experience in website design and development with WordPress or a similar platform.
- Experience with programming languages such as PHP, Ruby or Python.
- Strong knowledge of applying Web accessibility standards and user-centered design principles.
- Strong knowledge of effective approaches for the assessment of Web services including usability testing.
- Strong public service philosophy and evidence of professional initiative and leadership.
- Strong project-management and problem-solving skills and ability to handle multiple responsibilities and projects concurrently.
- Knowledge of science reference resources.
- Strong written and oral communication skills, including skills in teaching, training, and public communications.
- Interest in research and professional development.
This is a 1-year, contractually-limited appointment with the designation of
Adjunct Librarian and is appropriate for a librarian with up to five years of
post-MLS experience. Librarians and archivists 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 from September 1, 2013. All York
University positions are subject to budgetary approval.
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 information literacy sessions 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 6.5 full-time support staff are currently based in
the Steacie Science & Engineering Library.
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 62,000 students, faculty and
staff, as well as over 250,000 alumni worldwide. York's 11 Faculties and 28
research centres are committed to providing an engaged learning and research
environment that cuts across traditional academic boundaries.
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's 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
Deadline for the submission of applications is June 7, 2013. Applications
should include a covering letter that relates qualifications to the
requirements of the position, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and
contact information of three referees. In addition, please have your three
referees submit signed written letters of reference directly under separate
cover by fax or mail by the deadline. Please ensure each referee is supplied
with a copy of this position advertisement and asked to address the
requirements of the position. Applications should be sent to:
Chair, Web Librarian Appointment Committee
York University Libraries
516 Scott Library
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Email: [log in to unmask]
Applications should be sent by mail, or by e-mail or fax with a hardcopy
Posting End Date: June 7, 2013
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