Head, Research & Scholarship, University of Guelph Library

Position Title:                           Head, Research & Scholarship

Rank:                                      Associate Librarian

Administrative Level:           Administrative Librarian II

College:                                 University of Guelph Library

Department/School:                         Research & Scholarship

Deadline:                               July 7, 2016


Position Description

The University of Guelph Library seeks a dynamic, innovative, collaborative librarian to serve as Head, Research & Scholarship, reporting to the Associate Chief Librarian, Research. This is a forward-looking, transformative role for an individual with a passion for a range of services that engage faculty, researchers, and students at the University of Guelph in support of their research and scholarship.

The Research & Scholarship Team (R&S) currently includes the following established and developing/evolving areas of expertise:

  • Research Support: consultations with researchers and research teams; support for field research, research project management.
  • Data services: includes the Data Resource Centre (DRC) which provides drop-in and appointment support for data, GIS, statistical computing, and web surveys; research data management services; and data creation and visualization.
  • Scholarly Communication: includes areas of shared expertise with the Information Resources (IR) team, activity in scholarly communication broadly encompasses support for researchers in the areas of author rights, copyright, publishing, open access, research synthesis reviews (including literature, scoping and systematic reviews), alt metrics and researcher IDs.
  • Digital Scholarship: an emerging service area, R&S support for digital scholarship includes GIS, statistical computing, online exhibits, and variety of sustainable services in support of digital research projects on campus.

The incumbent will provide strategic leadership and operational oversight for Research & Scholarship, including: program development and delivery; promotion and outreach initiatives; project management; workflow coordination and human resources management; monitoring and assessing projects, programs and services; and collaborative development and implementation of services and infrastructure to support digital scholarship projects on campus.

The Head, R&S fosters a productive, dynamic team environment in a rapidly evolving area, managing a team of 11 staff (including librarians, other professionals, and paraprofessionals), providing guidance and coordination for R&S activities, and  designing and coordinating responsibilities and projects. The incumbent ensures communications and proper consultation and collaboration with researchers, partners in research support, and between R&S and other Library teams.

As a member of the Library Management Team, the Head participates in library-wide planning and policy making, and works to align the goals, services and activities of R&S with the strategic goals of the Library and the University.

In conjunction with the Library Executive, the Head acts as a primary contact and spokesperson with the academic community and other campus units, and research partners, and a broad range of other organizations for matters related to digital scholarship, support for research, and scholarly communications. He or she may also represent the University of Guelph Library at the regional, provincial and national levels with regards to these matters.

As a Librarian the Head works within the terms and conditions of employment as governed by the “Collective Agreement between the University of Guelph and the University of Guelph Faculty Association.” All Librarians are expected to engage in: professional practice; scholarship, which includes research, study, professional development and scholarly and creative activities; and, University service and academic or professional service.


The University of Guelph is one of the country’s top ranked comprehensive universities. It has a current enrollment of 25,000 students participating in programs that span the natural and physical sciences, social sciences and humanities. The University of Guelph has a distinctive educational philosophy that is both learner-centred and research-intensive, and emphasizes a collaborative approach to learning. The Library is committed to supporting the research, teaching and learning of the University through the provision of high-quality information resources and client-centred services, and by the promotion of life-long learning, information literacy and intellectual freedom.

Required Qualifications·       ALA-accredited M.L.S. degree·       Minimum of 7 years of experience as a professional librarian in an academic environment, with increasing levels of responsibility managing projects, resources, and staff·       Significant experience in at least one of the R&S areas of expertise (Research Support, Digital Scholarship, Data Services, Scholarly Communication)·       Demonstrated experience planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating library services·       Demonstrated experience designing and implementing outreach strategies to actively engage stakeholders·       Highly developed understanding of and engagement with the trends and technologies in the research and scholarly communication landscape as evidenced by an established record of scholarship·       Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills

  • A commitment to working in a collaborative team environment
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to multi-task and to be flexible and adaptable in a variety of professional contexts
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Application Procedure

The position will be filled at the Associate Librarian level, with a stipend at the Administrative Librarian II level. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience; a comprehensive benefits package is provided.

Please submit a CV, a broad statement of interest in the position, and the names of at least three referees (including a supervisor, a direct report, and a peer) by July 7, 2016 to libhire@uoguelph.ca.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University is committed to an employment equity program that includes special measures to achieve diversity among its faculty and staff.  We therefore particularly encourage applications from qualified aboriginal Canadians, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and women.

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