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Director, Health Sciences Library, Libraries and Cultural Resources

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Job ID: 12688

Updated: October 19, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Libraries and Cultural Resources at the University of Calgary invites applications for the position of Director, Health Sciences Library at the rank of Associate Librarian or Librarian.  This is a four year, renewable tenure-track appointment with a renewable administrative services assignment as Director, Health Sciences Library.  The anticipated start date is August 1, 2017.

Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) is a leader in the development of innovative information resources and services, locally, nationally and internationally.  In a converged environment, it successfully incorporates the resources and services of libraries, institutional and research archives, rare books and special collections, art galleries, and a university press to provide outstanding support for scholarship, learning and the creation of knowledge.

The Health Sciences Library serves the students, faculty and staff of the Cumming School of Medicine, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Libraries and Cultural Resources, and the University of Calgary community. It also acts as a resource for the community at large through the Health Knowledge Network, a collaboration with the University of Alberta.

Position Responsibilities

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian, Research and Learning Services the successful candidate leads and manages the Health Sciences Library in support of the teaching and research mission of Libraries and Cultural Resources and the University of Calgary. 

Responsibilities will include:

  • Administering and leading an operation with a staff complement of 11.5 FTEs, which includes the management of the Health Sciences Library (1 Management and Professional Staff, 6 AUPE staff, 2.5 academic staff or 9.5 FTEs), and coordination of the University of Calgary’s partnership role in the Health Knowledge Network (2 FTEs)
  • Formulating goals and objectives for the Health Sciences Library and recommending policies and programs to implement these objectives, ensuring that they are aligned with the Cumming School of Medicine, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the Faculty of Nursing, and University of Calgary
  • Contributing to financial, personnel, capital and space resource allocation decisions for the Health Sciences Library
  • Monitoring the quality and effectiveness of policies and programs within the Health Sciences Library
  • Ensuring the Health Sciences collections and services are consistent with the teaching, research and learning needs of the University
  • Coordinating shared access to electronic products relating to Health Sciences with provincial and national partners
  • Overseeing the organization and provision of public services in the Health Sciences Library, including reference, instruction, and circulation

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited program in librarianship, or recognized equivalent
  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and provide leadership in a collegial manner
  • Evidence of a user-centered service focus, and use of instructional applications and technologies necessary to support the needs of students and faculty
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and with a variety of groups in collaborative and cooperative situations
  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust priorities, take initiative, set goals, manage time wisely, and make quick effective decisions in a fast-paced environment
  • Supervisory and budgetary experience
  • Familiarity with qualitative or quantitative data, knowledge synthesis and translation, manipulation of datasets and experience teaching data sources to researchers, faculty and students
  • Knowledge of statistical software and financial resources
  • Evidence of participation in scholarship and professional development activities. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in science or health disciplines
  • Administrative or leadership experience in a health sciences library with demonstrated impact
  • Record of scholarly publication and professional development activities

Salary and Benefits

Position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience at the rank of Associate Librarian or Librarian (Salary Range is $71,084 to $121,116 per year).  The University of Calgary’s comprehensive benefits and pension program is designed to promote a productive level of health and well-being to staff members through coverage for health, dental, life insurance, income protection for disability, and retirement income planning.  For salary and information, please refer to the University of Calgary’s salary schedule.

Application Procedure

Please submit a letter of application addressing background and experience relevant to the position, a current curriculum vitae and contact information for three professional references, by June 9, 2017 to:

Jeanelle d’Eon
Coordinator, Human Resources
Libraries and Cultural Resources
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB  T2N 1N4

Consideration of applications will begin after June 9, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. 

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To view a listing of all available academic opportunities and to find out more about what the University of Calgary has to offer, please visit our Academic Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to become one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. Ranked as the top young university in Canada and North America, the University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta

Ranked the 5th most livable city in the world, Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and one of the best cities in Canada to raise a family. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.  


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