Education Level Master's Degree
Career Level Senior Management
McMaster University Library is seeking an innovative, forward-looking and collaborative leader to assume the newly created position of Associate University Librarian, Learning & Curriculum Support (AUL L&CS). This is a full-time, continuing appointment, reporting to the University Librarian.
The AUL L&CS will provide the inspirational leadership and strategic oversight to deliver robust and user-focused library learning programs to McMaster students and faculty. The successful candidate will be a librarian of exceptional skill and vision. They will have a keen understanding of the evolving role of the research library in higher education, a strong background in pedagogical theory and best practices and the interpersonal skills required to convey a compelling and strategic vision to others. They will foster deep and ongoing collaborations between librarians, faculty, students and community groups actively engaged in teaching and learning. They will manage and nurture a healthy and collegial organizational culture reflecting the University Library’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion.
The successful candidate will:
Provide visionary leadership in planning, implementing and evaluating new models for library learning and curriculum support at McMaster based on best pedagogical theory and practice.
Lead the strategic development and curriculum integration of the University Library’s face-to-face, blended and online information literacy offerings based on evidence and best practices across higher education.
Ensure the dignity and independence of all McMaster learners by advancing the development and delivery of equitable learning resources and spaces based on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.
Develop policies and programs that enable an exceptional and coherent learner experience, while recognizing the diverse needs of multiple constituencies.
Identify opportunities for external partnerships with institutions and organizations to leverage expertise and develop programs at scale in an increasingly complex digital world.
Support partnerships with other library units to create and promote the use of learning objects and modules based on digitized content from McMaster’s own distinct collections.
Directly and indirectly supervise, coach and seek out professional and career development opportunities for division staff. Advocate for creative approaches to mentoring and empowering employees to achieve their personal and career potential.
Take a leadership role in building new and enhanced relationships with key university and external partners around learning and curriculum support (individual university faculty, MacPherson Institute (McMaster’s teaching centre), Health Sciences Library, Continuing Education, Student Success Centre, Student Accessibility Services, community partners, etc.).
Support the University Library’s commitment to community engagement with a focus on enhancing digital and information literacy.
Build a strong and supportive community of practice in support of teaching and learning across the University Library staff.
Champion and provide high-level oversight for the learning services provided by library and external partners in the Mills Learning Commons (Writing Centre, accessibility services, support for international students, etc.).
Champion the development of the University’s new First Year Experience program.
Advocate for the creation and adoption of open educational resources with senior leaders across campus.
Advise library staff on the Library’s involvement in public copyright issues.
In collaboration with the Director of Assessment, build and maintain a rich set of metrics to illustrate the value of the Library’s learning and curriculum support programs.
Represent McMaster University Library, on campus and externally, in relevant consortial venues, developing collective strategies for multi-institutional programs that operate at scale in an increasingly digital and complex learning environment.
Participate in general management of McMaster’s University Library, including serving as acting University Librarian on occasion.
A Master’s degree in library and information science or equivalent from an accredited library and information science program.
Minimum of seven years as a professional librarian with at least five years of progressive leadership experience.
Demonstrated knowledge of and experience using pedagogical standards and best practices for the creation and delivery of teaching and learning programs within research libraries.
Proven human resources skills, including supervising, developing and mentoring staff.
Strong knowledge of emerging trends and issues in academic libraries and higher education, including services, collections, technologies and spaces.
Proven ability to promote cooperative efforts and to foster productive collaborations.
Demonstrated ability to promote a positive and healthy organizational culture, including the ability to inspire colleagues to achieve their potential.
An unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion for staff and library users.
Foundational knowledge of educational and learning technologies.
Knowledge of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.
Evidence of excellent analytical and critical thinking, organizational and decision making skills.
Superior communication and interpersonal skills.
A strong and ongoing record of professional contributions and leadership in the library and information science community. This record will include both scholarly activity (research, publications and presentations) and service to professional associations and organizations (at the provincial, national and or international level).
Preference will be given to those candidates with significant experience working in a research university or other large academic institution. Preference will also be given to those with:
Expertise working in a unionized environment
Experience writing and managing grants
Knowledge of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and its implications for research libraries.
Demonstrated experience working with educational and learning technologies.
Basic understanding of Canadian copyright law and its impact on research libraries.
Knowledge of key tools and techniques for measuring the impact of library learning and curriculum support activities.
McMaster University Library aspires to be a catalyst of intellectual activity for the University and its community. We pride ourselves in delivering innovative services, welcoming spaces, extraordinary expertise and exemplary collections to accelerate research, enhance learning and improve the user experience.
The University Library system is comprised of the Mills Memorial Library (humanities and social sciences), the Thode Library of Science & Engineering and the Innis Library (business). The Library is known for its distinctive collections of archival materials and rare maps and the extraordinary expertise and creative spirit of our staff. We are home to the world renowned William Ready Division of Archives & Research Collections (including the separately housed Bertrand Russell Archives), the Lyons New Media Centre and the Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship. We work in close partnership with McMaster’s highly-regarded Health Sciences Library. We are actively engaged in the university’s larger teaching and research missions through our management of classroom technology and our oversight of McMaster Experts, the university’s research information management system (RIMS).
McMaster’s libraries are active contributors to the national and international library community. We are members of the esteemed Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL).
Ranked as one of the world’s Top 100 universities, McMaster University is devoted to the cultivation of human potential, realized through our innovative educational programs, cutting-edge research, and the diverse students, faculty, staff and alumni who make up the McMaster family. Dedicated to creating a Brighter World, we recognize that our people are our most valuable resource. Those who join McMaster will find a community of talented individuals who are inspired by the university’s commitment to embodying the values of integrity, quality, inclusiveness and teamwork.
McMaster is an internationally recognized centre of learning and research. We inspire critical thinking, personal growth and a passion for lifelong learning in the 34,000 students, 1,500 faculty and 11,000 staff that make up our community. The University attracts, on average, more than $370M of research funding each year and is ranked #2 in the world by the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Ranking. The University is consistently ranked as one of Hamilton-Niagara’s Top Employers. We are known for the excellence of our faculty, the diverse nature of our student body and the strength of our community connections.
McMaster is located in the city of Hamilton, Ontario. Consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in Canada, Hamilton is recognized for its natural beauty and unique blend of cultural, education and technological resources.
How To Apply
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online on the Careers page of the McMaster website by June 15, 2020. We thank you for your interest; only candidates moving to the interview stage will be contacted.
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