University Librarian

Salary Commensurate with experience
Jun 24, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Quest University is looking for a University Librarian (UL) to be a hands-on leader in the rebuilding of its library. Reporting to the Vice President Academic, the UL provides leadership for all aspects of the library and works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to support the goals of Quest University in teaching and learning, research, staff development, fiscal sustainability and equity, diversity, and inclusion. Drawing on a wide skillset across library services, the UL will provide visionary leadership for reimagining library services for Quest’s innovative academic program and will work on the details and implementation of library services. The UL works closely with academic and co-curricular groups to create and maintain an exceptional learning environment for students. As the leading member of a small library team, the UL also engages directly with library users in providing quality service in support of achieving their research and learning objectives. As a member of the University's Academic Council and administrative management, the UL actively engages in strategic leadership to maintain the alignment of the Library’s plans, resources, programs, and services with the University. The UL develops and maintains relationships with other academic libraries and represents the Library and University to library associations and consortia.


The ideal candidate has visionary leadership to shape and lead a twenty-first century library that supports interdisciplinary undergraduate education. The candidate should possess a Masters of Library Science/ Studies (MLS) or Masters of Library and Information Science/Studies (MLIS) from an ALA accredited institution. The UL will have a strong commitment to service-oriented collaboration and outreach across multiple university stakeholders, excellent communication and relationship building skills, and a demonstrated ability to develop and deliver a quality library service for clients. Applicants should have a record of excellence in academic library administration complemented by experience with and a thorough understanding of the emerging trends in library services and technologies.

The ideal candidate will have progressive library experience including experience as a senior library administrator in an academic or public setting, in addition to five years of experience as a librarian. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. A strong background in managing electronic resources is essential and experience and/or knowledge of library technical services is highly desirable.

Candidates will also have knowledge of and experience with the following:

  • effectively recruiting, evaluating, and managing librarians and staff;
  • reimagining library services for interdisciplinary undergraduate education in an information age;
  • supporting the role of information literacy in curriculum development;
  • developing effective library services for undergraduate students;
  • library collection development standards, procedures, and policies;
  • budgetary processes, including budget development and administration;
  • strategic planning for library services and aligning library plans and operations with educational goals and programs;
  • spearheading new initiatives for library and student academic support services;
Skills & Abilities

Candidates should have effective interpersonal and leadership skills and the ability to:

  • think creatively and strategically to identify and respond appropriately to the changing needs of the Library, its users and staff, and the University;
  • build, develop, and lead a team to develop and deliver library services for an innovative undergraduate curriculum;
  • function with tact and diplomacy and work collegially in a variety of consultative and collaborative processes;
  • lead creatively to develop, motivate, and empower a service-oriented team in an often-challenging environment;
  • develop, interpret, and apply university, government, agency, and departmental policies, procedures, and guidelines;
  • set priorities and manage complex budgets and optimize cost-effectiveness in resource allocation and expenditures;
  • negotiate digital licenses and other contracts on behalf of the Library.

Candidates are asked to submit the following documents in PDF format to by 17:00 (PST) on August 1, 2021 .

  • Applications should consist of a full curriculum vitae detailing qualifications and relevant achievements.
  • A covering letter describing briefly how candidates meet the criteria in the ‘Qualifications’ and ‘Skills & Abilities’ section of the job profile, why the appointment is of interest, and what they believe they can bring to the role.
  • Names of references and evidence of credentials will only be requested at the end of the recruitment process.

Quest University is committed to equity and diversity in its community and welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the "Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act" (British Columbia).

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