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University Librarian


Saint Mary\'s University

Halifax City, Nova Scotia

University Librarian

Saint Mary’s University invites applicants for the position of University Librarian, reporting to the Vice-President, Academic & Research.  The University Librarian provides creative and energetic leadership and vision to the administration and development of a broad range of high-quality academic library services.  The position is also responsible for Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FOIPOP Act”) requests for access to records in the custody or under the control of Saint Mary’s University.  The University Librarian is a member of the decanal leadership group and the senior management group, is an ex-officio member of Senate, and is the University’s Copyright Officer.  The University Librarian is responsible to research, conclude and manage all required and/or beneficial license, copyright and consortia agreements for the University.

The Patrick Power Library is user-oriented, offering a wide range of services and materials, as well as extensive support and instructional services to the Saint Mary’s community. The library consists of approximately 454,600 volumes and 66,000 online and print journals. It has a dedicated staff of 45 including 9 professional librarians. It is a member of the NOVANET library consortium and the Council of Atlantic University Libraries (CAUL) and houses the University Archives. Further information about Saint Mary’s University and the Patrick Power Library is available on our homepage at

Founded in 1802, Saint Mary’s University is one of Canada’s oldest and leading institutions of higher learning and has evolved into a vibrant and engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni from more than 100 countries around the world.  Saint Mary’s University is home to one of Canada’s leading business schools, a Science Faculty widely known for its cutting-edge research, a comprehensive and innovative Arts Faculty and a vibrant Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Candidates must possess a Master’s degree from an ALA accredited program and must exhibit a substantial record of successful management and effective leadership in an academic library setting. Essential qualities include: an understanding of issues and trends in academic libraries, and the university environment, a strong service orientation, strong planning and service development skills, and excellent oral and written communication skills. Further, candidates must have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the FOIPOP Act/Regulations, guidelines and practices; and general knowledge of Nova Scotia’s Personal Information International Disclosure Protection Act. The successful candidate will be expected to work collegially and communicate effectively with librarians, students, faculty, and staff, as well as other internal and external constituencies of the library and the University, and to contribute to the broader development of Saint Mary’s in the context of the Academic Plan. The successful candidate will be expected to take a leadership role within the NOVANET library consortium and the Council of Atlantic University Libraries.  The successful candidate will be actively engaged with professional communities for university librarians representing Saint Mary’s in these communities, and playing leadership roles in advancing the field.

Candidates must also have recent experience with emerging technologies and must demonstrate an understanding of the information literacy issues relating to them. The successful candidate must foster ongoing partnerships with the other university service providers including Information Technology Systems & Support, The Writing Centre, and the Global Commons Studio for Teaching and Learning, to enhance and empower the University community’s ability to make the best use of information services and technologies to engage with the faculty on the scholarship of learning.

Candidates will offer evidence of the ability to work cooperatively and build effective teams; a commitment to quality service; a strategic vision and understanding of the evolving academic library and its role within the mission of the university, including the importance of staff development and renewal; and familiarity with the changing expectations of faculty, librarians, students, administrators, and staff.

Candidates should demonstrate knowledge of initiatives to increase electronic access to scholarship such as the Canadian Research Knowledge Network and experience working collaboratively with other libraries at the local, regional and national level.  Advanced degrees in librarianship or other academic disciplines would also be assets.

Applicants applying for this opportunity can do so online by visiting, selecting the position and using our online application system through CareerBeacon by clicking the "Apply Online Now" button. Applicants should send their CV with names and addresses of three referees and a letter explaining how their qualifications and experiences suit this position.  Review of applications will begin on June 3, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Saint Mary’s University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity.  Saint Mary’s University encourages applications from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

Saint Mary's University thanks all applicants for applying. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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