W.P. Scott Chair in E-Librarianship Research

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Created: January 13, 2014


The W.P. Scott Chair in E-Librarianship Research enables experienced professionals as well as scholars to conduct research at York University Libraries (YUL). The Chair is suitable for librarians and archivists seeking time and support to facilitate the thinking and writing process on a unique research project, perhaps while on a leave of absence from their home institution, or as part of their post-doctoral work.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to deliver public lectures, give seminar presentations, participate in conferences and otherwise contribute to ongoing research activities at the host institution. The Chair will be integrated into the academic library culture at York. The position provides an exciting opportunity to accelerate the development of e-librarianship in support of research, teaching, learning or scholarly communications. The research may be interdisciplinary, with a context that is broader than academic librarianship, but should be clearly defined and articulated and of interest to the academic library community. As part of the  application, we are requesting a detailed proposal of up to five pages, including a rationale, timeline, and outcomes.

The chosen candidate will have a strong commitment to research in any relevant area of e- librarianship, including but not limited to e-learning, digital collections and archives, digital stewardship, linked data, liberation technology, social media, user experience, interface design, digital humanities and/or scholarly communications. Another area of research interest is an interdisciplinary approach that engages with theoretical models from disciplines outside of  information studies that will advance libraries beyond traditional boundaries and methodologies. The Chair must have demonstrated success in directing and conducting research or a large project. As a member of the YUL complement, the successful candidate will also contribute in an area of the libraries suited to the candidate's area of expertise.

  • The Chair is required to provide an annual report of research activities to the University Librarian
  • The Chair is required to provide a W.P. Scott lecture or symposium relating to the theme of their research. This would be open to the professional library community.
  • The Chair is required to provide a presentation to members of York University Libraries and others on the results of their activities.
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  • Minimum of an ALA-accredited M.L.S., Master's of Archival Studies, or recognized equivalent;
  • Further post-graduate degrees or related work experience is preferred;
  • Record of research achievement or demonstrated experience with research project management;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with others;
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills.

The position is a one-year contractually limited appointment at the Adjunct Librarian level, with the possibility of renewal for up to three years. The position is available from July 1, 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter. Librarians and archivists at York University have academic status and are members of the York University Faculty Association bargaining unit (http://www.yufa.org/). Salary is commensurate with qualifications. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

York University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York's website at www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative  action office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority. Temporary entry for citizens of the U.S.A. and Mexico may apply per the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement  (NAFTA). York University resources include centres relating to gender equity, race and ethnic  relations, sexual harassment, human rights, and wellness. York University encourages attitudes of  respect and non-discrimination toward persons of all ethnic and religious groups, regardless of  gender or sexual orientation.

The deadline for applications is March 31, 2014. Applicants must send their proposal, a current curriculum vitae and letters from three referees to:

Chair, Appointment Committee for the W.P. Scott Chair in E-Librarianship Research
York University Libraries, 516 Scott Library
York University, 4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3
Fax 416-736-5451

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