Department Head of Systems

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Created: July 23, 2012


The Library at Carleton University invites applications from qualified candidates for the position of Department Head of Systems. This is a preliminary (tenure track) appointment at the rank of Librarian 3 or 4. The term of office for a Library Department Head shall normally be five (5) years; renewal is possible within the terms of the collective agreement.

Under the general direction of the Associate University Librarian (Research, Scholarship and Technology),  the incumbent is responsible  for co-ordination and management of all operations and staff of the Systems Department; for establishing the goals, priorities and procedures for the department; for the technical development and management of IT systems, networks and digital developments in the Library. The incumbent works in close collaboration with department heads, administrative and academic departments to develop such systems and services; assists in representing the Library to individuals and groups on and off campus; and performs other related duties.

The incumbent also contributes to general operations and support for existing technology, including process documentation, training, and liaison with other departments, as well as   the development and implementation of systems and services related to assigned area of specialization. 

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree plus a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an accredited library school or equivalent and at least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in Library, Information Management or IT fields, with at least three (3) years’ experience in information technology, web development and/or programming. Experience in academic or research libraries is preferred.

In addition, applicants must have:

- Extensive knowledge and understanding of library policies and operations, especially in relation to the digitization, storage, management, preservation and delivery of information in an electronic environment;

- Thorough knowledge of academic teaching and research program needs in terms of systems support and digital library services;

- Significant understanding of systems implementation and integration, technical standards, information architecture and web development environments;

- Experience with work-flow and use-case modeling, process analysis, and testing;

- Experience implementing new software, technology or processes on departmental or organizational scale;

- Ability to engage effectively in analysis, planning,  and goal setting; demonstrated flexibility and innovative approaches to problem-solving;

- Demonstrated project management skills and experience, including process review, requirements setting, and proposal development;

- Proven ability to work collaboratively with others to promote positive organizational change; 

- Strong leadership and team-building skills in order to manage, motivate, and develop the staff of a major library department in an effective, productive, and positive manner;

- Excellent oral, visual, and written communication skills.

The MacOdrum Library promotes excellence at Carleton University by collecting, preserving, and providing access to information resources and services for our teaching, learning, research and administrative communities, wherever they are located.

The Library has a strategic plan which is closely aligned to the University’s strategic plan, Defining Dreams, and to the Carleton Academic Plan. Key priorities for the Library are scholarly communication, undergraduate creative and critical enquiry, digitization and preservation of archives and special collections; research data management including geospatial and social science datasets.

The Library consists of a main building at the heart of the campus which holds over 3.7 million items and an on-campus storage facility with a capacity of 800,000 volumes.  There are 135 FTE positions in the Library including 28 librarians, 80 support staff, 6 management staff and many part-time student positions. The Library participates in co-operative ventures with area libraries and museums as well as libraries in research institutions across Canada. It is also part of the Ontario Scholars Portal consortium of academic libraries.

Applications will be accepted until July 27, 2012, and must include a statement of interest, a current résumé or curriculum vitae. Those shortlisted candidates will also be asked to do a presentation on a relevant topic. Additionally, candidates must provide the name of three references.  If candidates are short listed, their references will be expected to provide a letter of support to the search committee.

The complete position description is available at:

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Interested candidates should send their curriculum vitae with a cover letter to: Gilles Monast, Manager, Library Administrative Services, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6, CANADA or by email to

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, we will contact only those selected for an interview.

Located in Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton University is a dynamic research and teaching institution with a tradition of leading change. Its internationally recognized faculty, staff, and researchers provide more than 25,000 full- and part-time students from every province and more than 100 countries around the world with academic opportunities in more than 80 programs of study. Carleton’s creative, interdisciplinary, and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative work in science and technology, business, public policy and administration, and the arts.

Minutes from downtown, Carleton University is located on a beautiful campus in the central portion of Ottawa, bordered by the Rideau River on one side, and the Rideau Canal on the other.  With over 12 national museums and the spectacular Gatineau Park close by, there are many excellent recreational opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy. The City of Ottawa itself, with a population of almost one million, is Canada’s capital city and reflects the country’s bilingual and multicultural character. Carleton’s location in the nation’s capital provides many opportunities for research with groups and institutions that reflect the diversity of the country.

Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

All positions are subject to budgetary approval.

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