Information Resources Librarian (Sciences)

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Created: August 11, 2015


Position Title / Rank: Librarian - Information Resources (Sciences)

College: McLaughlin Library -

Deadline: September 4, 2015

Position Description:

Scope and Accountability:

The University of Guelph’s McLaughlin Library invites applications for an Information Resources Librarian. This continuing appointment track librarian position will help the Information Resources (IR) Team implement, support, and advance its core goals and priorities in managing the Library’s information resources and collections. As part of the IR Team, the Librarian will provide a variety of services to the library and user community with the goal of acquiring, developing, assessing and preserving high quality information resources that support the strategic directions and goals of the Team, Library and University at-large.


The incumbent will have important responsibilities related to one or more of the core functions within the IR Team, including collection development, collection management, assessment and evaluation and/or working with the Acquisitions and ERM work teams.

With special focus on designated subject areas in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine), the incumbent’s responsibilities will include the following:
  • Collaborative management of book approval plan
  • Development of requests for new journals, databases and other serial resources
  • Collection evaluation and assessment
  • Selection of monographic materials 
  • Weeding / relocation projects, including working with staff within the TUG Libraries
  • Communication on information resources issues, including promotion
  • Completing library course and program assessments as part of the University’s Senate review and/or accreditation processes
  • Liaison with faculty, students, other Library Teams and staff on resource issues
  • Monitoring STEM open access publishing trends and issues
  • Membership on library committees as appropriate


The Library operates in a team-based organizational model. The working style of the IR Team emphasizes the collaborative and interdependent nature of collections work for the benefit of our user community. Thus, while the incumbent will have special focus on designated subject areas, she/he will be expected to take an interest in the development of all areas of the Library’s information resources and be open to collaboration with colleagues as opportunities arise.   IR Librarians work within a collegial environment that pursues common strategic team directions and goals while providing room for discussion and professional autonomy.

The University of Guelph is one of the country’s top-ranked comprehensive universities. It has a current enrollment of 26,000 students participating in programs that span the natural and physical sciences, social sciences and humanities. The University of Guelph has a distinctive educational philosophy that is both learner-centred and research-intensive, and emphasizes a collaborative approach to learning.


An ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree is required as is a recognized degree (BSc or MSc/PhD) in the sciences. Experience in an academic library setting working in collection development and management is preferred.

Required qualifications for this job include:
  • Minimum of two (2) years working experience in an academic library setting with an understanding of opportunities, issues and challenges affecting information resources in academic libraries
  • In depth knowledge and experience of collection development and management  practices and principles in all formats
  • Experience with book approval plans and faculty liaison
  • Demonstrated project coordination skills and the ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines
  • Strong organizational and advocacy skills, with a focus on excellent oral and written communications
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, the broader  community, external partners and vendors; as well as work independently
  • A strong understanding of consortia partnerships in context of Canadian Library information resources
  • Knowledge of the scholarly publishing industry, and broader scholarly communication issues and trends, particularly in STEM disciplines
  • Policy development, implementation and revision related to collection development, assessment and collections policies

Other qualifications that would be beneficial include:
  • Second advanced degree, preferably in the sciences;as well as one or more of the following:
  • Collection assessment experience
  • Data management skills
  • Budget management experience
Application Procedure:

Rank and salary will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s current individual levels.

Please submit a curriculum vitae, the names of at least three referees and a broad statement of interest in a single PDF file by September 4, 2015 to the following email address: .

The Librarian works within the terms and conditions of employment as governed by the “Collective Agreement between the University of Guelph and the University of Guelph Faculty Association.” All Librarians are expected to engage in: professional practice; scholarship, which includes research, study, professional development and scholarly and creative activities; and, University service and academic or professional service.

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