Visualization and Emerging Media Librarian

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Created: March 25, 2019


The University of British Columbia is a global centre for teaching, learning and research, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world and recently recognized as North America’s most international university. The Okanagan campus is an intimate learning community embracing bold new ways of thinking that attract exceptional students and faculty. More than 9,100 students from throughout the Okanagan region, across Canada and 99 other countries are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs in eight faculties and schools.

This is an exciting time to join UBC’s Okanagan Campus Library. A major renovation and expansion to the campus Library that doubled its size was completed in January 2019. With this new and innovative space, the team is growing to animate new services and spaces. The Okanagan Library prides itself on being an inclusive place, a service-oriented team, and a nexus of scholarly engagement. It leads by example and empowers by design.

Reporting to the Associate Chief Librarian, the Visualization and Emerging Media Librarian (VEM), collaborates with users, teams, and departments across the University and in the community, and works collegially to develop a strategic approach to this new area of service. The role of the VEM Librarian will include conducting individual and specific needs assessments to inform service, technical, teaching & learning, and infrastructural requirements. This position is also responsible for designing and delivering training, presentations, workshops, and classes on approaching, creating, implementing and using visualization and immersion tools in a variety of academic settings. The VEM Librarian will be a key member of UBC’s Okanagan campus Library and will participate in the overall planning for library services and spaces, working closely with colleagues in Information Technology, Media, and Classroom Services, the Centre for Teaching & Learning, and Advanced Research Computing. The VEM Librarian is also responsible for liaising with assigned academic units including reference service, collection development and instructional programs. Liaison areas assigned may vary depending on candidate profile.

As the ideal candidate you will hold a graduate degree from an accredited school of library, archival or information science, or equivalent internationally accredited degree.  You will have an academic background in a subject area within the scope of UBC’s Okanagan campus or equivalent knowledge gained through professional experience. You will also have demonstrated knowledge of data extraction, analysis, and visualization methods, along with experience in developing and supporting visualizations in teaching, scholarship, and scholarly communication projects.  Knowledge of research data management and digital preservation and experience assisting scholars in the development of digital scholarship will be important assets. The ability to work in a team situation, strong decision-making ability, excellent communication, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion are hallmarks of your professional style.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.  An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

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

If you’re interested in this opportunity, contact Katherine Frank or Erica Armstrong at 1.866.822.6022, or submit your application online at:


Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 20:25 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 20:25 UTC