Engineering & Science Librarian, Tenure-Track Appointment

 

Applications are invited for a full time, tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian with the University Library, University of Saskatchewan. We are seeking a dynamic, innovative, and flexible individual with the appropriate qualifications and background to work collaboratively as part of the teams based at the Engineering and Science Libraries. The appointee will serve as liaison primarily to the College of Engineering, and science departments as assigned, and will contribute, as appropriate, to library-wide projects and priorities. 

Reporting to the Head of the Engineering & Science Libraries, the successful candidate will be assigned the following responsibilities:

  • Collaborating with faculty to support teaching and research
  • Providing information services including research consultations to students, faculty, and researchers
  • Developing and delivering library and information literacy instruction, both in-person and online, as well as creating effective instructional resources in a variety of formats
  • Developing high quality collections of digital and print resources to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of assigned areas
  • Contributing to library projects and priorities by working collaboratively with library employees, faculty, and external partners

As a requirement for tenure and promotion as defined in the University Library Standards for Tenure and Promotion (https://library.usask.ca/documents/libstandards2015.pdf), librarians are required to engage in research and scholarly work leading to the development of a formal program of research and actively disseminate research results via peer-reviewed publications. Examples of librarians’ scholarly work can be found at http://ecommons.usask.ca. Librarians are expected to participate in collegial activities, and are encouraged to engage with academic or professional organizations.

About the University Library

As one of Canada’s leading research libraries, the University Library serves as the intellectual hub of the University of Saskatchewan, providing resources, services, and spaces that facilitate discovery and promote student success. Our faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and flexible work environment in a time of significant change including the arrival of new library Dean and emerging University and Library strategic plans. The University Library is committed to developing inclusive and accessible services and resources to support our diverse clientele, with a strategic focus on Indigenous peoples. We seek applicants who embrace innovative and collaborative approaches to solving problems and advancing services. For more information visit library.usask.ca.

About the University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of over 24,000.

Qualifications
An ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science degree or equivalent is required for this appointment. Education or work experience, and a keen interest, in engineering or science fields is preferred.

We are seeking candidates who have:

  • Flexibility, enthusiasm, and collegiality
  • Willingness to take initiative and be a self-starter
  • A commitment to high quality service
  • The ability to develop and sustain effective and collaborative professional working relationships and partnerships
  • Demonstrated ability to teach effectively in both group and individual settings
  • Awareness of current trends in science and technology librarianship and in the rapidly changing environment of scholarly communications
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including effective communication skills
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a collegial team environment
  • An interest and capacity to contribute to research and scholarship
  • A commitment to developing professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis
  • A commitment to evidence-based professional practice

The salary band for this position is: Assistant Librarian, $77,613 to $93,293.

This position includes a comprehensive benefits package which includes a dental, health and extended vision care plan; pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefits, an employee assistance program, a professional expense allowance, and a flexible health and wellness spending program.

Interested candidates must submit, via email, a cover letter; detailed curriculum vitae; and any supporting documents to:

Melissa Just, Dean
University Library
University of Saskatchewan

156 Murray Building, 3 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK  S7N 5A4
Email:  library.jobs@usask.ca

Review of applications will begin February 14, 2018; however, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2018.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Data, GIS, and Government Publications, Term Librarian

 

Applications are invited from qualified individuals for a full time, 2-year term appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian with the University Library, University of Saskatchewan.

The successful candidate will be assigned the following responsibilities:

  • Increasing the usability, discovery and access of data, government pubs, maps and GIS resources through reference, research consultations, workshops, instruction, online research guides, and outreach
  • Enhancing and managing existing data, government publications, and maps collections
  • Collaboratively developing a web-archiving approach for digital Saskatchewan government publications
  • Reviewing, assessing and selecting GIS/map/data-related software, systems, and/or services
  • Working with other library staff on project teams and committees
  • Developing professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis
  • Liaison duties in related discipline(s) is a possibility

About the University Library

As one of Canada’s leading research libraries, the University Library serves as the intellectual hub of the University of Saskatchewan, providing resources, services, and spaces that facilitate discovery and promote student success. Our faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and flexible work environment in a time of significant change including the arrival of new library Dean and emerging University and Library strategic plans. The University Library is committed to developing inclusive and accessible services and resources to support our diverse clientele, with a strategic focus on Indigenous peoples. We seek applicants who embrace innovative and collaborative approaches to solving problems and advancing services. For more information visit library.usask.ca.

About the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatoon

The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis.  The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of over 24,000.

Qualifications

We are seeking candidates who have an ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science degree or equivalent. Education or experience in social sciences, geospatial or other relevant studies is an asset. Candidates must also be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of statistical and data resources, government publications, maps and/or GIS
  • A commitment to high quality service
  • Ability to develop and sustain effective and collaborative professional working relationships and partnerships
  • Experience providing library services to students and faculty from a variety of disciplines in an academic institution
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a collegial team environment.

It is preferred that the candidates also demonstrate:

  • Experience providing instruction in an academic library or similar setting
  • Educational background in or experience with GIS and/or statistical software packages (e.g. NVivo, Atlas.ti, ArcGIS, SPSS, SAS)
  • Reference, research consultation and collections experience in related disciplines
  • Knowledge of trends in data/GIS and resource delivery
  • A commitment to developing professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis.

The salary band for this position is: Assistant Librarian, $77,613 to $93,293.

This position includes a comprehensive benefits package which includes a dental, health and extended vision care plan; pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefits, an employee assistance program, a professional expense allowance, and a flexible health and wellness spending program.

Interested candidates must submit, via email, a cover letter; detailed curriculum vitae; and any supporting documents to:

Melissa Just, Dean
University Library
University of Saskatchewan

156 Murray Building, 3 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK  S7N 5A4
Email:  library.jobs@usask.ca

Review of applications will begin February 14, 2018; however, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2018.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Invitation to Participate in a “Study of Low Morale in Minority Academic Librarians”

Visit bit.ly/2kubOyl or http://bit.ly/2iOut7Q for additional information:

A recent study reveals that low morale is the result of repeated and
protracted exposure to emotional, verbal/written, and systemic abuse or
neglect in the workplace (Kendrick 2017; access information at
http://bit.ly/2yk5lc0). However, recent LIS scholarship on microaggressions,
continuing recruitment and retention problems, coverage of the historic
marginalization of African American librarians or library users of color, and
current developments in United States social and political spheres indicate
more research is needed to discover other factors that may impact low-morale
development for this group.

If you are:
a)      A racial or ethnic minority credentialed (earned the MLIS or
equivalent) North American academic librarian who
b)      Has worked or currently works in an academic library in the United
States and
c)      Has experienced low-morale as defined above,

You are invited to participate in a research study designed to: 1) to discover
differences in the emotional trajectories of and physiological impacts on
racial or ethnic minority North American academic librarians who identify as
having a low-morale experience, 2) to identify professional, social,
institutional, or political systems, policies, or practices that cause or
impact the development of this group’s low-morale experience, and 3) to
discover how these causes/impacts, systems, or practices and emotional and
physiological changes are identified, mitigated or resolved through myriad
cognitive, physical, verbal, or other processes and actions.

This study is investigated by Kaetrena Davis Kendrick (Associate Librarian,
Associate Professor, University of South Carolina Lancaster).

If you choose to participate, I will conduct a telephone interview with you
that will last 45-60 minutes, and you will also be asked to complete a brief
survey which should only take 5-6 minutes to complete. Survey responses will
be anonymous and kept separately from interview responses. Interviews will be
confidential and participants will not be identified personally.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary. If you are interested in
participating, please contact me directly by phone or email to set up a
telephone appointment. If you know of anyone else who might be eligible and
who is interested in participating, please feel free to forward them this
message.

Principal Investigator contact information:
Kaetrena D. Kendrick at 803-313-7061; kaetrena@mailbox.sc.edu

If you have questions about this study, you may contact the researcher at the
contact points listed above. If you have questions or concerns about your
rights as a participant in this research study, you may contact the University
of South Carolina’s Office of Research Compliance at 803-777-7095.

Thanks for your interest in and support of this study.
Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S.

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Call for Proposals for Presentation at the ALA IRRT Pre-Conference

Librarians and libraries play an important role in serving and advocating for immigrant and refugee populations. The American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites you to submit presentation proposals for their 2018 Pre-conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Friday, June 22, 2018, from 8:00am – 1:00pm.

Possible proposal topics include:

  • Practical and real-life examples of services for immigrants and/or refugees
  • Targeted outreach to immigrants and/or refugees
  • Examples of successfully implemented programs
  • Working with targeted populations both in the USA and/or internationally
  • Advice about implementing services or programs
  • How to best reach out to immigrants and/or refugees
  • How to develop programs featuring social, economic, health, literacy, and/or technology
  • How to secure support for these programs

We are flexible about presentation length, however, presentations should engage the audience. Presentations that will utilize hands-on activities are encouraged.

To submit a proposal, send an email to co-chairs Charissa Powell (powell.charissa@gmail.com) and Elizabeth Soergel (elizsoergel@gmail.com) by end-of-business on October 20, 2017 

Please include your name, institutional affiliation, working title, and 300 word maximum description of your presentation.

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CAPAL18 Community, Diversity, and Education: Academic Librarianship in Challenging Times

CAPAL 18 will be held in conjunction with Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2018 at University of Regina, Saskatchewan, 29-31 May, 2018

(Preconference 28 May, 2018)

CAPAL18 provides an opportunity for academic librarians to critically examine and discuss the ways in which collaboration, respect for differences, and professionalism empower us at a time when the values of our profession are in danger of being eroded, both within our universities and within the wider world.  It is time to consider the role of academic librarianship in a changing world and the ways in which academic librarians can challenge the corporatization of our universities and libraries, institutional inequities, and the attempts to deprofessionalize academic librarians.

Papers presented might relate to aspects of the following themes (though they need not be limited to them):

— Challenges to academic status for librarians

–The identity of academic librarians in uncertain times

— Challenging racism in Canadian universities

–The role of academic librarians in the changing academic library environment and culture

–The ways in which professionalism intersects with race and gender, and how it may reinforce institutional power dynamics

–Challenges to academic freedom and intellectual freedom

–Challenges to academic integrity in a “fake news” and anti-science world

–The roles and responsibilities of academic librarians in Reconciliation

–Resisting the corporatization of universities and academic libraries

–Confronting barriers to diversity in academic libraries

The Program Committee invites proposals for individual papers as well as proposals for panel submissions of three papers. Proposed papers must be original and not have been published elsewhere.

  • Individual papers are typically 20 minutes in length. For individual papers, please submit an abstract of no more than 400 words and a presentation title, with a brief biographical statement and your contact information.
  • For complete panels, please submit a panel abstract of no more than 400 words as well as a list of all participants and brief biographical statements, and a separate abstract of no more than 400 words for each presenter. Please provide contact information for all participants.
  • Incomplete proposals or proposals that exceed the requested word count will not be considered.

Please feel free to contact the Program Committee to discuss a topic for a paper, panel, or other session format. Proposals should be emailed as an attachment as a .doc or .docx file, using the following filename conventions:

  • Lastname_Keywordoftopic.docx

Proposals and questions should be directed to the Program Chairs, Lorna Rourke and Laura Koltutsky, at capalproposals@gmail.com.

Deadline for Proposals is: 22 December, 2017

Further information about CAPAL 2018 and Congress 2018 are available at:

http://conference.capalibrarians.org/  &  https://www.congress2018.ca/

Please note:  The University of Regina is pleased to offer the Congress 2018 Graduate Student Travel Awards (https://www.congress2018.ca/student-funding), funded by the President’s Planning Committee for Congress 2018. Fully-qualified graduate students and recent PhD graduates will be able to apply for a subsidy of up to $500 towards accommodation, meal, & bookstore credits to facilitate participation at Congress 2018.

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CFP: Special issue on diversity / Parution spéciale sur la diversité

*La version française suit*

Call for Papers: Special issue on diversity for CJAL

The Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship (CJAL) invites article submissions for a special issue on the theme of diversity and academic librarianship to be published in October 2018. Maha Kumaran, associate librarian at the University of Saskatchewan, will serve as a guest editor for this issue.

Diversity is one of the core values of librarianship. It includes and is not limited to diversity in gender, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, language, religion or spirituality. There is very little literature on Canadian librarianship and diversity. This special issue on diversity therefore promises to enrich the diversity literature for Canadian academic librarianship. We welcome submissions that add new theoretical frameworks and methodologies, provide directions for future research, and improve practice. Articles on diversity could focus on collections, users such as international students, teaching or information literacy, staff needs or training, library education, leadership, or Indigenous librarianship.

CJAL is an open access, peer-reviewed journal published by the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL). Articles submitted for reviews must fit the journal’s Focus and Scope.

CJAL has a continuous model of publication. Articles accepted for this special issue will be published as soon as they are ready, and they will be collected into the special issue when they have all been published. Librarians needing timely publication of their articles for tenure or promotion purposes will benefit from CJAL’s continuous model of publication.

Submission deadline: April 30, 2018

Submit articles online at www.cjal.ca and in the Comments for the Editor indicate that it is for the special issue on diversity.

Please direct any questions to:

Maha Kumaran
Associate Librarian, University of Saskatchewan
maha.kumaran@usask.ca

OR

Kristin Hoffmann
Associate Librarian, University of Western Ontario
khoffma8@uwo.ca

Appel de propositions : parution spéciale de la RCBU sur la diversité

La Revue canadienne de bibliothéconomie universitaire (RCBU) sollicite des propositions d’articles pour une parution spéciale sur le thème de la diversité et de la bibliothéconomie qui sera publiée en octobre 2018. Maha Kumaran, bibliothécaire associée à l’Université de la Saskatchewan, en sera l’éditrice invitée.

La diversité est l’une des valeurs fondamentales de la bibliothéconomie. Elle englobe notamment, mais sans s’y restreindre, le sexe, l’origine ethnique, l’orientation sexuelle, la langue, la religion ou la spiritualité. Les publications sur la bibliothéconomie canadienne et la diversité sont peu nombreuses. Cette parution spéciale servira donc à enrichir la documentation sur la diversité de la bibliothéconomie académique canadienne. Nous vous invitons à nous faire part de propositions qui ajoutent de nouveaux cadres théoriques, de nouvelles méthodologies et orientations de recherche future ou qui améliorent les pratiques. Les articles sur la diversité peuvent se pencher sur les collections, les utilisateurs, par exemple les étudiants étrangers, l’enseignement ou la maîtrise de l’information, les besoins du personnel ou la formation, l’éducation en matière de bibliothéconomie ou la bibliothéconomie autochtone.

La Revue canadienne de bibliothéconomie universitaire (RCBU) est une parution à libre accès évaluée par les pairs et publiée par l’Association canadienne des bibliothécaires académiques professionnels (ACBAP). Les articles soumis seront évalués en fonction de l’Énoncé de mission de la revue.

La RCBU a adopté un modèle de publication continue. Les articles acceptés seront publiés dès qu’ils seront prêts. Ils seront ensuite rassemblés pour former la parution spéciale. Les bibliothécaires qui nécessitent une publication rapide de leurs articles en vue d’une permanence ou d’une promotion trouveront avantageux le modèle de publication continue de la RCBU.

Date limite : 30 avril 2018

Veuillez soumettre vos articles en ligne sur www.cjal.ca en mentionnant la parution spéciale sur la diversité dans les commentaires à l’intention de l’éditrice.

Prière d’envoyer vos questions à :

Maha Kumaran
Bibliothécaire associée, Université de la Saskatchewan
maha.kumaran@usask.ca

OU

Kristin Hoffmann
Bibliothécaire associée, Université Western Ontario
khoffma8@uwo.ca

 

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An update on SPEC 356 – Diversity and Inclusion – Free webinar – register.

Registration Details:

Title: SPEC Survey Webcast on Diversity and Inclusion

Presenters: Toni Anaya, Instruction Coordinator, and Charlene Maxey-Harris, Research and Instructional Services Chair, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Time: 1:00–1:45 pm, eastern daylight time

To request closed captioning for this webinar, please e-mail Amy Yeager, amy@arl.org, by October 4, 2017.

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