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Assistant/Associate Librarian in Research & Scholarship

University of Guelph

The McLaughlin Library at the University of Guelph invites applications for a continuing appointment-track position at the Assistant or Associate Librarian level.

The Team:
Working collaboratively in a team-based environment and reporting to the Head of Research & Scholarship (R & S), the Research & Scholarship Librarian supports, enables, and contributes to the research process on campus through the development of library services and the provision of expertise in research impact, scholarly publishing, and the research ecosystem. The R & S team addresses the systemic issues in scholarly communication. In doing so, we are challenging legacy processes in the exploration of new services, approaches, and initiatives. The successful candidate embraces creativity and takes risks in the exploration of new ideas. As part of the R & S team, the incumbent actively contributes toward the fulfillment of the mandate to:

• engage the research community – developing an understanding of the research enterprise on campus and identifying researchers’ needs for support and collaboration in the research process and scholarly communication;
• contribute to the research process - in response to researchers’ needs and the changing nature of scholarly communication, through the development of services, direct participation in research and through the provision of expertise;
• working with the Collections & Content team, continue development of a scholarly communication program that raises awareness of, enables, and advocates for, a transformation in scholarly communication;
• in conjunction with other Library teams, collaboratively identify, deploy and/or develop and implement, sustainable services and infrastructure in support of digital scholarship projects on campus;

Position Description:
In this position, the Research & Scholarship Librarian will work with others to provide continued leadership and direction of a well-established research data management service. They will be part of a team of librarians and professionals who support students, staff, and faculty through the research and data lifecycles. They will be responsible for providing support to students and researchers via instruction, consultation, and outreach regarding discovery, use, and stewardship of research data. Through consultations, training, advocacy, and collaborative initiatives, the R & S Librarian supports data practices across many phases of research and learning. Research data management responsibilities will include:
• Work strategically and collaboratively with a well-established network of stakeholders to design strategies to further engage and develop programs and initiatives to support research data management;
• Contribute to the team’s leadership role in the implementation of these RDM strategies, particularly as the campus gears up to meet emerging requirements (e.g. the Tri-Agency RDM policy);
• Design and deliver a program of instructional workshops and materials to increase faculty awareness of data mandates and funder requirements;
• Contribute to national and international research data management strategies and initiatives;
• Work with Library and campus partners to foster open scholarship and other scholarly communications initiatives;
• Advocate for improvements to existing tools and platforms that support research data management;

Required Qualifications:
• ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree or equivalent
• Minimum of 3 years of professional experience in a research-intensive environment
• 1-year professional experience in supporting research data management practices and/or policies
• Demonstrated experience in research data management, an understanding of research processes and research data management life cycle
• Awareness of preservation issues in research data management
• Working knowledge of the Canadian RDM landscape including Digital Research Alliance of Canada, Scholars Portal Dataverse, and associated policies (e.g. Tri-Agency RDM Policy)
• Skilled at outreach and building partnerships
• Experience designing and delivering instruction and excellent presentation skills
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Desired Qualifications:
• Evidence of leadership in program development, project management, and/or implementation of new services
• Demonstrated strong collaboration skills and ability to work with diverse stakeholders
• Familiarity with common metadata standards
• Familiarity with copyright and licensing related to deposit, sharing, and reuse of research data
• Experience with institutional, data, organizational and/or subject repository systems
• Demonstrated engagement with/interest in the changing scholarly communication system and desire to help researchers share their work with the world
• Demonstrated creative thinking and problem-solving abilities
• Demonstrated ability to take initiative, set goals, and manage time

The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process
The position will be filled at the Assistant or Associate Librarian level and is part of the University of Guelph Faculty Association. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, but salary floors are outlined in the Collective Agreement. A comprehensive benefits package is provided. Assessment of applications will begin on February 7, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials:
• A statement of interest and vision for the position demonstrating how their qualifications and experience relate to the responsibilities, duties and required qualifications of the position;
• A curriculum vitae, and
• Names of at least three references, including one direct supervisor, and one peer/collaborator, all for either most recent or immediately prior position. (References will not be contacted without consent).

Please submit application as a single PDF by email to by end of day February 4, 2022.

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

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion ( is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, pcontact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.