Teaching & Learning Librarian, Special Projects (2-year Limited Term)
About Brock University
Located at the centre of Canada's beautiful Niagara Peninsula, Brock offers an exciting work environment with strong undergraduate, graduate and interdisciplinary programs and a vigorous research culture. Brock offers all the benefits of a young and modern university in a safe, community-minded city, with beautiful natural surroundings. With over 19,000 students and more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in seven diverse Faculties, Brock excels at providing exceptional experiential learning opportunities and highly rated student and campus life experiences. The university, including the library, has a number of concrete initiatives that are aimed at improving equity and inclusion for all members of the Brock community. Once such example is the President’s Committee on Human Rights, Equity, and Decolonization.
Brock University’s main campus is on land that is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. It is atop the Niagara Escarpment, within a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, overlooking the City of St. Catharines, in the heart of Niagara wine country and is a short drive from Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Buffalo, New York. Niagara is an exceptional location to call home for the next stage of your career.
More information on Brock University can be found on the University’s website at https://www.brocku.ca/.
About Brock University Library
Brock University Library includes the James A. Gibson Library; the Map, Data & GIS Library; Archives & Special Collections; as well as the Makerspace within the new Brock LINC facility. With six departments, a staff of 54 including 20 professional librarians, and an annual budget of over $11 million, the Library provides services and resources to support over 600 faculty and a growing student body.
Our progressive and talented community of librarians and staff are committed to student success, collegiality, and collaboration. Our values of Innovation, Integrity, Inspiration and Inclusivity guide all that we do. The Brock Library strategic plan contains four strategic pillars highlighting student success; the research lifecycle; community engagement; and strengthening capacity. Internally in the library, the IDEA+D committee has the mandate to identify, develop and deliver Library initiatives that increase awareness and promote understanding of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) and Decolonization issues.
The Library has recently implemented a new organizational structure intended to align with the Library’s and the University’s strategic plans. Candidates should be comfortable working in an evolutionary environment in which the organization continues to grow and change in alignment with strategic directions.
For further details about the Library, visit https://www.brocku.ca/library.
About the Opportunity
Brock University Library invites applications from qualified candidates who have experience in library instruction for a full-time, two-year limited term appointment position of Teaching & Learning Librarian, Special Projects.
The successful candidate will join the Teaching & Learning Department. Reporting to the Head, Teaching and Learning, this position will support the teaching & learning mission of the Library alongside four other Teaching and Learning librarians. Responsibilities include course-based instruction in a variety of formats and supporting special projects of strategic importance to the department, including development and maintenance of e-learning objects, support for open education, and assessment of teaching & learning.
The successful candidate will:
• Lead/coordinate short-term, time-limited special projects. Special projects may include the development and implementation of a curriculum integration strategy, open educational resources & open pedagogy, assessment, online/blended learning, and learner accessibility.
• Collaboratively support departmental goals and activities.
• Collaboratively design and develop reusable accessible learning objects for use in online learning environments.
• Deliver in-person and online instruction.
• Provide in-depth consultation service on an individual basis (in person, e-mail, telephone, virtual/online, chat) to students and faculty.
• Support departmental initiatives to enhance instruction at Brock by integrating information literacies and research competencies into course and program design.
• Engage in ongoing professional development in library teaching & learning and apply useful developments into practice.
Qualified candidates will possess the following:
• A Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program or equivalent.
• Familiarity with teaching methodologies and instructional design principles.
• Knowledge of and/or expertise in at least one of the following areas:
o open education and/or open educational resources
o development of e-learning content
o assessment of teaching & learning
• Evidence of creative and flexible approaches to setting and achieving professional goals.
• Demonstrated ability to work well in both team-based and self-directed environments.
• Familiarity with inclusivity, accessibility, reconciliation, and decolonization initiatives in Canadian academic libraries.
• Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
Qualifications Considered an Asset:
We want to emphasize that these qualifications are considered an asset. They are not required, and we are committed to helping our future colleague develop these skills.
• Master’s level education in an academic discipline.
• Demonstrated ability to develop, deliver and assess student-centered instructional content, in person and/or online.
• Demonstrated project management experience in an academic or non-profit setting
• Knowledge of e-learning and instructional support software, and course management platforms.
• Knowledge of accessibility practices as it relates to teaching & learning, including universal design for learning.
• Experience in faculty and/or instructor relationship-building and communication.
• Experience providing information and research consultations in a library setting.
• Experience conducting scholarly research in the humanities, social sciences, library science, or another adjacent field.
This position is available as of August 1, 2023.
Brock University offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package. It is anticipated that this appointment will be made at the rank of Librarian I or II. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The position is included in the Brock University Faculty Association (BUFA) and is governed by the BUFA Collective Agreement.
Applicants are invited to apply by submitting a curriculum vitae and a cover letter through the online application system no later than June 18, 2023 at 12:01am EST. We appreciate all applications received; however, we will contact only those candidates selected for an interview. Preliminary interviews, if held, will be conducted online. Interviews will be one day in length and consist of a public presentation on a given topic as well as meetings with relevant stakeholders.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Questions about the application process can be directed to the Chair of the hiring committee, Jennifer Thiessen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications should be submitted electronically through the Brock Careers website at the following link:
Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. LGBTQ is an umbrella category and shall be read to include two-spirited people. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups can fill out the Self-Identification questions included in the questionnaire at the time of application.
We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the selection process, as outlined in the Employee Accommodation Policy https://brocku.ca/policies/wp-content/uploads/sites/94/Employment-Accommodation-Policy.pdf. Please advise: email@example.com to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.
We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.