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Services and Communications Librarian

Lakehead University

Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Campus, invites applications for a probationary appointment Services and Communications Librarian.

The Chancellor Paterson Library is the main library on the Thunder Bay campus and occupies its own building in the centre of campus. There are four additional libraries: one at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, the Learning Commons in Simcoe Hall (Orillia), and the Education Library (one location at the Faculty of Education-Thunder Bay and one at Heritage Place-Orillia). Lakehead University Libraries is an active member of provincial and national consortia. We provide many services in collaboration with our Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) partners, such as, Ask a Librarian, Scholars Portal, RACER (Document Delivery) and Dataverse. We are also implementing Collaborative Futures, a next-generation library system in collaboration with our OCUL partners, with a go-live date of December 2019. The Libraries use Springshare Suite for our website, FAQ, library guides, room bookings and other services. Our involvement with the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) as well as other consortia, allows us to provide digital content. Our staff complement of over 30 includes eleven librarians.

Lakehead University Libraries has launched Library Plan: Envision the Future 2018-2023. Our mission is to be an innovative organization that anticipates the requirements of the future while respecting the heritage of the past. By providing exceptional services, collections, and spaces, the Libraries shape the creation of knowledge, actively preserve and support culture, and transform learning and research.

Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With campuses located in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Lakehead has approximately 10,000 students and 2,160 faculty and staff. Among Canada’s primarily undergraduate universities, the 2018 Maclean’s University Rankings places Lakehead first in total Research Dollars, second in Citations (scholarly output), third in Scholarships & Bursaries, and third in Library Acquisitions. With an emphasis on collaborative learning and independent critical thinking, and a multidisciplinary teaching approach, Lakehead offers a variety of degree and diploma programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels through its ten faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Science and Environmental Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, Graduate Studies, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (West Campus) and Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law.

About the Opportunity
Reporting to the University Librarian and Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning), the Services and Communications Librarian provides strategic leadership and oversight for the Chancellor Paterson Library’s public services, managing the overall planning and functioning of the unified service desk, including access services, reference, document delivery, and course resources. The incumbent directly supervises five full-time library staff and over ten part-time staff, and provides indirect supervision for five more library staff. In consultation and collaboration with colleagues, the incumbent will develop and execute the libraries communications strategy and lead our social media engagement program. Librarians at Lakehead University have a portfolio (for example, Services and Communication) as well as liaison responsibilities.

The incumbent will play an important role in the implementation and success of Collaborative Futures, considering the many aspects of the system that are directly involved with services to students.
● A recent Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited school of library and information science or its equivalent;
● Ability to provide leadership on using social media effectively to connect with students, faculty and staff;
● Demonstrated commitment to user-centred library service;
● Knowledge of library systems and applications;
● Knowledge of reference and instructional methodologies;
● Excellent organizational and analytical skills;
● Excellent written and oral communication skills;
● Ability to perform effectively both independently, and in collaboration with others;
● Ability to make decisions based on problem-solving skills.

● Knowledge of consortial approaches to service delivery;
● Experience and knowledge of collection development and information literacy;
● Subject related graduate degree in addition to Library Degree;
● Strong supervisory and team-building skills, and demonstrated experience providing leadership to staff in an effective, productive, and positive manner;
● Relevant experience in an academic library environment;
● Experience with technologies used in graphic design, and social media engagement.

The librarian rank of the appointment will be commensurate with the qualifications of the successful candidate. The position will commence on July 1, 2019. Lakehead University librarians are members of the Lakehead University Faculty Association and are eligible for sabbatical leave.

Some evening and weekend work may be required.

Review of applications will commence on April 1, 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled. The electronic application (in the form of one PDF document) should include: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the contact information of three referees. Applicants should submit their electronic application to:

Karen Keiller
University Librarian and Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning)
Lakehead University
955 Oliver Road – LI5006
Thunder Bay, ON Canada P7B 5E1
Tel: 807-343-8125

A completed Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in Canada form must accompany your package. This form is available on our website at

Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. This is in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements.

We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified. Lakehead University is committed to supporting an accessible environment. Applicants requiring accommodation during the interview process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (807) 343.8334 or to make appropriate arrangements.
This position is subject to budgetary approval.