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FACULTY POSITIONS

Indigenous Initiatives Librarian

(Fixed Term Appointment, Full-time, 24 months)

LIBRARIAN (LIBRARY OKANAGAN CAMPUS)

POSITION NUMBER: 654

DIVISIONAL TITLE: Librarian

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITY:
Provides online and in-person, reference and research services, instruction, and information services to faculty, students and other users in UBC’s Okanagan campus Library. Assumes responsibility for designated subject areas and liaison with assigned departments. Participates in the development of policies, procedures and services that respond to the needs of UBC’s Okanagan campus Library patrons. Coordinates and manages employees, students, services, and projects as required. Evening and weekend work may be required. The nature and scope of responsibilities for this and other library positions are expected to change as the library organization evolves.

QUALIFICATIONS:
A masters-level degree from an accredited program of library, or information science, or equivalent internationally accredited program. An academic background in a subject area within the scope of UBC’s Okanagan campus or equivalent knowledge gained through professional experience is required. Familiarity with information technologies and their applications to reference and research services used in an academic environment are required.

Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills; ability to work effectively as a team member; ability to make evidence informed decisions; and the ability to prioritize issues that are time sensitive are essential. Reference and research services and instructional experience in an academic library, or equivalent experience, is desirable.

RELATIONSHIPS:
Reports to an Associate Chief Librarian at UBC’s Okanagan campus Library. Coordinates activities with other librarians at UBC’s Okanagan campus and collaborates with librarians throughout the UBC Library system. May be requested to act on behalf of an Associate Chief Librarian at UBC’s Okanagan campus Library. Works closely with colleagues in other units within UBC. Works with faculty, students, staff and the public.

DUTIES:
Reference and Research Services:

  1. Provides reference and research services in person and online.
  2. Provides training for Library Services Assistants.
  3. Works with other employees to develop and maintain the UBC’s Okanagan campus Library presence on the UBC Library web pages and throughout UBC, as appropriate.
  4. As the librarian responsible for particular subjects, advises and assists in advanced and comprehensive searches in these areas. Employs the full range of electronic and print resources and tools, as required.

Teaching and Orientation:

  1. Teaches classes and workshops, online and in person, to support teaching and learning.
  2. Participates in orientation events, tours, library-use instruction programs, and similar library-wide initiatives.
  3. Engages in activities to support teaching, such as creating learning objects, curriculum mapping and assessment.

Faculty Liaison:

  1. Liaises with faculty on issues of copyright, collection development and management, archiving research outputs, research metrics, as well as the development and delivery of embedded or integrated instruction and course readings for students at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
  2. Attends faculty meetings and events and participates in faculty committees in designated subject areas as appropriate.
  3. Responds to requests from faculty for library involvement in accreditation, new course proposals, etc., in consultation with an Associate Chief Librarian.

Collection Development and Management:

  1. Selects and maintains new resources in designated subject areas for the library in consultation with other UBC librarians and departmental representatives.
  2. Participates in the development and application of criteria for the review of electronic subscriptions, transfer of print materials to storage and for deselection.
  3. In consultation with other UBC librarians, participates in the evaluation of potential gifts-in-kind to the UBC’s Okanagan campus Library.

Supervision and Administration:

  1. In consultation with an Associate Chief Librarian, will be assigned coordination responsibilities in one portfolio areas. Examples of these portfolio areas include, but are not limited to: Collections; Public Services; Learning and Curriculum Support; Copyright, Scholarly Communications and Research Data Management; Data and Digital Scholarship; and Community Engagement and Open Education.
  2. May be required to supervise employees.
  3. May be required to act as an Associate Chief Librarian in their absence.

University and Professional Responsibilities:

  1. Participates in professional and university wide committees, working groups, task forces, and initiatives as required.
  2. Maintains an awareness of new literature and research developments in areas of specialization and emerging trends in academic libraries and implements as appropriate.
  3. Seeks funding opportunities and completes grant applications within UBC’s Okanagan campus Library portfolio and in collaboration with UBC’s Vancouver campus as appropriate.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:

  1. Contributes to the continued development of a library environment and culture that supports and celebrates equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).
  2. Supports EDI by pursuing appropriate professional development opportunities and maintains an awareness of EDI initiatives at the departmental, campus, institutional and provincial level such as but not limited to UBC’s Inclusive Action Plan, Indigenous Strategic Plan, and BC Human Rights Code.
  3. Works to integrate EDI into collection development, instruction, public services, and overall professional practice by working to eliminate institutional and structural systems of oppression and power (such as colonialism, racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, and white supremacy).

Other Duties as Assigned

STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE:

  • Provision of competent, professional, equitable and inclusive library services.
  • Effective, co-operative working relationships with employees, colleagues and management at UBC’s Okanagan campus and, more generally, across UBC.
  • Flexible, innovative approaches to problem solving.
  • Effective focus on important issues and demonstrated ability to balance a multitude of responsibilities.
  • Current knowledge of library policies, practices and procedures and appropriate interpretation of these to staff and users.

Application deadline: April 20, 2021

To learn more and apply for this position, please visit the following link. Candidates will be required to create a profile through the UBC system in order to submit an application.

APPLY HERE

Please direct your questions to:
Lois Marshall lois.marshall@ubc.ca
Manager, Planning and Operations | Library
The University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus

Southern Medical Program Librarian

(General librarian, full-time, Ongoing)

Southern Medical Program Librarian
(General librarian, full-time, Ongoing)
The University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus

Job Requisition:  JR1629
Position No:  P000081381
Anticipated Start Date:  July 1, 2021

DETAILED JOB DESCRIPTION

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITY:

The Southern Medical Program Librarian (SMP Librarian) is responsible for the coordination of library services and collections for the Southern Medical Program (SMP) based at UBC Okanagan. The SMP is one of four distributed undergraduate medical education programs within The University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine (FoM). In collaboration with the MD Undergraduate Librarians and designated individuals at the other MDUP distributed sites: Northern Medical Program (NMP) in Prince George; Island Medical Program (IMP) in Victoria and Vancouver Fraser medical Program (VFMP) in Vancouver.  The SMP Librarian coordinates and participates in the provision of in-depth reference and instruction services to medical students enrolled in the Southern Medical Program in collaboration with medical faculty and the librarians across the SMP distributed sites and within Interior Health Authority and local hospitals, the SMP Librarian coordinates ongoing development of collections to support the students, faculty and staff across the four years of the program. Working closely with the MD Undergraduate Librarians and designated individuals across all sites, this librarian monitors budget expenditures throughout the year and contributes to the development of an annual SMP library budget.  The SMP Librarian supports the overall success of Health Sciences at UBCO through additional liaison duties in complementary health and life science related subject areas (time permitting). Coordinates an ongoing programme of monitoring and evaluating services and serves on committees as appropriate. The SMP Librarian is a valued member of the Okanagan Library and participates in the planning, development and delivery of services, collections and space for students and faculty on the Okanagan Campus at large.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Graduate degree from an accredited program of library, or information science, or equivalent internationally accredited program;
  • Demonstrated knowledge, competencies and/or experience in reference and instruction methodologies in an academic, hospital, or research setting, with an emphasis on evidence-based practice;
  • The ability to travel to various locations in British Columbia as required. 

ADDITIONAL PREFERRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

We at UBC Okanagan Library want to emphasize that the preferred skills and qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping and supporting our future colleague develop these preferred skills and qualifications as needed.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including the ability to communicate at a distance;
  • Demonstrated organizational and analytical skills;
  • Proven ability to work well independently and within large and complex teams;
  • Commitment to developing professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis;
  • Experience working in health sciences libraries and with emerging technologies;
  • Experience in library resource acquisition and evaluation;
  • Experience in or knowledge of assessment activities to support continuous improvement of library services that enhance student learning, engagement, and retention.

RELATIONSHIPS:

The successful candidate will be a key member of UBC’s distributed medical program administered by the Faculty of Medicine and will have specific responsibility for library services associated with the Southern Medical Program located at the Okanagan campus of UBC.

Reporting jointly to the Associate Chief Librarian, Research & Administration, at the UBC Okanagan Library and the Regional Associate Dean, Interior, UBC Faculty of Medicine, the SMP Librarian provides leadership and vision in the creation and development of instructional programs, collections and services to the students and faculty involved in the Southern Medical Program. The SMP Librarian is active within the Faculty of Medicine, working closely with Undergraduate Librarians and designated individuals supporting the distributed program at UBC’s Vancouver campus, the University of Northern British Columbia, and the University of Victoria. The successful candidate will be a key collaborator at teaching hospitals and clinical sites within the Interior Health Authority. The Southern Medical Program Librarian prepares and monitors the annual budget for library collections and services for the Southern Medical Program. They will also provide input and direction to staff, where appropriate, who are performing functions related to the support of SMP faculty and students within the Library. Occasional weekend and evening work may be required.

DUTIES:

REFERENCE AND RESEARCH SUPPORT

  • Provides in-depth reference service for medical, health, and life sciences, assigned liaison subject areas, and participates in an on-call rota. Provision of these services may take place on campus or remotely, and will include services provided in relevant hospital or health authority settings.
  • Liaises with SMP researchers and students conducting research, examples include: FLEX projects and Summer Student Research Program.
  • Provides research support for knowledge syntheses (including scoping and systematic reviews) through training and sitting on research teams as appropriate.

INFORMATICS AND INSTRUCTION

  • Participates in teaching with a particular emphasis on information literacy and support of evidence-based practice.
  • Develops web and print instructional materials for faculty and students, including web-based subject research guides.
  • Participates in the general orientation and instruction programme.
  • Teaches first- and second-year Case-Based Learning as required.
  • Supports FLEX projects from SMP students.
  • Provides health and life sciences related instruction for librarians and Library Services Assistants.

COLLECTIONS

  • Develops a strategy for building knowledge of the library collections in support of medical, health and life sciences.
  • Selects print and digital resources for faculty and students in the medical, health, and life sciences, in collaboration with SMP faculty and librarians from partner universities.
  • Undertakes reviews of reference and general collections for withdrawal or removal to low-use storage.

MEETINGS AND COMMITTEES

  • Participates on UBC Library and MDUP committees, councils, working groups and teams.
  • Member of the SMP Student Opportunities About Research (SOAR) committee

RELATIONSHIPS AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Develops and maintains an active, collaborative working relationship with the medical librarians in the partner hospital and university libraries.
  • Develops and maintains an active, collaborative working relationship with SMP faculty, staff, and students on matters dealing with informatics, collections and reference activities.
  • Develops and maintains an active, collaborative relationship with UBC librarians regarding the planning and provision of library collections, services and space on the Okanagan Campus.

EVALUATION

  • Develops, monitors and reports on accountability measures for health and life science library services.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SCHOLARSHIP

  • Accepts responsibility for personal continuing professional education.
  • Willingly develops and maintains skills, and assumes appropriate leadership relevant to the position.
  • Keeps up-to-date on developments in library service, resources and technology and on broader issues that affect the practice of librarianship.
  • Participates in appropriate professional organizations.
  • Undertakes research, assessment projects, and engages in scholarship as appropriate.
  • Aptitude in medical sciences literature

BUDGET

  • Monitors fiscal year expenditures of relevant departments/programs and deals with over expenditures according to established principles.
  • Contributes to the development of the annual SMP library budget working with the SMP Financial Officer and SMP Administrative Director for submission.

ADMINISTRATION

  • Interprets and communicates UBC Library policies and procedures to faculty, staff, and students and keeps up-to-date on the latest library policies and procedures.
  • Contributes to the policy and planning discussions in various forums as part of the Libraries’ strategic planning activity.
  • Provides input and direction to staff, where appropriate, who are performing functions related to the support of SMP faculty and students within the Library.

EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

  • Contributes to the continued development of a library environment and culture that supports and celebrates equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).
  • Supports EDI by pursuing appropriate professional development opportunities and maintains an awareness of EDI initiatives at the departmental, campus, institutional and provincial level such as but not limited to UBC’s Inclusive Action Plan, Indigenous Strategic Plan, and BC Human Rights Code.
  • Works to integrate EDI into collection development, instruction, public services, and overall professional practice by working to eliminate institutional and structural systems of oppression and power (such as colonialism, racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, and white supremacy).

OTHER ACTIVITIES

  • Assists with the continued development of a Library climate and culture that supports assessment and evidence-based decision-making.
  • Serves in an advisory capacity within the UBC Library system to meet assessment and evidence based decision-making goals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE:

  • Provision of effective and professional reference and research services.
  • Development of in-depth knowledge of the collections supporting research and education within the SMP and related health and life sciences including e-resources and web tools.
  • Develops collections responsive to expressed needs of students.
  • Develops and maintains effective and co-operative working relationships with support staff, colleagues and management, UBC faculty, staff and students and librarians in the health authorities.
  • Strong collaboration with all librarians supporting the UBC Medical Undergraduate program.
  • Develops and monitors accurate and effective budgets.
  • Produces timely reports.
  • Is flexible and willingly adapts to change.
  • Employs innovative approaches to problem solving.
  • Effectively focuses on important issues and balances responsibilities. Sets priorities.
  • Maintains current knowledge of Library policies, practices and procedures and appropriately interprets them to staff and users.
  • Awareness and effective application of trends in reference service and collection development in the health and life sciences.

ENVIRONMENT:

The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus is situated in Kelowna on the traditional, unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Peoples.

At the Okanagan Library, we are an engaged group that values collaboration, flexibility, and creativity, and we are looking for candidates who welcome the opportunity to work closely with staff, faculty, students, and campus colleagues. The Okanagan Library prides itself on being an inclusive place, a service-oriented team, and a nexus of scholarly engagement. We lead by example and empower by design as outlined in the Library’s Strategic Framework. Our work is also informed and guided by UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan and UBC Okanagan’s Declaration of Truth and Reconciliation Commitments.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT:

Please note that the work associated with this position is currently being performed remotely in response to COVID-19. In the longer-term, on campus work will resume.

This is a full-time continuing appointment with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021. The start date is flexible depending on candidate requirements. If eligible and qualified, the successful applicant may be appointed with a confirmed appointment. Otherwise, there will be an initial three-year probationary appointment. Normally, such an appointment is reviewed following the second year of appointment, and a recommendation is made at that time to grant or not to grant a confirmed appointment. The successful candidate for this position will be a member of The University of British Columbia Faculty Association and the terms and conditions of appointment are governed by a collective agreement.

This position will be filled at an annual starting salary that is in accordance with the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association (http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-relations/collective-agreements/).

APPLICATION PROCESS:
To ensure full consideration, complete applications are to be submitted by 11:59 pm PST on April 25, 2021.

To apply for this position, please visit the following link:

https://ubc.wd10.myworkdayjobs.com/ubcfacultyjobs/job/UBC-Okanagan-Campus/Southern-Medical-Program-Librarian_JR1629

Applications for this opportunity are to be submitted in one consolidated file (PDF or Microsoft word format) and will include:

  • A letter of application including a statement of citizenship/immigration status;
  • A detailed and current curriculum vitae detailing education, training, and work experience in the areas listed above;
  • The names of three professional references with their email addresses.

Please note candidates will be required to create a profile through the UBC system in order to submit an application.

Please direct your questions to:
Lois Marshall lois.marshall@ubc.ca
Manager, Planning and Operations | Library
The University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus
3287 University Way Kelowna BC V1V 1V7

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 expressions, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

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

Application deadline: April 25, 2021

To learn more and apply for this position, please visit the following link. Candidates will be required to create a profile through the UBC system in order to submit an application.

APPLY HERE

Please direct your questions to:
Lois Marshall lois.marshall@ubc.ca
Manager, Planning and Operations | Library
The University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus

STAFF OPENINGS

Staff positions are posted on the UBC’s Staff Openings page.

STUDENT JOBS

The UBC Okanagan Library hires students on a regular basis for various positions including Learning and Technology Assistants, Writing Consultants, Graduate Writing Assistants, and Language Consultants as well as student assistants for project-based work. The majority of our hiring takes place in the spring and early fall. 

All of our student positions are posted on the UBC Okanagan Job Board.