Librarian, Scholarly Communications and Learning Support

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Closing date: 
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 17:00
Employment status: 
Limited term
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Job description: 

Royal Roads University seeks an energetic, creative, and collegial Librarian with a high degree of initiative to provide support for Scholarly Communications and Learning.

As a part of the Library team, the Librarian, in close consultation and cooperation with other units as well as other library staff, will help develop, support, and advance a range of scholarly communication services provided by the Royal Roads University Library. In this role, you will:

  • demonstrate initiative in increasing awareness among faculty, researchers, and students of scholarly communication issues and trends in the digital environment
  • help in the development of a broad range of services in support of evolving models of scholarly communication, open access initiatives, research dissemination, research impact, intellectual property rights, and digital preservation
  • support, develop, and champion the institutional repository and other Library scholarly communication initiatives, and develop workflows, policies, and processes related to those services
  • lead the development of outreach and advisory services for the campus community on issues of scholarly communication
  • work with collaboratively external partners and effectively with service providers to advance shared interests and the interests of the University community

As a member of a team serving students and faculty in an active research and learning environment, you will also contribute to the shared work of the team:

  • teach and assess information literacy classes and programs,
  • provide reference services and appointment-based research consultations in all disciplines, and
  • conduct outreach to faculty and students on a range of library services

Additional responsibility for other projects or initiatives to advance and support the work of the Library may also be assigned.

  • Graduate degree from a library school accredited by the American Library Association
  • Minimum of one year relevant professional experience in an academic library, that includes direct and significant experience working in the development and support of an institutional repository
  • Demonstrated professionalism and ability to apply creative ideas and strong analysis in the pursuit of institutional goals
  • Initiative, flexibility, and strong intrinsic motivation, with willingness to share expertise, work in teams, create opportunities and negotiate solutions with diverse groups; ability to effectively balance multiple priorities and tasks, adjust priorities as necessary, and manage time wisely
  • Familiarity with trends in practices for academic library services and a high degree of technological fluency, particularly with those technologies used in distributed learning environments, with an ability to anticipate the influence and  risk of disruption and large scale change in both technology and educational administration. The successful applicant must be flexible and appreciate a changing, ambiguous environment
  • Aptitude for service oriented work and demonstrated record of ability to work with the public and colleagues in a tactful manner; enthusiasm for instruction and communicating emerging issues
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication and diplomacy skills: ability to converse articulately and persuasively with University administrators and faculty members about scholarly communication, including topics such as bibliometrics, research impact, researcher profiling systems,  research dissemination, open access, and digital preservation.
  • Knowledge of best practices in information literacy programs, reference, and other services for academic libraries, as well as broad knowledge of information sources in a variety of disciplines
  • Interest in and capacity for conducting research; an established research portfolio is an asset

Further assets:

  • Understanding of the academic publishing industry and both traditional and emerging roles for the library and the university
  • Good awareness of issues related to Open Access
  • Good awareness of processes and standards related to digitization as distinct from digital preservation
Application submission information: 

The position also requires an individual who possesses a commitment to service and is able to work effectively in a changing and innovative institutional environment. This is a temporary full-time position working 37.5 hours per week. The work schedule for this role will be Tuesday to Saturday and including some evening shifts as required. This is a two year, limited term appointment. Candidates may also be considered for a short term on-call reference librarian contract.

At Royal Roads University, Librarians are members of the Royal Roads University Faculty Association (RRUFA) and are defined by excellence and achievement in a combination of three areas: librarianship, research and scholarship, and service. In addition to a collegial learning community, RRU offers a comprehensive compensation package to Librarians, with a starting salary and rank based on qualifications and experience.

To apply please forward your cover letter and curriculum vitae (preferably in electronic format) to: with a subject line of:

17-041-FL005 – Last name, First Name

Or mail to:

Human Resources - Career Opportunities
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, BC V9B 5Y2
Fax: (250) 391-2570 Tel: (250) 391-2600

The competition began on March 28, 2017 and will close on April 18, 2017; however, the competition will remain open until successful candidates are found. 

While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates short-listed for further consideration will be contacted. RRU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority consideration.

If you are sending your application via e-mail, please ensure that your electronic file is saved in MS Word or Adobe pdf format.