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Head, Discovery and Technology Services

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Queen’s University Library invites applications for the position of Head, Discovery and Technology Services. This is a continuing-track appointment and is available immediately.RESPONSIBILITIESReporting to an Associate University Librarian, the Head of Discovery and Technology Services provides leadership and direction in the planning, development, delivery and ongoing assessment of high quality services in the Library’s Discovery and Technology Services Division (DTS). DTS is responsible for a set of interrelated services, systems and tools connecting users with information resources and services. To facilitate ongoing access to rich and varied print and electronic collections and to provide clear, accessible information about Library services, the Head provides Library-wide leadership for user experience design, web development, digital initiatives, current and next generation electronic and print resource management, and the Library’s hardware and software infrastructure. The Head offers support and technical expertise to the Library, and is actively engaged in hands-on development and delivery of user centered technology services, evaluating the transformative opportunities in our changing information landscape and implementing new approaches to meet the constantly evolving needs of a diverse learning and research user community. The Head actively collaborates with Library partners on campus and in the initiatives of the Ontario Council of University Libraries. The Head provides leadership and direction for DTS staff, fosters a collegial and productive environment, facilitates open discussion and a shared understanding of goals, consults and collaborates with other units and divisions within Queen’s University Library, provides advice to the Office of the University Librarian and promotes the vision of a team-based learning organization.Responsibilities will evolve as the Library continues to develop and restructure in support of the University’s strategic priorities.The full position guide can be found at http://library.queensu.ca/library/jobs/librarian.QUALIFICATIONSRequired: An ALA accredited MLIS or equivalent degree. Substantial relevant professional experience with a record of successful administrative and management experience, preferably in an academic research library setting. Demonstrated leadership and facilitative skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to motivate staff in an environment that supports the vision of one library with a shared allegiance to common goals and a ‘learning organization’ philosophy of continuous staff development and engagement. Knowledge of emerging technologies, and an awareness of the opportunities and challenges in delivering library services and information resources. Flexibility and initiative to respond creatively to rapidly changing academic, research and library environments, and the ability to apply user centred design practices to evaluate and implement new approaches.Strong problem-solving and project management skills and a proven ability to lead and work effectively with all staff members in a collaborative team-based environment to implement and manage systems and projects of every scale. Technical experience with the full suite of library systems including the integrated library system with its related interfaces and processes, the discovery layer, electronic resource management systems, link resolver, and institutional repository. Proven technical abilities and demonstrated knowledge of current applications and utility tools for managing and transferring data between different systems and facilitating interoperability between them.ENVIRONMENTQueen's is one of Canada's leading universities, with an international reputation for scholarship, research, social purpose and spirit. Established in 1841, Queen’s has reflected and helped shape Canadian values and policies, educating some of the country’s most notable figures. The university has a student body of 23,000, representing 83 different countries, and 2500 faculty drawn from some of the best institutions in the world. Queen's is located in the heart of historic Kingston, midpoint between Montreal and Toronto, and the nation's capital. Queen’s University Library consistently receives top marks as a medium-sized university library. It comprises six libraries and several cross-library divisions supporting the university’s academic mission, and is known for its dedicated staff, strong research collections and superb facilities. A staff of approximately 120 provides information leadership and is deeply embedded in Queen’s faculties and schools of Engineering & Applied Science, Arts & Science, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Policy Studies, Religion, and Urban & Regional Planning. The Library’s research collections, developed since the university’s founding, are a central university priority and include millions of print and digital items supported by a strong technology infrastructure and a focus on scholarly communications. Library facilities are heavily used campus hubs with a mix of inviting, accessible learning spaces, computers and collections. Queen’s University Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries. SALARY AND BENEFITSLibrarians are members of the Queen’s University Faculty Association and terms and conditions of work are governed by the collective agreement between the Association and the University. The collective agreement is posted at http://www.queensu.ca/provost/faculty/facultyrelations/qufa.htmlSalary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Although this is a continuing-track appointment, the Headship is a five year term that may be renewed in accordance with Article 41 of the collective agreement.The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen's University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.Learn more about Queen’s University Library: http://library.queensu.caLearn more about Queen's University: http://www.queensu.ca/ APPLICATION PROCEDUREApplications will be reviewed on an on-going basis until January 6, 2014. A letter of application, accompanied by curriculum vitae and the names of three referees, one of whom must be a current or recent supervisor, should be sent to:EMAIL: library.hr@queensu.ca
 
 

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