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Lakehead University

University Librarian


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 over 8,600 students and 2,250 faculty and staff. The Orillia campus opened in 2006. Please learn more at


The library system currently consists of the University Librarian, eleven professional librarians, one other professional, 27 support staff and 4 casual staff. Collections include approximately 600,000 print volumes, access to more than 4,000 online journals and over 120,000 e-books, as well as special collections such as the Archives and the Regional Collection. The Library has used the Voyager integrated library system (ILS) from Ex Libris since 2001 and uses additional Ex Libris products such as SFX.


The library system includes a main Library (Chancellor Paterson Library) and three additional locations - the Education Library in Thunder Bay and two smaller but growing libraries in Orillia. The main library has completed a renovation of the main floor to accommodate a Learning Commons area, which includes an integrated IT/research help desk. Construction and renovations are also going on in Orillia. See


Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the University Librarian provides visionary leadership in all areas of the Library’s operations and development. She or he is responsible for the overall administration and policy co-ordination of the Library, and participates in the governance of the University. The successful candidate will hold a graduate degree in Library and Information Studies, and have a track record of successful administrative experience in positions of increasing complexity and responsibility. She or he will have strong leadership and management abilities, a comprehensive understanding of the contemporary issues and challenges affecting academic libraries, and the collaborative and communications skills required to develop strong internal and external relationships and partnerships.


Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons and persons with disabilities. We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified.

 The Search Committee will begin considering potential candidates immediately and will continue until the position is successfully filled. The appointment commencing on July 1, 2015 is for a term of five years and is renewable. Applications, including a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without consent of the applicant), should be submitted in confidence to the address shown below.


Janet Wright & Associates Inc.

174 Bedford Road

Toronto, Ontario M5R 2K9

Fax: (416) 923-8311

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