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University Librarian

Department: Library - Office Effective Date: May, 2007
Grade: USG 20 Reports to: Assoc Provost: Acad & Std Aff

General Accountability

This position is accountable to the Associate Provost, Academic and Student Affairs for directing the provision of library services and resources in support of the teaching and research programs of the University.

Nature and Scope

The University Librarian is one of five positions reporting to the Associate Provost, Academic and Student Affairs.

The others are:

Reporting to the University Librarian are:

The key objectives of the Library are to plan and administer the provision of access to information resources and recorded knowledge, in all its forms (except film) appropriate to the present and future needs of the academic program and the academic community and the University at large, and to facilitate the use of these resources. All library activities are intended to further this objective. 

The University Librarian provides leadership to a staff of 136 (132.92 f.t.e.) in the Dana Porter, Davis Centre, University Map, and Musagetes Libraries in cultivating an environment that promotes excellence in teaching, learning and scholarship. The incumbent convenes and guides a senior library management group (the Library Executive Committee) consisting of the Associate University Librarian, Resources and Services; the Director Organizational Services; and the Associate University Librarian, Information Management and Systems Services. The group provides a forum for the development of library objectives, policy, planning and budgets and the direction and oversight of library operations, including the following functions:

The University Librarian provides innovative leadership and vision in the development and implementation of long-range goals, strategies for realizing them and short-range operational plans for the Library. She/he oversees the implementation of library and university policies and directs library activities in the context of the mission statements and the long-range plans of the Library and the University. The University Librarian encourages the search for improvement in the Library’s delivery of service by fostering evaluation of existing services and consideration of alternative approaches, and by nurturing innovation where appropriate. The incumbent seeks the advice of and receives recommendations from the university community through a number of committees and advisory groups. The University Librarian is an ex-officio member of the University Senate and of all library committees. He/she promotes the Library’s role on campus and participates actively in the ceremonial, cultural and social life of the University.

The University Librarian is committed to resource sharing and to exploring opportunities to work cooperatively with other libraries. He/she assumes an active role in pertinent local, national and international organizations to promote the long-term interests of the University and the Library. Examples include: the Tri University Group of Libraries (TUG), the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the American Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

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