Sunday, November 27, 2011

Business Librarian - Three Year Contractually-Limited Appointment

Peter F. Bronfman Business Library – Business Librarian – Three Year Contractually-Limited Appointment

York University Libraries seeks a motivated and service-oriented librarian to serve as a member of the Peter F. Bronfman Business Library and to provide reference and research assistance, instruction, collections and liaison services related to business teaching and research at York University, with special responsibilities in the areas of outreach and elearning.

York University offers a world-class, modern, interdisciplinary academic experience in Toronto, Canada's most multicultural city. York is at the centre of innovation, with a thriving community of almost 60,000 faculty, staff and students who challenge the ordinary and deliver the unexpected.

York University Libraries consist of a large central library and three branch libraries, one of which is the Peter F. Bronfman Business Library. York’s collections have over six million items, including 2.5 million print volumes, over 60,000 electronic journals and most major online business resources.

The Peter F. Bronfman Business Library, located in the award-winning Seymour Schulich Building, provides facilities, resources, and reference, research and instructional services to the business programs of York University, including those of the highly ranked Schulich School of Business.  A comprehensive collection of print, electronic and data resources support
research in business and economics.  Four full-time librarians and five full-time support staff are currently based in the Bronfman Library. 

The successful candidate will participate in teaching, reference, collection and liaison activities in the Libraries and elsewhere on York campuses, and in the development of new programs and services. This librarian will assist business students in developing the skills required to locate, evaluate, and use resources effectively, and will also support faculty research. The librarian will maintain liaison with faculty and undertake collection development activities for designated business subjects.  The librarian will provide instruction support for business subjects. The successful candidate will participate in the shared decision-making of the Peter F. Bronfman Business Library and on collegial committees of the Libraries and of the University. He/she will have a lead role in creating a vibrant and engaging online library experience, through initiatives such as elearning projects and integrating social media into outreach for business students and faculty. The librarian will implement assessment practices into new and existing services. He/she will be expected to work regular evening and weekend shifts.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
• An ALA accredited MLS or equivalent
• Background in business or economics
and/or relevant expertise in business librarianship   
• Commitment to customer service and excellent oral and written skills required
• Demonstrated understanding of the concepts, goals, and methods of information literacy instruction and ability to teach in a variety of settings and formats, including elearning and related technologies
• Demonstrated ability in providing business reference service in an academic or special library
• Broad knowledge of business print materials and digital information sources                   
• Understanding of emerging technological trends
• Evidence of web skills and experience with using social media
• Interest in collections development on business-related subjects 
• Evidence of professional initiative and flexibility
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collegial setting
• Ability to work with a large and diverse clientele
• Knowledge of assessment methodology and tools
• Demonstrated ability to manage a diverse workload
• Willingness to undertake library and university committee responsibilities, professional development, research and scholarship

This is a three year contractually-limited appointment with the designation of Adjunct Librarian and appropriate for a librarian with up to four years post-MLS experience. Librarians at York University have academic status and are members of the York University Faculty Association bargaining unit ( Salary is commensurate with qualifications. The position is available from April 1st, 2012.  All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

York University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York's website at or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority. Temporary entry for citizens of the U.S.A. and Mexico may apply per the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

York University resources include centres relating to gender equity, race and ethnic relations, sexual harassment, human rights, and wellness. York University encourages attitudes of respect and non-discrimination toward persons of all ethnic and religious groups, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

Deadline for applications to be considered is­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ January 5th, 2012. Applications, including a covering letter relating qualifications and requirements of the position, and a current curriculum vitae with the names of three referees, should be sent to:

Chair, Peter F. Bronfman Business Library Appointment Committee
York University Libraries
310 Scott Library
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 1P3
Fax: (416) 736-5451

Applications should be sent by mail; or by email or fax with a hard copy following.

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