University of Regina, Dr. John Archer Library Copyright Officer, Tenure-Track (Qualifications Revised)

The University of Regina Library invites applications from dynamic, proactive, and service-oriented librarians for the position of Copyright Officer. We are seeking a creative librarian with a strong interest in, or experience in Canadian copyright law, and capable of providing comprehensive copyright services to the entire University community.


The University of Regina is a modern, comprehensive University with a growing national reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We prepare our students to excel in the global community and our research opportunities attract the best and brightest minds. Our campus is in the heart of one of North America's largest urban parks - a striking natural setting. It is energized by our students, faculty and staff and an ideal place to make your career. The University of Regina's Dr. John Archer Library is across the street from Wascana Park, which features beautiful Wascana Lake with extensive walking and bicycling trails. The city of Regina is home to numerous museums and parks, the Kramer IMAX Theatre, and the Regina Symphony Orchestra. Regina boasts a relaxed lifestyle with short commute times.

The Dr. John Archer Library supports the research and teaching of faculty and students at the University of Regina through its services, collections and information technology infrastructure. Library staff, numbering 70 in total, connects users to the library collection and other sources of information through traditional reference services, and through the provision of librarian services on-site to academic departments and research centres. Instruction in finding information is also provided, both in the form of general orientations and class or specific subject orientations. The Library's extensive collection of approximately 2.4 million items is listed in Voyager, as are the holdings of the University's three federated colleges, Campion College, Luther College, and First Nations University of Canada. The Library also maintains the University Archives whose collections consist of original materials relating to the University, its faculty, staff, and students, dating from the inception of Regina College in 1911 to the present day, and oURspace, a digital repository for scholarly literature, research results, official communications, and materials which define the cultural context of the University of Regina. The Library is a partner with several external organizations, including CRKN (Canadian Research Knowledge Network), COPPUL (Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries), CARL (Canadian Association of Research Libraries), the Multitype Library Board, and RegLIN.

The Library recently unveiled its Strategic Plan, a staff-driven document that will guide the Library's course for the next five years. This strategic plan is aligned with the University's Strategic Plan, entitled mâmawohkamâtowin : Our Work, Our People, Our Communities.

About the Position:

The incumbent will be expected to raise the awareness of copyright requirements across campus, respond to inquiries regarding how copyrighted materials may be used, and update and apply the University’s copyright policy and fair dealing guidelines. The successful candidate may be assigned responsibilities as a department head for a related library area.

The Copyright Officer position will have a range of duties, including:

  • Respond to copyright information requests from faculty and staff.
  • Develop and implement copyright compliance programs.
  • Conduct legal research on copyright and related issues.
  • Identify issues for consideration by the University's legal counsel when a legal opinion is required.
  • Prepare information materials on copyright for distribution or posting on the library/university web site.
  • Deliver instruction sessions/workshops on copyright and raise awareness on copyright issues with faculty and staff.
  • Manage the University's copyright policy and fair dealing guidelines.
  • Manage copyright licenses in the context of a variety of formats including reprography, digital copying and public performance rights.
  • Keep up to date on issues in copyright law, licenses and fair dealing provision. Provide case law, relevant statutes, and secondary legal literature to support decision making (e.g., citing references).
  • Develop and maintain a strong liaison connection with the legal and university communities, both provincially and nationally.
  • Liaise with faculty and departmental copyright contact resources.

Required qualifications:

  • An ALA-accredited master's degree in information/library science.
  • Strong interest in, or experience in  Canadian copyright law.
  • Strong management, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Desirable qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in a relevant field (including law and education).
  • Strong interest in, or experience in Canadian copyright law.
  • Current awareness of trends and best practices in copyright compliance.
  • Teaching and/or library instructional experience, including distance delivery using a variety of electronic means.


  • Librarians are members of the University of Regina Faculty Association (URFA) and are encouraged to take part in scholarship, research or professional activities. As URFA members Librarians are also eligible for the following:
    • Two weeks of study leave per year
    • Sabbaticals
    • Accountable Professional Expense Account of $1400 annually
    • Vacation, sick leave, dental, extended health care, basic group life insurance plan and other benefits
    • A cost shared Academic and Administrative Pension Plan
    • For additional information please refer to the University of Regina Faculty Association Collective Agreement (U of R Academic Contract 2008-2011) and the Human Resources Benefits and Pensions web site (
  • Librarians also receive full support for Administrative travel and additional support for professional development according to the Library's Travel Policy and Guidelines (available upon request).
  • Salary is based on the academic rank assigned which is commensurate with the candidate's experience and qualifications.

Application Procedure: Applications must be made through the University of Regina Human Resource's website:

Applications received before August 26, 2011 will receive preferential consideration.

The University of Regina is committed to achieving a representative workforce and qualified diversity group members are encouraged to self-identify on their applications. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

For further information, please contact:

William Sgrazzutti
University Librarian
Dr. John Archer Library
University of Regina
Regina, SK S4S 0A2
FAX: (306) 585-4878