University of Regina Library Scholarly Communications Librarian, Term (two years, with possibility of extension)

University of Regina Library
Scholarly Communications Librarian, Term (two years, with possibility of extension)

The University of Regina Library invites applications from dynamic, proactive, service- and team-oriented candidates for the position of Scholarly Communications Librarian. We are seeking a creative librarian with a background or strong interest in open access publishing software services (OJS), institutional repositories, open educational resources and digitization activities who will contribute to a suite of scholarly communications services that support research and knowledge dissemination on and off campus.

Context

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 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 museum, parks, and cultural events. Regina boasts a relaxed lifestyle with short commute times.

The University of Regina Library supports the research and teaching of faculty and students at the University of Regina through its services, collections and information technology infrastructure. Reference and information services are both library-based and provided by librarians on-site in faculties, departments and research centres. Instruction in finding information is also provided, both in the form of general orientations and class or subject specific instruction sessions. The Library’s extensive collection of approximately 2.4 million items is listed in our Voyager catalogue (currently transitioning to ALMA), as are the holdings of the University’s three Federated Colleges: Campion College; Luther College; and, First Nations University of Canada. The Library also comprises the University Archives with collections consisting 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.  oURspace is the adoptive institutional digital repository for scholarly literature, research results, official communications, and materials which define the cultural context of the University of Regina and Saskatchewan. 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 the Consortium of Academic and Special Libraries of Saskatchewan (CASLS).

About the Position

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian: Content Management and Discovery, the Scholarly Communications Librarian will lead in the planning, development, implementation, assessment and promotion of the Library’s scholarly communications services including (but not limited to) the adoptive digital repository (oURspace), open journal publishing services (OJS), and digitization activities. Providing outreach and advice on open access initiatives and open educational resources, the incumbent will work closely with the Copyright Officer, the Research and Scholarship Librarian, the University Archivist, the Library’s Open Access Team, the Institutional Working Group on Open Access and Research Dissemination, and the University of Regina Press to build and maintain awareness on campus of scholarly communication issues, to develop appropriate services to support the campus community on these matters, and to champion open scholarship on campus.  Librarian responsibilities of a more general nature may also be assigned and will take into consideration the Scholarly Communications Librarian’s interests and abilities.

Additional responsibilities to include:

  • Working closely with the Research and Scholarship Librarian to develop and implement a program to increase awareness among faculty, researchers and students about scholarly communication issues, especially in the digital environment;
  • Working closely with the Research and Scholarship Librarian to support university research and researchers through the creation of, deployment of, and participation in open access initiatives;
  • Working in close consultation and cooperation with other library and campus units, including the University Archives and University of Regina Press, on issues and programs related to scholarly communication;
  • Overseeing and leading the development, advancement and maintenance of the open access institutional repository oURspace , ensuring collections are representative of both the University and the broader Saskatchewan context;
  • Providing support for e-journal hosting initiatives at the University of Regina;
  • Advocating for, and supporting, the adoption of open educational resources on campus;
  • Leading development and implementation of educational  programs  for library staff and the campus community on issues of scholarly communication;
  • Developing and maintaining a broad network of partners among faculty, scholars, graduate students, administrators and committees to inform, support and advance the scholarly communication programs and goals of the library and university;
  • Monitoring developments in scholarly communication, open access, institutional repositories, and communicating their implications to library and faculty stakeholders.

Requirements: 

  • An ALA-accredited degree in information/library science;
  • Experience in, or demonstrated understanding of, scholarly communication, open access publishing, open educational resources, digitization, and institutional repositories;
  • Experience in, or knowledge of, library assessment, library promotion, and development of innovative services;
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.

The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the library profession, the University, and the community through participation in Library or University-wide committees, professional associations, and/or community projects.  The successful candidate is expected to pursue scholarly or professional activities that contribute to the research and creative environment of the University and the library profession in general.

Application Procedure: Applications must be made through the University of Regina Human Resource’s website (click on Academic Positions): https://www.uregina.ca/hr/careers/opportunities.html

Applications received before February 28, 2017 will receive preferential consideration.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Regina is committed to an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the community that we serve. The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the University's employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code.

For further information, please contact:

Brett Waytuck
University Librarian
Dr. John Archer Library
University of Regina
Regina, SK S4S 0A2
Phone: (306) 585-4295
FAX: (306) 337-2401
E-mail: university.librarian@uregina.ca