University of New Brunswick

University of New Brunswick

UNB Libraries: Open Scholarship & Applied Sciences Librarian I/II


Closing in 12 days

UNB Libraries: Open Scholarship & Applied Sciences Librarian I/II Academic Employment Opportunity #23-08

UNB Fredericton

Closing Date : Review of applications will begin on October 10, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) Libraries invites applications for the tenure track position of Open Scholarship and Applied Sciences Librarian to commence by January 1, 2024, subject to final budgetary approval. Review of applications will begin on October 10, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. As a member of the UNB Libraries team, the incumbent will report to the Dean of Libraries with responsibilities overseen by the Associate Dean, the Director of Learning and Engagement, and the Director of Collections Strategy and Scholarly Communication.

The Open Scholarship and Applied Sciences Librarian will have a university- wide role in supporting open scholarship, data management, and publishing with an emphasis on the STEM disciplines. The Librarian will have responsibilities related to the Faculties of Computer Science and Engineering, including library instruction for undergraduate and graduate students and provision of expert research and information services. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with UNB's Scholarly Communications Librarian and with Liaison librarian colleagues in developing and curating collections to meet research and learning needs.

In addition, this role will undertake service and leadership activities locally, regionally, and potentially beyond as circumstances require and allow. The successful librarian will be highly flexible, creative, able to innovate, adapt and thrive in a university environment undergoing significant internal transformation, strongly committed to growing research, and prepared to anticipate the changing needs of our students and faculty researchers.

Librarians participate in the development of UNB Libraries programs, services, policies, and procedures. Responsibility for the coordination and management of students, services, or projects may be required. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required. The nature and scope of responsibilities for this and other library positions are expected to change as the UNB Libraries system evolves.

The University of New Brunswick is among Canada's top comprehensive universities with a rich history since its origins in 1785. UNB, with campuses in Fredericton and Saint John, is one of three universities in the Atlantic Provinces that are members of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries. We are also members of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network and the Council of Atlantic Academic Libraries with a strong record of involvement at a regional and national level. Copyright, University Archives, and research data management all fall within the portfolio of the Libraries. Priorities within the Libraries are aligned with UNB's exciting Strategic Vision: UNB: Toward 2030.

Representative Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provides expertise to faculty, staff, and students about scholarly communication issues and the responsible use of resources in academic settings; supports researchers in publishing and other forms of scholarly communication.

  • Develops and delivers digital and information literacy instruction and research support in a variety of learning approaches and modes.

  • Collaboratively develops and delivers instructional curricular and course content, including course-specific research guides with instructors and librarian colleagues.

  • Maintains current awareness of curricular changes and engages in curriculum updates with instructors to ensure there is alignment and integration of library teaching with course content and learning objectives.

  • Provides research and reference services to students, faculty, and staff in-person and online.

  • Develops and assesses library collections in assigned areas, employing criteria appropriate to academic libraries.

  • Maintains current expertise of research methods and tools in assigned liaison areas.

  • Maintains currency in scholarly issues to be able to engage knowledgeably with researchers.

  • Contributes to the goals and strategic initiatives of UNB Libraries.

  • Contributes professional expertise in service activities that benefit the Libraries, the University, professional or off-campus communities through, for example: participating on teams, committees, and other work groups; undertaking cooperative initiatives in partnership with university colleagues; participating in training or teaching programs.

  • Participates in professional development and research activities that advance professional growth.

  • Demonstrates strong leadership, including a commitment to equity, shared responsibility, and accountability.

  • Fosters commitment to organizational goals and/or strategies by creating a positive environment within which people are motivated towards the achievement of individual and/or group goals.

  • Qualifications:

  • MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution.

  • A degree in a relevant discipline and/or relevant professional experience in an academic Library.

  • Expertise in Strong level of knowledge and interest in open scholarship, data management, and publishing preferably in the STEM disciplines.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver effective educational and training sessions in person, online, and asynchronously using current technology and teaching techniques.

  • Demonstrated commitment to student academic success.

  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, researchers, and students at all levels.

  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills, both orally and written.

  • Ability to adapt to changing environments and multiple deadlines, and to work well under pressure with discretion, tact, and good judgment.

  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, and to recognize and anticipate what needs to be done.

  • Flexibility, creativity, and ability to innovate and adapt positively in a continually evolving environment.

  • Applicants should submit a cover letter outlining their relevant experience and professional interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names of three referees to:

    Lesley Balcom, Dean of Libraries, UNB Email to Susan Oliver: [email protected]

    Short-listed candidates will be required to provide satisfactory proof of credentials including appropriately certified translations of credentials into English, as applicable.

    The University of New Brunswick is committed to employment equity and fostering diversity within our community and developing an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the broader community that we serve. The University welcomes and encourages applications from all qualified individuals who will help us achieve our goals, including women, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

    Job details


    UNB Libraries: Open Scholarship & Applied Sciences Librarian I/II


    University of New Brunswick




    September 16, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 10, 2023

    Job type

    Lecturer,Associate Professor/Professor


    Computer Science,Engineering

    About the employer

    Established in 1785, the University of New Brunswick is amongst the premier universities in Canada. With state-of-the-art infrastructure, the university remains to be a center for world-leading research and innovation in Canada for more than 230 years.

    The University of New Brunswick maintains two prime campuses in Fredericton and Saint John. Also, it comprises two satellite campuses for health sciences in Bathurst and Moncton. The university offers undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs across disciplines. The major faculties of the university include Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Business, Faculty of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Kinesiology, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Nursing & Health Sciences, Faculty of Leadership Studies, and Faculty of Forestry & Environmental Management. There are experiential learning opportunities in every faculty.

    Endorsing the best-in-class learning system, the University of New Brunswick boasts of hi-tech laboratories, art studios, libraries, and computer centers. Further, it maintains digitalized administration and a student support system. The University of New Brunswick comprises of a highly-qualified and experienced team of faculty members. Along with erudite professors, the team of faculty members includes scientists and experts from relevant industries. UNB employs more than 3,000 full- and part-time staff, including faculty, support staff, and students.

    The University of New Brunswick is a university of global eminence. It has collaborated with various international universities for student exchange and study abroad programs. Further, students across the globe get enrolled at the university to pursue a promising career. UNB’s student population is made up of over 10,000 students from more than 100 countries. Emeritus professors and renowned scientists from foreign universities visit the campuses for offering guest lectures. Also, the university facilitates its students to participate in various international events including competitions, debates, conclaves, exhibitions, and workshops.

    The University of New Brunswick is committed to research excellence. It is responsible for 70 percent of all publicly funded research in the province of New Brunswick. Further, It houses more than 20 leading research institutes and centers, and over 65 major research laboratories. Since 2000, UNB has managed 300 invention disclosures and filed patent applications for 113 separate technologies; 101 patents have been issued. The university has partnered with government bodies and the industry for carrying out sponsored research and technology transfer programs.

    Not just academics, the University of New Brunswick also pays attention to the holistic development of students. The university campuses swank sports clubs, fitness centers, and cafeterias featuring a vibrant atmosphere. Sports meet, dance, drama, music, art exhibitions, and other events involving cross-disciplinary participation are organized frequently at the university. Further, the university undertakes skill development initiatives for students instilling dexterity for cutting-edge technologies. Also, it maintains partnerships with industries enabling students to get internships and placements. The University of New Brunswick is in the mission to make a better world through innovation and social integration.

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