Wednesday, April 29, 2015

University of Toronto: Public Service Librarian

POSITION: Public Service Librarian (Librarian I or II, Permanent Stream)

DEPARTMENT: Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library (0.5 FTE) Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library (0.5 FTE)

DATE REQUIRED: As Soon As Possible

About the University of Toronto Libraries
The University of Toronto is a major public research institution with a student body of over 67,000 full and part-time students and over 7,000 faculty members who teach and perform research in hundreds of different disciplines. The University of Toronto Libraries, which is the largest academic library in Canada and ranked third in North America, supports teaching and research in all disciplines through service and outreach, excellent collections and access to extensive digital resources and services.

Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library: The East Asian Library (EAL) is one of the major research libraries for East Asian Studies in North America. It has a collection of over half a million volumes, and also holds resources in electronic, multi-media and other formats. It supports teaching, learning and research on East Asian studies on all campuses of the university.

Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library:
The Canada-Hong Kong Library (CHKL) features a unique research collection on Canada-Hong Kong studies and an active outreach program. The library provides resources and services to accommodate the continuous growth of research interest in Hong Kong, its relations to Canada and other regions in the world, and Chinese Canadians.

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The Opportunity
Reporting to the Director - East Asian Library and the Director, Canada-Hong Kong Library, the Public Service Librarian will provide a wide range of professional services to support the academic activities of faculty and students in East Asian studies and Chinese Canadian Studies. The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating public services and outreach activities, which includes, but is not limited to participating in EAL & CHKL reference services and patron orientation/information literacy instruction sessions as well as library tours, hiring, training and supervising regular staff and student employees; communicating with faculty to address their access needs; maintaining faculty course reserve materials; handling patrons’ issues related to fines, etc. and creating/maintaining EAL & CHKL online access services & information. Other responsibilities may include assuming responsibility for EAL & CHKL collection development, assisting subject librarians with material acquisition in certain subject areas and regions including e-book acquisitions, monitoring budget spending in an assigned area of collection development and managing the activities related to gift donations and material exchanges.

Required Qualifications:
  • An ALA-accredited Master of Library or Information Science degree or equivalent 
  • In-depth knowledge related to one or more fields of East Asian Studies 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of China studies as an academic discipline, familiarity with East Asian studies 
  • Understand the trends of scholarly publishing and commitment to supporting scholarly needs in East Asian studies
  • Strong service orientation, and dedication to library public service 
  • High level of professional competency in written and spoken English and Chinese, and working knowledge of Japanese and Korean 
  • Fluent in Cantonese 
  • Knowledge of Pinyin and Wade-Giles Romanization systems and major bibliographic utilities (OCLC, Sirsi preferred) 
  • Must be able to work cooperatively with colleagues as a collegial member of the Canada-Hong Kong Library and East Asian Library teams 
  • Highly self-motivated, and demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work effectively under pressure, and adaptability to a rapidly changing environment 
  • Must be able to provide responsive, timely and proactive services 
  • Must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Strong planning, organizational, supervisory, problem-solving skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least one year of professional experience in an academic library, with relevant knowledge of public Services 
  • A graduate degree in East Asian studies or related areas 
  • Working experiences in acquisition and reference, public services in an academic library

Salary and Terms of Appointment:
This is a continuing appointment (Permanent Status Stream) position to be filled at either Librarian I or II level dependent upon qualifications.

We offer a highly attractive compensation and benefits package, with salary and appointment level based upon experience and qualifications.

NOTE: Librarians at the University of Toronto are members of the University of Toronto Faculty Association.

How to Apply:
Please send letters of application, curriculum vitae and the names of three referees to Library Human Resources at or to Robarts Library, 130 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5, or by fax to 416.946.5543. At least two of the referees should be supervisory. The deadline for applications is May 23, 2015. Please send a single electronic file (MS Word or pdf) with a file name convention of [Surname, FirstName.PS.Lib.]

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Toronto Libraries thanks all applicants for their interest, however, will only be contacting those applicants selected for an interview.

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