Wednesday, September 9, 2015

University of Toronto: Director

POSITION: Director, Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library (Librarian III, Permanent Status Stream)
DEPARTMENT: Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library
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.

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Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library
The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library (EAL) is one of the major research libraries for East Asian Studies in North America. It has a staff of 14 employees, as well as a large number of student assistants. It has a collection budget of approximately $1 million with a collection of almost 600,000 volumes, and also holds resources in electronic, multi-media and other formats. It has growing digital collections and supports teaching, learning and research in East Asian studies on all campuses of the university. The Library began with a collection of rare materials acquired from China in the 1930's. This special collection is now known as the Mu Collection.

The Opportunity
The University of Toronto Libraries seeks an innovative library leader for its Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library (EAL). The EAL has a strong history of engagement and collaboration with faculty, students and the wider community. The EAL has a significant number of international relationships; and supports scholarship in a key area of focus for the University of Toronto. Building on the EAL’s success and partnerships, the Director will position the library as a recognized leader in delivering scholarly, user focused programs and initiatives. The Director will communicate with stakeholders, partners and potential donors on a national and international level. Stewarding collections through endowments and gifts is critical to this position. The Director will oversee all aspects of the library’s daily operations, leading a team of East Asian specialists. The Director will plan strategically to anticipate future library and user requirements, proactively developing creative new services and building collections that meet our users’ changing needs.

Required Qualifications:

• Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) or equivalent ALA-accredited degree
• A strong academic background in East Asian Studies
• Excellent reading, writing and verbal skills in both English and at least one Asian language related to the EAL collections (Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
• Relevant administrative, managerial and supervisory experience in an academic library setting
• Proven leadership, coaching and mentoring skills
• Ability to motivate, build trust and inspire a multifunctional team
• Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in implementing innovative user services and technologies in a library setting
• Outstanding commitment to service excellence; proactive and user-focused
• In-depth knowledge of developments and current trends in higher education that affect research libraries, the scholarly research cycle and teaching and learning
• Excellent knowledge related to issues and trends in Asian libraries in North America and beyond
• Outstanding interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work with others in a team environment

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience related to licensing of electronic resources
• Relevant experience managing in a unionized environment
• A Doctoral or a second Master’s degree relevant to East Asian Studies
• Proven experience related to advancement and managing endowments
• A record of scholarly and professional achievement
• Strong project management skills

Salary and Terms of Appointment:
This is a continuing appointment (Permanent Status Stream) position to be filled at the Librarian III level.
We offer a highly attractive compensation and benefits package, with salary 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 October 12, 2015. Please send a single electronic file (MS Word or pdf) with a file name convention of [Surname, FirstName.DIR.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.

The University of Toronto is committed to diversity in its community. The University welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who contribute to the diversification of ideas.