Steacie Science and Engineering Library, York University
Web Librarian - Contractually Limited Appointment
York University Libraries seek a self-directed and public service-oriented librarian to serve as Web Librarian for the Libraries as well as to provide excellent reference, liaison and collection services in the Steacie Science & Engineering Library.
Working with the Associate University Librarian, Information Services, the Web Librarian will further develop the Web presence of York University Libraries, leading and working with others to articulate and achieve an exciting vision for a modern university library website, striving to increase its functionality, usability, accessibility, and aesthetic appeal. The Web Librarian will monitor current trends in Web development, maintain currency with professional standards and practices, and guide colleagues so they may be more effective content contributors and Web service providers. In his/her role as a librarian located in Steacie Science and Engineering Library, the Web Librarian will also be responsible for faculty liaison, collection development and the delivery of information literacy programs for assigned disciplines and will participate in research consultations and outreach activities to departments and research centres. Responsibilities include selection of information resources, collection management and evaluation in some of the sciences taught at York. She/he will also participate in project and committee work for York University Libraries and the University. Some evening and weekend work is required.
- An ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent.
- Educational background in or library experience relevant to science or technology required.
- Demonstrated experience in website design and development with WordPress or a similar platform.
- Experience with programming languages such as PHP, Ruby or Python.
- Strong knowledge of applying Web accessibility standards and user-centered design principles.
- Strong knowledge of effective approaches for the assessment of Web services including usability testing.
- Strong public service philosophy and evidence of professional initiative and leadership.
- Strong project-management and problem-solving skills and ability to handle multiple responsibilities and projects concurrently.
- Knowledge of science reference resources.
- Strong written and oral communication skills, including skills in teaching, training, and public communications.
- Interest in research and professional development.
This is a 1-year, contractually-limited appointment with the designation of Adjunct Librarian and is appropriate for a librarian with up to five years of post-MLS experience. Librarians and archivists at York University have academic status and are members of the York University Faculty Association bargaining unit (http://www.yufa.org/). Salary is commensurate with qualifications. The position is available from September 1, 2013. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.
Steacie Science and Engineering Library is one of four libraries within York University Libraries. The Steacie Science and Engineering Library attracts a half million visitors a year and provides specialized resources, and reference and information literacy sessions to the science, engineering, and health programs of York University. The Library takes pride in its extensive information literacy program and online learning support initiatives. Four full-time librarians and 6.5 full-time support staff are currently based in the Steacie Science & Engineering Library.
York University offers a world-class, modern, interdisciplinary academic experience in Toronto, Canada's most multicultural city. York is at the centre of innovation, with a thriving community of 62,000 students, faculty and staff, as well as over 250,000 alumni worldwide. York's 11 Faculties and 28 research centres are committed to providing an engaged learning and research environment that cuts across traditional academic boundaries.
York University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York's website at www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority. Temporary entry for citizens of the U.S.A. and Mexico may apply per the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
York University's resources include centres relating to gender equity, race and ethnic relations, sexual harassment, human rights, and wellness. York University encourages attitudes of respect and non-discrimination toward persons of all ethnic and religious groups, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
Deadline for the submission of applications is June 7, 2013. Applications should include a covering letter that relates qualifications to the requirements of the position, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three referees. In addition, please have your three referees submit signed written letters of reference directly under separate cover by fax or mail by the deadline. Please ensure each referee is supplied with a copy of this position advertisement and asked to address the requirements of the position. Applications should be sent to:
Chair, Web Librarian Appointment Committee
York University Libraries
516 Scott Library
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Applications should be sent by mail, or by e-mail or fax with a hardcopy following.