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Physics and Astronomy Librarian (Librarian I or II)

Closes on Wednesday, September 15, 2021
University of Toronto Libraries
Toronto, ON, Canada
Full Time (Permanent)

 

Organization Name
University of Toronto Libraries
Job Title
Physics and Astronomy Librarian (Librarian I or II)
Job Type
Full Time (Permanent)
Location
Toronto, ON, Canada
Posting Date
08/14/2021
Submission Deadline
09/15/2021
Job Start Date (Expected):
11/01/2021
Target Audience
  • Recent Graduates
  • 0–5 Years of Experience
Job Category
  • Library – Academic
Job Description

POSITION: Physics and Astronomy Librarian (Librarian I or II)

DEPARTMENT: University of Toronto Libraries, Department of Physics, David A. Dunlap; Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics

DATE REQUIRED: November 1, 2021

Are you looking for challenging, meaningful work in a supportive and diverse environment? Are you looking for a career at one of Canada’s top employers? Work where the world comes to think, discover and learn. Consider a career at the University of Toronto.

 

About the University of Toronto Libraries

The University of Toronto Libraries system is the largest academic library in Canada and is consistently ranked in the top ten among academic research libraries in North America. The system consists of 42 libraries located on three university campuses: St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough. This array of college libraries, special collections, and specialized libraries and information centres supports the teaching and research requirements of over 300 graduate programs, more than 70 professional programs, and about 700 undergraduate degree programs. In addition to more than 15 million volumes in 341 languages, the library system currently provides access to millions of electronic resources in various forms and over 31,000 linear metres of archival material. More than 150,000 new print volumes are acquired each year. The Libraries’ data centre houses more than 500 servers with a storage capacity of 1.5 petabytes.

 

About the Department of Physics:

The Department of Physics is a large research and teaching intensive department within the Faculty of Arts and Science. The Department offers undergraduate Specialist, Major and Minor programs, and a tri-campus graduate program with MSc and PhD degrees. Research spans a broad range of fields, including biological physics; condensed matter physics; Earth, atmospheric, and planetary physics; high energy and particle physics; and quantum optics. The Physics Library enhances both the teaching and research missions of the Department and is currently being renovated to create a modern Collaborative Research and Learning Centre.

 

About the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics:

The David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics has a storied history stretching back for over a century. It is among the top astronomy departments in North America, as measured by citations, external funding, and national and international awards. The Department works in close partnership with the Dunlap Institute for Astrophysics, the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Department of Physics to offer Specialist and Major programs in astrophysics, with research in all areas of observational and theoretical astrophysics, as well as scientific instrumentation development.

 

The Opportunity

The University of Toronto seeks an adaptable, forward-thinking librarian with a strong service orientation to join both Departments as the Physics and Astronomy Librarian. This will be a joint appointment between the Department of Physics (51%) and the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics (49%). The Departments of Physics and Astronomy & Astrophysics are planning to merge their libraries and house them both in the renovated Collaborative Research and Learning Centre. This position will be located in that space and will support both Departments.

 

The successful candidate will:

  • As a solo librarian, manage all operations of the library that serves the departments of Physics and Astronomy and Astrophysics, including public service, research and teaching support, website creation and maintenance, and the physical space.
  • Proactively engage with faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students to enhance the knowledge of and access to library resources and services.
  • Partner with faculty to offer curriculum-embedded instruction and tutorials.
  • Work with the departments of Physics and Astronomy & Astrophysics to identify priorities and develop and maintain effective service reflective of department needs and practices at the levels of administration, faculty, researchers and students.
  • Responsible for collection development, maintenance, and assessment for the subject areas of Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics for both the Central Library System and the Physics and Astronomy Library.
  • Responsible for the Physics and Astronomy and Astrophysics Library budget.
  • Participate in the conversion of the Physics Library into the Collaborative Research and Learning Centre.
  • Merge and weed the library collections from Physics and Astronomy & Astrophysics into one new collection.
  • Actively partner with faculty in physics, astronomy and astrophysics, the Office of Research Services in the Faculty of Arts and Science and the University of Toronto Library system to explore evolving scholarly publishing, research data management and open science practices, such as the investigation of electronic laboratory notebooks and open access archiving in compliance with the Tri-Council and other funding agency requirements.
  • Hire, train, and supervise the Physics Library Technician, and student casual staff.
  • Actively participate in relevant library or campus-wide committees or working groups
  • Work collaboratively with physics and astronomy liaison librarians at the Scarborough and Mississauga campuses in areas such as collection development and assessment, orientation, and software support.
  • Work with other science librarians and relevant functional specialists to ensure a coordinated approach to service across the University of Toronto Library system, to stay abreast of new developments and project opportunities relevant to the Physics and Astronomy & Astrophysics library, faculty, researchers, and students.

Required Qualifications

  • A degree from an accredited Master’s level program in library and information studies.
  • Knowledge of initiatives and trends related to the evolving scholarly communication landscape and research in science fields, including an understanding of current trends in research data management in the sciences.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility.
  • Demonstrated research skills and knowledge of key databases and information sources in the Physical Sciences.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with diverse group of stakeholders with a varied range of interests.
  • Knowledge of principles of information literacy and how they can be applied in an academic setting.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated training and presentation skills.
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to lead multiple concurrent projects.
  • Capacity to thrive in a dynamic environment with shifting library and stakeholder needs and priorities.
  • Strong organizational, budget management, planning, project management, and problem- solving skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Academic background in physics, astronomy, astrophysics, the physical sciences, or equivalent library professional or work experience in these subject areas.
  • Graduate degree in physics, astronomy, astrophysics, or physical sciences.
  • Administrative, managerial, and supervisory experience in a unionized environment.
  • Understanding of collection development practices in an academic library.
  • Experience with collection assessment projects.
  • Experience supporting the development of diverse, inclusive, accessible learning environments and programming.
  • Experience teaching, developing, and delivering academic skills support.
  • Experience with website content management. 

Salary and Terms of Appointment: This is a permanent status stream position.

Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.
It is anticipated that this position will be filled at the Librarian I or II level, subject to review and experience. Minimum salary: LIB I: $69,356; LIB II: $72,367 (Salary is dependent on rank at hire and qualifications).

Benefits: We offer generous benefits packages to all employees. Additional information is available at: https://hrandequity.utoronto.ca/careers/benefits/

 

Additional information

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

 

How to Apply

Application Materials Required: A cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references of which at least two have supervised your work. Please send a single electronic file (MS Word or pdf) with a file name convention of [Surname,FirstName. RCLCCCollections] to Library Human Resources at utlhr@utoronto.ca; or to Room 1140, 130 St. George Street, University of Toronto Libraries, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5; by September 15, 2021.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Application Process
How to Apply Application Materials Required: A cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references of which at least two have supervised your work. Please send a single electronic file (MS Word or pdf) with a file name convention of [Surname,FirstName. PHYSICS&ASTRONOMY] to Library Human Resources at utlhr@utoronto.ca; or to Room 1140, 130 St. George Street, University of Toronto Libraries, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5; by September 15, 2021. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
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Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

 

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact utlhr@utoronto.ca.

The University of Toronto Libraries thanks all applicants but will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

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