|University of Victoria Libraries|
|Indigenous Initiatives Librarian|
|Full Time (Permanent)|
|Victoria, British Columbia, Canada|
|Job Start Date (Expected):|
|Position Overview & About the University of Victoria
Situated at the University of Victoria Libraries, on the historic lands of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples, and the Songhees, Esquimalt, and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose relationships with the land continue to this day, the Indigenous Initiatives Librarian (IIL) will have a key role in building upon and enhancing the ability of UVic Libraries to support the University’s stated intent to “be a global leader in…advancing respect, reconciliation, and mutual understanding”.The position will appeal to individuals with a high degree of acumen, a passion for making change, and a direct interest in the broad practices Indigenous memory work spanning all manner of initiatives from oral histories, community engagement, data sovereignty, public legal education, research and scholarship, and the preservation and rebuilding of Indigenous legal and cultural traditions.
The work is guided by the UVic Strategic Framework and a number of plans including UVic’s Indigenous Plan, Aspiration 2030: UVic Research and Creative Works Strategy, Equity Action Plan, Strategic Enrolment Management Plan, and UVic Libraries Strategic Directions. The successful candidate will work closely with a broad range of communities internal and external to the Libraries and University, to assist the Libraries to decolonize and rebuild Indigenous communities and peoples as expressed in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, DRIPA, OCAP Principles, the Principles of Reconciliation, and Calls to Action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and a broad range of other social justice matters facing BIPOC peoples.
The University of Victoria ranks consistently in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. As an internationally recognized teaching and research institution, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places, and the planet. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact make this Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation.
UVic is committed to reconciliation.We continue to strive to build better, meaningful partnerships and working relationships with Indigenous communities. Indigenous peoples and communities are an important part of building our university for the future. As part of the Libraries’ and University’s commitment to supporting Indigenous colleagues, Indigenous librarians have the use of paid Special Leave to attend Indigenous ceremonial gatherings or cultural activity in order to fulfil cultural obligations.
Summary of Responsibilities & Reporting:
The Indigenous Initiatives Librarian (IIL) will be situated within the portfolio of the Director, Engagement and Learning, reporting to the Head, Engagement and Learning; and will also maintain a close working relationship with the Associate University Librarian, Reconciliation, as well as the Indigenous Initiatives – Law librarian and many other colleagues within the Libraries.
The Indigenous Initiatives Librarian will:
Depending on background, knowledge, and experience the IIL will be assigned duties within the Libraries that will include some combination of the following, as capacity allows:
Preferred Skills and Qualifications:
– a relevant professional degree directly applicable to the area of scholarship for which the librarian is responsible, or
– a Master’s or higher degree in another discipline with expertise and excellence in professional practice relevant to the position (or the equivalent combination of education and experience in archival science in the case of an Archivist)
– *Please note, if the candidate agrees to complete a MLS from an accredited school of library science before the end of the probationary period the Libraries will provide financial assistance to the successful candidate for the acquisition of the MLS qualification should they not yet have the required qualification
Additional Desirable Qualifications
Scholarly and Professional Activities
Participates in Libraries and University committees, councils, task forces, and teams as appropriate. Keeps up-to-date with developments in the profession and related fields, and on broader issues that affect the practice of librarianship. Participates in professional organizations as appropriate. Undertakes research and engages in scholarship as appropriate.
Standards of Performance & Additional Information
Faculty, Librarians, and Archivists at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association. Standards of performance are assessed as set out in the Evaluation Policy for Librarians. Please note that reference checks will be done and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.
UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning, and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement here: www.uvic.ca/equitystatement. The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.
Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at FRrecruit@uvic.ca. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
This is a Limited Hire. In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, the selection will be limited to members of the following designated group: Indigenous Peoples. Candidates from this group must self-identify in their application.
Salary and Benefits
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.A comprehensive benefits package is provided.
To be considered, please submit a letter of application; a CV; and, the names of three references by noon (Pacific Standard Time), Thursday, May 23, 2023 to Jonathan Bengtson, University Librarian, University of Victoria Libraries at email@example.com. Interviews are anticipated to be held in June 2023.
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|To be considered, please submit a letter of application; a CV; and, the names of three references by noon (Pacific Standard Time), Thursday, May 23, 2023 to Jonathan Bengtson, University Librarian, University of Victoria Libraries at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews are anticipated to be held in June 2023.|
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|This is a Limited Hire. In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, the selection will be limited to members of the following designated group: Indigenous Peoples. Candidates from this group must self-identify in their application.|