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Employment Opportunity

Virtual Learning Commons Librarian

Library Administration
Competition Number: 13-4031
Appointment Type: Regular Full-time
Funded in base budget
Start: August 2013
Workload: 35 hours per week
Employment Group: VIUFA
Position: 00210
Location: Cowichan Campus
  Vancouver Island University Library is seeking a professional librarian to join our team in a learning-centred and collaboratively-managed academic library. Vancouver Island University (VIU) has four campus locations on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. This position will be based at the Nanaimo campus. Travel to other campuses may be required in the course of duties. VIU is primarily an undergraduate teaching university that offers a wide range of academic and vocational programs to 17,200+ students annually (approximately 8,400 FTE). VIU demonstrates a strong commitment to regional needs in its programs and services, which include aboriginal and international education and a growing number of graduate programs. Guided by the VIU academic plan, Framing Our Future (2010), VIU Library offers expertise, collections, spaces and technologies that support a wide range of learning and research activities. Social learning spaces in the Cowichan campus Commons and at the Nanaimo campus exemplify our student-centred approach; we learn from success and innovate with care. The library is committed to responsively meet the learning needs of VIU students. VIU librarians form a collaborative management team, with opportunities to both guide and participate in projects and initiatives. This is an environment where you can make a difference and see the difference that you make. All librarians contribute to reference, liaison, instruction, and information literacy programming that is jointly envisioned. As members of the university's faculty, librarians are engaged in the university community, in service, and in scholarly activity. For more information see the VIU Library website at
Duties: About you:

Learning environments excite you. Enhancing learners' success motivates you. You're immersed in the constantly changing environment of post-secondary education and educational technology, and you feel at home there. You bring a questioning mind and a learner's perspective to the library' mission and operations. You thrive in a collaborative, dynamic setting, where professional librarians share and shape ideas and insights together. You're a leader who is happy to see your ideas transformed by your colleagues' perspectives, into team-defined visions and plans that are greater than the sum of their parts.

About your role:

The Virtual Learning Commons Librarian works within a highly collaborative professional environment, providing leadership in two distinct but complementary service areas. This position takes the lead on coordinating a Virtual Learning Commons, a new initiative of the VIU Libraries, that serves all Vancouver Island University students, faculty and staff. Based at the Cowichan Campus in Duncan, B.C., the incumbent will also supervise library operations at the Cowichan Campus.

- You collaborate with library faculty and with other VIU academic support professionals to envision, develop, and operate a Virtual Learning Commons, a new venture that serves VIU students wherever they learn. With your leadership, the Virtual Learning Commons delivers a blend of traditional and innovative academic support services that are both effective and meaningful to a diverse student population.

- You lead in developing the VIU Libraries' virtual reference service, to meet the needs of users located throughout the region, who use a variety of modes to manage their learning and teaching.

- You coordinate the VIU Libraries' reference and instructional offerings, to ensure seamless, reliable service. Your organizational abilities, skill with logistical tools, and understanding of priorities, help to build a sound framework for delivery of quality service.

- You foster relationships and work with the faculty at the Cowichan campus, to ensure that the Library is responsive to the information needs of instructors and students. You are pro-active in imagining, developing, and integrating services that enhance learning and research.

- You supervise library support staff at the Cowichan campus library location.

- You are a member of a team of librarians, working together to design and deliver a cohesive program of reference, faculty liaison, instruction, and collection-based solutions that enhance information literacies and learning outcomes in the university.

- You plan and deliver information literacy instruction to learners from diverse backgrounds, in a variety of programs, and at basic to advanced levels. By engaging learners with your enthusiasm and original ideas, you champion the Library's goal of information literacy as a core competency.

- You engage with and draw from your profession and from collegial networks to shape your practice, reflecting the core competencies of the 21st century academic librarian.
  Successful candidates will participate in a wide range of activities, including, student support; institutional, faculty and departmental committee meetings and other initiatives; and professional activities in keeping with their disciplines in and outside the institution.
Required Qualifications: Master of Library/Information Science, or equivalent, from an ALA-accredited institution. Recent professional experience in a post-secondary library. Active participation in a post-secondary campus community.

Demonstrated organizational and planning skills. Demonstrated leadership ability. Problem-solving experience in a collaborative environment.

Proven client-focused approach to managing change. Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication, across a variety of stakeholder groups, and employing a variety of modes.

Demonstrated confidence with technology, and familiarity with tools commonly used in the university environment. Experience managing staff in a unionized environment.
Preferred Qualifications: Education or employment experience with a First Nations focus. Experience planning and delivering instruction to adult learners. A valid Class 5 BC Driver's Licence and have a satisfactory driving record (as specified in Vancouver Island University policy and procedures) and access to transportation for travel between campuses.
Please Submit: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Copies of transcripts/credentials
Vision statement for a VIU virtual learning commons.
Name and contact information of three contact people willing to provide a reference.

Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
Posting Period: April 18, 2013 - May 08, 2013
Note: Vancouver Island University regrets that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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

Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.