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Associate University Librarian, Collections, Technology and Scholarly Communication

Associate University Librarian, Collections, Technology and Scholarly Communication

Requisition ID 
Job Category  
5386 - Library
Job Status 
Regular Full-Time
Hiring Range 
$106,045 - $132,557

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The Associate University Librarian, Collections, Technology and Scholarly Communication provides leadership, strategic direction, and support for a comprehensive strategy and set of programs in the areas of collections, access, technology, assessment, bibliometrics, and scholarly communication. Responsibilities include oversight for the development of collections and resources that support learning and scholarship; cataloging and metadata; discovery and access; preservation, curation, and stewardship; the technology that enables these functions; bibliometrics and research impact; program assessment; scholarly communication, including digital publishing and repositories; copyright and intellectual property; as well as development and support for emerging areas of digitally-intensive research and knowledge dissemination. As a member of the Library’s senior leadership team reporting to the University Librarian, the incumbent works closely with the team on Library-wide strategy, planning, policy, and management of resources.


Leads, supports and develops strategy for collections, technology, and scholarly communication programs:

  • Leads the creation of Library-wide policy and programs focused on developing scholarly content and collections, including acquisition, collection development and management, intellectual access, discovery and integration, assessment, bibliometrics, and curation and long-term stewardship
  • Plans, proposes, and manages across program and personnel resource budgets in portfolio
  • Sponsors and coordinates cross-department strategic initiatives, working closely with other senior leadership reporting to the University Librarian (Associate University Librarian, Learning, Research and User Services and the Director, Organizational Services) and Library Managers
  • Develops strategic campus and multi-institutional initiatives, working collaboratively with senior administrators to ensure robust discovery, access, integration, management, and curation of scholarly content, collections, and data, regardless of form or format
  • In collaboration with the AUL, Learning, Research, and User Services, initiates and supports programs that enable transformational, digitally-intensive research at scale, working with Library, campus, and external partners
  • Initiates and supports development of programs and infrastructure that advance digital scholarship, scholarly communication and publishing at scale, leveraging partnerships within and beyond the University community, collaborating nationally and internationally
  • Represents the organization, on campus and externally, in relevant consortial and collaborative venues, developing collective strategies for multi-institutional programs that operate at scale in an increasingly digital and complex environment of scholarship and learning
  • Monitors and assesses the viability of emerging developments and trends in academic research libraries and higher education, and incorporates applicable ideas into innovative and effective program ideas

Supports and implements organizational strategy and effective communication:

  • Supports and coordinates the Library’s strategic directions, policy development, financial administration, and resource allocation, with the University Librarian and the Library’s senior leadership team
  • Provides leadership and stewardship for major program development and collaborates extensively to enable and support cross-department initiatives
  • Ensures ongoing communication within the areas of responsibility and Library-wide
  • Consults with managers and staff to develop new programs, and to assess existing programs and processes
  • Proactively identifies actions that advance the Library and the University’s strategic mission to be one of the world’s most innovative universities through programs focused on experiential education, entrepreneurship, and transformational research

Establishes, sustains, and assesses partnerships and collaborations on strategic goals:

  • Establishes and sustains effective Library-campus partnerships with senior leadership in Faculties, Colleges (Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo—AFIW), and academic and administrative support units
  • Identifies opportunities for external partnerships with institutions and organizations to leverage expertise and develop programs at scale
  • Participates in and sponsors committees and working groups in the Library and the University, and in inter-university consortia such as the Tri-University Group of Libraries (TUG), and the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) that develop and deliver library content, infrastructure, and programs at scale
  • Represents the Library in campus, provincial, national, and international professional organizations and consortia and liaises with senior administrators at peer institutions (e.g. University, TUG, OCUL, CARL, CRKN, CNI, and ARL)
  • Consults with Library managers and staff and campus stakeholders (including faculty, students, and staff) to develop new programs, and to assess existing programs and processes

Manages, mentors, and supports professional development, and training:

  • Manages and nurtures an organizational culture of innovation, evidence-based investments, and responsive program development
  • Actively participates in and contributes to the profession, advancing new program models, interinstitutional initiatives, and relevant public policy
  • Mentors, supports and promotes Library staff and professionals’ career growth and skill development
  • Enables the Library to be a vibrant learning organization, as part of a campus community guided by the University’s commitment to excellence, innovation, and wellness
  • Promotes and values diversity and inclusion in employment and in interactions throughout the organization and the University of Waterloo community


  • A Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent from an accredited library and information science program
  • Experience developing and leading programs in one or more of the following areas: technical services, technology, collections, or scholarly communication and publishing
  • Substantial experience as a library and information science professional, including a record of progressive leadership and management experience within a research library or related environment
  • Evidence of effective resource management strategy development and implementation
  • Proven track record with multi-department, multi-institutional collaborations
  • Evidence of initiative-taking to develop emerging programs in a research library or similar setting
  • Experience in developing and motivating high-performing teams
  • Record of professional contributions and leadership in the Library and Information Science community
  • Experience in the application of knowledge resources and library programs in service to the academy
  • Demonstrated knowledge of technology and its application for innovation in Library programs
  • Strategic thinking
  • Superior interpersonal and communication abilities with diverse audiences
  • Commitment to supporting an organizational climate of inclusion and diversity
  • Ability to collaborate and lead in a highly interrelated environment

For more information about the Library and University context in which this role will be functioning please see: