University Librarian

Open Date November 18, 2016
Close Date January 31, 2017

please note that this search will remain open until the position is filled.

The University of British Columbia invites applications and nominations for the position of University Librarian.

Established in 1908, UBC has consistently ranked among the top fifty universities in the world. It is a publicly supported, comprehensive university comprising 18 faculties and several schools across two campuses. Under new president Professor Santa Ono, UBC’s strategic vision for the 21st century is to prepare students to become exceptional global citizens, promote the values of a civil and sustainable society, and conduct outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada, and the world.

The UBC Library is the second largest research library system in Canada and has more than 20 branches and divisions, including on- and off-campus locations, and the UBC Okanagan Library. Nearly 250 full-time equivalent employees – librarians, management and professional staff, and support staff – and a temporary hourly staff complement of over 100 students work in the UBC Library system. The 2016 operating budget is $40 million. The UBC Library participates in the broader research library community as a member of both the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and the Association of Research Libraries.

The University Librarian reports to the Provost and Vice-President Academic and provides leadership and direction to UBC Library as an active and integral partner with students, staff, faculty Deans and the Executive. The UBC Library is a globally influential research library promoting knowledge creation, exploration and discovery. The successful candidate will play a key role in attaining UBC’s mission and goals as outlined in the University’s strategic plan, and in fulfilling UBC Library’s mission to advance research, learning and teaching excellence by connecting communities, within and beyond the University, to the world’s knowledge.

The successful candidate will have a graduate degree from an accredited school of library, archival and information science. They will have a vision of the research library in the 21st century and a proven commitment to excellence, extensive senior administrative experience in a large academic research library, a demonstrated ability to develop external relations and fundraising partnerships, and will be collaborative and entrepreneurial. The University Librarian will possess authentic leadership skills and sensitivity to the challenges and opportunities present in building and retaining a transparent, collegial work environment; as such, this individual will be dedicated to cultivating an inclusive work environment and will recognize and eliminate barriers faced by under-represented groups and individuals. The successful candidate will promote and foster a supportive environment built on appreciation and they will encourage contributions from, diverse groups and individuals and embrace their curiosity and creativity, ideas and innovation.

The anticipated start date for this position would be 1st July, 2017.

Please view the Executive Brief for more information and a detailed job description.

The University of British Columbia is partnering with Perrett Laver on this search. For further information and details on how to apply, please download the Appointment Details via the Perrett Laver website by visiting and quoting reference 2672. The closing date for applications will be January 2, 2017

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.


The President’s Advisory Committee for the selection of a new University Librarian has been established with the following membership, consisting of elected, Senate-selected and appointed positions, per UBC Policy #17, “Appointment of Registrar and Librarians”:

Megan Campbell, Serials Coordinator, UBC Library
Rebecca Desjarlais– UBC Okanagan
Blake Edwards, Student, UBC Okanagan
Luanne Freund, Acting Director, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies
Aleteia Greenwood, Head, Woodward Library and Hospital Branch Libraries
Kathryn Harrison, Acting Dean, Faculty of Arts (and Prof. Dept. of Political Science)
Mayu Ishida, Reference Librarian, Woodward Library
Robert Janke, Deputy Chief Librarian, Library Services, UBC Okanagan
Paul Joseph, Systems Librarian, UBC Library
Gregor Kiczales, Sr. Advisor, Digital Learning Strategy; Prof. Computer Science
Cynthia Mathieson, Provost and Vice-Principal Academic, UBC Okanagan
Pamela Moffett, Executive Assistant, Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic (Secretary – non-voting)
Thomas Schneider, Prof. Dept. of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies
Bronwen Sprout, Head, Digital Programs and Services
Roger Sugden, Dean and Prof. Faculty of Management, UBC Okanagan
Angela Redish, Provost and Vice-President Academic pro tem (Chair)
Samantha So, Student, UBC Vancouver


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