Chief Librarian - University of Toronto Libraries - Toronto, ON

POSITION:        Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Mississauga

DEPARTMENT:     University of Toronto Libraries


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.

The Opportunity

The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) invites applications and nominations for a visionary, strategic, innovative and experienced library leader to assume this key position. The Chief Librarian will provide collaborative leadership to the Library at the University of Toronto Mississauga in shaping the research and instructional mission of the University.

The Chief Librarian reports to the Vice President, University of Toronto and Principal, UTM, and participates in the Administrative Committee, a senior executive team at UTM. He or she provides imaginative leadership, support and mentorship to a growing library division.

The Chief Librarian uses inclusive and collegial approaches to develop goals and objectives, prepare budgetary priorities, and to provide leadership in library and campus-wide planning. He or she promotes a user-centered approach to the delivery of rich collections of resources in support of the teaching, learning and research missions of UTM and fosters innovative programs and services, all programming being driven by a strong culture of assessment. The Chief Librarian seeks to build strong donor relations. Finally, he or she provides staff with a risk-free environment to incubate experimental and new ideas.

The Chief Librarian at UTM also serves as a member of the University-wide Chief Librarian’s executive leadership team and maintains a dotted-line relationship to the University’s Chief Librarian for matters related to university-wide library planning and administration of librarian policies. He or she represents the Library at the campus, university, national and international level on issues relevant to the portfolio and supports a leadership role for the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) with a wide range of associations and stakeholders.

UTM and the University of Toronto

UTM was established in 1967. It is one of the three campuses of the University of Toronto and has become the second-largest division with approximately 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and 1000 faculty and staff. Today it offers 147 programs in 90 areas of study. It houses the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, an Institute of Communication, Culture and Information Technology; several distinctive interdisciplinary programs such as Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Communications; the Centre for South Asian Civilizations and an Institute for Management and Innovation, a unique and novel model for sector-specific management education. The campus also offers an ever-broadening array of continuing education programs and is planning further expansion of its professional programs.

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is the largest and most prestigious research-intensive university in Canada. It has 89,000 students on its three campuses and almost 21,000 faculty, librarians and staff.

Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre and the University of Toronto Libraries

The UTM Library is housed in the award-winning and innovative 86,000 sq. ft. Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre, which was opened in October 2006 and has over 10,000 visitors daily. It looks to build on its reputation as a forward-thinking and innovative academic library that also features specialized technology-rich learning spaces like the Li Koon Chun Finance Learning Centre and the AstraZeneca Canada Centre for Information and Technology Literacy (Technology Centre).

The UTM Library is an important part of the University of Toronto Library System, which is one of the premier academic libraries in the world. It is the largest library in Canada and is ranked sixth among peer institutions in North America. The collections comprise more than 16 million print and microform volumes, and the Library System offers access to one of North America’s largest collections of electronic materials. The system consists of 44 libraries located on the three university campuses (St. George, Mississauga and Scarborough).

Required Qualifications:

1.    An accredited degree from a Master’s level program in library and information studies
2.    Significant and successful experience in increasingly responsible management positions in academic research library settings with demonstrated leadership skills. Relevant administrative, managerial and supervisory experience in an academic library.
3.    A compelling vision of the academic library in the 21st century.
4.    Substantial knowledge and understanding of the roles of libraries in today’s universities, and of trends in scholarly communication, success in introducing innovations and proven ability as a strategic thinker.
5.    A demonstrated track record of fostering an environment of user-centred service excellence and of outreach to students.
6.    Proven ability to maintain the confidence and co-operation of colleagues and staff, and to inspire trust and respect.
7.    A record of collaborative partnerships involving diverse faculty, donors, library staff, students and other campus stakeholders.
8.    A demonstrated capacity to thrive in an environment of change and to nurture that capacity in others.
9.    Success in creating and fostering a positive working environment and in building effective teams; strong people skills, including being a good listener and the capacity for mentorship.
10.    An enthusiasm for participating in advancement activities collaboratively with the UTM advancement team and the U of T library system.
11.    Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communications; proven qualities of common sense and mature judgment; strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
12.    Record of contributions to academic librarianship through relevant peer-reviewed publication, professional engagement or related activities.

Preferred Qualifications

1.    Significant participation in relevant professional associations.
2.    Good understanding of current and emerging information technologies and of their potential for all the areas of the portfolio.

Salary and Terms of Appointment
Salary and appointment level are based on experience and qualifications. This is a five-year renewable term position. It is also a permanent status stream position.

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

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.CHIEFUTM] to Library Human Resources at ; or to Room 1140, 130 St. George Street, University of Toronto Libraries, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5; or by fax to (416) 946-5543 by October 22, 2017.

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, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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

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  

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

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