Physics Librarian & Research Data Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2011-05-05

Employer: University of Toronto Libraries

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The University of Toronto is a major public research institution with a student body of over 67,000 full and part-time students and over 7,000 faculty members who teach and perform research in hundreds of different disciplines. The University of Toronto Libraries, which is the largest academic library in Canada and ranked fourth in North America, supports teaching and research in all disciplines through service and outreach, excellent collections and access to extensive digital resources.

In the role of Physics Librarian, and reporting to the Chair, Department of Physics, the incumbent will work proactively and collaboratively with Physics faculty, graduate and undergraduate students and staff to provide reference service, in-depth research assistance, faculty liaison, and information literacy including one-on-one or group/classroom instruction. In addition, the incumbent will work with the Chair and CAO to develop a plan for service improvements via the innovative use of new technologies, including but not restricted to assisting with web-related projects.

As Physics Librarian the incumbent will manage the Physics Library budget and its day-to-day activities including collection development, electronic archiving, and Blackboard support. The incumbent will have oversight for the creation of subject reference aids and guides as appropriate and maintenance of the Physics Library website. The successful candidate will serve on appropriate faculty, library and university committees and will liaise with the Central Library on issues related to the Physics Library. Other responsibilities include the supervision of a .5 FTE library technician and student assistants, hiring and staff training as needed and may change over time as the libraries’ provision of information services evolves.

In the role of Research Data Librarian (Sciences and Engineering), reporting to the Head, Engineering & Computer Science Library, the incumbent will work collaboratively with other University data librarians and science librarians to develop a sustainable Science and Engineering Research Data service that will integrate appropriately with other library data services. The successful candidate will provide leadership in the area of data stewardship for science librarians at UTL and within the science research community to develop and sustain resources and services that assist faculty, researchers, and students with preserving and managing their research data. In this position, the candidate will also provide reference and research assistance to students and faculty in the Department of Engineering at the Engineering Library information desk.

This is a two year contract position at the level of Librarian II.

Applicants must be graduates of an accredited library school with an MLS/MISt degree or acceptable equivalent. An undergraduate degree or related experience in physical sciences is preferred. Experience providing reference and information literacy instruction in an academic library for at least one year and an understanding of the science research process and the data creation cycle are required. Basic knowledge of HTML and web publishing is desirable. Familiarity with web content management software preferred. Excellent skills are required in the following areas: oral & written English, research, interpersonal skills, analytical skills, sound judgment, presentation skills and organizational abilities. The successful candidate will have a strong service orientation, the ability to manage a diverse workload, initiative, flexibility, attention to detail, and a commitment to continuous learning.

Archived on: 2011-05-31