Toronto Metropolitan University — Chief Librarian

Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) is recognized as a leading institution for research and innovation, being ranked first for research income growth for the second consecutive year and third for research intensity dollars per graduate student, among comprehensive universities in Research Infosource’s Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities List 2021. Within the past decade, the University has launched various research centres and institutes, as well as the Zone Learning option for students and business professionals interested in entrepreneurship.

The TMU Libraries are vibrant and innovative centres of exploration, research, creation and learning, the University Libraries are positioned at the core of the University’s academic, research and community engagement goals. The Libraries support a diverse community of learners and instructors, researchers and scholars, and community experts and entrepreneurs, and are a hub of interdisciplinary SRC. The dedicated team of more than 100 talented individuals supports a growing academic community, including new campuses and a growing number of international students. The University Libraries provide crucial academic learning, creation and research resources, programs, services and spaces. Its unique blend of expertise and programming, coupled with access to leading edge technology and an array of information resources, fosters a rich academic environment, supporting the University’s complement of degree programs, and advancing research and discovery, and community outreach and engagement. The Libraries are committed to the TRC Calls to Action and are actively exploring ways to decolonize our work and these efforts are further supported by the Mash Koh Wee Kah Pooh Win (Standing Strong Task Force) recommendations and the University’s in process renaming initiative. Our ongoing commitment to equity and community inclusion continue to shape and reaffirm our values and priorities as Libraries and as a University.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, the Chief Librarian leads the Library to support the current and emerging mission of TMU; its students, programs and initiatives, and to support an expanding array of scholarly research and creative activities, and the continued development of undergraduate and graduate programs. Works collaboratively with internal library staff, academic units across the University, and the external community to facilitate new opportunities for innovation and excellence in library services.

The successful candidate will have a graduate degree from an accredited School of Library and Information Science. They will have a vision for 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 Chief 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. 

Applications should consist of a full CV detailing academic and professional qualifications and relevant achievements, and should be accompanied by a covering letter describing briefly how candidates meet the ‘candidate criteria’ listed above, why the appointment is of interest and what they believe they can bring to the role.

Further information, including details on how to apply can be found at quoting the reference number 5690. The closing date for applications is 12 noon (Pacific Time) on Friday, October 21st, 2022. 

Toronto Metropolitan University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. TMU is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. To find out more about legal and policy obligations please visit the accessibility and Human Rights websites.

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