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Linda Barnett                                                   Email:  [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Head, Public Services Division                      Tel.:       709-777-6676
Health Sciences Library                                 Fax:        709-777-6866
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL, Canada  A1B 3V6

Memorial University of Newfoundland invites applications for a permanent tenure or tenure-track librarian appointment as:

Associate University Librarian (Health Sciences)

Health Sciences Library


An exciting opportunity is available as Associate University Librarian (Health Sciences) to lead the development of the Health Sciences Library, one of four branch libraries at Memorial University Libraries.  This is a time of change for the Health Sciences Library as its primary university stakeholders (Faculty of Medicine, School of Nursing, and School of Pharmacy) are expanding their education programs and exploring options for distributed learning. A major contractual client for library services is Eastern Health (Health Sciences Centre), which has plans to expand. The library also includes a growing archival service that primarily supports the Faculty of Medicine.

This position is responsible for ensuring that library operations are guided and developed in tandem with the strategic priorities of its primary stakeholders, the goals and objectives of Memorial University Libraries, and the University's overall strategic directions. A key component of the position is to proactively work with primary stakeholder units and library users to identify their needs, and to work with librarians and staff to establish appropriate service standards and unit priorities.  The position is also responsible for administering an annual budget of approximately $2 million and a complement of six librarians and fourteen support staff.

The AUL (Health Sciences) reports to both the Dean of Medicine and the University Librarian.

The AUL (Health Sciences) participates in the system-wide administration of Memorial University Libraries, and, as part of the senior Branch Heads Management Team, actively participates in fulfilling Memorial University Libraries' priorities and outcomes.  The incumbent is expected to represent and champion the unique needs of its primary users within the library system and within the health academic units.  The incumbent also serves on various committees, both standing and ad hoc, of the primary stakeholder units, as well as participating in senior management meetings within these units.

Who We Are:

The mandate of the Health Sciences Library includes the support of education, clinical practice and research in health care through the teaching of information skills and the support of the information needs of health care professionals throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. For more details on the Health Sciences Library, see

Memorial University is the largest university in Atlantic Canada.  As the province's only university, Memorial plays an integral role in the educational and cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador.  Offering diverse undergraduate and graduate programs to 18,000 students, Memorial provides a distinctive and stimulating environment for learning in St. John's, a very safe, friendly city with great historic charm, a vibrant cultural life, and easy access to a wide range of outdoor activities.


We seek a librarian with an ALA-accredited graduate degree and with ten or more years of experience that spans a wide range of increasingly complex responsibilities and accountability. The candidate should have a broad and comprehensive understanding of academic library management and operations.  The successful candidate will be a proven leader with vision who can creatively design, organize and implement work plans to achieve desired results.  Strong communication skills and demonstrated experience in managing staff and budgets in a period of change are essential. A thorough understanding of health sciences librarianship is highly desirable.


This is a permanent tenure or tenure-track position, with an initial three-year renewable administrative term.  An appointment at the rank of Librarian III or IV is anticipated.  Salary ranges as of September 1, 2011 are $69,878-$113,020 and $81,644-$140,474 for Librarian III and IV respectively.  Actual salary will recognize experience and qualifications.  In addition to the base salary, the position carries an administrative stipend. Memorial offers standard academic benefits including provision of time for research and professional development.


The deadline for applications is September 2, 2011.  Please site competition number:  VPA-QEII-2011-002.  The anticipated start date is January 1, 2012.

Interested qualified individuals should email or send a résumé and contact information for three references to:

Lorraine Busby                                               Email: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

University Librarian                                       Tel:  (709) 864-3862

Memorial University of Newfoundland        Fax: (709) 864-2153

St. John's, NL  Canada A1B 3Y1

Memorial University of Newfoundland is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified women and men, visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.  As with all advertised librarian positions, Canadians and permanent residents are given priority.

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