Collections Librarian

Brock University

Brock University Library invites applications for the full-time, permanent position of Collections Librarian. This
position belongs to the Brock University Faculty Association (BUFA) employee group.

About Brock University

Brock University is located on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, many of whom
continue to live and work here today. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the land
protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Agreement.

Established in 1964 and located in the historic Niagara Region, Brock University stands as a vital cultural, academic,
and recreational hub for its community. The University boasts outstanding facilities, a testament to the visionaries
from the Allanburg Women’s Institute, who laid its foundation decades ago. Situated about a one-hour drive to Toronto
and a 20-minute drive to the US border, the Niagara Region offers the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls, a rich Canadian
history, as well as a variety of wineries and entertainment attractions.

Brock is committed to building the Niagara community and to fostering an environment that serves its students and
their neighbours. With a student population of over 19,000, approximately 1,500 faculty and staff members, and a
network of over 100,000 accomplished alumni, Brock University has forged a reputation as a modern and innovative
comprehensive institution. Brock has six teaching Faculties offering a wide range of programs at the undergraduate,
master’s, and doctoral levels. Brock is committed to fostering excellence in academic programs, research, creativity,
and community-engaged teaching, learning, and scholarship in a welcoming and inclusive environment. The university,
including the library, has a number of concrete initiatives that are aimed at improving equity and inclusion for all
members of the Brock community. One such example is the President’s Committee on Human Rights, Equity, and

More information on Brock University can be found on the University’s website at

About Brock University Library

Brock University Library includes the James A. Gibson Library; the Map, Data & GIS Library; Archives & Special
Collections; as well as the Makerspace within the Brock LINC facility. With six departments, a staff of 54 including 20
professional librarians, and an annual budget of over $11 million, the Library provides services and resources to support
a growing faculty and student population.

Our progressive and talented community of librarians and staff are committed to collegiality, collaboration and student
success. Our values of innovation, integrity, inspiration and inclusivity guide all that we do. The Brock Library strategic
plan contains four strategic pillars: highlighting student success; the research lifecycle; community engagement; and
strengthening capacity.

The Library is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. Recent initiatives include anti-racism professional learning
for all Library staff, ‘The Canadian Library’ project to honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and
establishing an Indigenous Reading Collection. The Library is an active partner with other units on campus including
Human Rights & Equity, Student Accessibility Services, and Hadiyaˀdagénhahs First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student
Centre. The Library regularly highlights EDI-related topics and resources via featured collections. Recent examples
include highlighting Pride Week, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and Black History Month/African
Heritage Month.

For further details about the Library, visit

About the Opportunity

Brock University Library invites applications for the full-time, permanent position of Collections Librarian.
The successful candidate will collaborate on a team of eleven professionals within the Collections Department
including the Head of Collections Services, Metadata Librarian, two Collections Librarians and seven staff members.
Each Collections Librarian has collections responsibilities aligned with two of Brock’s six teaching Faculties. The
incumbent will be aligned with the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and the Faculty of Math & Science and will,
alongside the other Collections Librarians, develop a coordinated approach to collection development. The successful
candidate will be responsible for developing collection management strategies related to various resource formats
including print, ebooks, streaming media, databases, and journals and will assist in collection analysis and assessment.

The successful candidate will:
• Evaluate the relevance, quality and cost-effectiveness of resources in all formats.
• Inform collection development decisions, strategies and policies including trials, subscriptions, weeding and
assessment in support of Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and the Faculty of Math & Science.
• Support communication and outreach related to collections.
• Contribute to consortial initiatives, including involvement in consortia working groups and projects (eg. Ontario
Council of University Libraries, Collaborative Futures, Canadian Research Knowledge Network).
• Support the Library’s strategic goals through active membership on working groups and project teams.
• Participate in developing recommendations for improving library-wide policies, procedures, and services.
• Engage in professional development, scholarly activity, and service under the terms of the Collective
• Monitors and reports on developments within the Collections Department regarding open access and
transformative agreements.
• Communicates and collaborates with librarian(s) in other Library department, as appropriate regarding open
access investments including consortial publisher agreements and direct support for open access platforms and
• Assist with other collection development priorities as required.

Qualified candidates will possess the following:
• A Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program or equivalent.
• Knowledge of collection development theory and practice, as well as acquisitions business practices.
• Understanding of concepts, tools, and methods used in collections assessment.
• Demonstrated aptitude with relevant information technology, such as integrated library systems, Microsoft
Office applications, including proficiency with Excel.
• Awareness of national and provincial consortia (e.g. Canadian Research Knowledge Network, Ontario Council of
University Libraries) and their role in licensing and managing access to resources.
• Demonstrated flexibility and ability to manage a diverse workload.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment.
• Familiarity with inclusivity, accessibility, reconciliation, and decolonization initiatives in academic libraries.
• Demonstrated ability to analyze and solve problems.
• Evidence of creative and flexible approaches to setting and achieving professional goals.
• Demonstrated ability to work well in both team-based and self-directed environments.
• Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

Qualifications Considered an Asset:

We want to emphasize that these qualifications are considered an asset. They are not required, and we are
committed to helping our future colleague develop these skills.
• Master’s level education in an academic discipline.
• Relevant professional background or education in Applied Health Sciences, Math, or Science.
• Detailed knowledge of resources in Applied Health Sciences, Math, and/ or Science.
• Familiarity with interpreting and monitoring OA clauses in license agreements, especially Transformative
• Familiarity with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and implications for collections
work including acquisition, discovery, and assessment.

This position is available as of October 1, 2024.


Brock University offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package. It is anticipated that this appointment
will be made at the rank of Librarian I or II. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The position is included in the Brock University Faculty Association (BUFA) and is governed by the BUFA Collective

Application Instructions:

Applicants are invited to apply by submitting a curriculum vitae and a cover letter through the online application
system no later than July 16, 2024 at 12:01am EST. Applicants are invited to apply here: (Note: file maximum of 5MB per attachment upload).

We appreciate all applications received; however, we will contact only those candidates selected for an interview.
Interviews will be one day in length and consist of a public presentation on a given topic as well as meetings with
relevant stakeholders.

Our Commitment

Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invites applications
from all qualified candidates. Women, Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) peoples, Black people, persons with
disabilities, members of visible minorities/racialized groups, and Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
queer, intersex, and additional sexually and gender diverse (2SLGBTQI+) persons are encouraged to apply and to
voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. Candidates who wish to be
considered as a member of one or more designated groups should fill out the Self-Identification Form and include the
completed form with their application.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for
Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the selection process, as outlined in the Employee
Accommodation Policy Please advise: [email protected] to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process.
Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

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