OCAD University acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and the Huron-Wendat, who are the original owners and custodians of the land on which we live, work and create.
OCAD University (OCAD U)—Canada’s largest and oldest art and design post-secondary institution—invites applications for the position of University Librarian. In order to rectify the underrepresentation of racialized and Indigenous administrators, and in accordance with the University’s special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code, priority in hiring will be given to qualified racialized and Indigenous persons who self-identify as such in the application process.
OCAD U is undergoing a dramatic evolution that is strengthening its position as a global leader in art and design practice, research, and education. It is home to three Faculties, Art, Design, and Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, as well as Graduate Studies. OCAD U’s Library nurtures a learning ecology extending beyond the classroom and studio, where the OCAD U community engages in historical, critical and scientific inquiry, research, lifelong learning and the celebration of creativity, experimentation and innovation. The Library is comprised of three campus locations that offer distinct collections, services, and programs: The Dorothy H. Hoover Library, The Learning Zone and Visual Resources & Special Collections.
It is an exciting time to join OCAD U as the University is at a key stage of its institutional transformation, with the implementation of its Academic Plan and its six guiding principles: decolonization, diversity and equity, sustainability, valuing faculty, interdisciplinarity and health and wellness.
Reporting to the Vice-President, Academic & Provost, the University Librarian is responsible for the delivery of a modern and effective library system that meets both institutional needs and the individual requirements of students, faculty, staff, researchers and members of the local and wider communities. A member of Senate, the University Librarian works collaboratively and in close consultation with Deans, the Vice-President, Academic & Provost, faculty, students and Library staff. This role directs five operating units: Office of University Librarian, Circulation & Technical Services, Reference & Instructional Services (including the Learning Zone), E-Resources & E-Learning Support, and Visual Resources & Special Collections (including the University Archives). The University Librarian also represents OCAD U externally on various consortia such as the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and The Association of Independent College of Art & Design (AICAD).
The ideal candidate is a strategic, inspiring leader with significant experience as a senior library administrator within an academic setting, and possesses a Masters degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution, with an honours degree in Art, Design, Science or the Humanities (graduate degree preferred) or equivalent experience. The University Librarian will have the ability to articulate and implement an innovative, responsive vision for library services in keeping with OCAD U’s guiding principles and Academic Plan, and a demonstrated track record of advancing equity and inclusion. Key to success in this role is a strong service orientation and understanding of the instructional, practical, and scholarly needs of students and faculty. The University Librarian will possess a knowledge of contemporary art and design, advanced comprehension of library technology and a thorough understanding of how a University Library interacts with the teaching and research activities of an academic institution. The University Librarian will have a demonstrated ability to provide leadership and vision in a collegial environment, and a collaborative, transparent, and consultative leadership style, exceptional communication skills, and a track record of financial management and data-driven decision making that promotes stability and sustainability.
Located on a twelve-building campus, OCAD University offers a vibrant and stimulating work environment for over 600 faculty and academic staff, more than 4,260 undergraduate students, and over 300 graduate students. Committed to high-quality and contemporary approaches to education, research, and creation, OCAD University offers 18 undergraduate programs; seven graduate programs; continuing and executive education courses in art, media, and design; and, has new programs in development including an experimental animation program, and a practice-based PhD program. OCAD U is currently developing joint degrees, curriculum and articulation agreements within the Ontario college and university sectors. OCAD U graduates include artists, designers, curators, cultural workers and creative industry entrepreneurs who contribute to sectors as diverse as arts and culture, arts administration, design, entertainment, media and digital technologies, healthcare, engineering, community development, government, finance, and sustainability. The University is an active city-builder in an increasingly cosmopolitan Toronto, and is deeply committed to decolonization and supporting Indigenous knowledge and cultures.
Application Deadline: Interested applicants are invited to submit an updated resume, with a cover letter by selecting "Apply Now" below. Consideration of candidates will begin on May 27, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.
As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. We encourage members of designated equity-seeking groups to self-identify within the voluntary Applicant Questionnaire
In order to alleviate the under-representation of racialized and Indigenous administrators, priority in hiring will be given to qualified racialized and Indigenous persons who self-identify as such in the application process. This initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code.
OCAD University is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources for more information or refer to OCAD U’s Policy of Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities.
All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.