University Librarian, Thunder Bay, ON

Administrative/Staff Positions - Thunder Bay Campus
Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 20, 2020 (All day)

University Librarian

Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON


Lakehead University is now seeking to appoint a new University Librarian. With oversight of the University’s archives and five libraries, based across the Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses, the Librarian will play a key role in furthering the University’s research and learning objectives for the coming decade and beyond. Central to Lakehead University’s 2019-2024 Research Plan is to ensure that researchers have access to superior research resources and infrastructure at both of campuses. A vibrant and well-resourced library is essential to sustaining Lakehead’s research enterprise, and as such the Library plays a critical role in ensuring researchers can easily access primary and online materials, journals, databases, and references.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President Academic, the University Librarian provides leadership and direction to Lakehead Library as an active and integral partner with students, staff, faculty, Deans and the Senior Management Team. The Library plays a key role in promoting knowledge creation, exploration and discovery. The successful candidate will work towards achieving the University’s mission and goals as outlined in the University’s strategic plan, and in fulfilling Lakehead Library’s mission to advance research, learning and teaching excellence.

The successful candidate will have a graduate degree from an accredited school of library, archival 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 an academic research library, a demonstrated ability to develop external relations and will be collaborative and entrepreneurial. The University Librarian will possess authentic leadership skills and sensitivity to the challenges and opportunities present in building and retaining an inclusive, transparent, collegial work environment.

Lakehead has a reputation for innovative programs, cutting-edge research, and a creative and entrepreneurial spirit. With campuses located in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario, the University has almost 10,000 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff. Dynamic, modern, and highly learner-centred, Lakehead acknowledges students as valued leaders of tomorrow, whose education and success are most paramount to the institution. Both campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia present the best of academic excellence in teaching and research. Lakehead is proud host to eleven (11) Canada Research Chairs and revolutionary facilities, including the world-renowned Paleo-DNA Laboratory and the Biorefining Research Institute. Maclean’s 2019 University Rankings have, once again, included Lakehead among the country’s Top 10 universities in its category. Re$earch Infosource also named Lakehead University Canada’s #1 Research University in its peer category for an unprecedented five (5) consecutive years.

Lakehead University’s Strategic Plan acknowledges the importance of Lakehead’s unique role as a regional university. In that role, Lakehead is committed to making a difference in the communities it serves, developing a broader understanding of societal issues, and inspiring action for thoughtful, positive change. Lakehead University is committed to the success of Indigenous learners and to our relationships with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples based on the principles of mutual trust, respect, reciprocity, and collaboration in the spirit of reconciliation.

Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Lakehead University is partnering with Perrett Laver on this search. For further information and details on how to apply, please download the Appointment Details via the Perrett Laver website by visiting and quoting reference 4484. Applications should consist of a cover letter and curriculum vitae. The Committee will begin considering candidates in March 2020.

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