Collection Services Librarian

Tenure Track Faculty Positions
Thunder Bay
Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 4, 2020 - 11:59pm


Lakehead University Libraries (Thunder Bay Campus) invites applications from dynamic and innovative individuals, with strong leadership potential, for a probationary appointment leading to a continuing appointment as Collection Services Librarian.

Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With campuses located in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Lakehead has approximately 10,000 students and 2,160 faculty and staff. With an emphasis on collaborative learning and independent critical thinking, and a multidisciplinary teaching approach, Lakehead offers a variety of degree and diploma programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels through its ten faculties, including: Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Science and Environmental Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, Graduate Studies, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (West Campus) and Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law. For further information, please visit:

The total library collection includes over 700,000 print volumes, access to more than 40,000 online journals and over 120,000 e-books, and rare and special collections such as the Archives and the Regional Collection. The Chancellor Paterson Library is the main library on the Thunder Bay campus and occupies its own building in the centre of campus. There are four additional libraries: one at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, the Learning Commons in Simcoe Hall (Orillia), and the Education Library (one location at the Faculty of Education-Thunder Bay and one at Heritage Place-Orillia). Lakehead University Libraries is an active member of provincial and national consortia. We provide many services in collaboration with our Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) partners, such as, Ask a Librarian, Scholars Portal, RACER (Document Delivery) and Dataverse. The Libraries are part of Collaborative Futures, a next-generation library system in collaboration with OCUL partners. Our involvement with the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) as well as other consortia, allows us to provide significant digital content. Our staff complement of over 30 includes 12 librarians and an archivist. 

Lakehead University Libraries is currently implementing its Library Plan: Envision the Future 2018-2023. Our mission is to be an innovative organization that anticipates the requirements of the future while respecting the heritage of the past. By providing exceptional services, collections, and spaces, the Libraries shape the creation of knowledge, actively preserve and support culture, and transform learning and research.

About the Opportunity

The Collection Services Librarian leads the Collection Services unit and oversees all aspects of library resource management - budgets, collections, acquisitions, cataloguing and description, deselection and overall library collection assessment efforts for physical and electronic resources. The Collection Services Librarian supports the overall work and goals of the Library by practicing user-centred and evidence-based collection management, contributing to strategic objectives, and representing the Library’s interests with consortia and vendor partners. This will include taking on project leadership roles, and/or participating in projects both within the Library and the Collaborative Futures consortium, as well as with professional organizations. Training opportunities and resources will be available to the successful candidate to further develop their skill-set for position competencies. This position reports directly to the University Librarian. 

Collections Services Portfolio

  • Coordinates the operations of acquisitions, cataloguing and metadata, and other collection management functions using the library services platform (Ex Libris Alma/Primo VE).
  • Manages the libraries’ materials budget, ensuring efficient and cost-effective workflows for ordering, invoicing, receiving, claiming, and expending budgeted funds.
  • Develops policies and strategies for managing the libraries’ collection in areas such as product trials, subscription management, weeding, collection development policies, usage data collection, authority control, etc.
  • Works with liaison librarians to evaluate new resources and oversees the process to make purchase, renewal and cancellation decisions.
  • Ensures the discoverability of resources and collections.
  • Provides statistical and budgetary analysis for electronic resources, leading the libraries in developing and maintaining awareness of emerging technologies and technical issues related to acquisition, licensing, access, and usage.
  • Assists liaison librarians with collection-related departmental requests and reports such as Lakehead University’s Instructional Quality Assurance Program reports, accreditation reports and national library reporting. 
  • Participates in collaborative activities around the Omni consortium; such activities may include Network Zone cleanup, shared cataloguing loads, and shared acquisitions as required.
  • Supervises, trains and assigns tasks to a team of library technicians (currently 3 FTE). 
  • Keeps current with trends and issues in higher education, with a focus on emerging technologies related to acquisitions, metadata and collection development.

General Responsibilities

  • Commits to assessment and evidence-based decision making related to services, collections, technology, and physical spaces.
  • Contributes to the leadership of the library by participating in Librarians’ Council as well as various library and university committees.
  • Contributes to research and scholarly activities, professional services, service to the university, and service to the profession and community.

Liaison Responsibilities

  • Serves as the liaison librarian for assigned departments and is responsible for outreach to students and faculty in those departments.
  • Ensures that their liaison departments are provided with quality collection development, reference and research assistance, instruction, and other appropriate services and support. 



  • A graduate degree from an ALA-accredited school of library and information science, or its equivalent.
  • Relevant experience in collections, acquisitions and budget management.
  • Experience working with bibliographic control and metadata systems and standards.
  • Knowledge of current cataloguing rules, standards, and controlled vocabularies, including RDA, LC Classification, and LCSH.
  • Working knowledge of and experience with MARC21.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work in a collegial manner.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


  • At least two years of relevant experience in an academic library environment.
  • Experience with Ex Libris Alma and Primo platforms.
  • Experience with other non-MARC metadata formats, standards or schema including Dublin Core and BIBFRAME.
  • Aptitude for learning new technologies and metadata standards.
  • Strong supervisory and team-building skills and demonstrated experience providing leadership to staff in an effective, productive and positive manner. 
  • A graduate degree in addition to a graduate degree in library and information science.

The salary and rank of the appointment will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Lakehead University librarians are members of the Lakehead University Faculty Association and are eligible for sabbatical leave (

Some evening and weekend work may be required.

Applications including a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae should be addressed to:

Robin Canuel

University Librarian

Lakehead University

955 Oliver Road – LI5006

Thunder Bay, ON Canada P7B 5E1

Tel: 807-343-8125


To ensure full consideration, applications are to be submitted by December 4, 2020. The preferred candidate will be requested to submit three professional references. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. This is in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements. A Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in Canada form will be required to accompany your application.

Subject to budgetary approval.