University Librarian

Kamloops, British Columbia (CA)
02 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


For over 47 years Thompson Rivers University has taken pride in providing an excellent education to students with a variety of backgrounds and perspectives who are at various stages of their learning journey. TRU is a comprehensive, learner-centred, environmentally responsible institution that serves its regional, national, and international learners and their communities through high quality and flexible education, training, research and scholarship. From traditional academics to trades, from certificates to graduate degrees, TRU offers students choice from over 140 on-campus programs and 60 Open Learning programs. More than 27,000 students study on campuses in Kamloops and Williams Lake, or in distance or online courses and programs through Open Learning. Research, creation and innovation thrive in TRU’s open, flexible learning environment.

The University Library advances inquiry, discovery and engagement by providing the TRU community with quality resources, services and technologies to support teaching, learning and research. With 29 faculty and staff, including 10 tenured/tenure track Librarians, the Library provides a range of research and support services in its three separate library facilities on the Kamloops campus, as well as at its Williams Lake campus.

As the Library’s chief academic and administrative officer, the University Librarian is responsible to the Provost and Vice-President Academic for providing dynamic and visionary leadership in the development and implementation of the Library’s strategic plan in alignment with TRU’s mission, vision, and strategic priorities. As a member of TRU’s senior leadership team, the University Librarian provides overall direction for the delivery of library services and resources to meet the teaching, learning and research needs of the University’s diverse academic community.

The successful candidate will bring a strong commitment to academic librarianship and will possess an open, transparent and collegial style of leadership, with the ability to collaborate with colleagues to plan the Library’s future. S/he will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, be able to demonstrate knowledge of trends and current issues in academic libraries and have a record of advocacy, service innovation, scholarly engagement and service to the profession. S/he will be able to operate strategically, have demonstrable experience in post-secondary administration, and champion student success by creating and supporting the development processes and innovations that lead to high-quality learning environments. A strong appreciation for the intellectual and operational diversity across the spectrum of disciplines within TRU is essential. A MLIS/MLS from an American Library Association accredited program, or equivalent, is required, with an additional advanced degree desirable.

Thompson Rivers University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to serve in a leadership role at one of Canada’s most innovative universities. To apply or learn more, please contact Cameron Geldart at 604.926.0005 or forward your application package (current CV, a letter of introduction and a list of three references) in confidence to