Head, Technical Services (The University of Manitoba Libraries)


Head, Technical Services

The University of Manitoba Libraries seeks an effective, highly-motivated person for the position of Head, Technical Services at an Assistant/Associate Librarian rank to begin May 1, 2012, or as soon as possible thereafter. This position normally has a two year probationary period and the salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

. A Master’s degree in library and/or information studies from an ALA accredited or equivalent institution;

. A minimum of 3 years of recent library technical services experience (acquisitions, cataloguing and/or electronic resources management);

. Ability to manage a complex workload in a timely, effective manner;

. Knowledge and understanding of best practices, current issues and trends in technical services;

. Effective oral and written communication skills.

Candidates with the following qualifications will be preferred:

. Supervisory and management experience;

. Knowledge of library computer systems including integrated library systems, bibliographic utilities and electronic resources management systems.

Reporting to the Head, Discovery and Delivery Services, the Head of Technical Services is responsible for managing all aspects of technical services including licensing of electronic resources; acquisition, description, classification, linking and maintenance of resources in all formats. A more detailed position description is available at:


The University of Manitoba Libraries (http://www.umanitoba.ca/libraries/) consists of 8 unit libraries and 10 satellite information centers located on the Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campuses and in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authorities’ hospitals across the City of Winnipeg. With collections of over 2.3 million volumes, an annual operating budget of over 25 million dollars and over 200 employees, the Libraries serves a community of approximately 38,000 students, faculty and citizen borrowers.

Winnipeg (http://www.winnipeg.ca/) is the vibrant, creative capital of Manitoba, right at the geographical centre of Canada and North America. A mid-sized city of 700,000 culturally diverse people, Winnipeg offers a community with a cosmopolitan, international flair as well as a warm, welcoming spirit. A variety of arts, culture, sports, recreation and entertainment is available to satisfy every taste; and within an easy drive of the city there are lakes, beaches and pristine wilderness areas.

Librarians enjoy academic status and are appointed to one of four ranks:  General, Assistant, Associate and Librarian, with possibility of promotion.

The University of Manitoba encourages applications from qualified women and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Applicants should submit their application referring to Position 13550/FN019 including a curriculum vitae and the names and addresses (including e-mail address, phone, and fax numbers) of three references to the address below.

Ms Karen Adams

University Librarian

The University of Manitoba Libraries

Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2


The deadline for receipt of applications is February 17, 2012.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provisions of “The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy” (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitaes may be provided to participating members of the search process.


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