Director (Librarian III or IV) | University of Toronto Libraries
Monday, December 20, 2021 12:00 AM

Organization: University of Toronto Libraries
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Closing Date: February 1, 2022

Opportunity Description

The University of Toronto Libraries invites applications for an innovative, experienced, and knowledgeable library leader to serve in this key position. Reporting to the Associate Chief Librarian for Science Research & Information, the Director of Gerstein leads the services, resources and staff of the Gerstein Science Information Centre. The successful candidate will provide vision and strategic direction to the Library and offer leadership, support and mentorship to library employees. The Director will promote the Libraries’ culture of diversity and inclusion and support UTL’s Mission Statement and Values. As well, the Director will build relationships and proactively reach out to connect and advocate for the library with relevant faculty and other academic administrators.

As an active member of the University of Toronto Libraries senior management team, the Director will participate in central library committees and work with UTL administrative colleagues to implement UTL’s strategic plan, develop strategic directions and assess service quality for the Gerstein Science Information Centre. Additionally, the Director works closely with the Health Science Information Consortium of Toronto (HSIC) and the HSIC Executive Director to help develop and maintain strong relationships between UTL and the hospital libraries.

The successful candidate will be a progressive, collaborative leader who is:

  • Responsive to evolving user needs and services in an academic library environment.
  • Committed to the values of equity, inclusion, diversity and accessibility
  • A mentor and leader to the staff and librarians.
  • Committed to maintaining current awareness of emerging technology and trends in libraries and how they can be applied to services and spaces.
  • Flexible and acts with fairness and integrity.
  • Familiar with managing in a unionized environment.


  1. A degree from an accredited Masters level program in library and information studies.
  2. Relevant management experience.
  3. Demonstrated commitment to the values of equity, inclusivity, diversity, and accessibility; proven ability to promote respect and inclusion by working successfully with a wide variety of people and encouraging their participation and involvement.
  4. Demonstrated planning, decision making and problem-solving skills.
  5. Demonstrated leadership abilities, particularly in team building, with proven experience creating a common vision and fostering a positive work environment.
  6. Outstanding interpersonal, intercultural, and communication skills.
  7. Demonstrated deep understanding of research, teaching, learning and collections priorities in the sciences, with particular emphasis on the health sciences.
  8. Record of effective collaboration involving diverse faculty, library staff, students and other campus stakeholders.
  9. Demonstrated commitment to mentorship and staff development and growth. Capacity to thrive in an environment of change, and to nurture that capacity in others.


  1. Academic background in the sciences or health sciences or equivalent library professional or work experience in these subject areas.
  2. Relevant research experience and expertise. Publication, teaching or other significant contributions to the profession that demonstrates substantial subject mastery.
  3. Significant experience in relevant professional associations.

How to Apply

Application Materials Required: A cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references of which at least two have supervised your work. Please send a single electronic file (MS Word or pdf) with a file name convention of [Surname,FirstName. DIRECTORGER] to Library Human Resources at [email protected]; or to Room 1140, 130 St. George Street, University of Toronto Libraries, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5; by February 1, 2022.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.