Boss me around, s'il vous plait

Posted on Thu 09 October 2008 in Libraries

My place of work, Laurentian University, is looking for a new Director of the J.N. Desmarais Library. The call for applications closes October 30th. I think our library has done some impressive work (participating in the food security project for the Democratic Republic of Congo, building the Mining Environment Database), are doing some pretty interesting things (Project Conifer), and have the potential to do a lot more. Our outgoing director has laid the groundwork for his successor to take Laurentian University's libraries to even more exciting destinations.

On the chance that you haven't heard about this opening, and would be interested - or perhaps you know someone who might be interested and would be a good candidate - I'm going to attach the full job posting below. One heads-up: Laurentian is a bilingual (French / English) institution, and candidates would be expected to be bilingual.

Laurentian University – Director of the Library and Archives – effective July 1, 2009

Laurentian University is committed to serving the needs of Northern Ontario and its English-language, French-language and First Nations communities, and to extending its student recruitment into other areas of Canada. Laurentian’s recent major accomplishments include the establishment, with Lakehead University, of the first new medical school in more than 30 years in Canada, the introduction of 6 new PhD programs, the construction of new residences and a building custom-designed to house the B.Ed. program, establishment of a new Faculty of Management, and increasing success attracting research funding, all within a vibrant bilingual milieu that appreciates the past and is building toward the future. Please consult for more information.

The Director of the Library and Archives will be an innovative leader who will build on the momentum of the Libraries’ information technology services, operational systems and capabilities, and provide strategic direction in accordance with the Strategic Plan approved by the Laurentian University Board of Governors.

The ideal candidate will be a respected academic who will bring dynamic vision and academic administrative experience, and who will be able to function in both English and French. The candidate will have a Masters’ of Library Science from an ALA accredited library school or equivalent institution plus at least five years experience in library administration, including planning, personnel, budget, policy development and services. The candidate will have the ability to view issues from an organization-wide perspective and to contribute effectively to collaborative projects within and outside the institution. The candidate will have knowledge of trends in higher education and information technology that affect acquisition, management, storage and dissemination of print, multi-media and electronic resources. Experience in writing grant proposals and effectively administering such grants would be a strong asset.

Laurentian University is committed to employment equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Should you want to learn more about this unique leadership opportunity,

e-mail Susan Silverton, Vice-President, Academic (Anglophone Affairs) at

or forward your CV, a letter of introduction and the names of three referees

in confidence, to Linda Mainville, Assistant to the Vice-Presidents, Academic, Laurentian University, Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6