University of Alberta

Vice-Provost (Learning Services) & Chief Librarian

Learning Services

Competition No.  -    A103134566
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Location: 5-07E Cameron Library, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2J8, Canada

The University of Alberta invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice-Provost (Learning Services) and Chief Librarian.  The appointment, for an initial five-year term, begins July 1, 2018.

The University of Alberta is a Top 5 Canadian and Top 100 Global university located in Edmonton, Alberta, with a reputation for excellence in both translational and discovery-driven research, scholarship and creative activities across diverse areas of impact in science, humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. Home to 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the University has an annual budget of $1.84 billion and attracts nearly $450 million in sponsored research revenue. The U of A offers close to 400 rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties on five campuses – including one rural and one francophone campus – and 275,000 alumni worldwide. The University launched a new strategic plan, “For the Public Good,” in September 2016 designed to empower our community of creative people to take risks and make imaginative leaps towards as yet undetermined futures while remaining dedicated to the promise made in 1908 by founding president Henry Marshall Tory that knowledge shall be used for “uplifting the whole people.”

The Vice-Provost (Learning Services) and Chief Librarian reports to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the portfolio, including budget and fund development, and is a champion for all of its units internally and externally. They are a member of Deans’ Council, and as such play a significant role in providing advice and supporting the goals of a research-intensive, multi-campus University.

This is an outstanding opportunity to lead a large and significantly important portfolio including the University of Alberta Libraries, Canada’s second largest research library system, comprising ten physical library locations, the University Archives and University of Alberta Press. We are an active member of both the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and the Association of Research Libraries. The portfolio also includes the University of Alberta Museums and Collections Services, the University of Alberta Copyright Office, and the University of Alberta Academic Ancillary Services which include the University Bookstore and the Technology Training Centre. 

The successful candidate will support the academic mission of the University by ensuring the seamless delivery of an array of services and capabilities in the areas of information acquisition, creation, access, dissemination and protection/preservation. They will provide strategic leadership to one of North America’s leading research libraries with over 10 million items; 29 registered museum collections, including 17 million objects and specimens used daily in teaching, research and community service; and, 9,000 linear metres of records preserved by the Archives. The portfolio includes a staff complement of approximately 65 librarians and 170 administrative and support staff.

The successful candidate will have a compelling vision for the full breadth of this portfolio which includes a 21st Century academic research library. It is expected they will possess extensive senior administrative experience in a large research library; a graduate degree such as an MLIS degree or equivalent, a PhD in a related discipline would be desirable, but not required; a commitment to service excellence and to the continued building of outstanding collections; and, superior knowledge of current and emerging information technologies. An understanding of and appreciation for the full breadth of units represented in the portfolio and their immense importance to the University is a clear expectation and experience in any of these areas would be a significant asset. They will also have an established record of professional and scholarly achievement and exceptional communication and relationship building skills with the ability to develop meaningful partnerships including in the area of Advancement. They will promote a transparent, collegial and inclusive work environment and strive to address barriers faced by under-represented groups and individuals.

This position is in accordance with University terms and conditions, and remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications, experience, and will be competitive with public research post-secondary institutions. The position is based on a five year term with the possibility of renewal and a continuing position is available thereafter. Components of compensation will include base salary, a comprehensive benefits package (which can be viewed at, as well as additional negotiated benefits applicable to the position.

For further information and details on how to apply, please download the Appointment Details via the Perrett Laver website by visiting and quoting reference 3189. Applications should consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of five references including a direct report, a current or recent supervisor, and a colleague (who will not be contacted without the applicant's consent). The closing date for applications is noon (Mountain Time) on Monday, January 8th 2018 and the Committee will begin considering candidates in mid-January.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.