University of Saskatchewan Library Dean

The University Library at the University of Saskatchewan is looking for a dean who has innovative ideas to transform the way we think about libraries and their services.

With seven locations across campus, the University Library is a key element of our students’ and researchers’ success. As the way we preserve, share and access information continues to rapidly evolve, our successful candidate will lead a strong team of 150 full—time (equivalent) faculty and staff members to meet and exceed the needs of a research—intensive university that welcomes more than 22,000 students from around the world every year.

Reporting to the provost and vice—president academic, the dean is an important member of the university’s senior leadership team. As such, they are responsible for providing vision and leadership to help the U of S fulfill its strategic directions and priorities. The successful candidate will use their experience in senior academic leadership and the education gained as they achieved their related degree to realize positive change in the University Library, and at the U of S. They will have a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and Aboriginal engagement. We want to provide members of our campus community with the tools they need to succeed.

We want to embrace change, and transition from past ways of doing things to new ways of doing things, in order to better serve our students and researchers. We want someone who has a vision of the future, and the determination to realize its potential. The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced.

The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please call Danielle Conn or Maureen Geldart of The Geldart Group at 604—926—0005, or forward your application package (current CV, letter of application and reference list) in confidence to .

USASK Library – Final Ad

Associate Dean of the Gleeson Library and Geschke Learning Resource Center Dr. Calhoun is the Associate Dean for Access Services and Assessment at the University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library and Geschke Learning Resource Center. Shawn is a member of the Gleeson Library Leadership Team and regularly participates in a wide variety of library and campus-wide strategic initiatives. Shawn received his Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from San Jose State University and his Ed.D. (Learning and Instruction) from USF’s School of Education. Shawn’s scholarly work has focused on multimedia and modular worked- out examples as instructional methodologies as well as the management of student’s cognitive processing associated with information literacy instruction.

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About “Gentle Disturbances”

The title of our new blog, “Gentle Disturbances”, is a tribute and a reference to the husband and wife artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s art consists of vast, temporary outdoor installations, such as the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin, the 24-mile Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California, and The Gates in New York City's Central Park. Christo has asserted that their art creates “gentle disturbances," designed to challenge traditional perceptions of the spaces and landscapes they inhabit. By encouraging viewers to see familiar landscapes in new ways, their art disrupts assumptions about permanence, ownership, and categorization.

While we claim none of the artistic or political impact of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, we hope that this blog and its many contributors will challenge us all to look at the landscape of academic libraries and higher education in new ways. We aspire to “gentle disturbances” of the kind that will lead to productive conversations and creative approaches to our common challenges.