Head - Copyright Compliance Office (Assistant/Associate Librarian)

McGill University

Location: Quebec
Date posted: 2013-10-02

Head, Copyright Compliance Office
Digital Initiatives

Assistant or Associate Librarian depending upon experience (tenure-track)
Duration: Initial three-year appointment with possibility for renewal
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Posting number: 13-AL9893

The McGill Library seeks an innovative, autonomous and resourceful person to provide leadership for the newly created Copyright Advisory Office. This strategic position will work collaboratively with libraries and faculties across the University to support effective decisions in intellectual property rights, copyright, fair dealing and other use rights.


The Library is committed to the delivery of innovative information products, services and programs of the highest quality focused on client needs in support of the University's strategic mission and directions. The Library proactively supports the teaching, learning and research needs of faculty and students to ensure that the university's strategic mission of excellence as a research intensive, student-centred university is satisfied. Collection building is based upon the premise of preference for electronic versions.

McGill Library has the largest collection in Quebec and is one of Canada's largest academic libraries with over 6 million monographs and 80,000 online serials and databases. The library is a member of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Conférence des recteurs et principaux des universités du Québec (CRÉPUQ), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), and is the first Canadian member of the HathiTrust Digital Library.


Information about the University and the McGill Library is at the University's web site (http://www.mcgill.ca and http://www.mcgill.ca/library). As a tenured stream appointee, the successful candidate is expected to devote himself to the full range of academic duties as defined in the Regulations Relating to the Employment of Librarian Staff (http://www.mcgill.ca/secretariat/policies/academic/)


Primary Purpose of Position

To establish mechanisms to assist faculty with publishing choices and course reserves. To build awareness of copyright and intellectual property, with faculty, senior university administration and library colleagues for teaching and research. To collaborate in the development of policies, procedures and best practices.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage the daily operations of the Copyright Advisory Office. Receive requests and evaluate compliance requirements.
  • Provide training in the appropriate use of copyrighted resources for course readings.
  • Act as the subject matter expert on retention of author rights compliance requirements.
  • Advise in copyright issues related to digitization initiatives.
  • Develop internal policies, guidelines and standards for copyright compliance.
  • Work closely and support liaison librarians in outreach activities on copyright and fair dealing.
  • Develop and maintain awareness of intellectual property issues in Canada and internationally.
  • Participate in the general planning and policy development of the unit, in support of the Library's strategic directions.
  • Attend various Library, Institute, Faculty and University wide committees and represent the Library on these or external committees as required.
  • Supervise employees in the Copyright Advisory Office as required.

Reporting relationship

The Head, Copyright Compliance Office reports to the eScholarship, ePublishing & Digitization Coordinator.

  1. ALA-accredited Master of Library of Information Science degree. Membership (or eligibility for membership) in a Canadian Law Society is a major asset. Equivalent combinations of training and experience may be considered.
  2. Demonstrated experience regarding copyright, intellectual property laws and fair dealing in the Canadian context.
  3. Highly developed oral and written skills, particularly the ability to explain complex concepts to a wide variety of users.
  4. Knowledge related to scholarly communication and open access issues.
  5. Demonstrated commitment to user service.
  6. Proven ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders.
  7. Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  8. Creative and analytical thinking skills and good problem solving ability.
  9. Demonstrated project management skills both as a leader, and group member.
  10. Working knowledge of French.


Applications should address the above selection criteria, be accompanied by a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of three referees and should be submitted by October 20, 2013. Please indicate the number of the posting (13-AL9893) on the letter of interest.

Isabelle Roberge
Office of the Trenholme Dean of Libraries
McGill University
3459 McTavish Street
Montreal, Qc H3A 1Y1
Fax: (514) 398-3561
Email: application.library@mcgill.ca

McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, women, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


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