Director & University Archivist-McGill University Archives (Montreal, QC)

Assistant or Associate Librarian depending upon experience (tenure-track)

Duration: Initial three-year appointment with possibility for renewal

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Posting number: 17-AL9912-01

The McGill Library seeks a creative and dynamic professional to provide leadership and direction in the delivery of records management and archives programs for both print and digital records for McGill University and to promote and encourage awareness of the role and importance of archives and records management to the University community.


Within the Library, the McGill University Archives (MUA) is the University's official custodian of archives and records. It serves as the University's official archival repository, which includes the archival appraisal, selection, arrangement and description, preservation and provision of access to records, in all formats, that accurately represents the total life and mission of the institution. In addition, the MUA is responsible for the development of policies related to archives and records management, including the development of the McGill University Records Retention Schedules (MURRS), the systematic control of records in all formats, and management services for the University.

The mission of the MUA is to promote good governance, and accountability, through the protection of the University's documentary heritage and records and information assets, in all formats, by combined archives and records management services. As part of the Library, the MUA supports the advancement in teaching, learning, research, and community service by providing outstanding collections, access to world knowledge, excellence in service and an appropriate archival environment for a global community. Currently, the MUA has a staff of four full-time, regular employees and 4 part-time work study students. The University Archivist (UA) reports to the Associate Dean, Rare Books and Special Collections, Osler Library, Visual Art Collection, Archives & Record Management (ROAAr). For the records management program, the UA is accountable to the Office of the Secretary-General. 

The scope of collections on the history of McGill University, Montreal and Canada are significant and are utilized by broad range of researchers. McGill University Archives has collections of worldwide significance, including the John Peter Humphrey fonds and the first drafts of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights; and the Dawson Family fonds, including the personal papers of George Dawson who surveyed Canada in the 1870s, and documented the customs of west coast First Nations.


Information about the University and about the McGill Library is at the University's web site at and As a tenured or tenure-stream appointee, the successful candidate is expected to devote himself or herself to the full range of academic duties as defined in the Regulations Relating to the Employment of Librarian Staff .


Primary Purpose of Position

To provide leadership and direction in the delivery of records management and archives programs for both print and digital records for McGill University and to promote and encourage awareness of the role and importance of archives and records management to the University community.


Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Provide leadership and direction in the delivery of records management and archives services for the University, as well as to promote and encourage awareness of the role and importance of archives and records management to the University community.

• Provide professional leadership and functional direction in the delivery of comprehensive records management and archives services for the University.

• Contribute to the University's strategic direction, plans and objectives by identifying record keeping issues and opportunities, and evaluation organizational impact.

• Provide authoritative advice to senior administration on information technology issues as they affect the long-term reliability and retrievability of University records.

• Provide professional leadership on needs and systems assessment for the preservations of electronic content.

• Contribute to the development, the organization and the preservation of collections and ensure appropriate access.

• Develop, implement and promote record keeping policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with federal and provincial legislation. This includes overseeing the description and the access to University records, and ensuring that the University's records retention schedule is updated.

• Develop and implement archives and records management services for university units.

• Evaluate overall effectiveness to ensure units goals and objectives are met and are coherent with the University's mission.

• Manage and lead a team of professional, management and support staff.

• Maintain currency in the field of archives, records/information management and leadership.

• Develop and clearly communicate implications of new developments in the fields of archives, records and information management to all staff.

• Represent the University on matters relating to archives.


The incumbent reports to the Associate Dean of McGill Library, ROAAr (Rare & Special Collections, Osler, Art, and Archives).



1. Master of Archival Studies or a Master of Library and Information Sciences with completion of archival courses from an ALA accredited institution.

2. Minimum of 5 years of relevant archival experience in an academic library or publicly accessible research archives and have managerial experience

3. Evidence of management and strategic planning experience at senior level.

4. Experience in the areas of information technology and institutional culture, especially with regard to "born-digital" materials.

5. Excellent organizational time management and problem solving skills and the ability to work effectively and creatively in a collaborative service and user centered environment.

6. Experience and an understanding of the contingencies associated with managing and maintaining digital records.

7. Highly develop oral and written communication skills and functionally bilingual (French, English).

8. Demonstrated commitment to and use of nationally accepted standards such as RAD, EAD, MARC21, ICA AtoM and appropriate thesauri and authority lists.

9. Demonstrated experience with one or more tools for archival processing and description, such as Archivists' Toolkit, Archon or Archives Space. 

10. Experience with digitization initiatives, institutional repositories, web archiving and digital curation.

11. Experience in the creation of exhibits or exhibit fabrication 


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 March 27, 2017, as one (1) .pdf document.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the submission date. Please indicate the number of the posting (17-AL9912-01) on the letter of interest and on the subject line of the email.

Isabelle Roberge

Office of the Trenholme Dean of Library

McGill University

3459 McTavish Street 

Montreal, Qc H3A 1Y1

Fax: (514) 398-3561


McGill University is committed to diversity and equity in employment. It welcomes applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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