York University Libraries: Reference Librarian

York University Libraries

Position: Reference Librarian

Deadline Date: Application requested by July 21, 2010

York University Libraries seek a fluently bilingual (French and English) service-oriented librarian with excellent communication skills to fill the position of reference librarian in the Leslie Frost Library. The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic, creative and self-motivated person who works well with colleagues in a dynamic environment.

York University offers a world-class, modern, interdisciplinary academic experience in Toronto, Canada’s most multicultural city. York is at the centre of innovation, with a thriving community of almost 60,000 faculty, staff, and students who challenge the ordinary and deliver the unexpected. The bilingual Glendon University College offers courses in the social sciences, humanities and international affairs, and graduate programs in French, Hispanic Studies, Public Affairs and Translation.

York University Libraries consist of a large central library and three branch libraries, one of which is the Leslie Frost Library on the Glendon campus. The Frost Library serves a population of approximately 2,800 students and faculty.

The chosen candidate will provide reference assistance in the social sciences and humanities to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty; instruct library users individually and in groups; provide research support in the use of data; liaise with faculty members; participate in collections development and maintenance; participate in the creation and maintenance of web based resources for research and learning; participate in departmental working groups and committees of the Libraries and of the University; contribute to librarianship and scholarship by carrying out professional research and/or scholarly work. Some evening and weekend work and travel between campuses is required.


The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
  • An ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent with up to four years post-MLIS experience.
  • Educational background in the social sciences or humanities.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in both French and English, including demonstrated skills in teaching, training, and public communications in both languages.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide excellent reference service.
  • Broad knowledge of print and electronic information resources relevant to the social sciences and humanities.
  • Familiarity with statistical databases and software applications
  • A strong public service ethic and/or background.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the concepts, goals, and methods of information literacy instruction and ability to teach in a variety of settings and formats.
  • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for the integration of new technologies into the delivery of information services.
  • Evidence of professional initiative and leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and diplomatically with a diverse population of faculty, librarians, staff, and students.
  • Interest in university committee work, research, and professional development.

This is an 8 month contractually-limited appointment with the designation of Adjunct Librarian and appropriate for a librarian with up to four years post-MLS experience. Librarians at York University have academic status and are members of the York University Faculty Association bargaining unit (http://www.yufa.org/). Salary is commensurate with qualifications. The position is available from September 1, 2010. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

York University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York’s website at www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority. Temporary entry for citizens of the U.S.A. and Mexico may apply per the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

York University resources include centres relating to gender equity, race and ethnic relations, sexual harassment, human rights, and wellness. York University encourages attitudes of respect and non-discrimination toward persons of all ethnic and religious groups, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

The deadline for applications is July 21, 2010. Applications should include a cover letter relating the applicant’s qualifications to the requirements of the position, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details of three referees are requested. In addition, please have your three referees submit signed written letters of reference directly under separate cover by fax or mail by the deadline. Please ensure each referee is supplied with a copy of this position advertisement and asked to address the requirements of the position.

Chair, Frost Librarian Appointment Committee
York University Libraries, 310 Scott Library
York University, 4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3
Fax: 416-736-5451
Email: yulapps@yorku.ca

Applications should be sent by mail, or by fax or email with a hard copy following.