Peter F. Bronfman Business Library: Business Librarian - Twelve-Month Contractually-Limited Appointment

Peter F. Bronfman Business Library

Position: Business Librarian - Twelve-Month Contractually-Limited Appointment

Deadline: Application requested by January 23, 2009.

York University Libraries seeks a motivated and service-oriented librarian to serve as a member of the Peter F. Bronfman Business Library during a twelve-month contractually-limited appointment.

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.

York University Libraries consists of a large central library building and three branch libraries, one of which is the Peter F. Bronfman Business Library. York collections consist of over six million items, including about two million book volumes and some 27,000 online and print periodical titles.

The Peter F. Bronfman Business Library, located in the award-winning Seymour Schulich Building, provides facilities, resources, and reference and instructional services to the business programs of York University, including those of the highly ranked Schulich School of Business. Resources include a comprehensive print collection, extensive full-text and electronic data resources that support quantitative and qualitative research in business and economics. Four full-time librarians and five full-time support staff are currently based in the Bronfman Library.

The successful candidate will participate in teaching, reference, collection, liaison and research activities in the Libraries and elsewhere on campus, and in the development of new programs and services. This librarian will assist business students in developing the skills required to locate, evaluate, and use resources effectively, and will also support faculty research. The librarian will maintain liaison with faculty, undertake collection development activities for designated business subjects and provide specialized reference assistance. The librarian will provide instruction support for business subjects and play a role in the ongoing development of information literacy program initiatives. The successful candidate will also participate in the shared decision-making of the Peter F. Bronfman Business Library staff and on collegial committees of the Libraries and of the University. He/she will be expected to work regular evening and weekend shifts.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • An ALA accredited MLS or equivalent with up to two years post-MLS experience
  • Background in business or economics and/or relevant library experience in business librarianship
  • Strong public service ethic and background
  • Understanding of issues and trends in teaching, learning and research in business
  • Demonstrated understanding of the concepts, goals, and methods of information literacy instruction and ability to teach in a variety of settings and formats
  • Demonstrated ability providing business reference service in an academic or special library
  • Broad knowledge of business information sources (print and digital)
  • Interest in collections development on business related subjects
  • Good numeracy and statistical abilities
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Evidence of professional initiative and flexibility
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collegial setting
  • Ability to work with a diverse clientele
  • Demonstrated potential to liaise with key stakeholders
  • Strong web skills e.g. creating web pages, blogs, wikis etc.
  • Understanding of emerging web technologies
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a diverse workload
  • Willingness to undertake library and university committee responsibilities, professional development, research and scholarship


This is a twelve-month contractually-limited appointment with the designation of Adjunct Librarian and appropriate for a librarian with up to two years post-MLS experience. Librarians at York University have academic status and are members of the York University Faculty Association bargaining unit ( Salary is commensurate with qualifications. The position is available from May 1st 2009. 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 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.

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.

Deadline for applications to be considered is Friday, January 23rd 2009. Applications, including a covering letter, and a current curriculum vitae with the names and contact details for three referees are requested. Due to time constraints, please have at least two of your three chosen referees send written letters of reference directly under separate cover by fax or mail by Friday, February 6th 2009. Please ensure each of these two referees is supplied with a copy of this position advertisement before writing a reference for you. All materials should be sent for attention:

Chair, Peter F. Bronfman Business Library Business Librarian Appointment Committee
York University Libraries
310 Scott Library
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 1P3
Fax: (416) 736-5451

Applications should be sent by mail, e-mail, or fax, with a hardcopy following by mail.