York University: Reference & Instruction Librarian

York University

Position: Reference & Instruction Librarian – Contractually-Limited Appointment

Deadline Date: Application requested by Ocotber 30, 2009

York University Libraries seeks a motivated, self-directed, and service-oriented librarian to serve as a member of the Scott Library Reference Department during a contractually-limited appointment beginning as soon as possible in late November and closing April 30, 2011.

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.

Scott Library, the largest of York University’s libraries, houses a research collection of over two million items in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts that includes government documents, data, sound and moving images, electronic resources, archives and special collections. Along with building collections and offering reference assistance, the Scott Library Reference Department also has an active and growing information literacy program, which aims to enable students, faculty, and others to recognize the social context of information, to develop information-seeking behaviours that transcend specific finding tools, and to think critically about information. The Scott Library Reference Department also plays a leading role in the development of a Learning Commons which provides learning, writing, research, numeracy and technology support in collaboration with other campus partners.

The successful candidate will participate in teaching, reference, collection and liaison activities in the Libraries and elsewhere on campus, and in the development of new programs and services. This librarian will assist students in developing the skills required to locate, evaluate, and use resources effectively, and will also support faculty research. The librarian will be responsible for special projects as assigned, such as assessment, collection reviews, development of web-based resources, and provides liaison librarian services to assigned subject areas within the Social Sciences and/or Humanities. The successful candidate will participate in the shared decision-making of the Reference Department as well as in departmental working groups and may have the opportunity to participate on collegial committees of the Libraries and of the University. He/she will also play a role in the ongoing development of information literacy program initiatives. In this contractually-limited appointment he/she will also be expected to contribute to librarianship by carrying out professional research and/or scholarly work. 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 five years post-MLS experience
  • Educational background in the social sciences or humanities
  • Strong public service ethic and background
  • 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 in providing reference service
  • Broad knowledge of print materials and digital information sources relevant to the social sciences and humanities
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Evidence of leadership ability, professional initiative, and flexibility
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collegial setting
  • Ability to work with a large and diverse clientele
  • Understanding of scholarly publishing issues and trends with an interest in collection development in both print and electronic formats
  • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for the integration of new technologies into the delivery of information services.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a diverse workload
  • Willingness to undertake library and university committee responsibilities, professional development, research and scholarship
  • Experience with or demonstrated understanding of assessment methodologies

This is a contractually-limited appointment with the designation of Adjunct Librarian and appropriate for a librarian with up to five 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 November 24th. 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.
Deadline for applications is October 30th, 2009. Applications, including a covering letter, and a current curriculum vitae with the names and contact details of three referees are requested. Due to time constraints, please have at least two of your three chosen referees send signed written letters of reference directly under separate cover by fax or mail by November 13th, 2009. Please ensure each of these two referees is supplied with a copy of this position advertisement. Applications and letters of reference can be sent to:

Chair, Scott Reference 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 or fax, with a mail copy following. Applications sent by e-mail will not be accepted.