Reference Librarian, Leslie Frost Library
York University Libraries invite applications for the position of a fluently
bilingual (French and English) reference librarian in the Leslie Frost Library. The
Libraries seek an energetic, service oriented person with strong instructional,
web and data skills.
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, particularly for government publications; 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 is required.
The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
• An ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent with a graduation date of
2006 or later.
• 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
• Demonstrated ability to provide excellent reference service.
• Expertise with statistics, data resources, and statistical software
• Demonstrated ability to manage and support the use of government
• 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
• Familiarity with the trends of technology in teaching and
• 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
This position is a tenure-stream appointment to be filled at the Assistant
Librarian level and appropriate for a librarian with up to four years’ post-MLIS
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 August 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.
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
The deadline for applications is May 5th, 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
Chair, Frost Librarian Appointment Committee
York University Libraries, 310 Scott Library
York University, 4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3
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Applications should be sent by mail, or by fax or email with a hard copy