Reference and Instruction Librarian – Contractually-Limited Appointment
Scott Reference Department
York University Libraries seek a motivated, self-directed and public
service-oriented Librarian in the social sciences and humanities based in
the Reference Department of the Scott Library.
York University is the leading interdisciplinary research and teaching
university in Canada. York offers a modern, academic experience at the
undergraduate and graduate levels in Toronto – Canada’s most international
city. The third largest university in the country, York is host to a dynamic
academic community of 62,000 students, faculty and staff, as well as 240,000
alumni worldwide. York’s 10 Faculties and 28 research centres conduct
ambitious, ground-breaking research that is interdisciplinary and cutting
across traditional academic boundaries.
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, and 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 has an active and growing information literacy program, which
aims to enable students, faculty, and others to understand 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
Learning Commons which collaborates with other campus partners in providing
support for students in the development of academic literacies such as
research, writing and learning skills.
The successful candidate will be responsible for faculty liaison, collection
development and the delivery of information literacy instruction for
assigned disciplines, and will participate in research consultations and
outreach activities to academic departments and research centres.
Responsibilities include selection of information resources, collection
development and evaluation in selected disciplines. He/she will work
individually and as part of a team to develop and provide reference services
and information literacy programs to York’s community of users. She/he will
help advance strategic priorities of the Department, York University
Libraries, and the University. In this contractually-limited appointment
he/she will also be expected to participate in project and committee work
within the Department, Libraries and beyond, and to contribute to
librarianship by carrying out professional research and/or scholarly work.
Some evening and weekend work is required.
* An ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent.
* Educational background in the social sciences and/or humanities.
* Strong public service ethic and background.
* Broad knowledge of information sources relevant to the social sciences and
* Understanding of the concepts, goals, and methods of information literacy
* Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and an ability to teach
in classroom or online environments.
* Understanding of scholarly publishing issues and trends.
* Understanding of the principles of collection development in both print
and electronic formats.
* Demonstrated ability to provide reference services.
* Evidence of professional initiative, leadership and flexibility.
* Ability to handle multiple responsibilities and projects concurrently.
* Strong written and oral communication skills. Strong analytical and
* Ability to use emerging technologies effectively in the delivery of
services and in the conduct of research.
* Ability to liaise with faculty and academic departments.
* Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collegial setting.
* Ability to work with a large and diverse clientele.
* Interest in research and professional development.
* Demonstrated understanding of assessment strategies.
* Willingness to undertake work on library and university committees.
This is a two year, contractually-limited appointment with the designation
of Adjunct Librarian and is appropriate for a librarian with up to three
years post-MLIS experience. Librarians and archivists 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 August 1, 2012. 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’s 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
Deadline for the submission of applications is May 1st, 2012. Applications
should include a covering letter that relates qualifications to the
requirements of the position, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and
contact information of three referees. Applications should be sent to:
Chair, Scott Reference Librarian Appointment Committee
York University Libraries
310 Scott Library
4700 Keele Street
Fax: (416) 736-5451
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Applications should be sent by mail, or by email or fax with a hardcopy