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Memorial University of Newfoundland invites applications for a tenure-track position in the University Library System.

        Information Services Librarian (Maps)

        Queen Elizabeth II Library


The University Library is seeking an energetic, outgoing, innovative, and service-oriented individual with a commitment to academic librarianship and the flexibility to enjoy a changing environment of practice.  The successful candidate will have an ALA-accredited graduate degree with a strong academic background, preferably at the Master's level, in geography, GIS, or a closely related discipline. The successful candidate will have the ability to communicate effectively, demonstrated or potential competency in librarianship, and a service philosophy.  A minimum of one year’s professional experience in public service within an academic library, demonstrated teaching ability, knowledge of cartographic materials, and a working knowledge of GIS software tools (e.g., ArcInfo, ArcGIS, MapInfo) and geospatial files are required. The successful candidate will have an awareness of the current trends in GIS and cartographic resources. Working knowledge of languages in addition to English would be an asset. 


Reporting to the Head of Information Services, the position involves work at the central reference desk, library instruction, use of data sources, and responsibility for the Map Library. The latter includes reference work, collection development, supervision of Map Library staff, policy review and development, and outreach activities.  Collection development relating to another area of competence is a possibility.  Some evening and weekend work is required.  The successful applicant will join a library with a large, progressive and professionally active group of librarians with a strong orientation toward user services. 

The Queen Elizabeth II Library is the central library of a highly centralized library system serving Memorial University of Newfoundland.  The Information Services Division provides reference and bibliographic aid to patrons of the Library.  The central reference desk assists students, faculty, staff and the general public with over 38,000 reference queries annually.  As well, the Division conducts classes in library research, mediates online searches, and maintains a reference collection of some 26,000 titles.

The Map Library houses the University’s primary map collection and works closely with the Centre for Newfoundland Studies which holds mostly pre-1900 maps, especially of Newfoundland.  The focus of the Map Library is to provide a well-rounded collection of world-wide coverage comprised of general and thematic, small and large scale maps; national, provincial and state, regional, and thematic atlases; and related reference materials with the emphasis on maps of Newfoundland, Canada, and the oceans around Newfoundland.  There are about 2,500 users, primarily students, per year and close to 2,000 reference questions handled annually.  In addition to approximately 94,000 maps, the collection has about 2,200 atlases, 3,000 reference works, 13,000 microfiche, 47,000 air photos, 1,000 slides, globes, plastic relief maps, and a rapidly increasing group of digital cartographic resources.  Through consortia, there is access to a broad range of online spatial data.

Memorial University is the largest university in Atlantic Canada.  As the province’s only university, Memorial plays an integral role in the educational and cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador.  Offering diverse undergraduate and graduate programs to almost 18,000 students, Memorial provides a distinctive and stimulating environment for learning in St. John’s, a very safe, friendly city with great historic charm, a vibrant cultural life, and easy access to a wide range of outdoor activities.


Appointments at the rank of Librarian I or II are anticipated.  Based on experience and qualifications, salary ranges are $39,574 - $50,382 and $45,750 - $61,190 respectively.  Memorial offers standard academic benefits including opportunities for professional development time.


The deadline for applications is January 27, 2005. Please cite competition number 2004/2005-LIB-004. Processing of applications will begin upon receipt.  The position is available April 1, 2005.

Interested qualified individuals should send a resume and names, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to:

Richard H. Ellis               

University Librarian                   

Memorial University of Newfoundland            

St. John’s, Newfoundland


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FAX: (709) 737-2153

Tel:    (709) 737-3862

Memorial University of Newfoundland is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified women and men, visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.