Reference Librarian I


Recognized as a leader in innovative education, Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) is a dynamic, challenging and welcoming environment.  Our reputation for academic excellence, personal approach to education and distinctive programs attract outstanding faculty, staff, and students from across Canada and around the globe.  MSVU is primarily an undergraduate university with strong programs in arts and science, and several professional areas; the University also offers graduate programs in six areas.

The Library, with its total collection of 488,000 print and microform volumes, provides a full range of services to a community of 5,000 students and 500 employees, with a current staff of 5 professional librarians. The Library has a mission to serve both on-campus students and those studying from a distance, and is a member of the Novanet consortium of 10 post-secondary institutions in Nova Scotia.  Please visit us at


The Library seeks an energetic, team-oriented Reference Librarian with excellent technological skills, a strong service orientation, and an aptitude for instruction to fill the 10-month term sabbatical leave replacement August 1, 2008 - May 31, 2009.  Duties may include:  provision of reference services to students, staff, and faculty, on a regular schedule, including one Sunday per month; delivery of customized library instruction sessions; conducting library orientations; conducting one-on-one in-depth “research consultations”; creating research guides and publications (print or electronic) on specific topics; assisting with other designated projects as appropriate, such as scheduling, library surveys, and/or collection development.


Qualifications: Candidates should hold an ALA-accredited Master of Library Science (or Library and Information Science) or equivalent.  Experience in the following areas would be an asset: reference services using print and electronic resources, library instruction and orientation, website development and/or maintenance, development and creation of research guides, development of digital collections or resources, experience in an academic library would be an asset.  Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Agreement with the MSVU Faculty Association. 


The search committee will begin considering applications on April 14, 2008, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references (who will not be contacted without the consent of the applicant), should be submitted to: Donna Bourne-Tyson, University Librarian, Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6, e-mail: [log in to unmask], Fax: 902-457-6445.


Mount Saint Vincent University is committed to the principles of employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, aboriginal persons, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.  Priority will be given to Canadians and permanent residents.

Donna Bourne-Tyson
University Librarian
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS  B3M 2J6
P: (902) 457-6108  F: (902) 457-6445
e-mail: [log in to unmask]

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