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Cumberland Regional Library

Job Opening 

Deputy Chief Librarian


The Cumberland Regional Library headquartered in Amherst, Nova Scotia has an opening for a Deputy Chief Librarian.  Amherst is located on the Nova Scotia / New Brunswick border and is two hours from Halifax and 35 minutes from Moncton.  The Cumberland Regional Library is one of nine public library systems in Nova Scotia and serves a population of 32,605 through seven branch libraries and books by mail service. 


Under the supervision of the Chief Librarian, the Deputy Librarian provides support to the Chief in managing and supervising staff, planning budgets, collection development, publicity, and coordinates the technical services department for the Cumberland Regional Library.



?           MLIS degree from an accredited Library School

?           Minimum of 3 years library experience

?           Experience in project management

?           Increasing supervisory experience

?           Extensive computer experience in systems management and automated library systems. 

?           Extensive knowledge of online searching and online public access catalogs.



?           Oversees the day-to-day operation of the technical services department 

?           Serves as Acting Chief Librarian in the Chief's absence

?           Assists the Chief Librarian in the management of library branches

?           With Chief Librarian interviews, selects and trains new staff members


Technical Services & Systems Administration

?           Coordinates the procedures of the technical services department including cataloguing, acquisitions, inter-library loans, book processing and mending, and collection exchange.

?           Assists with technical services duties when necessary.

?           Oversees the development of the Library's webpage

?           Trains staff in new automated library procedures

?           Investigates and troubleshoots problems with the catalogue and circulation system.


System Support

?           Answers Unicorn related questions/problems from branches.  Forwards complex Unicorn issues to Provincial Library

?           Documents Circulation Policy changes  



?           Answers subject requests

?           Provides support for branch assistants



?           Works assigned shifts in the Amherst branch

?           Offers general reference and reader's advisory

?           Keeps statistics on library use

?           Responsible for opening and closing procedures according to schedule

?           Ensures that library rules are maintained and order is kept in the library

?           Maintenance of records and billing for lost library materials                                

?           Shelves returned library materials

Collection Development        

?           In consultation with Chief Librarian develops the reference collection and participates in all areas of collection development

?           Reads reviews and catalogues in order to suggest appropriate materials

?           Selects material of both print and non-print versions of fiction, non-fiction, magazines and audio-visual materials

?           Weeds collection



?           Conducts programs and develops publicity as required.


Library Representative         

?           Serves on various Provincial Library committees including the Automation Working Group (AWG) and the Reference Contacts Group

?           Attends library board meetings as a library representative


Other Duties              

?           May be assigned other duties and projects as required which may supersede regular tasks.  Other duties may include but are not limited to: fund raising, programming, conference work and any other tasks or special projects assigned by the Chief Librarian.



$45,325 - 51,015 annually and a benefit package.


Term: Permanent full time with a sixth month probationary period.


Start date: As soon as possible.


To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume with three references including their email addresses and phone numbers to:

Beth Clinton

Chief Librarian 

Cumberland Regional Library

PO Box 220

Amherst, NS   B4H 3Z2


Fax: (902) 667-1360

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Closing date for this competition is June 1, 2008.

We thank all who apply however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.




Beth Clinton,  Chief Librarian
Cumberland Regional Library
PO Box 220 
Amherst NS   B4H 3Z2