This revised posting clarifies that this is an entry level position 
appropriate for candidates with up to three years post-MLIS experience. 
Please excuse cross-posting.

Reference & Instruction Librarian (Continuing Appointment) Scott Reference

York University Libraries seeks a motivated, self-directed, and 
service-oriented librarian to serve as a member of the Scott Library 
Reference Department and to provide collections and liaison services for 
Environmental Studies and Data.  
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.  

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 that 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 
recognize the social context of information, to develop 
information-seeking behaviours that transcend specific finding tools, and 
to think critically about information.  

The successful candidate will participate in teaching, reference, 
collection and liaison activities in the Libraries and elsewhere on 
campus, and in the development of new programs and services. This 
librarian will have special responsibility for Environmental Studies 
collection activities, liaison, and information literacy teaching at the 
undergraduate and graduate levels. Please refer to the Faculty of 
Environmental Studies website ( for a 
program description.  The successful candidate will also provide research 
and teaching support in the use of microdata and other data files 
including use of some statistical software packages. 

The chosen candidate will assist students in developing the skills 
required to locate, evaluate, and use resources effectively; play a role 
in the ongoing development of information literacy initiatives; support 
faculty research; participate in special projects, such as assessment, 
collection reviews, and the development of web-based resources; 
participate in the shared decision-making of the Reference Department, 
departmental working groups, committees of the Libraries and of the 
University; contribute to librarianship 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 up to three years 
post-MLIS experience 
?        Educational background in the social sciences or humanities. 
?        Strong public service ethic and background. 
?        Understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of Environmental 
Studies, including its economic, social and political aspects. 
?        Expertise with and enthusiasm for statistics, data resources, and 
statistical software packages. 
?        Demonstrated understanding of collection development and liaison 
roles with faculty. 
?        Demonstrated understanding of the concepts, goals, and methods of 
information literacy instruction and ability to teach in a variety of 
settings and formats. 
?        Demonstrated ability in providing research services. 
?        Broad knowledge of print materials and digital information 
sources relevant to the social sciences and humanities, especially in the 
area of Environmental Studies. 
?        Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills.  
?        Evidence of leadership ability, professional initiative, and 
?        Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collegial setting.  

?        Ability to work with a large and diverse clientele.  
?        Understanding of scholarly publishing issues and trends with an 
interest in collection development in both print and electronic formats.  
?        Knowledge of and enthusiasm for the integration of new 
technologies into the delivery of information services. 
?        Demonstrated ability to manage a diverse workload.  
?        Willingness to undertake library and university committee 
responsibilities, professional development, research and scholarship.  
?        Expertise with or demonstrated understanding of assessment 

This is a continuing-stream (tenure track) appointment to be filled at the 
Assistant Librarian level and appropriate for a librarian with up to three 
years post-MLIS experience. Librarians at York University have academic 
status and are members of the York University Faculty Association 
bargaining unit ( Salary is commensurate with 
qualifications. The position is available to commence mid-September, 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 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 and regardless of gender or 
sexual orientation.  
Deadline for applications is June 2nd, 2010. Applications, including a 
covering letter, and a current curriculum vitae with the names and contact 
details of three referees are requested.  

Applications can be sent to: 

Chair, Scott Reference Librarian Appointment Committee  
York University Libraries  
310 Scott Library  
4700 Keele Street  
Toronto, Ontario  
M3J 1P3  
Fax: (416) 736-5451  
Email: [log in to unmask] 

Applications should be sent by mail, or email/fax with a mail copy 
sent to the list by: 

Christina Pringi
Executive Assistant to the University Librarian
310 Scott - York University
4700 Keele Street 
Toronto ON M3J 1P3