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Reference Librarian, Leslie Frost Library, York University – 2-year Contractually Limited Appointment

York University Libraries seek a fluently bilingual (French and English) service-oriented librarian with excellent communication skills to serve as a member of the Leslie Frost Library and to provide reference and research assistance, instruction, collection development and liaison services. The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic, creative and self-motivated person who works well with colleagues in a dynamic environment.

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 53,000 students, faculty and staff, as well as over 283,000 alumni worldwide.  York’s 11 Faculties and 25 research centres are committed to providing an engaged learning and research environment that cuts across traditional academic boundaries.  

York University Libraries consist of a large central library and three branch libraries, one of which is the Leslie Frost Library on the Glendon campus.  York's collections have over six million items, including nearly two and a half million book volumes and a multitude of electronic resources.

The Leslie Frost Library provides facilities, resources, reference, research, and instructional services for approximately 2,800 students and faculty. The bilingual Glendon University College offers courses in the social sciences, humanities, and international relations and graduate programs such as French, Hispanic Studies, Public Affairs and Translation. Three full-time librarians and six full-time support staff are currently based in the Leslie Frost Library.

The chosen candidate will provide research assistance to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty virtually and in person; offer information literacy instruction to library users individually and in groups; liaise with faculty members; participate in collections development and maintenance; create and maintain web-based resources for research and learning; and participate in departmental working groups and committees of the Libraries and of Glendon.  Some evening and weekend work and travel between campuses is required.
The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
       An ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent.
       Strong written and oral communication skills in both French and English.
       Broad knowledge of the full range of information sources relevant to the social sciences, sciences and humanities including Drama Studies, English Studies, Environmental & Health Studies, Biology, Education, Sociology, Spanish (Hispanic Studies) and Women's Studies.
       Understanding of the concepts, goals, and methods of information literacy instruction.
       Demonstrated excellence in teaching and presentation skills.
       Demonstrated ability to provide excellent research consultation services.  
       Demonstrated expertise with online content management platforms such as WordPress or LibGuides.
       A strong public service ethic and/or background.
       Excellent advocacy, organizational, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.
       Demonstrated ability to liaise with key stakeholders.
       Understanding of collection development and collection management practices and principles.
       Evidence of professional initiative and leadership.
       Willingness to assume some administrative responsibilities.
       Ability to handle multiple responsibilities and projects concurrently.
       Demonstrated ability to work collegially and effectively with a diverse population of faculty, librarians, staff, and students.
       Committed to and interested in undertaking library and university committee responsibilities, research and scholarship, and professional development.
       Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and a willingness to work collaboratively.
       Conversant in topics related to scholarly communications.

This is a 2-year contractually-limited appointment with the designation of Adjunct Librarian and appropriate for a librarian with up to five years post-MLS experience. Librarians 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 Oct. 1st, 2016. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA program, which applies to Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at [log in to unmask]:993/www.yorku.ca/acadjobs>www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or by calling the AA 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) or citizens of Chile may apply per the provisions of the Canada Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA).

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, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

The deadline for applications is July 5th, 2016.  Applications should include a cover letter relating the applicant’s qualifications to the requirements of the position, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details of three referees are requested.  In addition, please have your three referees submit signed letters of reference directly under separate cover by fax, email or mail by the deadline. Please ensure each referee is supplied with a copy of this position advertisement and asked to address the requirements of the position.

Chair, Frost Librarian Appointment Committee
York University Libraries, 516 Scott Library
York University, 4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3
Fax: 416-736-5451
Email: [log in to unmask]

Applications should be sent by mail, or by fax or email with a hard copy following.  


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