Academic Employment Opportunities

Position Information
Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream - Assistant Librarian
Discipline/Field: Business Librarian
Home Faculty: Libraries
Home Department/Area/Division: Peter F. Bronfman Business Library
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2011

Peter F. Bronfman Business Library
Business Librarian – Continuing Appointment

York University Libraries seeks a motivated and service-oriented librarian to serve as a member of the Peter F. Bronfman Business Library and to provide reference and research assistance, instruction, collections and liaison services related to business teaching and research at York University, with special responsibilities in the area of finance.

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.

The Peter F. Bronfman Business Library, located in the award-winning Seymour Schulich Building, provides facilities, resources, and reference, research and instructional services to the business programs of York University, including those of the highly ranked Schulich School of Business. A comprehensive collection of print, electronic and data resources support quantitative and qualitative research in business and economics. Four full-time librarians and five full-time support staff are currently based in the Bronfman Library.

York University Libraries consists of a large central library and three branch libraries, one of which is the Peter F. Bronfman Business Library. York’s collections have over six million items, including 2.5 million print volumes, over 45,000 electronic journals and most major online business resources.

The successful candidate will participate in teaching, reference, collection development, liaison, research and assessment activities in the Libraries and elsewhere on campus, and in the development of new programs and services. This librarian will assist students and faculty in finding, evaluating and interpreting financial, industry and economic information derived from a wide range of information resources. This librarian will assist students and faculty in developing and applying the quantitative and qualitative skills required to locate, evaluate and use finance data resources effectively. The librarian will liaise with faculty, support faculty and graduate student research, undertake collection development activities for finance-related subjects and provide specialized reference assistance. The librarian will provide instruction for business subjects and play a role in the ongoing development of information literacy program initiatives. The successful candidate will also participate in the shared decision-making of the Peter F. Bronfman Business Library staff and on collegial committees of the Libraries and of the University. Regular evening and weekend shifts are required.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

-An ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent with up to eight years post-MLIS experience
-Background in business or economics and/or relevant expertise in business librarianship.
-Strong quantitative and analytical skills required
-Demonstrated knowledge of quantitative and qualitative statistical procedures, systems and tools
-Expertise in using statistical software, and in manipulating raw data in order to analyze, customize and format reports
-Demonstrated knowledge of financial and business databases with expertise in using Bloomberg, Mergent, and Thomson databases
-Demonstrated ability to provide business reference or research services
-Demonstrated understanding of methods of effective instruction and ability to teach in a variety of settings and formats
-Commitment to customer service and excellent oral and written skills required
-Excellent advocacy, organizational, problem-solving and interpersonal skills
-Evidence of professional initiative and flexibility
-Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collegial setting
-Ability to work with a diverse clientele
-Demonstrated ability to liaise with key stakeholders
-Interest in collections development on business-related subjects
-Understanding of emerging technological trends and conversant with web technologies
-Demonstrated ability to manage a diverse workload
-Willingness to undertake library and university committee responsibilities, professional development, research and scholarship

This is a continuing appointment with the designation of Assistant Librarian and appropriate for a librarian with up to eight 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 starting July 2011. 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, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

Deadline for applications to be considered is April 22, 2011. Applications should include a covering letter and a current curriculum vitae with the names and contact details for three referees are requested. Please also have two of your three chosen referees send written letters of reference directly under separate cover by fax or mail by April 25, 2011. Please ensure each referees is supplied with a copy of this position advertisement before writing the reference. All materials should be sent to the attention of:

Chair, Peter F. Bronfman Business Library Business Librarian Appointment Committee
York University Libraries
310 Scott Library
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 1P3
Fax: (416) 736-5451

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


Posting End Date: April 22, 2011