Academic Employment Opportunities

Position Information
Position Rank: Contractually Limited Appointment
Discipline/Field: Reference Librarian
Home Faculty: Libraries
Home Department/Area/Division: Frost Library
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: October 1, 2013
Position End Date: September 30, 2014

Reference Librarian, Leslie Frost Library, York University - 1-year Contractually Limited Appointment

York University Libraries seek a fluently bilingual (French and English) service-oriented librarian with excellent communication skills to fill the position of reference librarian in the Leslie Frost Library. 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 62,000 students, faculty and staff, as well as over 250,000 alumni worldwide. York's 11 Faculties and 28 research centres are committed to providing an engaged learning and research environment that cuts across traditional academic boundaries. The bilingual Glendon University College offers courses in the social sciences, humanities and international affairs, and graduate programs in French, Hispanic Studies, Public Affairs and Translation.

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. The Frost Library serves a population of approximately 2,800 students and faculty.

The chosen candidate will provide reference 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 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.
- Broad knowledge of information resources relevant to the social sciences and humanities.
- Strong written and oral communication skills in both French and English.
- Demonstrated ability to provide excellent reference service.
- Demonstrated expertise with online content management platforms such as WordPress or LibGuides.
- A strong public service ethic and/or background.
- Understanding of the concepts, goals, and methods of information literacy instruction.
- Experience in teaching and an ability to teach in a variety of settings and formats.
- 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.
- Willingness to engage in university committee work, research, and professional development.

This is a 1-year contractually-limited appointment with the designation of Adjunct Librarian and appropriate for a librarian with up to three years post-MLS 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 from Oct. 1st, 2013, subject to budgetary approval, or as soon as possible thereafter.

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.

The deadline for applications is July 12, 2013. 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 written letters of reference directly under separate cover by fax 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

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


Posting End Date: July 12, 2013