Academic Employment Opportunities

Position Information
Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream - Assistant Librarian
Discipline/Field: Bilingual Reference Librarian
Home Faculty: Libraries
Home Department/Area/Division: Frost Library
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: January 1, 2014

Bilingual Reference Librarian, Leslie Frost Library, York University

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 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.

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 research databases including most of the major business online 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 reference assistance to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty virtually and in person; create and maintain web based resources for research and learning; provide information literacy instruction to library users individually and in groups; conduct research and assessment activities in the Libraries and elsewhere on campus; and develop new programs and services The librarian will liaise with faculty and academic units, and develop collections to support the programs and research of the Glendon campus. The successful candidate will participate in the shared decision-making of the Leslie Frost Library and will serve on collegial committees of the Libraries, Glendon campus, and of the University. 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 the full range of information sources relevant to the social sciences, sciences and humanities including disciplines such as Drama Studies, English Studies, Environmental & Health Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, Spanish (Hispanic Studies) and Women's Studies.
- Demonstrated knowledge of social sciences and humanities databases.
- Strong written and oral communication skills in both French and English.
- Demonstrated ability to provide excellent reference or research 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.
- Understanding of the concepts, goals, and methods of information literacy instruction.
- Demonstrated excellence in teaching and presentation skills.
- 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.

This is a continuing appointment with the designation of Assistant Librarian and appropriate for a librarian with a maximum of five 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 from January 2014. 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.

The deadline for applications is October 31st, 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. In addition, please have your three referees submit signed written letters of reference directly under separate cover 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: October 31, 2013