Reference Librarian

Position Summary

The David Lam Management Research Library and Canaccord Learning Commons is an integrated unit, which provides collections and services to support UBC Sauder School of Business students, faculty and staff at the University of British Columbia, as well as others who require use of the collection and services.

The Reference Librarian provides instruction and reference in business resources and research strategies, using a variety of formats and methodologies, in support of UBC Sauder School of Business students, faculty and staff and to others who require use of the collection and services. The librarian develops and maintains teaching and learning resources, including online course and subject guides. The librarian works cooperatively with other librarians and staff in the unit and in the UBC Library System, as well as faculty and staff in the UBC Sauder School of Business and database vendors to develop and maintain high quality business library collections in all formats. The librarian participates in the planning and implementation of Library and Learning Commons services that support the needs of UBC Sauder faculty and students. The librarian assumes responsibility for coordination and management of staff, services and projects, as required.



  • A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team
  • Enthusiasm for and ability to support and instruct a range of users in their approaches to business research and their use of business resources, using a variety of methodologies and platforms
  • Experience with carrying out or contributing to projects
  • Strong information technology and digital literacy skills
  • Demonstrated service commitment, flexibility and willingness to assume a variety of assignments
  • Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Takes initiative in learning about language and issues relating to equity and diversity
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships and engage in workplace culture
  • Ability to recognize and appreciate the contributions of colleagues
  • Committed to demonstrating respect to colleagues at every level by trusting in their abilities and knowledge to perform their roles and earning respect through meeting commitments
  • Models and demonstrates good communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback
  • Listens to, encourages and expresses creative and innovative ideas. Open to experimenting with and improvising new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems


  • A degree in commerce and business administration or experience in an academic business library
  • Extensive knowledge of business and financial resources in multiple formats
  • Interest in and understanding of research processes in business disciplines
  • Liaison experience with faculty
  • Interest in and experience with developing effective outreach strategies to diverse groups, employing a wide range of strategies and platforms.
  • Experience with designing and delivering instruction and reference using a variety of methodologies and formats
  • Experience with using assessment techniques and strategies effectively
  • Familiarity with the UBC Library system
  • Experience with collection development and management, particularly in working with and building relationships with vendors
  • Experience in or understanding of working within a Learning Commons


This position will be filled as a full-time, ongoing position. If eligible and qualified, the successful applicant may be appointed with a confirmed appointment. Otherwise, there will be an initial three-year probationary appointment.  Normally, such an appointment is reviewed by the end of the second year of the appointment, and a recommendation is made at that time to grant or not to grant a confirmed appointment.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 5 years of experience.  However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply.

Applications will include: a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above.

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at by midnight on October 20, 2017.

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