Student Librarian

JOB TITLE: Student Librarian
POSITION CLASSIFICATION: Researcher/professional

Students interested in the position should apply via the Careers Online website.

The Irving K Barber Learning Centre’s Community Engagement and Programs department offers a broad range of library-led programs and services that support information literacy, community engagement, and lifelong learning through the development of partnerships across UBC and the wider community. One of IKBLC’s initiatives is the Small Business Accelerator (SBA – which provides credible web-based business information and tools for entrepreneurs and small businesses that need to do market research. IKBLC is seeking to hire one Student Librarian to advance the work of the SBA and various activities that drive IKBLC’s community economic development mission.

Under the general supervision and guidance of the Community Engagement Librarian, the successful candidate will be expected to perform tasks of various levels of complexity. Some require attention to detail working within well-defined procedures while others are more open to creativity and the exercise of professional judgment. This position is best suited for a student with an interest in business research, story-telling and serving online communities.

Student staff can expect to be working on projects relating to:

  • researching BC industries and markets using a wide variety of freely available and specialized business tools;
  • writing new business content including social media and blog posts;
  • measuring the virility and engagement of social media efforts;
  • evaluating the effectiveness of a series of online explainer-style secondary market research videos launched in 2017;
  • migrating content from one content management system to another (e.g. Drupal, Word Press and Springshare’s LibGuides);
  • developing or adapting instructional materials and presentations that teach secondary market research skills to target learners;
  • making website content updates (using Drupal 6.0 platform) and liaising with UBC IT on support tickets;
  • occasionally responding to email inquiries and business reference questions from community members, students and campus partners;
  • updating our series of business directory listings;
  • piloting the use of Basecamp as a project management tool;
  • outreach opportunities that bring together UBC Library and the greater business community;


  • Enrolled as a UBC graduate student.
  • Must be eligible for the UBC Work Learn Program.
  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate initiative.
  • Experience writing for social media and the web.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential to be successful in this position
  • Experience or interest in business (e.g. commerce and entrepreneurship)
  • Experience or interest in business storytelling is an asset
  • Web design skills are an asset
  • Students enrolled in the iSchool@UBC: School of Library, Archival and Information Studies program are preferred.

Students receive an initial orientation that will include an introduction to the physical working space, key personnel, an overview of key job responsibilities, website training, and review safety/emergency procedures. Current information studies literature relevant to the position with be provided and discussed. Students are provided with printed and online training documentation for their ongoing reference, that covers ‘how-to’ documentation relating to their daily tasks.

The Community Engagement Librarian supervises this student position. Students are asked to write short bi-weekly reflective reports, designed to surface weekly performance successes, as well as prompt discussions on learning opportunities and challenges. Students will meet with the Supervisor regularly to ensure effective communication and optimum professional growth is being developed. With ongoing support, students are asked to develop a work plan and prioritize goals. Regular interaction with the Supervisor and IKLBC staff will provide ongoing evaluation and feedback regarding progress on the work plan and overall job performance. Students are encouraged to seek clarification and assistance as needed. In collaboration with the supervising Librarian, students will complete mid-term and end of term evaluations to reflect on the position so far, expectations, areas of improvement, and areas of excellence.
Students receive mentorship from the Community Engagement and Programs team, as well as have the opportunity to cultivate a professional network throughout the UBC Library. In this role, there will be multiple opportunities to interact with information professionals working within academic business librarianship and community engagement in British Columbia. UBC Library offers a variety of workshops and meetings, and students will be encouraged to participate in opportunities that enable them to build relationships with staff in different branches. During the course of the term, students will meet directly with the Community Engagement Librarian (Business Services) to discuss career goals, student learning outcomes and mentoring in which professional development opportunities will arise.

Some of the key learning and professional growth opportunities will be to:

  • Enhance knowledge of online business research resources including the ability to critically evaluate and filter them.
  • Apply understanding of the principles of online business reference services.
  • Practice curating digital resources and information design.
  • Enhance interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Apply social media management methods.

Summer -2018 Work Learn (002)

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