On August 16, 2018 David Lam Library and the Cannacord Learning Commons hosted its first ever UBC Sauder “tea in the garden” event. The event was a celebration of our library’s community garden on the third floor patio. We were pleased with the high turnout and our colleagues’ enthusiasm for the garden. Guests were treated to […]

Reference Librarian

Xwi7xwa Library, UBC Library | Vancouver Campus

Full-Time, Term Ending June 30, 2019

Anticipated Start Date: October 1, 2018


The Xwi7xwa Information Services Librarian provides reference and information services relating to Indigenous scholarship, knowledge, and experience to students, faculty, and community members, including Indigenous people and organizations. Assumes responsibility for designated subject areas and liaises with assigned departments. Provides web-based and classroom instruction and assistance in the use of information resources.



  • Graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival, and Information Science.
  • Academic background in subject area relevant to Indigenous studies and knowledge or equivalent knowledge or work experience.
  • Familiarity with Indigenous topics, literature, and information sources.
  • Ability to design and implement informational and instructional content.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan, and carry out projects, both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to work effectively as a team member.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust and accommodate changing demands within Libraries and academic institutions. 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 for 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 experiment and improvise with new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems.


This position will be filled as a full-time, term position ending June 30, 2019.

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 3 years of experience. However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply. Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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 http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/faculty.php by midnight on September 15th, 2018.

LAW LIBRARY level 3: JL186 .C88 2018
Allan S. Cutler, A Practical Guide to Public Procurement (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY learning commons (level 2) & LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE259 .C35 2018
McGill Law Journal, Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 9th ed. (Toronto: Thomson Reuters Canada, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE1065 .N53 2018
Christopher C. Nicholls, Securities Law, 2d ed. (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2018).
Online access: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=9166425

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE1639 .L58 2018
Nikiforos Iatrou ed., Litigating Competition Law in Canada (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada Inc., 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE1790 .N49 2018
Dwight Newman, Mining Law of Canada (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada Inc., 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE8585 .K37 2018
Moiz Karimjee, Issues in Criminal Trials and Summary Appeal Law, 2d ed. (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2018).

An ORCID iD is a way of establishing trusted connections between you, your scholarly works, and your professional activities and affiliations.  It’s also a sure way of distinguishing yourself from other scholars with similar names – aka ‘disambiguation.’ 

ORCID has become a worldwide standard widely used in publishing, granting, and online research networks.  In July 2018, ORCID logged its 5-millionth member.

UBC is an ORCID-CA member and is in early planning for campus implementation, including an ORCID sign-up campaign this fall.

Watch this site or consult this guide  for more information.

The Assessment Office at UBC Library is headed by Assessment Librarian Jeremy Buhler, who works with senior management, Library committees and other groups across campus to provide data-driven insights on Library operations and programs.

Unlike many librarians, Jeremy isn’t on a service desk and doesn’t have direct contact with students in his day-to-day, but his work trickles down to affect students all across campus. “In my role as assessment librarian, I’m helping the Library collect the information that it needs to understand the impact of its activities and the expectations of UBC’s community of users. Within that, there’s a number side of things that involves managing activity levels,” he says.

There’s also a more qualitative side to the role, he explains, whenever his team conducts surveys and focus groups. Two-way communication with library users is a priority for him: “If we do a survey, for example, we reflect back on the results of that survey and let that start a deeper conversation and a more nuanced understanding of our role within the UBC community.”

Data sharing is another priority, as Jeremy explores ways to make library data accessible and easy for people to interpret. “It’s part of my role to harness tools like Tableau to use data visualization to make that kind of data tell us a story of our users and of our activities,” he says.

In 2016, Jeremy was the recipient of a UBC Library Employee Excellence Award, recognizing his subject matter expertise and dedication to his work for the past seven years. But Jeremy’s history with the Library extends back even further than this, to his time as an undergraduate when he got a job shelving books. “Even though I later left and worked elsewhere for a while, when an opportunity at UBC came up, it was the relationships I had developed with library staff at that very early stage that drew me back to campus.”

Thinking about his most memorable library experience outside of UBC, Jeremy recalls a solo road trip from Winnipeg to Vancouver he took years ago. “At the Winnipeg Public Library, I was killing time, picked up a book and started reading. Then I stopped in various cities along the way and picked up the same book and used the library as a place to rest and catch my breath, spend an afternoon, and pick up the thread of the story. It was a really fantastic way for the story of that book—and the story of Canada’s network of public libraries—to become the thread that linked those places together.”

For more information about UBC Library Assessment, visit our website.

UBC Library’s annual Senate Report (2017/18) is now available. Read our highlights from the past fiscal year which include growing our collections, improving student spaces, connecting research to the community and engaging with our community partners.
Are you curious which library books are most popular among your peers? We have compiled a list of David Lam Library’s top 10 circulating books (excluding reserve books). For 2018, this list included: -Thinking fast and slow -Designing your life : how to build a well lived joyful life -Option B : facing adversity, building resilience, […]

At Xwi7xwa, we are proud of our growing collection of materials that celebrate the two-spirit, queer, and trans members of our communities. Our collection contains a range of genres and formats (including novels, memoirs, poetry, graphic novels, DVDs, and academic works) centering Indigenous perspectives on gender and sexuality. More and more of this material is being created by (rather than about) Indigenous people who identify as part of the LGBTQ2S community. Our collection features Gwen Benaway, Daniel Heath Justice, Qwo-Li Driskill, Kent Monkman, Thirza Cuthand, Tomson Highway, Sharron Proulx-Turner, Joshua Whitehead, Chrystos, and many more authors, artists, and scholars. Try searching the UBC Library Catalogue using keywords like two-spirit, queer, transgender, bisexual, lesbian, gay, or LGBT, and filtering by Location: Xwi7xwa Library. Or just come into the library to browse the shelves and check out our display!



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