Fixed Term – 1 year, with possibility of extension – Job Description (Word Doc)

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Overview of the Position

This term position has been created (with the possibility of extension) to support the UBC Library Strategic Plan. The incumbent co-ordinates the provision of Aboriginal reference and instruction services at the Xwi7xwa Library. The Aboriginal Engagement Librarian promotes Indigenous scholarship, collections and services in the branch and throughout the larger library system through the development of research guides, websites and curriculum. Furthermore this position continues to develop the Xwi7xwa Library open access Aboriginal digital collections.

The Aboriginal Engagement Librarian reports directly to the Head of Xwi7xwa Library, and supervises library assistants and student assistants working in areas for which the librarian is responsible. The incumbent works collaboratively with branch librarians and other colleagues on a range of initiatives related to Aboriginal education and scholarship.

Please read the detailed job description and the UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010-2015 for more information.



  • Graduate degree from an ALA accredited program in Library or Information Science
  • Strong information technology skills and interest
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively independently and as a team member


  • Five to eight years of experience minimum
  • Degree in First Nations Studies or related discipline
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience within an academic library
  • Experience working in Aboriginal environments
  • Effectiveness in delivering post secondary instruction
  • An Aboriginal language

Terms of Appointment and Salary

This new position will be filled as a full-time 1 year term from the date of hire. Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

Applications for this exciting opportunity are to be submitted by e-mail in one consolidated file (PDF or Microsoft word format) and will include:

  • a letter of application, including a statement of citizenship/immigration status, indicating the candidate’s education, training, and work experience in the areas listed above;
  • a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and
  • the names of three referees with their email addresses.

To ensure full consideration, complete applications are to be submitted by 5:00 pm PST on Friday, June 17, 2011 to:

Human Resources – UBC Library
2nd Floor, Koerner Library
1958 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

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