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

UBC Library

The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 21 branches and divisions, including two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), three off-site hospital libraries, Robson Square Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, its multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

Our collections include 6.1 million volumes, over 550,000 electronic books, over 90,000 electronic journals, over 22,000 numeric databases, 4.7 million digital pages, and over 840,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials.

More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.

For more information about UBC Library, please visit our website and for more information on Xwi7xwa Library, please visit the branch website.

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.

Back to Library Careers

This workshop will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about cIRcle, UBC’s Institutional Repository. Would you like to have your academic work searched by Google Scholar? Or have your work archived in the UBC Library? Then come to this session to find out what cIRcle is, what it contains, how you can contribute and what permissions are required to submit your presentations, articles and reports.

This workshop is taking place today from 3:00-4:30 pm in Scarfe 155 (inside the Education Library).

Would you like to have your academic work searched by Google Scholar or have your work archived in the UBC Library?

Be sure to check out the next cIRcle information session as part of the UBC Graduate & Undergraduate Student Workshop Series‘ events offered by UBC Library. The next cIRcle workshop is happening tomorrow at 3pm in Scarfe 155  which is located inside the Education Library (Neville Scarfe Building).

You will learn about cIRcle, what it contains, how you can contribute and what permissions are required to submit your presentations, articles and reports. This session will be facilitated by Jo-Anne Naslund.

To register, please click here.

Above image courtesy of: Flickr: UBC Library’s Photostream

Looking around in “Academic Search Complete” or some other EbscoHOST database and suddenly need the help of a Librarian? Well, now you can get it.

At the search result level within EbscoHOST databases (or at the article level, if you are browsing a journal), an AskAway box will pop up on the right.

Don’t know what “AskAway” is? Read about it here.

Attend this workshop and you’ll be ready to use RefWorks when writing and formatting papers. Download Write-N-Cite and insert in-text citations while writing!  Bring your laptops (optional) & your questions.

This workshop is taking place today from 3:30-4:15 pm in Scarfe 155 (inside the Education Library).

Write-n-Cite III is compatible with MS Word 2010. There are some differences if you are installing Write-n-Cite III with Word 2010. First Word 2010 must be completely installed on the local computer and then the computer must be restarted before Write-n-Cite III can be installed. Additionally, Microsoft now offers a version of Word 2010 called Click and Run that installs a virtualization handler to your local computer and then runs the application on the web. Write-n-Cite III is not compatible with this version of Word. The full application must be installed on the local computer for Write-n-Cite III to recognize the installation of MS Word 2010.

We currently have two trials running of databases with market research content for business planning:

EBSCO’s Entrepreneurial Studies Source offers users full text for more than 125 key periodicals, 135 reference books, numerous case studies, thousands of company profiles and over 600 videos with transcripts and related articles

Proquest Entrepreneur includes scholarly journals, dissertations, working papers and conference proceedings. The database also offers a full toolkit of practical guides, templates, forms, sample business plans.

Please submit your votes to the feedback forms on the trial resource pages, or directly to Aleha McCauley.

Trials will run through the month of June.

We recently had our friends from Chinese Canadian Stories (CCS) join us to host high school students from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School for a tour of the Chung Collection and a Mandarin language lesson.  Afterward, the researchers from CCS mentioned they had found an unopened letter in the Wah Shun Company fonds- could we open it and read what was inside?

Usually when we are first processing a new archival collection we will open unopened envelopes unless there is a compelling reason not to do so (for example a privacy concern, in which case the envelope would not be made available to researchers anyway). The thinking behind this practice is that it would be better for the letter to be gently opened by an archivist than to be torn open by a well-meaning but potentially destructive patron.

Since we had cameras on hand to document the collection tour, the CCS researchers also took photos of the letter opening.  We opened it by carefully cutting a very thin slice off the top of the envelope with a pair of scissors.  The letter is in Chinese but thankfully Joanne and Lilly from CCS  were able to read it for us- the letter was written from a Chinese man in Vancouver, to his son in China, explaining that he was going to be sending him some goods and supplies, and also giving him advice on studying hard in school. No one may ever know why the letter wasn’t sent!

Opening the letter from the Wah Shun Company fonds

Opening the letter from the Wah Shun Company fonds

The letter can be found in Box 1 folder 3 of the Wah Shun Company fonds.

The photo is courtesy of the Chinese Canadian Stories project.

May 25

Visit from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary

Earlier this month we had the pleasure of hosting students from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School for a tour of the Chung Collection. These students are in International Baccalaureate Mandarin 11 and the visit was arranged by their student teacher, UBC Faculty of Education student Erica Huang.

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