Instruction Librarian, Law Library & Faculty of Law, (Fixed Term – 3 years)

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, a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

The Library’s collections include over 6.3 million volumes, 850,000 electronic books,150,000 electronic journals, 27,000 numeric data files, 5.6 million digital pages, and 850,000 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 and for more information on the Law Library, please visit

Faculty of Law

UBC Law at Allard Hall, one of Canada’s leading law schools, is committed to being one of the world’s great centres for legal education and research. As part of an outstanding public university situated in one of the most open, diverse and beautiful places in the world, we offer an inspiring environment that combines rigorous professional legal training with an awareness of the role of law in society.

The Faculty offers a varied program of instruction in a broad array of legal fields to academically talented and diverse law students in the J.D., LL.M. and Ph.D. programs. Our faculty members encourage students to develop creative and effective approaches to legal analysis and problem solving. The Faculty is housed in a brand new, state-of-the-art law building, Allard Hall, designed to fully support teaching and research. More information about the Faculty of Law can be found at and

Overview of the position: 

The Law Library provides reference, teaching, bibliographic and circulation services in support of students and faculty of the Faculty of Law and to others requiring the use of its collection and services. 

The instruction librarian coordinates the Law Library’s instruction program which includes the introductory and advanced legal research courses offered by the Faculty of Law.  Duties include developing and delivering both credit and non-credit courses, assisting with the recruitment of instructors, and delivering classes and workshops. In addition, the instruction librarian provides access to the collection and meets the information needs of Law Library clients by providing reference and research services as well as participating in collection development. Evening and weekend work may be required.

This position reports jointly to the Head of the Law Library and the Dean (or designate) of the Faculty of Law, and consults and works with colleagues in the Law Library, throughout the Library System and members of the Faculty of Law as well as with students, faculty members, and other Law Library users. Supervision of staff and student assistants may be required, as well as providing leadership to instructors. 

For more information, please see the detailed job description.  The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010-2015 can be viewed at

Qualifications and requirements:

  • graduate degree from an accredited Library or Information Science program
  • relevant professional experience appropriate to academic law librarianship and teaching legal research and writing courses
  • law degree from a common law jurisdiction
  • admission to the bar and practical legal experience highly desirable
  • familiarity with Canadian legal research tools and methods
  • familiarity with effective teaching methodologies, computer technology, and a commitment to responsive and innovative information services
  • collection development experience in an academic library highly desirable
  • excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills 

Terms of Appointment and Salary:

This new position will be filled as a full-time 3 year term from the date of hire.

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

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.

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 and training; work experience in the areas listed above; evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as evaluations; 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 April 22, 2012 to:

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

Lovers of leisure lit, take note: UBC Library’s Great Reads program has been expanded and enhanced for your reading pleasure.

Last fall, the Library launched the Great Reads program at Koerner Library to provide campus residents, community members, faculty, staff and students easy access to leisure-reading materials ranging from Canadiana to popular fiction.

The program has been a hit – so much so that it’s now also featured in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, where the collection focuses on topics such as popular art and architecture, non-fiction science best-sellers and more.

In addition, the Great Reads website – found at – has been updated. Take a visit and discover available books by location, scan the carousel for new titles and Google book reviews, and check out recommendations.

Readers have been receptive to the program – recent figures indicate that 62 per cent of the Koerner collection (328 titles) were checked out, while nearly half of the Learning Centre’s collection (69 titles, many more to arrive soon) had been borrowed.

The Great Reads collection is located on the main floor (level three) of Koerner Library and level two of the Learning Centre, adjacent to the Circulation Desk.

For more information, please contact Jessica Woolman at

The BC Teachers’ Federation executive committee elections this morning saw incumbent President Susan Lambert keep her position, beating out challenger Rick Guenther by 429 votes to 238.

Lambert, a teacher librarian who began her teaching career in Prince Rupert in the early 1970s, has been president of the teachers’ union since 2010. Lambert ran as a part of “The Coalition,” a slate that includes 1st Vice President Jim Iker, who also retained his seat, and 2nd Vice President Glen Hansman, whose seat is being challenged by Stephen Zlotnik, a teacher from Boundary.

Challenger Rick Guenther, an independent member of the BCTF executive, had hoped to unseat Lambert  telling The Vancouver Sun the Coalition had been in power for 10 years and it was time for a change. Guenther campaigned on the platform that the BCTF wasn’t engaging with the government or teacher-associated groups like the BC Coalition of Parent Advisory Councils, and that the teachers’ public image was in need of repair.

Teachers’ rejected that position, however, in favour of Lambert who has received strong support from both teachers and fellow public sector unions like the BC Federation of Labour, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and several national and international teachers’ unions, during the BCTF’s fight against the Education Improvement Act, which legislates teachers to return to the bargaining table with their employers, and a government approved mediator, to reach a net zero contract agreement by the end of June.

Teachers are supposed to decide today or tomorrow the next steps in their fight against the legislation, which could include everything from withdrawing from extracurricular activities to a full-scale illegal walkout that could cost the union up to $20 million a day in fines.

By Katie Hyslop March 20, 2012 10:42 am – The Tyee Hook Blog

Katie Hyslop reports on education and youth issues for The Tyee and The Tyee Solutions Society.

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