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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 www.library.ubc.ca and for more information on Woodward Library, please visit http://www.library.ubc.ca/lsl/.

Overview of the position:

This term position provides reference and information services in the UBC Life Sciences Libraries to faculty, students, and other users.  The incumbent assumes responsibility for designated subject areas and liaises with assigned departments and faculties.  Liaison responsibilities are mainly with faculty and students, including graduate and postgraduate students, of the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry. The position provides web-based and classroom instruction and assistance in use of information resources as well as plans and implements services that respond to needs of life science users. Furthermore this position participates in the development of library policy, procedures, and services and assumes responsibility for coordination and management of staff, services and projects as required. Evening and weekend work may be required.

This position reports directly to the Head of Woodward and hospital Libraries, the Life Sciences Libraries, and consults with library staff and colleagues as required. 

For more information, please see the detailed job description. The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010-2015 can be viewed at www.library.ubc.ca/strategicplan/. 

Qualifications and requirements:

  • graduate degree from an accredited Library Science program
  • academic background in one of the life sciences or equivalent experience
  • familiarity with computer technology, electronic services and information in the life sciences
  • excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • ability to work in a team situation
  • ability to make decisions based on problem solving skills
  • ability to focus on important issues


  • public service and instructional experience in a life sciences library preferably a health library or equivalent experience
  • experience working on systematic literature reviews

Terms of Appointment and Salary:

This new position will be filled as a full-time 9 months from the date of hire with possibility of extension.

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, 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 April 30, 2012 to:

Human Resources – UBC Library
2nd Floor, Koerner Library
1958 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2
Email: library.hr@ubc.ca



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