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Librarian, Humanities and Social Sciences Division, Koerner Library

UBC Library

1 year term opportunity from September 2013 – September 2014


UBC Library

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 15 branches and divisions, including two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), one off-site hospital library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

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Overview of this position:

The UBC Library is seeking a UBC Librarian to fill a fixed term opportunity as Librarian in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. The division provides reference, instruction, collection development and related public services in the areas of humanities and social sciences.

Within the context of a changing environment, and in collaboration with division staff, the successful candidate will undertake liaison, reference, and collection development activities with a focus in the areas of Anthropology, Linguistics, and Spanish. In addition other subject liaison and collection development responsibilities may be added to the position during the term. 

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

A graduate degree from an accredited program in Library Science. In addition, an undergraduate degree in the humanities or social sciences or equivalent knowledge gained through professional experience in these subject areas is required.

The ideal candidate possesses relevant professional librarian experience, familiarity with bibliography, faculty-library liaison, electronic services, collection development, library instruction, an appreciation of the need for responsive and innovative information services, excellent interpersonal and written communication skills. Knowledge of Spanish is highly desirable. The successful candidate may be assigned other responsibilities and may be required to work evening and weekends as required.

Term of appointment and salary:

This is a fixed term opportunity from September 2013 – September 2014.

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

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. The University especially welcomes applications from visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Applications 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 view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at by August 21, 2013.



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