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

The Library’s collection of over 7M items includes 1.4M ebooks, 229,020 electronic journals, 850,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials, and 1, 703 bibliographic and fulltext databases.

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.

The Xwi7xwa Library is a centre for academic and community Indigenous scholarship. Our collections and services reflect Aboriginal approaches to teaching, learning, and research. More information can be found on the branch website. The Irving K Barber Learning Centre is part of the UBC Library and supports the University’s academic and community engagement missions through space, services, and programming, as well as by fostering and supporting opportunities for engagement with communities across British Columbia.

The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010-2015 can be viewed at www.library.ubc.ca/strategicplan/.


Overview of the position 

In support of the UBC Library Strategic Plan and UBC’s Aboriginal Engagement Strategy, the Aboriginal Engagement Librarian works to promote Indigenous scholarship and collections across UBC as well as the broader community. The Librarian will provide reference and instruction services; develop research guides and curriculum materials; and advise on the development of digital collections for research, education and preservation.  The Librarian will engage with the UBC and broader community around the development of programs and educational opportunities that help promote intercultural awareness and understanding.  This position will help to guide the UBC Library’s aboriginal engagement strategy, in particular through the Xwi7xwa Library and the Irving K Barber Learning Centre’s outreach and engagement programming where it is jointly assigned.





  • A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Indigenous scholarship and First Nations/Aboriginal people’s histories and cultures
  • Strong information technology and digital literacy skills
  • Ability to effectively work independently and as a team member
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills


  • Degree in First Nations Studies or related discipline
  • Understanding of community engagement processes and strategies, in particular within the context of post-secondary education
  • Experience within an academic library
  • Experience working with Aboriginal communities is strongly preferred


Terms of Appointment and Salary

This position will be filled as a full time ongoing position. There will be an initial three-year probationary appointment.  Normally, such an appointment is reviewed by the end of the second year of appointment, and a recommendation is made at that time to grant or not to grant a confirmed appointment.

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

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 5 years of experience. However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply.

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.

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page using Job ID 19600 by midnight on November 20, 2014.

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Keith Smith, ed., Strange Visitors: Documents in Indigenous-Settler Relations in Canada from 1876 (North York: University of Toronto Press, 2014).

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Nick Smith, Justice through Apologies: Remorse, Reform, and Punishment (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

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Sarah Keenan, Subversive Property: Law and the Production of Spaces of Belonging (Abingdon: Routledge, 2015).

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Geoffrey Samuel, An Introduction to Comparative Law Theory and Method (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2014).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K720 .S67 2014
John G. Sprankling, The International Law of Property (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).
Online access: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=7606342

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K726 .C66 2014
Eric Descheemaeker, ed. The Consequences of Possession (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014).

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Annegret Flohr, Self-Regulation and Legalization: Making Global Rules for Banks and Corporations

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Lee Swepston, The Development in International Law of Articles 23 and 24 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The Labor Rights Articles (Leiden: Brill Nijhoff, 2014).

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Douglas Walton, Burden Proof Presumption And Argumentation (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

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Poul F. Kjaer, Constitutionalism in the Global Realm: A Sociological Approach Online access: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=7590525

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K3171 .K73 2014
Friedrich Kratochwil, The Status of Law in World Society Meditations on the Role and Rule of Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

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Jørgen Møller & Svend-Erik Skaaning, The Rule of Law: Definitions, Measures, Patterns and Causes (Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K3289 .S63 2014
Mikael Spång, Constituent Power and Constitutional Order. Above, Within and Beside the Constitution (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

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Elisa Morgera, Elsa Tsioumani & Matthias Buck, Unraveling the Nagoya Protocol: A Commentary on the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing to the Convention on Biological Diversity (Leiden: Brill, 2014).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K3488 .T73 2014
Louis J. Kotzé & Thilo Marauhn, eds., Transboundary Governance of Biodiversity (Leiden: Brill Nijhoff, 2014).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K3570 .G67 2014
Lawrence O. Gostin, Global Health Law> (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014).

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Joyeeta Gupta, The History of Global Climate Governance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

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Mayesha Alam, Women and Transitional Justice: Progress and Persistent Challenges in Retributive and Restorative Processes (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K5320 .O36 2014
Juliet R. Amenge Okoth, The Crime of Conspiracy in International Criminal Law (The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press, 2014).
Online access: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=7485919

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Mark Davies, The Law of Professional Immunities (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).

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John Sorabji, English Civil Justice after the Woolf and Jackson Reforms: A Critical Analysis (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).
Online access: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=7618424

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S.M. Waddams et al., Cases and Materials on Contracts, 5th ed. (Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications, 2014).

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Ernest J. Weinrib, Tort Law: Cases and Materials, 4th ed. (Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications, 2014).

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Naparat Kranrattanasuit, ASEAN and Human Trafficking: Case Studies of Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam (Leiden: Brill Nijhoff, 2014).

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Xiaoye Wang, The Evolution Of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2014).

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Hugh M. Kindred et al., eds., International Law Chiefly as Interpreted and Applied in Canada, 8th ed. (Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications, 2014).

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Robert Cryer et al., An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

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David P. Stewart, International Criminal Law in a Nutshell (St. Paul: West Academic Publishing, 2014).

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