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Position Summary

The David Lam Management Research Library and Canaccord Learning Commons is an integrated unit, which provides collections and services to support UBC Sauder School of Business students, faculty and staff at the University of British Columbia, as well as others who require use of the collection and services.

The Reference Librarian provides instruction and reference in business resources and research strategies, using a variety of formats and methodologies, in support of UBC Sauder School of Business students, faculty and staff and to others who require use of the collection and services. The librarian develops and maintains teaching and learning resources, including online course and subject guides. The librarian works cooperatively with other librarians and staff in the unit and in the UBC Library System, as well as faculty and staff in the UBC Sauder School of Business and database vendors to develop and maintain high quality business library collections in all formats. The librarian participates in the planning and implementation of Library and Learning Commons services that support the needs of UBC Sauder faculty and students. The librarian assumes responsibility for coordination and management of staff, services and projects, as required.




  • A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team
  • Enthusiasm for and ability to support and instruct a range of users in their approaches to business research and their use of business resources, using a variety of methodologies and platforms
  • Experience with carrying out or contributing to projects
  • Strong information technology and digital literacy skills 
  • Demonstrated service commitment, flexibility and willingness to assume a variety of assignments
  • Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Takes initiative in learning about language and issues relating to equity and diversity
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships and engage in workplace culture
  • Ability to recognize and appreciate the contributions of colleagues
  • Committed to demonstrating respect to colleagues at every level by trusting in their abilities and knowledge to perform their roles and earning respect through meeting commitments
  • Models and demonstrates good communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback
  • Listens to, encourages and expresses creative and innovative ideas. Open to experimenting with and improvising new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems


  • A degree in commerce and business administration or experience in an academic business library
  • Extensive knowledge of business and financial resources in multiple formats
  • Interest in and understanding of research processes in business disciplines
  • Liaison experience with faculty
  • Interest in and experience with developing effective outreach strategies to diverse groups, employing a wide range of strategies and platforms.
  • Experience with designing and delivering instruction and reference using a variety of methodologies and formats
  • Experience with using assessment techniques and strategies effectively
  • Familiarity with the UBC Library system
  • Experience with collection development and management, particularly in working with and building relationships with vendors
  • Experience in or understanding of working within a Learning Commons



Reports to the Head of the David Lam Management Research Library and Canaccord Learning Commons. Consults and collaborates with colleagues within the unit, the UBC Library system, and external colleagues. Works with faculty, staff and students at the UBC Sauder School of Business and the University of British Columbia, database vendors and members of the public. May supervise the work of library assistants and student assistants working in areas for which the librarian is responsible.  




Contributes to the provision of Library and Learning Commons’ services, including reference consultations, orientations, tours, and bibliographic and research skills instruction, using a variety of methodologies, including in-person and online. Participates in and contributes to the creation of online course and research guides, as well as videos, tutorials and other learning objects.


Develops and maintains strong working relationships with UBC Sauder School of Business faculty divisions and academic units. Consults with faculty on their needs for collection, research and instructional support. Keeps abreast of trends and developments in resources relevant to assigned subject areas and communicates new relevant resources, as well as any changes to existing resources when appropriate. Responds to faculty requests including collections, new course proposals, etc. in consultation with the Head.  Contributes to the UBC Sauder Faculty database wish list. Liaises with relevant UBC Sauder committees, staff and students in support of the educational and research objectives of the school.  Liaises with electronic resource vendors.


Coordinates the David Lam Library’s web presence and maintenance, in consultation with colleagues in the unit, as well as in collaboration with colleagues in Systems and Web services. Coordinates and contributes to the Library and Learning Commons’ social media presence, in consultation with colleagues in the unit, as well as the Communications and Marketing teams in UBC Library and UBC Sauder. Contributes to the Learning Commons’ web presence, in consultation with the Canaccord Learning Commons Manager and the Investment Labs Coordinator.

Manages and supervises relevant processes related to collections. Consults with colleagues in the Library and Learning Commons, Technical Services and Systems to resolve issues related to the life cycle of relevant electronic resources. Participates in technical troubleshooting and maintenance of David Lam Library’s online resources.


In consultation with librarians and staff, as well as UBC Sauder faculty, supports the selection and acquisition, evaluation, maintenance and cancellation of electronic resources in accordance with faculty and subject area needs. Liaises with colleagues in Technical Services and Systems. Liaises with database vendors. Contributes to monograph selection and collection development. Contributes to other collections-related projects.

Consults and communicates with faculty affected by collection decisions or significant changes in platforms.


Trains Library and Learning Commons’ staff on changes to the website and online systems, as well as basic use of electronic databases. May supervise certain work of library assistants and manage the provision of services.  Participates in recruiting, training and supervising the student librarian. Participates in the recruiting, training and supervising of student employees as needed. Assumes responsibility for the operation of the David Lam Library and Canaccord Learning Commons in the absence of the Head, as requested.


Undertakes or supports special projects, new services or assignments deemed necessary by the Head. Contributes to planning, development and implementation of policies, procedures and services for the unit to support the goals of the Library and Learning Commons, UBC Library and UBC Sauder.


Serves on UBC Library, UBC Sauder and other committees, working groups or implementation teams where appropriate.  Participates in and contributes to the Library’s evolving initiatives (Scholarly Communications, Research Data Management, Open Access, Digital Initiatives etc.). Keeps current with changing professional expectations, service requirements, and trends and developments in academic libraries, academic business libraries, learning commons, teaching and learning activities, relevant technologies and academic research models. Coordinates and supervises staff, services and special projects.



This position will be filled as a full-time, ongoing position. If eligible and qualified, the successful applicant may be appointed with a confirmed appointment. Otherwise, there will be an initial three-year probationary appointment.  Normally, such an appointment is reviewed by the end of the second year of the 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.


Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Applications will include: a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above.  


To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page by midnight on October 20, 2017.


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