Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Program Services
UBC Library | Vancouver Campus
50% FTE, Term from January 3, 2017 – December 22, 2017
Anticipated Start Date: January 3, 2017


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.

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The Community Engagement Librarian (Business Services) is responsible for the management and development of the Library’s entrepreneurship and community-focused business programs, including the Small Business Accelerator (SBA) program and its extensive web-based research assets.  This position is also responsible for conducting outreach with faculty, students, staff and alumni in the “e@UBC” (Entrepreneurship at UBC) programs and the broader business community, with the goal of providing collaborative and innovative services within the Library.


  • Graduate degree from an accredited school of library, archival and information science.Knowledge of library systems and applications with strong information technology and digital literacy skills.
  • Knowledge of reference and instructional methodologies
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and coordination skills
  • Evidence of a proactive, user-centred vision of services
  • Effective written skills and an interest in business writing for web sites
  • A strong service commitment, flexibility and a willingness to assume a variety of assignments.
  • Experience developing partnerships and evidence of successful collaborations around the provision of programs and services.
  • Ability and enthusiasm to teach users about business resources and research strategies, and to carry out projects, both independently and as part of a team.
  • 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.
  • Works to build a team environment built on positive working relationships, provides guidance and resources to teams while trusting them to excel
  • Models and demonstrates good communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback.
  • Research expertise with business literature and resources for market and industry analysis, including specialized databases.
  • Experience participating in budget planning and assessing the value of expenditures, for a department, project, team, or committee.
  • Work experience in an academic library or educational setting relevant to the position.
  • Knowledge of search, discovery, indexing, and retrieval systems.


  1. Responsible for the on-going development and maintenance of the Small Business Accelerator ( Program website and web-based research assets, including but not limited to the collection of 100+ industry-specific Accelerator guides, the SBA blog, BC Business Support Directory, secondary market research videos, and social media channels.
  1. Collects, develops and evaluates open collections related to business development to meet the information needs of local small businesses and entrepreneurs.
  1. Works with campus and community partners to develop and support initiatives that address the specific needs of local small businesses and entrepreneurs.
  1. Provides liaison and program support to campus-wide groups such E@UBC.
  1. Supervises and co-supervises graduate students assisting with the Learning Centres’ entrepreneurship and community-focused business programs.
  1. Identifies, promotes, and advocates for users’ needs within the Library related to products, tools, services, venues, and opportunities that foster learning, research, publication, and scholarship within the University community.
  1. Develops and offers informational consultations, educational workshops or seminars, as required.
  1. Works closely with UBC Library colleagues and campus partners to support the University’s community engagement and innovation strategies.


Reports to the Assistant Director (Community Engagement), Irving K Barber Learning Centre and works as part of a small team of Community Engagement Librarians. Supervises and co-supervises students at the graduate level.  Consults with colleagues both within the unit and across the UBC Library system, as required. Works with faculty, staff, students and partners within the University and across British Columbia to develop and maintain secondary market research programs. Participates in the recruitment, training and supervision of graduate assistants.


This position is a 50% FTE term position from January 3, 2017 until December 22, 2017.

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

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at by midnight on December 4th, 2016.

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In this month’s issue of LibFOCUS, we celebrate the start of the fall semester with new resources for students, faculty and staff; highlights from recently digitized collections; a historical textbooks exhibit; Videomatica film screenings and more.

The Summer 2011 issue of Connects newsletter provides a look at highlights from the past year. Find out about the latest developments regarding the B.C. History Digitization Program, the Small Business Accelerator, the Chapman Learning Commons and more.

View other UBC Library publications online.

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