Digital Services / Liaison Librarian

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Created: May 12, 2015


Posting #: LB 01/2015
Posted: May 12, 2015
Employment Status: Limited Term Appointment (24 months)
Faculty: Library
Department: James A. Gibson Library
Grade: Librarian I
Salary Scale:
Hours of Work: 35 hours per week
Start: 2015-08-01

Job Summary

Brock University Library has an exciting opportunity for a recent graduate eager to gain new knowledge and experience. We are seeking an innovative, technically savvy, flexible, service-oriented librarian who will thrive in a dynamic and fluid environment. This limited term position has an anticipated start date of August 1, 2015 and extends to July 31, 2017.

Reporting to the Head of Collections Services, the successful candidate will, in the first year, be responsible for ensuring discovery systems (ILS, EDS, Digital Repository, SFX, OJS, etc.) provide seamless access to resources. Responsibilities will shift in the second year (due to a sabbatical leave). The successful candidate will also be involved in a range of other IT projects, which might include e-learning, digitization, planning for a new library services platform.

The incumbent will also provide a full range of liaison services, including research help, instruction and collection support to several academic programs in the Social Sciences and Humanities.


A Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program or its equivalent is required. An additional Master’s degree in an academic discipline is desirable. Formal training and experience in teaching, technology projects or e-learning are definite assets. In addition, the successful candidate must be able to demonstrate:

• Principles and applications of librarianship obtained through the completion of an ALA accredited Master of Library and Information Science degree
• Knowledge of emerging trends in technology and ability to apply these in the academic librarianship context
• A solid understanding of web service API’s and programming concepts is an asset
• Knowledge of authentication and permissions management using LDAP/Active Directory and EZProxy
• Thorough understanding of metadata standards and best practices
• Awareness of User Experience (UX) principles and methodologies
• Awareness of digital preservation concepts and practices
• Understanding of scholarly communication issues and trends
• Ability to provide a range of liaison services (reference, instruction & collections)
• Knowledge of information sources in a broad range of disciplines
• Project management experience
• Flexibility and ability to manage a diverse workload
• Self-directed, with an ability to acquire new skills and competencies as technologies evolve and to balance initiative and independent decision-making with collaboration and consultation
• Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external colleagues. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
• Strong analytical, problem-solving, decision-making and time management skills


Located at the centre of Canada's beautiful Niagara Peninsula, Brock offers an exciting work environment with strong undergraduate, graduate and interdisciplinary programs and a vigorous research culture. More information on Brock University can be found on the University’s website at The University Library provides information resources and services to a user community of more than 18,000 students and 600 faculty. For further details about the Library, visit

Brock University offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package. It is anticipated that this entry level appointment will be made at the rank of Librarian I. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The position is included in the Brock University Faculty Association.

Applicants are invited to submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and three professional references, by applying online below no later than May 25 2015.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a sample project demonstrating current and emerging library technologies or project management experience. As part of the interview process, short-listed candidates will be asked to give a public presentation on a topic related to the position.

We appreciate all applications received; however, we will contact only those candidates selected for an interview.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of Employment Equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. Candidates who wish to have their application considered as a member of one or more designated groups should fill out the Self-Identification Form available at and include the completed form with their application.

Brock University is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environment. We will accommodate the needs of the applicants under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process, per the University’s Accommodation for Employees with Disabilities Policy ( Please advise the Human Resources Department to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated throughout this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.


Published: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 17:54 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:42 UTC