User Experience & Engagement Librarian

Halifax NS B3M 2J6
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Created: December 2, 2016


Inspired by a strong tradition of social responsibility and an enduring commitment to the advancement of women, Mount Saint Vincent University promotes academic excellence and the pursuit of knowledge through scholarship and teaching of the highest quality. Mount Saint Vincent University is committed to recruiting exceptional and diverse scholars and teachers. Recognized as a leader in flexible education, applied research, and a personalized approach to education, Mount Saint Vincent University is located on Canada’s East Coast in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Please visit<>.

The Mount Library invites applications for a full-time, probationary position at the rank of Librarian I commencing as soon as possible.

Reporting to the University Librarian, the successful candidate will ensure a high level of service in their liaison areas, creatively assess the needs of the Library’s user community, and advocate for an exceptional user experience across all platforms of the Library’s digital services and resources. The successful candidate will be a member of several departmental teams including library management, research services, and web & content management. Responsibilities include serving as the Liaison Librarian for the Faculty of Education and Department of Child & Youth Study, as well as the User Experience & Engagement Librarian. As part of their workload, the successful candidate will teach the credit course Introduction to Research in the Information Age once per year. Workload also includes responsibilities in the areas of scholarly and/or professional activity and internal and external collegial service.

The following qualifications are required of the position:

* an ALA-accredited Master of Library Science (or equivalent);
* experience with reference services (preferably in an academic library environment);
* excellent oral and written communication skills;
* knowledge of project management and a history of team-based collaboration;
* strong technological and analytical skills;
* experience with current and emerging web and mobile technologies;
* web design/development skills (e.g. XML/XSLT, HTML/CSS, PHP/MySQL, Python, Javascript, APIs, LTI); and
* knowledge of discovery tools and digital repository/asset management platforms (e.g. DSpace, Islandora, AtoM).
Experience in the following areas would be considered an asset:

* background in the disciplines of education and/or child & youth studies;
* credit or non-credit teaching, library instruction, or library orientation;
* familiarity with accessibility requirements of web-based content;
* usability and other assessment experience;
* knowledge of user-centred design trends; and
* understanding of open source software.

Applications should include the following: a letter outlining relevant academic and professional experience, a separate statement that describes experience with and interest in a user focused approach, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references. The Library will begin considering applications on January 3, 2017 and hopes to make an appointment early in the new year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Agreement with the MSVU Faculty Association. This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Please send applications by mail or email to:

Tanja Harrison, University Librarian
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

Mount Saint Vincent University is committed to the principles of employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates including women, aboriginal persons, visible minorities and persons with disabilities. Candidates who identify as being from one of these groups are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify in their application materials. All qualified candidates are eligible to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

How to apply


Lindsey MacCallum
Archives and Scholarly Communications Librarian
Liaison Librarian to the Humanities
Mount Saint Vincent University Library
166 Bedford Highway, Halifax NS B3M 2J6
Phone: (902) 457-6402


Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 15:33 UTC

Last updated: Saturday, March 18, 2017 15:33 UTC