Research & Instruction Law Librarian & Online Learning Specialist

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Created: October 18, 2021



Research & Instruction Law Librarian & Online Learning Specialist


The Queen’s University Library invites applications for an Initial Continuing Track Research and Instruction Law Librarian & Online Learning Specialist at the rank of General Librarian, with a preferred starting date of January 1, 2022.

Candidates must have a M.L.S/M.L.I.S degree or equivalent combined with experience at the start date of the appointment. Candidates must provide evidence of an ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centred environment. The successful candidate will also be expected to make contributions through service to the Unit, the University, and/or the broader community. Queens Librarians are members of the Queen’s University Faculty Association and terms and conditions of work are governed by the collective agreement between the Association and the University.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience as per the Years of Experience Guidelines.

People from across Canada and around the world come to learn, teach and carry out research at Queen’s University. Librarians and their dependents are eligible for an extensive benefits package including prescription drug coverage, vision care, dental care, long term disability insurance, life insurance and access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program. You will also participate in a pension plan. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying employees, their spouses and dependent children. Queen’s values families and is pleased to provide a ‘top up’ to government parental leave benefits for eligible employees on maternity/parental leave. In addition, Queen’s provides partial reimbursement for eligible daycare expenses for employees with dependent children in daycare. Details are set out in the Queen’s-QUFA Collective Agreement. For more information on employee benefits, see Queen’s Human Resources.

Additional information about Queen’s University can be found on the Faculty Recruitment and Support website. The University is situated on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe, in historic Kingston on the shores of Lake Ontario. Kingston’s residents enjoy an outstanding quality of life with a wide range of cultural, recreational, and creative opportunities. Visit Inclusive Queen’s for information on equity, diversity and inclusion resources and initiatives.




Entering our libraries – virtual and physical – our students and faculty feel the world at their fingertips, the knowledge of the ages and the potential of the future. Librarians and staff work closely with students and faculty in every discipline and in the spaces where they intersect.  Our best innovations happen through collaboration – across the library, with our faculties and schools, and through our regional, national and international partnerships. Here the employment experience is diverse and interesting. 


Reporting to the Head Law Librarian, Queen’s University Library (QUL) as part of the Law Faculty Liaison Unit, and working closely with the Course Development Team at the Faculty of Law, the Research and Instruction Librarian (Law) & Online Learning Specialist plays a key role in supporting the development and delivery of the Faculty of Law’s online and blended programs.

Along with supporting traditional legal research, the librarian will also play a key role in exploring and supporting new and emerging legal research methods, particularly those related to data. As part of a highly motivated team, the librarian provides consulting and research services to all Queen’s legal researchers; delivers instruction sessions related to legal research; participates in the development and maintenance of web pages, Libguides, course materials, and other learning objects; contributes to collection development, maintenance, and stewardship activities, including special projects; and participates in project groups in the library and Faculty of Law. The librarian supports the library and Faculty of Law in aligning our work with the University’s anti-racism, diversity and inclusion priorities, and Truth and Reconciliation efforts.

The position encompasses the full range of academic responsibilities as outlined in section 15.1.1 of the QUFA Collective Agreement.

The full position description including qualifications can be found here.


Queen’s University Library consistently receives top marks as a medium-sized university library.  It comprises six libraries and several cross-library divisions supporting the university’s academic mission, and is known for its dedicated staff, strong research collections and superb facilities. A staff of approximately 120 provides information leadership and is deeply embedded in Queen’s faculties and schools of Engineering & Applied Science, Arts & Science, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Policy Studies, Religion, and Urban & Regional Planning. The Library’s research collections, developed since Queen’s University’s founding, are a central university priority and include millions of print and digital items supported by a strong technology infrastructure and a focus on scholarly communications. The Library provides a comprehensive suite of services to assist faculty and student researchers in depositing scholarly publications to institutional and discipline repositories and is a recognized leader in providing services related to data curation and in the development of regional and national initiatives to support research data management.   Library facilities are heavily used campus hubs with a mix of inviting, accessible learning spaces, computers and collections. Queen’s University Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries.  



The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is strongly committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and encourages applications from Black, racialized/visible minority and Indigenous/Aboriginal people, women, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

To comply with federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information as to how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.


The deadline for applications is November 1 2021.  Applicants are asked to send an application package electronically as a single PDF in confidence to the Appointments Committee at


A complete application consists of:  

- a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph) 

- a current curriculum vitae 

- names of three referees, one of whom must have been in a supervisor role 


We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview by the Appointments Committee will be contacted. 


The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs.  If you require an accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact 


Academic staff at Queen’s University are governed by a Collective Agreement between the University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA), which is posted at and at 




Published: Monday, October 18, 2021 19:38 UTC

Last updated: Monday, October 18, 2021 19:38 UTC