Librarian (Indigenous Services) – Central Library Calgary , AB


The Calgary Public Library represents unlimited possibilities and inspires people of all ages to wonder, seek, discover, and share. Calgary’s 21 libraries are community hubs that ignite learning, discussion, innovation, and action and our patrons are curious, creative, and resilient.This is accomplished through the Library’s commitment to empowering community by connecting you to ideas and experiences, inspiration and insight.

To achieve our vision of Potentials Realized, Calgary Public Library is seeking leaders with ideas, energy, passion and commitment who can help us make a difference in the lives of Calgarians and take public library services to a new level of excellence.

The Calgary Public Library acknowledges the traditional territories and oral practices of the Blackfoot people, the Nakoda people of the Iyarhe Nakoda Nation, the Beaver people of the Tsuut’ina Nation, and the peoples of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region Three.

Librarian (Indigenous Services) – Central Library

(Permanent / Full Time)

Reporting to the Manager, Service Delivery, the Librarian is a key member of a Library’s leadership team, overseeing the deployment of innovations in the Library; leading system projects and initiatives (including training and professional learning); coordinating virtual outreach, programming, collection management, and daily library activities; independently representing the Library in the community and with partner agencies; and directly supervising an assigned group of employees.

This position will take a system wide leadership role in actively supporting Calgary Public Library and employees through the process of Truth and Reconciliation. This position will work closely with the Indigenous Service Design Lead to set a vision for the roll out of programming and services throughout the Library.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous communities including history, traditions, and cultural protocols (knowledge of Treaty 7 communities would be an asset).
  • Experience delivering Indigenous programs and initiatives in a culturally sensitive way, grounded in an Indigenous perspective.
  • Strong relationship building skills, including demonstrated experience building respectful relationships with members of Indigenous communities.

Although some schedule flexibility will be required to accommodate programming and services needs as they arise, the regular schedule for the position is Monday to Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Rotational Saturday would be a part of this schedule.

Key Responsibilities

  • Supervises library services to ensure successful service delivery; addressing and resolving patron concerns as they arise
  • Seeks new community partnerships, building relationships with community partners, and identifying how the Library will continue to meet community needs
  • Leads system projects and committees to advance Library initiatives and to champion and implement positive changes
  • Assists with recruitment activities, including training and onboarding of new team members
  • Identifies staff training needs and develops team and individual training plans
  • Supervises and coaches library staff, and conducts performance reviews
  • Proactively assists Library members with collection questions and makes recommendations
  • Resolves member technology issues when accessing Library resources
  • Participates in the delivery and evaluation of programs for a wide variety of audiences
  • Participates in the delivery and evaluation of outreach programs
  • Oversees collection maintenance ensuring in-library collections are appealing, accessible, and organized


  • Completion of a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited library school or approved equivalent degree and three years’ directly-related recent full-time experience
  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Ability to lead engaging and enriching programs and activities, both in the Library and out in the community
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, presentation skills, and public speaking skills including the ability to adjust communication style to interact effectively with users of different ages, backgrounds, and abilities
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with a variety of groups
  • Commitment to continuous improvement and self-directed learning
  • Intermediate to advanced technology skills


  • Competitive salary
  • Extended Health and Dental Benefits
  • Life Insurance
  • Participation in the Local Authorities Pension Plan (LAPP)
  • Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
  • The opportunity to contribute to an award-winning library system, grow professionally and make a positive difference in the lives of Calgarians

How to apply:

If Librarian - Central Library sounds like the next chapter in your career story, take this opportunity to make a real contribution to one of Canada's leading public library systems. Please apply via the Jobs at the Library section of the Calgary Public Library website -

The closing date for this competition is midnight Sunday January 23, 2022.

However, the position will remain open until a successful candidate is found.

We thank all who apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants for this role may also be considered for future opportunities.

Any personal information submitted will be managed in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used only to determine eligibility for employment. Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada.

Closes: 23 January, 2022

Calgary Public Library
Calgary , AB