Instruction & Public Services Librarian (LI /II) Toronto , ON


POSITION:Instruction & Public Services Librarian (LI /II)

DEPARTMENT: OISE Library, University of Toronto Libraries


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About the University of Toronto Libraries

The University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) system is the largest academic library in Canada and is ranked sixth among peer institutions in North America.The system consists of 42 libraries located on three university campuses: St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough. This array of college libraries, special collections, and specialized libraries and information centres supports the teaching and research requirements of over 280 graduate programs, including over 60 professional programs, and about 700 undergraduate degree programs. In addition to more than 15 million volumes in 341 languages, the library system currently provides access to millions of resources in various forms, including, for example, electronic, audio-visual, and geospatial materials. UTL also has over 31,000 linear metres of archival material. More than 150,000 new print volumes are acquired each year. The Libraries' data centre houses more than 500 servers with a storage capacity of 1.5 petabytes.

The Opportunity

The University of Toronto Libraries seeks an innovative and strongly user-focused librarian for the position of Instruction and Public Services Librarian. The successful candidate will report to the OISE Library Director and will work collaboratively with a team of OISE librarians and staff.

The successful candidate will:

  • Design and deliver customized information literacy instruction for OISE students, in close collaboration with faculty members and other members of the OISE Library instruction team
  • Supervise the Library’s Circulation Department, including providing leadership, support, and direction for a dedicated team of 6 permanent staff and 8 student library assistants
  • Provide in-depth research support to students, faculty members, staff, and visiting scholars
  • Actively build relationships with students, faculty and researchers
  • Engage the OISE community through communications and outreach initiatives
  • Proactively improve and develop new programs and services to meet the changing needs of OISE’s diverse community
  • Participate in central library committees, and other committees as appropriate.

Required Qualifications

  • A degree from an accredited Master’s level program in library and information studies
  • Outstanding interpersonal, organizational, presentation, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated flexibility, creativity and ability to innovate and adapt to a changing environment
  • Strong initiative and ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities effectively
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively, as part of a team and independently, in a culturally diverse environment
  • Strong service commitment
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • High degree of technological proficiency
  • Demonstrated commitment to innovation and continuous learning

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in an academic library
  • Supervisory experience in a unionized environment
  • Experience teaching and / or delivering information literacy instruction
  • Experience with circulation services
  • Experience providing reference / research services
  • Experience with communications / outreach
  • Project management skills
  • Advanced degree in the field of education (B.Ed., M.Ed., M.T., etc.) or related experience in education

Salary and Terms of Appointment

This is a Contractually Limited-Term appointment to be hired at the Librarian I/II rank. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

NOTE: Librarians at the University of Toronto are members of the University of Toronto Faculty Association.

Application Materials Required: A cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references of which at least two have supervised your work. Please send a single electronic file (MS Word or pdf) with a file name convention of [Surname, FirstName.OISE] to Library Human Resources at; or to Room 1140, 130 St. George Street, University of Toronto Libraries, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5; or by fax to (416) 946-5543 by March 6, 2019.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission. The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact

The University of Toronto Libraries thanks all applicants but will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

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Closes: 6 March, 2019

University of Toronto Libraries
Toronto , ON