Research and Instruction Librarian, Humanities & Social Sciences Kingston , ON




Queen’s University is the Canadian research-intensive university with a transformative student learning experience. Here the employment experience is as diverse as it is interesting. 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. Together, we’re entrusted with ensuring that all information is available to all people, for all time.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons who reflect the diversity of Canadian society.

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Queen’s University Library invites applications for the position of Research and Instruction Librarian, Humanities & Social Sciences. We are seeking a collaborative and service-oriented individual to provide innovative, high quality learning and research services that support the library’s vision to inspire learning, spark creativity, and build a community for teaching, learning, and research.


Reporting to the Head Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian, and working as part of an interdisciplinary team, the Research and Instruction Librarian provides effective, user-centred reference services in the humanities and social sciences; liaises with faculty, staff and students in assigned subject areas; promotes, develops, delivers and evaluates curriculum-integrated information literacy programs and general instruction programs; creates reference, instruction and promotional materials, including web pages, online tutorials and guides; participates in collection development in assigned subject areas.

The full position description can be found here.



  • An ALA accredited M.L.S./M.L.I.S. degree or equivalent
  • Proficiency in the use of electronic information resources in the humanities and social sciences
  • Knowledge and awareness of information literacy standards and best practices in instruction and assessment
  • Effective oral and written communication skills in both English and French
  • Creativity, drive and flexibility, so as to discover and try new approaches, in support of Library and University strategic directions
  • Collegiality, strong service commitment and the ability to work effectively in both a team-based and a self-directed environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain productive professional relationships
  • Experience creating online learning objects (tutorials, videos, guides, etc)
  • Ability to balance priorities and adapt in a changing work environment


  • Awareness of current issues in Indigenous Librarianship for the provision of culturally relevant library and information collections and services by, for and with Indigenous peoples
  • Familiarity with Indigenous Knowledge Organization (IKO) as it applies to issues of discoverability and classification of information resources
  • Knowledge of languages in addition to English and French, particularly German, Italian, Spanish, or Aboriginal/Indigenous languages
  • A strong academic background in a humanities or social sciences discipline
  • Experience teaching information literacy classes and providing reference services in an academic library
  • Experience in collection development, including electronic resource evaluation, monograph selection, and deselection
  • Experience authoring web content using Drupal, LibGuides, or other content management systems
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and/or experience serving diverse populations of users


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 the 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 Humanities and Social Sciences unit at Joseph S. Stauffer Library serves the teaching and research needs of undergraduates, graduates, faculty and researchers in the humanities and social sciences disciplines, including the Smith School of Business and the School of Policy Studies. The successful candidate will join a team whose members, six librarians and one library technician, pride themselves on their commitment to promoting, delivering and supporting a full-range of information services for all members of the Queen’s University Library community, especially undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members in the departments, schools, and programs in the humanities and social sciences, the Smith School of Business and the School of Policy Studies.

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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. The collective agreement is posted at


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.

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 be a current or recent supervisor.

The deadline for applications is November 06, 2020.

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

The University has policies in place to support its employees with disabilities, including an Accommodation in the Workplace Policy and a policy on the provision of job accommodations that take into account an employee’s accessibility needs due to disability. 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

Closes: 6 November, 2020

Queen's University Library
Kingston , ON