University College Librarian (Librarian I, 6-month term) Toronto , ON


POSITION: University College Librarian (Librarian I, 6-month term)

DEPARTMENT: University College Library, University of Toronto

DATE REQUIRED: January 1, 2021

About the University of Toronto Libraries

The University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) system is the largest academic library in Canada and is fourth among peer institutions in North America, behind just Harvard, Yale and Columbia. 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 300 graduate programs, over 70 professional programs, and more than 700 undergraduate degree programs. More than 150,000 new print volumes are acquired each year. The Libraries data centre houses more than 200 servers with a storage capacity of 1.5 petabytes.

About the University College Library

University College (UC) is the founding college of the University of Toronto. The University College Library supports the UC-affiliated academic programs and serves UC students, faculty, and staff, while also welcoming all members of the University of Toronto community. The UC Library has a collection of over 20,000 books, many of them related to the UC-affiliated academic programs: Canadian Studies; Cognitive Science; Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies; Health Studies; and Sexual Diversity Studies. The Library also features a Bestsellers section; a Graphic Novels section; a Writing, Academic Skills & Careers section; and the Al Purdy Collection of Canadian literature. The UC Library has one librarian and a team of part-time student employees. Currently, due to the pandemic, the UC Library's physical space is temporarily closed; the librarian is supervising student employees via video conferencing, phone, and e-mail; library services are provided remotely; and the UC Library is lending books by sending requested books to the curbside pickup service at Robarts Library.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Principal of University College, the Librarian will direct and manage the services, resources, and staff of the University College Library. This is a six-month research-leave-replacement position, which offers an excellent opportunity to gain diverse experience in academic librarianship.


The Librarian will be responsible for all aspects of the UC Library (with some assistance from student staff), including:

• Collection development (selecting and ordering books); derived cataloguing and materials processing; and circulation

• Managing the UC Library's transition to U of T's new Library Services Platform, Ex-Libris

• Supervising part-time student library assistants

• Serving as the liaison librarian for (a) Canadian Studies and (b) Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

• Library instruction requested for courses in UC-affiliated academic programs

• Reference/in-depth research assistance

• Proactive outreach to UC faculty, staff, and students, and other UC Library users, including managing the UC Library's website and Twitter account

• Participating in the wider UC community via the UC Writing Awards Committee, University College Council, the UC Senior Common Room, and selected UC events

• Participating in selected University of Toronto Libraries committee meetings and events

• Monitoring (and liaising with colleagues about) any issues that arise with library facilities or technology


  • An accredited degree from a Master’s level program in library and information studies
  • Enthusiasm for academic librarianship
  • Strong familiarity with the principles of derived cataloguing
  • Familiarity with the University of Toronto library system
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to work well independently
  • The ability to provide leadership to a team of student staff


  • Relevant experience in an academic library setting
  • Familiarity with Ex-Libris products: Alma and Primo
  • Familiarity with University College
  • Academic or work background related to one or more of: Canadian Studies; Cognitive Science; Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies; Health Studies; Sexual Diversity Studies; recreational reading collections

MINIMUM SALARY: Salary and rank based on experience and qualifications. The successful candidate must qualify for appointment at the Librarian I rank.

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.UC] to Library Human Resources at; or to Room 1140, 130 St. George Street, University of Toronto Libraries, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5; by December 7, 2020.

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

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

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

Diversity Statement

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.

Accessibility Statement

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

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Closes: 7 December, 2020

University of Toronto Libraries
Toronto , ON