Reference & Instruction Librarian Kamloops , BC



The Thompson Rivers University Library is seeking a collaborative, learner-centred, and enthusiastic Research, Instruction and Cataloguing Librarian. This limited term contract (full-time 1-year position) requires that the librarian be a strong presence in the Kamloops campus community, stepping in to maintain relationships with a variety of disciplines' faculty and students in order to meet their teaching, learning, research and publication needs. The successful candidate will engage students in the learning process by providing instruction sessions, workshops, and online guides and tutorials. They will provide individual research assistance, including consultations, and participate in collection development.

They will also be leading the work of the Cataloguing staff in Technical Services; while not expected to develop new directions for this work or new initiatives, they will be providing oversight and guidance to staff doing the day-to-day cataloguing work of the library.

The successful candidate will join a committed team of library professionals in a newly consolidated and renovated building and will be expected to be a full participant, along with the rest of the library team, in defining and achieving library goals. As a faculty member, the candidate will actively pursue professional and service activities.


Liaison, Research Support, and Instruction

  • Promote Library services and collections through liaison activities with a range of disciplines. These activities include engaging with liaison area faculty to provide information literacy courses, selecting and withdrawing materials, and participating in collaborative collection development.
  • Create and maintain online instructional materials and content for the Library's web presence.
  • Participate in library-wide planning and projects through service on teams, committees, task forces, and special projects as assigned.
  • Assess user needs to develop and maintain relevant, high quality services and information resources.
  • Provide in-depth research consultations and library instruction for courses in liaison areas.
  • Provide general research support through face-to-face and/or online reference tools.
  • Teach general information literacy classes or assist other liaison librarians' information literacy classes.
  • Collaborate with other liaisons to support interdisciplinary research, scholarship, and collections.
Cataloguing and Metadata:
  • Assist with training, oversight, and guidance to library staff performing cataloging or metadata activities in the library.
  • Coordinate review, manipulation, and batch loading of metadata for ebooks, streaming media, and other digital objects
  • Maintain an awareness of critical concerns in the field, including bias in resource description and access practices.
General responsibilities:
  • Consult closely and meet regularly with library colleagues and support them in their daily work, professional development, and interaction with users.
  • Participate in library events, workshops, and other outreach activities.
  • Engage in the continual process of long-range planning, assessment, and promotion of library resources and services in coordination with other librarians.
  • Participate with the University Librarian and others in the development of library policies, planning, and strategic initiatives; participate in library faculty governance.
  • Continue professional growth and development to enhance skills and knowledge.
  • Serve on relevant department, library, and University committees as appropriate
Position type and Salary:
  • Limited term contract (12 months, full time), starting May 2021
  • Excellent benefits, including 40 days of vacation time and 20 days of professional development time
  • Salary range $64 375 - $77 059, depending on experience; please refer to section 11.5 of the Collective Agreement for salary scale placement details


Required Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Library Science/Information Science from an American Library Association accredited program, or equivalent, conferred prior to appointment.
  • Previous experience in library cataloguing, metadata, or related technical services activities.
  • Demonstrated excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching information literacy to undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Ability to create training materials and to conduct workshops.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive working/teaching environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in outreach to build, enhance, and sustain partnerships with the campus community.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of RDA, LCC, LCSH, MARCH formats and standards, MARCEDIT.
  • Experience managing MARC record sets from large e-resource collections from multiple vendors.
  • Demonstrated interest in student success and student learning.
  • Knowledge of pedagogy, instructional design, or education theory.
  • Supervisory or team leadership experience.

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Closes: 1 August, 2021

Thompson Rivers University
Kamloops , BC