Humanities Research Liaison Librarian, Memorial University of Newfoundland


Memorial University of Newfoundland invites applications for a permanent tenure-track appointment in the University Library System.


The person we want to hire:

Memorial University is seeking an energetic and highly motivated librarian with a strong service orientation who enjoys interacting with people.  The person hired will excel at planning, delivering library services and shaping the Library’s collections of resources.  The individual should be committed to a reflective professional practice that identifies needs, creates solutions, and involves both team and individual work styles.

The successful candidate will have a degree from an ALA accredited graduate program.  We encourage applications from librarians who have advanced academic subject qualifications in one of the humanities.  You should be attracted to an evolving workplace that strives to meet changing user needs and the long term requirements of research and scholarship.

Since our future will be defined by emerging technologies, familiarity with the current state of information technology and a commitment to keep abreast of its evolution are also needed.  Previous experience in collection development and/or library instruction and/or reference work are desirable assets, as are experience or familiarity with research methods and with the application of information technology in medium-sized to large academic libraries.

What your responsibilities will be:

The appointee will report to the Head of Information Services and the Head of Collection Development.

As a member of the Collection Development Division, the Liaison Librarian will be responsible for effectively managing a materials budget to be used for identifying and selecting a broad range of materials, including books, periodicals and digital media in support of teaching and research in the departments of Religious Studies and Classics, with additional responsibility for collecting in three minor arts areas:  Film, Photography, and Art.  Some modification to the areas of responsibilities may be possible to accommodate a candidate’s special strength in another subject area.  The successful candidate may be asked to assume temporary responsibility for additional subject areas.  Other duties will include evaluations of the relevance of the collection to the university curriculum, consideration and application of new technologies to collection development and the evaluation of gifts for inclusion in the library’s collection.

The successful candidate will also be required to serve as liaison between the Library and the academic departments.  Working closely with faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, the individual will identify disciplinary and interdisciplinary needs and will promote library resources in the subject areas.

As a member of the Information Services Division, the appointee will contribute to the Library’s instructional program, teaching information and research skills to undergraduate and graduate students and to faculty in a wide variety of disciplines.  You will collaborate with faculty to integrate information/research skills into the curriculum. Through our reference services you will provide information and research help to faculty and students at all levels using traditional and electronic sources and services.  Some evening and weekend work is required.

Who we are:

The Queen Elizabeth II Library is the largest branch of a highly centralized library system.  It is the primary service point for all disciplines on the St. John’s campus except the health sciences.  Memorial’s librarians are forward-looking and dedicated professionals, committed to high standards of collection development and public service.  Our mission is to support the University’s research and teaching agenda and student success at all levels.  With a complement of 30 professional librarians and 100 support staff the Library has an annual materials expenditure of $6.5M and involves most of its librarians in collection development and information services.  This library is growing and evolving rapidly.  Challenges in the changing information environment will make the next decade an exciting time to test assumptions about the style and content of professional practice.

For more details about us see

The current Collective Agreement can be found at

Memorial University of Newfoundland is the largest university in Atlantic Canada.  As the province’s only university, Memorial plays an integral role in the educational and cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador.  Offering diverse undergraduate and graduate programs to approximately 18,000 students, Memorial provides a distinctive and stimulating environment for learning.  St. John’s is a very safe, friendly, thriving capital city with great historic charm, a vibrant cultural life, and easy access to a wide range of outdoor activities.

Benefits of employment at Memorial:

This is a permanent tenure-track appointment.  An appointment at the rank of Librarian I or Librarian II is anticipated.  Salary floors are $44,712 and $51,428 respectively as of September 1, 2008.  Actual salary will recognize experience and qualifications.  Memorial offers standard academic benefits including provision of time for research and professional development.

How you apply:

Interested qualified individuals should send a resume, along with names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references to:

Lorraine Busby
University Librarian
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL
Canada A1B 3Y1
Tel:      (709) 737-3862
Fax:     (709) 737-2153

The deadline for applications is November 3, 2008. Please cite competition number VPA-QEII-2008-008.  Processing of applications will begin upon receipt.  The appointment will be made as soon as possible thereafter.

Memorial University of Newfoundland is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified women, and men, visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.

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

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