Job posting: Art + Architecture + Planning Librarian, UBC-Vancouver

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Full job description

Overview of the Position

This term position provides reference and information services and assumes responsibilities for liaison with specific, designated academic departments within art history, visual art, architecture, and community and regional planning. The incumbent also answers questions in the subject areas of science and engineering at the combined reference desk at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC).

This position participates in the development and assessment of library collections, and assumes responsibility as bibliographer for designated subjects. Providing web-based and classroom instruction and assistance in the use of information resources is also part of this position’s responsibilities.

The incumbent plans and implements services that respond to information needs of Art + Architecture + Planning (AArP) Library users (including faculty, staff, students, and community patrons) and hires and trains and supervises AArP Student Librarians. Furthermore, participation in the development of library policy, procedures and services and coordination of services and projects is expected.

This position reports directly to the Head of the AArP Library, and consults with library staff and colleagues as required.

Please read the detailed job description (Word doc) or the UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010-2015 for further information.

Qualifications and Requirements

The Reference Librarian, Art + Architecture + Planning will have:

  • Graduate degree from an ALA accredited program in Library or Information Science, with relevant professional experience appropriate to academic librarianship
  • Effectiveness in delivering post secondary instruction
  • Commitment to providing courteous, responsive, and innovative service to a diverse population of clients
  • Proactive in exploring new service opportunities and modifying existing ones
  • Proven ability to be adaptable and flexible and to possess initiative
  • Ability to be effective in a complex, decentralized, rapidly changing work environment
  • Excellent decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively independently and as a team member
  • Web authoring skills and experience with emerging technologies and their library, teaching, and reference applications


  • Academic background, graduate degree, or knowledge gained through work or library experience in art history, visual art, architecture, planning highly desirable
  • Familiarity with at least one European language highly desirable
  • Supervisory experience (preferably within a unionized workforce)

Terms of Appointment and Salary

This position is a leave replacement and will be filled as a full-time 1 year term from the date of hire. Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

Applications for this exciting opportunity are to be submitted by email in one consolidated file (PDF or Microsoft Word format) and will include:

  • a letter of application, including a statement of citizenship/immigration status, indicating the candidate’s education, training, and work experience in the areas listed above;
  • a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and
  • the names of three referees with their email addresses.

To ensure full consideration, completed applications are to be submitted by 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, April 15, 2011 to:

Human Resources – UBC Library
2nd Floor, Koerner Library
1958 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. The University encourages all qualified applicants to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

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