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Liaison Librarian, Science (Part Time)

Closes on Friday, October 29, 2021
Wilfred Laurier University
Waterloo, ON, Canada
Part Time (Contract)


Organization Name
Wilfred Laurier University
Job Title
Liaison Librarian, Science (Part Time)
Job Type
Part Time (Contract)
Waterloo, ON, Canada
Posting Date
Submission Deadline
Job Start Date (Expected):
Target Audience
  • Recent Graduates
  • 0–5 Years of Experience
Job Category
  • Library – Academic
Job Description

Job Type

Part-time contract, 23 hours/week, twelve (12) months
Department: User Services



Wilfrid Laurier University Library is seeking a librarian to fill a twelve (12) months, part-time position as a liaison librarian providing services to various program areas for the Faculty of Science.

Term of Appointment will be November 1, 2021 to October 31, 2022 inclusive.

The Laurier Library has a total staff of 63, including 21 librarians, and provides access to over 70,000 full-text online journals, indexes and e-books and more than 1.2 million print volumes. As part of the Omni Group of Libraries, Laurier students, faculty and staff may use and borrow materials from 15 member libraries across Ontario, including from local partners, the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo libraries. The Laurier Library has a strategic partnership with the Brantford Public Library to provide services and materials to users on the Laurier Brantford campus.

The Laurier Library serves over 19,000 students in multi-campus environment at the Waterloo campus, the Faculty of Social Work at the Kitchener campus, and the Brantford campus and in Toronto. The Library is undergoing a process of renewal and change after a major review in 2011, and the current strategic plan can be found at

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. The University offers undergraduate and graduate programs through the Faculties of Arts, Education, Music, Science and Social Work, the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, and the affiliated Martin Luther University College on the Waterloo campus, Social Work at the Kitchener campus and interdisciplinary programs at the Brantford campus. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research, and scholarship, combined with a strong student focus, high levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community. Laurier’s innovative educational model purposefully integrates the academic learning experience with an experiential learning component.



  • research assistance and support for students in science, covering a wide range of Science disciplines and program areas, including providing back up coverage
  • managing print and electronic Science collections for designated departments/programs
  • providing research assistance and/or effective referrals for socio-economic and health statistics and data sources
  • proactive outreach and liaison to promote library collections and services to the faculty and students in designated departments/programs in Faculty of Science
  • delivering library instruction to students, faculty and staff
  • preparing user guides and course web pages
  • may include general assistance in all subjects, including some evenings and weekend shifts
  • participating on relevant library and university committees



  • ALA accredited MLIS or equivalent
  • Experience in teaching information literacy
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct a reference interview
  • Advanced skills in finding and using electronic and print resources, including understanding of MeSH subject headings
  • Recent experience providing library services to users within science-based disciplines
  • Current knowledge of information technologies and their application in libraries
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Strong computer literacy, experience with web page creation and editing, and ability to learn new technologies quickly
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast paced, changing work environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to relate well to diverse groups of faculty, students and staff
  • Demonstrable overall understanding of current library practice, including collection management, information retrieval, and instructional services
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, principles of diversity and equity


  • Educational background in science
  • Familiarity and training in systematic reviews
  • Experience with collection management for science or related collections
  • Work experience in an academic library or in health care environment
  • Master’s degree in a related discipline


This position is a part-time, contract appointment for 23 hours per week, with a term of appointment from November 1, 2021 to October 31, 2022. The appointment will be made at a level commensurate with qualifications and experience, anticipated at Librarian I or II level. Terms of employment are governed by the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association Contract Teaching Faculty (CTF) and Part-Time Librarians Collective Agreement found at: Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills.

Application Process
Application Procedure Please email application package that includes cover letter, resume, along with the names and contact information of three references, in a single Word or PDF file, by October 29, 2021 to:

Scott Gillies
Associate University Librarian
Wilfrid Laurier University

Pursuant to Article 13.5 of the Collective Agreement for Contract Teaching Faculty (CTF) and Part-time Librarians, all applicants shall apply electronically. Applications must be received by 23:59 local time of the date on the posting.

Any other important information?
Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff; the university welcomes applications from qualified individuals of equity-deserving groups. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programming at Laurier are welcome to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity-deserving groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programming at Laurier are welcome to contact Equity and Accessibility at

Members of designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to: Jennifer Knechtel ( Further information on the equity policy can be found at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships, however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:

  • Yes, I am a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • No, I am not a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada

We have strived to make our application process accessible, however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at

Please Note:

All Laurier employees and students are required to comply with the University’s Covid-19 mandatory vaccination policy. Prior to attending Laurier’s campuses in-person, you must provide proof of your vaccination status. Prior to becoming fully vaccinated, you will be required to participate in and comply with the University’s rapid testing program and follow all recommended additional health and safety protocols. Details about the mandatory vaccination requirements can be found on Laurier’s website.

Questions related to employment accommodation needs can be directed to the confidential Health & Abilities team in Human Resources


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