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Liaison Librarian, Science

Closes on Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, ON
Part Time

Liaison Librarian, Science (part time)

Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)

Job Type
Part-time contract, 15 hours/week, four (4) months

Department: User Services

Wilfrid Laurier University Library is seeking a librarian to fill a four (4) months, part-time leave replacement position as liaison librarian providing services to the Health Sciences and Kinesiology program areas for the Faculty of Science.


Term of Appointment will be January 1, 2019 to April 30, 2019 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 Tri-University Group of Libraries Laurier students, faculty and staff may use and borrow materials from the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo libraries. The Laurier Library works with the Brantford Public Library to provide services and materials to the Laurier Brantford campus.

The Laurier Library serves 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 Waterloo Lutheran Seminary on the Waterloo campus, Social Work at the Kitchener campus, interdisciplinary programs at the Brantford campus as well as programming at the location in Toronto. 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, focused on Health Sciences and Kinesiology and Physical Education
  • 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
  • knowledge of diversity, equity, and accessibility issues



  • 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 15 hours per week, with a term of appointment from January 1, 2019 to April 30, 2019. 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 Part-Time Collective Agreement at: The stipend rate for this position will be $7,800 (inclusive of pay in lieu of benefits) for the four (4) month contract term.

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 December 11, 2018 to:

Scott Gillies
Associate University Librarian
Wilfrid Laurier University


If you are unable to apply using one file because of a disability, please connect with Jennifer Knechtel at who can assist you.
Pursuant to Article 13.5 of the Collective Agreement for Part-time Contract Academic Staff (CAS) and Part-time Librarians, all applicants shall apply electronically. Applications must be received by 23:59 local time of the date on the posting.

Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including persons of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Indigenous persons, and persons of a visible minority. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  Members of the designated groups must self-identify to the University Librarian ( to be considered for employment equity.

In accordance with the requirements of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the successful applicants will be required to prove they are legally able to work in Canada.

To obtain a copy of this job posting in an accessible format, please contact Jennifer Knechtel (

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