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Medieval Manuscripts and Early Book Librarian, Librarian I/II

Closes on Thursday, August 09, 2018
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON
Full Time

POSITION:                   Medieval Manuscripts and Early Book Librarian, Librarian I/II


DEPARTMENT:            University of Toronto Libraries




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About the University of Toronto Libraries

The University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) system is the largest academic library in Canada and is consistently ranked among the top-10 research libraries in North America. The system consists of 44 libraries located on three university campuses: St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough. This array of college libraries, special collections, and specialized libraries and information centres supports the teaching and research requirements of 215 graduate programs, over 60 professional programs, and more than 700 undergraduate degree programs. In addition to more than 12 million print volumes, the library system currently provides access to millions of electronic resources in various forms and over 29,554 linear metres of archival material. More than 150,000 new print volumes are acquired each year.  The Libraries’ data centre houses more than 200 servers with a storage capacity of 1.5 petabytes.

The Opportunity

The University of Toronto Libraries seeks an innovative and strongly user-focused librarian for the position of Medieval Manuscripts and Early Books Librarian. The successful candidate will report to the Head of the Rare Books and Special Collections Department and will work collaboratively with a team of Rare Book librarians and staff. The incumbent will provide specialized support for the planning, development, acquisition, cataloguing, and management of the library’s growing medieval manuscript collections as well as its early books. The successful candidate will also provide the selection of books for the Classics holdings in the general collections of the central library, as well as provide public service and research support to meet the growing needs of a diverse community of faculty, visiting scholars, and graduate and undergraduate students.


Representative Duties:


  • Participate in collection development for the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library’s medieval manuscripts collection, with a focus on the Western tradition.
  • Participate in collection development for the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library’s early book collection (principally up to 1700).
  • Create original catalogue records for the Fisher Library’s medieval manuscripts and early books.
  • Provide advanced instruction including lectures, workshops, and seminars.
  • Promote the use of the Fisher Library’s collections and resources through a range of in-person and online outreach activities.
  • Maintain close contact with faculty and students of appropriate departments and programs, especially the Classics Department, the Centre for Medieval Studies, and the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies.
  • Provide reference and research support to students, faculty members, staff and visiting scholars.
  • Encourage and cultivate close relations with colleagues in the field, rare book dealers, and donors of funds and materials relating to medieval manuscripts and early books.
  • Initiate, organize, and oversee digitization projects.
  • Participate in library and other committees as appropriate.


Required Qualifications


  • A degree from an accredited Master’s level program in library and information studies
  • Demonstrated interest in and exposure to rare book librarianship, rare books and special collections.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to apply cataloguing standards.
  •  Knowledge of collection development practices.
  • Knowledge of issues involved in maintaining special collections.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of at least one ancient language.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, organizational, presentation, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated flexibility, creativity and ability to innovate and adapt to a changing environment.
  • Strong initiative and ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively, as part of a team and independently.
  • Demonstrated commitment to outstanding public service.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to innovation and continuous learning.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Experience working in an academic library and with special collections.
  • Experience of teaching using library collections.
  • Experience cataloguing rare books/special collections material.
  • Degree and/or related experience in Classics and/or Medieval studies.


Salary and Terms of Appointment

This is a permanent status stream appointment to be hired at the Librarian I/II rank. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.


NOTE: Librarians at the University of Toronto are members of the University of Toronto Faculty Association.


Application Materials Required: A cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references of which at least two have supervised your work. Please send a single electronic file (MS Word or pdf) with a file name convention of [Surname, FirstName.MMEB] to Library Human Resources at; or to Room 1140, 130 St. George Street, University of Toronto Libraries, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5; or by fax to (416) 946-5543 by August 9, 2018.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission. The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact
The University of Toronto Libraries thanks all applicants but will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

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