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Career Trends and Events – May 22, 2018

Submitted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

On this page, you will find helpful information to keep you up-to-date on upcoming events and trends across a range industries. Career trends may range from areas such as recruitment practices, top organizations to work at, to career exploration strategies. Events are external to the iSchool and will often take place in and around the Greater Toronto Area.

For questions related to this information, please contact Alex Howes, Careers Officer,

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Exciting Job

Research Librarian

Reference, Current Awareness and User Services
Parliamentary Information and Research Service
Determinate / Acting / Assignment / Secondment Positions

LS-01 – LS-02 ($63,278–$81,376)

(Bilingual staffing – imperative: CBC/CBC)

Library of Parliament:

Location: Ottawa, ON

The Library of Parliament is a non-partisan organization providing stimulating and rewarding work. We recognize that our employees are our most important asset and, as such, we offer excellent benefits, four weeks’ vacation leave, learning opportunities to support professional and career development, competitive salaries, and more!
Our Parliamentary Information and Research Service (PIRS) provides high-quality, substantive and timely information, research and analysis to parliamentary committees, individual senators and members of the House of Commons, and parliamentary associations/delegations.

We are currently looking for candidates to fill research librarian positions. Research librarians work with multi-disciplinary teams to respond to reference requests from parliamentarians, including members of the House of Commons, senators, parliamentary associations or delegations, and other parliamentary clients. Librarians have the opportunity to work on substantive research inquiries covering a wide variety of subjects. The work librarians do, whether in person, over the telephone or online, helps parliamentarians to develop legislation that will shape Canada’s future and to serve their constituents.

The position of research librarian offers a great opportunity for new or experienced librarians to develop their reference services skills and to acquire a deeper knowledge of parliamentary and government documents. If you are searching for a team-oriented environment that is ever changing, fast-paced, stimulating and rewarding, this position is right for you.

NOTE: This selection process will also be used to establish a pool of prequalified candidates that could be used to staff determinate and indeterminate positions requiring similar knowledge or competencies. Our ideal candidates demonstrate the competencies listed in the Research, Analysis and Library Specialists Group (sub-Group B).

For the purposes of this selection process, the following knowledge criteria will be evaluated:

  • Knowledge of current affairs, parliamentary publications, online search tools and reference sources relevant to Canadian politics and current affairs To be considered, candidates must have:
  • A master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences or Library and Information Studies from a recognized university. Applicants who anticipate graduating in the spring, summer or fall of 2018 may be considered.
  • Knowledge of or experience conducting in-depth searches using print and online sources
  • Experience in providing written responses to requests for information

Candidates retained in this selection process will be required to obtain:

  • A successful second-language evaluation (Bilingual staffing – imperative: CBC/CBC)
  • A successful pre-employment screening

Additional Information:

  • This selection process is open to the public and to employees of the Library of Parliament, the Senate, the House of Commons, the Office of the Senate Ethics Officer, the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, the Parliamentary Protective Service, and the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer.
  • This selection process will include a second-language evaluation, a written qualifying exam and an interview. The interview will consist of behavioural, situational and knowledge-based questions. Candidates will be required to pass each stage in order to move to the next stage of the selection process.
  • Qualified candidates from this selection process may be considered for determinate or indeterminate positions at the Library of Parliament that require similar knowledge and/or competencies.
  • Education and experience requirements will be used to determine which candidates will be asked to participate in the next stage of the selection process.
  • Satisfactory references and proof of education are essential conditions of appointment.
  • Travel and relocation expenses are the responsibility of the candidates.
  • The Library of Parliament is committed to employment equity.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and to permanent residents who are legally able to work in Canada. Applicants who have a valid work permit may also be considered.

Apply no later than 27 May 2018 – 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time)

To apply, please send us your curriculum vitae, along with a covering letter indicating how you meet each of the education and experience requirements of the position. Please quote Staffing Process 18-LOP-05 in your documents and, if you apply by email, in the subject line of your email.

Send us your application:
By email:
By fax: 613-995-9582
By mail: 50 O’Connor Street Library of Parliament Human Resources Directorate Ottawa, ON K1A 0A9

Questions? Contact Human Resources at 613-617-0943 or

We thank all those who apply. Please note that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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