The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Aboriginal engagement is a strategic priority.

Library Assistant


Department: University Library

FTE: 1.0

Status:  Term, up to one year, with the possibility of extension or becoming permanent

Competition No.:  17127-C

Salary Information: The salary range is $2,992.38 to 3,591.47 per month, (Operational Services Phase 3). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Primary Purpose: To perform tasks that ensure access to the Library’s print and online collections for the university community.

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Supervisor of Serials and E-Access, this position performs varied tasks of moderate complexity. Work performed requires a high level of attention to detail and moderate physical demands. This position involves working independently to solve problems with assistance by the supervisor for the resolution of more complex issues. Duties involve interaction with vendors and publishers as well as supervisors, peers, staff, etc.

Typical Duties: Maintains KnowledgeBase within the SFX link resolver in order to ensure accurate representation of the library’s e-journal holdings; verifies e-journal availability and holdings on publisher/vendor websites and corrects inconsistencies; assists with downloading of usage reports into UStat; opens and sorts print journals, verifying order and receipt information; performs tasks related to the check-in of print materials; communicates with vendors/publishers and other library staff to investigate and resolve serials receipt and problems, and verifying information within bibliographic records; performs physical processing of material to be shipped for outsourced cataloguing and receives returned materials; collaborates with others to solve problems and streamline workflows; and projects and other duties as assigned.

Education: Library Technician Diploma.

Experience: Relevant library experience with technical services functions and bibliographic information; experience using library web pages related to databases and e-journals, the online public catalogue and with navigating vendor and/or publisher web sites; and experience using Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel and Outlook) in a networked environment.


  • Demonstrated proficiency using the Sierra serials, acquisitions and cataloguing modules, Sierra create list function
  • Demonstrated ability to use judgment and apply effective investigative, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills and written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of the structure of bibliographic records, MARC Standards, and RDA; familiarity with the SFX link resolver
  • Demonstrated ability to organize work, set priorities, meet deadlines, work independently, and use initiative
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Reliable, dependable, and self-motivated
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with others in a team environment
  • Possesses a tactful, responsive, pleasant and effective manner in all personal interactions
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to change
  • Proficient and accurate keyboarding skills

This position is in scope of CUPE 1975.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Ken Ladd at 306-966-5946.

Be sure to apply online as emailed applications may not be accepted.

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.