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

Library Assistant


Department: Education & Music Library

FTE: 1.0

Status: Permanent

Competition No.: 17158-C

Salary Information: The salary range is $3,239.60 to $4,374.07 per month (Operational Service, Phase 4). The starting salary will commensurate with education and experience.

Primary Purpose: To provide high quality information research assistance and client service support to Education & Music Library clients and the University community.  

Hours: The required hours and days of work are Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 am -5:00 pm with EDO on Tuesdays.  During May-August, the hours and days of work are Monday- Friday 9:00-5:00 with EDO on Mondays.

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Branch Supervisor, duties involve frequent interaction with students, faculty and/or visitors as well as supervisors, peers, staff etc. The work is moderately complex, highly detailed, with considerable intellectual demands; sound judgement and decision making is required on a daily basis. The ability to work effectively in an evolving and innovative environment, and balance competing deadlines, priorities and tasks is essential. The need to be flexible to meet expectations is required. The incumbent works independently, with guidance from the supervisor when necessary to determine appropriate actions for more complex tasks and problems. The incumbent requires a detailed working knowledge and understanding of the resources and functions of the Education & Music Library to ensure that service standards are met.

Typical Duties: Provides information and research assistance to library clients of the Education & Music library; helps users in the location of music scores, sound and video recordings as well as information found in music books and journals in print and electronic formats; conducts one-on-one library orientations and tours; performs circulation and reserve activities; maintains the branch web and intranet pages; provides support for course page development; provides support for updating and maintaining the Authorized textbooks database; represents the branch on appropriate committees; and undertakes other special projects and duties as assigned.


Education: Library Technician Diploma or University undergraduate degree; recent education in the provision of reference and information services; preference for music degree or equivalent.

Experience: Relevant library and public services experience; experience with bibliographic citation managers such as RefWorks; experience using a variety of tools such as LibGuides, Camtasia and Jing; experience developing and maintaining webpages; experience providing one-on-one and group orientations and tours; experience using Microsoft Office applications in a networked environment.  Previous experience providing music reference services is an asset.


  • Demonstrated competencies required for reference work; demonstrated ability to read music;
  • Working knowledge of music history, classical music genres and musical notation;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in providing reference services;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide one-on-one or group assistance and in a distributed online environment;
  • Demonstrated proficiency using a variety of tools and software for creating/editing help guides and other instructional support resources;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness setting priorities and balancing competing demands; ability to organize work, meet deadlines, work independently, use initiative, and effectively handle disruptions;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Ability to demonstrate diplomacy and discretion;
  • Reliable, dependable, and self-motivated;
  • Demonstrated flexibility to adapt to change;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and effective written and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated proficiency with relevant Sierra modules, particularly the circulation module, the library website, the online public catalogue, library databases, and other online information sources;
  • Demonstrated ability to use judgment and apply effective investigative, analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with others in a team environment;
  • Knowledge of software applications available in the Learning Commons;
  • Possesses the physical ability to perform moderately heavy lifting; proficient and accurate keyboarding skills

This position is in scope of CUPE 1975

Applications will be accepted until filled.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Chelsea Platzke at 306-966-8147.

Be sure to apply online as emailed applications will 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.