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

Library Assistant


Department: Veterinary Medicine Library

FTE: 1.0

Status:  Term, up to two years with the possibility of extension or becoming permanent

Competition No.:  17183-C

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

Primary Purpose: To provide high quality client service at the Veterinary Medicine Library to the U of S community and external users.

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Branch Supervisor, work is performed in a dynamic and service oriented environment, with competing tasks and priorities. Duties are of above average complexity involving a deeper knowledge and understanding of the resources and functions related to the library. Duties involve frequent interaction with students, faculty and/or visitors as well as supervisors, peers, staff, etc. The work requires a high level of attention to detail with frequent interruptions. This position involves working independently to solve problems with assistance by the supervisor for the resolution of more complex issues; judgment and independence is exercised on a daily basis. The need to be flexible and meet a variety of service standards and expectations from clients and colleagues is required.

Typical Duties: Provides reference and information assistance to clients of the Veterinary Medicine Library, including via email and Instant Messaging; provides high quality client service at the circulation/reserve desk; responsible for all aspects of monograph and reserves collection management and stack maintenance within the branch; receives and processes new/recurring serials and processes bindery orders; runs lists including missing/search, in-transit and ILL; assists with maintenance of the branch web pages; oversees the branch’s learning operations; responsible for branch supplies orders and cash reporting (daily balancing, cashing out and reporting twice weekly);  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.

Experience: Relevant library and public services experience including in a high volume, time sensitive environment; experience using a variety of tools such as LibApps. Proficiency with relevant Sierra modules particularly the circulation module, the Library website, the online public catalogue, library databases, and other online information sources. Knowledge of software applications available in the Learning Commons. Experience with Camtasia and screen capture software for creating help guides and tutorials; experience providing one-on-one and group orientations and tours; experience developing and maintaining webpages using Drupal and Cascade; experience using Microsoft Office applications in a networked environment. Experience with bibliographic citation managers such as Endnote and RefWorks is an asset.


  • Demonstrated aptitude for leadership; ability to lead change and engage and support others in the change process; ability to demonstrate diplomacy and discretion
  • Demonstrated ability to provide one-on-one or group assistance
  • Demonstrated flexibility to adapt to change
  • Strong interpersonal skills and effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to use judgment and apply effective investigative, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to organize work, set priorities, meet deadlines, work independently, use initiative, and effectively handle disruptions
  • 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
  • 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 the position is 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.