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

Health Sciences Librarian

Applications are invited for a two year term appointment with the University Library at the University of Saskatchewan. We are seeking a dynamic, innovative, and flexible individual with the appropriate qualifications and background to work collaboratively as part of the teams based at the Leslie & Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library and the Veterinary Medicine Library, two of our seven branch libraries.
 
Reporting to the Head of the Health Science Libraries, the appointee will be assigned the following responsibilities:
  • Developing collaborative relationships with faculty to support teaching and research
  • Providing reference and information services, including research consultations to students, faculty and researchers
  • Developing and delivering information literacy instruction using traditional classroom and active learning methods as well as innovative educational technologies
  • Developing instructional and training materials in print, web-based, and interactive formats using e-learning technologies where appropriate
  • Developing collections and information resources, including monitoring the subject approval plans and selecting resources as requested by faculty and graduate students
  • Working collaboratively with librarians from other branches and units
An ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science degree or equivalent is required for this appointment. Experience in health sciences librarianship is an asset. Candidates must also be able to demonstrate:
  • A commitment to high quality service
  • Knowledge and understanding of instructional techniques for teaching information literacy skills
  • The ability to develop and sustain effective and collaborative professional working relationships and partnerships
  • Ability to teach effectively in both group and individual settings
  • Effective communication skills
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a collegial team environment
  • A commitment to evidence-based professional practice
  • A commitment to developing professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis
The University Library has developed core competencies for librarians at the University of Saskatchewan (http://library.usask.ca/info/files/CoreCompetenciesUniversityLibrarians2013.pdf).
Our competencies mirror those required by librarians in the Canadian academic research environment, and identify the basic knowledge and skills that librarians should employ in their professional practice.
 
This appointment is at the rank of Assistant Librarian and the salary range is $77,613 to $93,293. A position with the University of Saskatchewan comes with a benefits package that includes life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long-term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefit, dental plan, extended health and vision care plan, employee assistance program and flexible health spending account.This appointment is available on July 1, 2017 and until June 30, 2019.
 
About the University Library
As one of Canada’s leading research libraries, the University Library (http://library.usask.ca) provides tremendous opportunities for professional growth and development in a dynamic and flexible work environment. We have an exciting strategic plan and an accompanying people plan for the future that involves a significant transformation of library services, collections, facilities, and organizational culture. Through the priority projects identified within our plan, we contribute to success in learning, scholarship and practice by being leaders and innovators and working in collaboration with others. Our values guide our actions and strongly influence our approach to the practice of professional skills. The University Library is home to the Centre for Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (http://library.usask.ca/ceblip). The Centre supports University Library librarians in their research endeavors and promotes the application of evidence based library and information practice.
 
About the University of Saskatchewan and the City of Saskatoon
Established in 1907, the University of Saskatchewan (www.usask.ca) has evolved into an institution of note in advanced education and research in Canada. Its Strategic Directions and Integrated Plan outline a vision focused on international standards in all activities, academic pre-eminence and a sense of place. The Canadian Light Source synchrotron, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Disease Centre (VIDO-InterVac), graduate Schools of Public Health, Public Policy, and Environment and Sustainability, Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre, and significant capital building projects to revitalize Law, Veterinary Medicine, Health Sciences, residences, student services and library buildings on campus are just some of the University’s recent achievements. The University contributes to the cultural life of the community through concerts and recitals of the performing ensembles. The University has a reputation for innovation and excellence in education and boasts one of the most attractive campuses in the country.
 
Saskatoon (www.saskatoon.ca) is the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan, with an estimated population of 260,000 and an estimated metropolitan area population of 300,000. The city is situated on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, which is crossed by seven bridges within the city limits. The city offers a scenic riverbank, many parks, a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant cultural community, and a high quality of life.
 
To Apply
Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information of three references to:
 
Melissa Just, Dean
University Library
University of Saskatchewan
156 Murray Building, 3 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A4
Email: library.jobs@usask.ca
 
A review of applications will commence the week of March 15, 2017 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

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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.

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