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Professional Librarian (Business/Liberal Education)

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Job Title Professional Librarian (Business/Liberal Education)
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We are one of Canada’s top universities and leading research institutions. With more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, two campuses (Lethbridge and Calgary), seven faculties and schools, and more than 2,500 employees, ULethbridge is Lethbridge’s second largest employer. Faculty and staff come together to contribute, each in their own way, to establishing ULethbridge as Canada’s destination university. In 2022, Lethbridge was recognized as one of Canada’s top small cities.
Rank Professional Librarian II
Tenure Information Tenure Track
Position Details
The University of Lethbridge is a comprehensive and research-intensive university founded on the principles of liberal education where inspired scholars integrate research and creative activity with teaching. Our University’s Blackfoot name is Iniskim, meaning Sacred Buffalo Stone. Established in 1967 on traditional Blackfoot land, it is a place where student engagement in learning, creative activities, and research takes place every day. With campuses in Lethbridge and Calgary, the University offers more than 150 undergraduate and 60 graduate programs in the faculties of Arts & Science, Education, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, the Schools of Liberal Education and Graduate Studies, and the Dhillon School of Business, to about 8,000 students.

The University of Lethbridge recognizes that diversity enriches our campus and our community and is fundamental to excellence in teaching, learning, and research. The University as a whole embraces equity as a core value to be truly inclusive of the communities of which we are a part, and this requires ongoing intentional and systemic action. Through recruitment and support of individuals who further enhance our diversity, the University strives to create a diverse and inclusive community where students, faculty, and staff feel welcome, are treated equitably, and can thrive.

The University of Lethbridge Library, with a staff of thirty, has a collection of over one million items in a variety of formats, an integrated approach to technology and services, and an emphasis on information literacy. Please see for more information.

The University Library seeks an energetic, user-centred, innovative, team-oriented Librarian for a tenure-track position, to start September 1, 2023 (but a start date as early as July 1, 2023 is possible). Reporting to the University Librarian and working collaboratively with colleagues, the successful candidate will perform liaison activities with a heavy emphasis on information literacy, including research assistance to a variety of patron types, and the possible development of and teaching of for-credit classes. Liaison areas, including collection development, could include (but will not be limited to) Business, Economics, Agricultural Studies, Political Science, and Liberal Education. The position may also include committee work in such areas as collection development, scholarly communications, public services, assessment, and outreach. Joining the Library’s team will present the successful candidate with opportunities for professional growth in a wide range of possible assignments.

Professional librarians at the University of Lethbridge have academic status and are expected to engage in research and service activities as well as to remain professionally active. Rank is dependent on qualifications and experience.

This position will appeal to individuals who:
  • have strong instructional skills, and a passion for teaching
  • work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • are eager to contribute to a wide range of Library initiatives in a medium-sized academic library
  • have an interest in engagement with the University community through involvement in outreach
  • are committed to learning
  • seek diversity, multi-faceted challenge, and opportunities to adapt and innovate

Some scheduled evening and weekend hours may be required.

The search committee will be looking for the following:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science (ALA accredited or equivalent)
  • Familiarity with the academic environment and an understanding of current issues and trends
  • Disciplinary knowledge in one or more of the liaison areas indicated
  • Demonstrated experience in an academic library setting
  • Experience in reflexive information literacy instruction to promote student success and retention

  • Superior interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective and collegial working relationships with students, staff, and academic staff members
  • Excellent presentation, teaching, and communication skills

Team/Work Style:
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to collaborate effectively with staff at all levels and with people of diverse backgrounds as part of a collegial team
  • Flexibility, innovation, and the ability to meet the challenges of rapid changes in higher education and to thrive in a dynamic and collaborative environment
  • A demonstrated commitment to responsive, user-centred, and quality library services that benefit a diverse community of users

Organizational/analytical/problem solving skills:
  • Ability to successfully manage a variety of simultaneous tasks in contexts that may involve competing priorities and changing circumstances
  • Superior organizational skills and the ability to effectively develop and lead projects within a collaborative environment
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with a demonstrated ability to work with both quantitative and qualitative data
  • Technical aptitude and an interest in using technology to improve library service

For enquiries about the position, please contact Dr. Harold Jansen, University Librarian, at

The deadline for applications will be June 1, 2023 or until a suitable applicant is found.
Faculty University Library
Campus Lethbridge
Posting Detail Information

Open Date 04/28/2023
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Desired Start Date 09/01/2023
Position End Date (if temporary)
Special Instructions to Applicants
Employment Equity
The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.

The University of Lethbridge invites applications from all qualified candidates; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given preference.

The University of Lethbridge is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, including through all aspects of the hiring process. If you require support during the hiring process, please contact Human Resources at so that accommodations can be put in place to support you. All private information received in relation to your request for support will be kept confidential, only information required to facilitate the accommodation will be shared with the selection committee.

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application
Optional Documents
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