Library - Liaison Librarian

McGill University - Schulich Library

Location: Quebec
Date posted: 2013-10-02

Liaison Librarian
Schulich Library

Assistant Librarian or Associate Librarian (tenure track)
Duration: three years, with possibility of renewal
Salary minimum: salary commensurate with experience
Posting number: 13-AL9908

The McGill Library seeks an innovative, autonomous and resourceful librarian to assist in the provision of a range of library and information services and collections to support teaching, learning, research and outreach activities of the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry and the Department of Biology at McGill University.


The Library is committed to the delivery of innovative information products, services and programs of the highest quality focused on client needs and supportive of the University's strategic mission and directions. The Library proactively supports the teaching, learning and research needs of faculty and students to ensure that the university's strategic mission of excellence as a research intensive, student-centred university is satisfied. Collection building is based upon the premise of preference for electronic versions.

McGill Library has the largest collection in Quebec and is one of Canada's largest academic libraries with access to over 6 million monographs and 80,000 online serials and databases. The library is a member of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Conférence des recteurs et principaux des universités du Québec (CRÉPUQ), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), and is the first Canadian member of the HathiTrust Digital Library.


Information about the University and the McGill Library is at the University's web site ( and As a tenured stream appointee, the successful candidate is expected to devote himself to the full range of academic duties as defined in the Regulations Relating to the Employment of Librarian Staff, which can be found at

Evening and weekend work may be required.


Primary Purpose of Position

To assist in the provision of a range of library and information services and collections to support teaching, learning, research and outreach activities in the Faculty of Medicine, including Undergraduate Medicine, Medical Education, and other specific medical specialties at McGill University.


Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Advise clients on discovering, accessing and using effectively the full range of library and information resources available to meet teaching, learning and research needs in a specific discipline area.
  • Provide to on-site and remote clients, assistance and consultation services in information resource discovery and access in relation to specific teaching, learning or research needs.
  • Develop and maintain communication links and appropriate liaison with designated academic departments and/or university centres to ensure library and information needs are understood and met.
  • Co-ordinate the work of other library staff in designated areas and work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Conduct information literacy/skills classes and training programs for clients and library staff.
  • Develop, produce and maintain library documentation, including web content.
  • Assist in the development of the Library's collection in all formats, including print, electronic and multimedia in a specific disciplinary area to ensure teaching, learning and research needs are met.
  • Promote and market the Library's products and services and assist in fundraising activities as appropriate.
  • Create and maintain library system and database records.
  • Provide intellectual and physical access to library material, particularly subject and authority analysis and metadata tags.
  • Assist in managing the acquisition, delivery and supply of library and information resources.
  • Apply expertise in databases, indexing, metadata and information analysis and synthesis to improve information retrieval and use.
  • Work in partnership with other library and University staff and sections, as well as external groups, on specific projects.
  • Attend various library, faculty and University wide committees and represent the library on external committees as required.
  • Maintain current awareness of emerging technologies and developments in the library, education and information environments and develop possible responses.

Reporting relationship

The position reports to the Life Sciences Program Coordinator or the Head Librarian of the Schulich Library.


  1. ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information science.
  2. Professional experience in the information services area of an academic, special or research library, experience in health or allied sciences or equivalent relevant experience is highly desirable.
  3. Knowledge of and experience in the use of relevant information resources, including electronic and networked resources.
  4. Sound information and communication technology skills and knowledge.
  5. Ability to conduct information skills classes for small and large groups.
  6. Capacity to supervise other staff and coordinate workflows.
  7. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including abilities in both English and French.
  8. Excellent organizational, client service and teamwork skills.
  9. High level of professionalism and commitment to the organization and its mission and the ability to work flexibly in a changing environment.
  10. Ability to promote the library and its services to clients and present a positive image of the library to clients.
  11. Ability to understand and respond to priorities and trends in the Library and University environments.


Applications should address the above selection criteria, be accompanied by a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of three referees and should be submitted by October 20, 2013. Please indicate the number of the posting (13-AL9908) on the letter of interest.

Isabelle Roberge
Office of the Director of Libraries
McGill University
3459 McTavish Street
Montreal, Qc H3A 1Y1
Fax: (514) 398-3561

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities and others who may contribute to further diversification.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.


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