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Assistant Librarian -Redeemer University College - Ontario

Redeemer University College Ancaster Ontario Assistant Librarian Reporting to the Library Director, the Assistant Librarian is responsible for Library Technical Services and assists the Library Director with collection development and the provision of reference services and library instruction.


Technical Services:

  • Ensures access to print and electronic resources, from on and off campus.
  • Oversees daily operations in technical services: acquisitions, serials, cataloging, materials processing, binding and repairs, inter-library loans and other technical services operations.
  • Assists in drafting policies and procedures.
  • Ensures that staff and student employees receive regular training as required.
  • Manages the cloud-based ILS and bibliographic procedures using nationally accepted technical standards such as MARC, RDA, RAD (Rules for Archival Description), and established utilities such as OCLC for processing library & archival materials.
  • Oversees library system activity such as notice generation, and report generation.
  • Determines needs and develops priorities, policies and procedures in line with international archival standards for the maintenance, preservation, and access of Archives and Special Collections.
  • Identifies collections for digitization, and manages digitization projects.
  • Manages access to the Library's databases including customization. Reviews vendor bills and oversees contract compliance.
  • Ensures that issues with the library systems and databases are dealt with appropriately and in a timely fashion. Troubleshoots functionality and access problems. Works closely with the university’s IT (Information Technology) staff on issues impacting access to library resources.
  • Works with vendors to track and resolve access problems that cannot be resolved in-house.
  • Advises the Library Director when repairs and maintenance are needed. Recommends new hardware/software upgrades.
  • Assists in maintaining the library website and social media presence.
  • Creates reports based on usage statistics of library resources and facilities.

Collection Development:

  • Communicates with faculty and students in assigned subject areas to maintain awareness of library needs as well as changes in courses, or programs.
  • Monitors acquisitions budgets for assigned areas, with responsibilities to analyze, develop, and maintain those areas, including regular weeding and inventory.
  • Analyzes and evaluates the library’s digital and physical collections using a variety of quantitative and qualitative measures.

Reference Services, Research Instruction & Promotion of Library/ Archives:

  • Provides research assistance at public service desks and remotely, as needed, in rotation with other library staff.
  • Assists in the provision of library research instruction (e.g., voluntary drop-in sessions and/or class presentations), as requested by the Library Director.
  • Promotes resources and services to faculty and students through a variety of methods such as articles, web content, presentations, workshops, or displays.
  • Creates guides and bibliographies in assigned subject areas.


  • Keeps up-to-date on advances in technology and new developments in library and information services in order to maintain optimum service
  • Performs other duties similar in scope and complexity as assigned by supervisor


  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. An undergraduate degree in History or a related field and Certified Archivist or Digital Archives training would be assets.
  • Experience in an academic library. Archives-related experience would be an asset.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of emerging technologies in support of libraries and archives: e.g, cataloguing of e-resources, digital imaging technologies, optical character recognition, metadata creation, multimedia indexing, video/music streaming databases, database technology, user interface design, Web 2.0 tools and social media applications.
  • Working knowledge of AACR2, RDA, MARC21 and non-MARC metadata schema, LCSH, RAD (Rules for Archival Description).
  • Proficiency in the following would be an asset: MS Office Suite applications, Google Drive, Cloud-based Integrated Library Systems (OCLC WMS), Content Management Software (Moodle, Springshare LibApps, Internet Archive), Reference Management Systems (RefWorks, Zotero), Bibliographic Databases (EBSCOhost, JSTOR).
  • Ability to set and maintain expected standards for quality of digital objects and to identify and resolve technical problems in software and equipment. Skills in photography and digital imaging techniques, e.g. lighting and colour correction.
  • Knowledge of preservation considerations for digital objects as well as books, paper, photographs, and other library materials. Understanding of the proper care and handling of such materials.
  • Ability to research equipment and software options and make specific recommendations to meet the Library’s needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and manage projects effectively, with attention to detail. Skills in problem analysis, goal setting, workflow planning, and scheduling of tasks to completion.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, a public services orientation, and demonstrated written and spoken communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in both a team and self-directed environment.
  • Understanding of and commitment to Redeemer University College’s mission and values as a Reformed Christian liberal arts and sciences university.
  • Participation in communal activity that supports and encourages a university campus environment where the holistic development of all persons embodies Christian principles that advance the mission and Christian character of Redeemer University College

Applicants are requested to email their application materials and include a statement that articulates their faith perspective and its relation to the mission of Redeemer University College. A range of qualifications are evaluated including distinguishing characteristics that demonstrate congruence with Redeemer’s identity as a university in the protestant and Reformed Christian tradition. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.