Academic Librarian

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­Vaughan Memorial Library & Esther Clark Wright Archives

Academic Librarian (Librarian I, II, or III)

Full-time Probationary Appointment

January 1 or as soon as possible therafter

Acadia University and the Library & Archives acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaw Nation. This land is governed by the treaties of Peace and Friendship, first signed by the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqey, Peskotomuhkatiyik, and the British Crown in 1726. These treaties did not implicate or affirm the surrender or transfer of land to the British, but recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqey title and set the rules for what was to be a long-standing relationship between nations. As an educational institution, we are continually learning more about how we can deeply engage and move forward the work of truth, reconciliation, and equity. As faculty, staff, and students, we are grateful to live and work in Mi’kma’ki. We recognize that without action, an acknowledgment is empty. It marks the beginning of the work ahead of us, not the end.

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that considers an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact Erin Patterson, Head of Research Services, at

About Acadia University:

Acadia University is recognized as one of Canada’s premier undergraduate institutions, offering a liberal arts education unique among post-secondary institutions. Academic innovation and a technology-rich teaching and learning environment have garnered the university a reputation for excellence. Our progressive workplace is located only one hour from Halifax in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley.

As outlined in the 16th Collective Agreement between the Faculty Association and the Board of Governors, faculty receive a range of benefits including a defined benefit pension plan, yearly professional development funds, dental/vision insurance, health insurance to complement the public system, and internal research funding opportunities. The salary range is $67,142-$113,312 per annum.

About the Library & Archives:

The Library & Archives is the research centre for students and faculty and is committed to providing the highest standard of programs, services, and resources in support of learning, teaching, research and scholarly communication. The Library & Archives supports the University’s teaching and research programs in the Faculties of Arts, Pure and Applied Science, Professional Studies, and Theology. The Esther Clark Wright Archives opened in 1989 and holds university records, Acadia theses, Annapolis Valley records, and the Atlantic Baptist Archives. Acadia’s Special Collections and archival holdings are heavily used by Acadia students and faculty and by researchers from around the world.

The Library & Archives invites applications from candidates for a full-time Academic Librarian position at the rank of Librarian I, II, or III (commensurate with experience) beginning on January 1, 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. This is a focused hire for a Black, Indigenous, or racialized librarian; any qualified person is welcome to apply, but applicants who identify as Black, Indigenous, or racialized will be given first consideration. The successful applicant will hold an initial probationary appointment (normally three years) before applying for conversion to a continuing appointment.

The successful applicant will develop and implement Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) initiatives within the Library & Archives, and will also work collaboratively with other individuals and groups outside the library to promote EDI throughout the university community. In addition to coordinating the Library & Archives’ work in EDI, the successful applicant will be the liaison librarian for two academic departments: (1) History, Classics, and Comparative Religion and (2) Community Development. Liaison librarians are responsible for teaching information literacy, managing print and electronic collections, and providing research support to students and faculty in their subject areas. As faculty members, librarians are expected to pursue their own scholarly research and to participate in service activities that benefit the University, the profession, and the broader academic community.

Academic Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in Library Science or its equivalent from a school accredited by the American Library Association (or equivalent accrediting body acceptable to the University)

Required Qualifications:

knowledge of and experience with EDI principles

excellent communication and interpersonal skills

strong service orientation with a commitment to working with faculty and students

demonstrated ability to take initiative, set own priorities, and work independently

demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others

Desired Qualifications:

identification as a Black, Indigenous, or racialized person

academic qualifications and/or professional work experience in History, Classics, Community Development, or related disciplines

How to Apply:

Candidates are asked to submit their application in a single PDF document to Receipt of the application will be acknowledged via email. Applications should include the following:

cover letter addressed to Erin Patterson, Head of Research Services;

current curriculum vitae;

names and email/phone contact information of three references (to be contacted if short-listed).

We respectfully ask that applicants make their self-identification as Black, Indigenous, or racialized clear to the hiring committee in their cover letter.

Acadia University invites applications from all qualified individuals; however, Canadians and permanent residents shall be given priority. The University encourages applications from Indigenous people; African Canadians; African Nova Scotians; persons with disabilities; visible minorities; women; persons of any minority sexuality, gender identity or gender expression; and all intersections of these identities. Acadia embraces the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion as fundamental in creating an expansive academic environment and champions diverse knowledge systems as pillars of academic excellence.

All applicants are required to submit an online Employment Equity Self-Identification Form as part of their application package. The form provides the option of self-identifying based on the applicant’s comfort level. Failure to complete the form by the closing date will result in the disqualification of your application.

Closing Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 5pm ADT

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