Reference Librarian – Library Services

Website Keyano College

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About Us:

Keyano College is a comprehensive post-secondary educational institution located in Fort McMurray, nested in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo on traditional Treaty 8 territory. We are a strategic community partner that meets both the training and talent upgrading needs of industry, as well as the personal enrichment and cultural needs of the Wood Buffalo community. We take pride in offering a safe work and study environment that embraces Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. Our students and customers come from all walks of life and so do we. That is why we are committed to hiring great people from a variety of backgrounds because it makes our employee community stronger. We are committed to hiring great people from a variety of backgrounds to make our employee community stronger.

What you’ll be doing:

Keyano College’s Library Services is currently seeking a full-time, permanent Reference Librarian to join their team. Reporting to the Chair of Library Services, the Reference Librarian will be a member of the Division of Academic Experience. This position is an integral component of Library Services as they will be leading the delivery and assessment of references services to a growing college library while also serving a liaison librarian, including collection development and instruction, to select program and subject areas. The successful candidate will be committed to Indigenization, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging as well as meeting diverse learners where they are. This position will include additional duties related to library outreach, research services, digital learning objects development and maintenance, data collection and reporting, curriculum reviews, and teaching and learning support to engage students and faculty across campus.

Librarian (non-instructional) Faculty members play a crucial role in the academic success and development of students and faculty across the College. They are responsible for delivering high-quality instruction, fostering student and faculty engagement, and providing research support, thereby contributing to the overall academic environment of the institution. The Keyano College Library utilizes a functional model, with each librarian also having a designated liaison area(s) of responsibility. This position’s reference-focused primary responsibilities encompass its functional component.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Lead the provision of reference services, including training and development of resources for library staff and student assistants.
  • Provide reference and research support services to faculty and students, including in-depth consultations in all formats (chat, email, phone, in-person, and virtual) through the Book a Librarian service and as scheduled at the Research Services Desk.
  • Develop, deliver, and assess reference-related digital learning objects conducive to the needs of Keyano’s diverse learner community.
  • Collaborate with faculty to develop and deliver information literacy instruction in assigned discipline areas, including the integration of information literacy in program curriculum and course learning outcomes.
  • Responsible for library outreach, including development and promotion of library services and supports.
  • Responsible for collection, academic support development and maintenance in assigned discipline and program areas.
  • Strengthen Keyano College’s commitment to Indigenization, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (EDIB), as well as learner-centered services and experiences through training and awareness initiatives across campus.
  • Contribute to the delivery of library services to faculty, students, and staff through participation in collaborative initiatives such as instruction, resource sharing, committee service, and outreach.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the Division of Academic Experience to advance the strategic priorities of the College, Academic Experience, and Library Services.

Other Duties:

  • Maintain currency on research, trends, and issues around pedagogy/andragogy, emerging technologies, and teaching and learning approaches that can be used in various delivery modes to support Keyano’s diverse learners.
  • Keep abreast of relevant emerging areas of interest and innovation on campus and in the fields of reference services, academic librarianship, adult learners, and information literacy.
  • Engage in ongoing self-directed learning and professional development to bring new technologies and methodologies into Keyano’s reference, research, and outreach services.
  • Advance the profession through engagement in scholarship and professional activities.
  • Actively participate in decision-making activities undertaken within the library and the College through collegial contributions to committees and other working groups.
  • Fulfilling other duties and disciplinary responsibilities assigned considering institutional priorities or the incumbent’s disciplinary knowledge and scholarly interests.

This is a student and faculty-facing, onsite position located at Keyano College, Clearwater Campus. Hours are generally scheduled between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday with occasional evenings and weekends.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library & Information Science or equivalent from an ALA accredited program.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of reference services best practices and trends.
  • Demonstrated experience delivering reference services in an academic library.
  • Experience with teaching and learning practices at a post-secondary level.
  • Demonstrated commitment to Indigenization, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
  • Knowledge of user-centered approaches to work, teach, consult, and communicate effectively and compassionately with a diverse population of students, faculty, staff, and community.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience applying information literacy pedagogy, practice, and assessment techniques.
  • Experience in the design and delivery of instruction for traditional, blended and/or online learning environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and implement programming and outreach services for diverse users and various program areas.
  • Ability to use emerging technologies effectively in the delivery of services and instruction.
  • Effective interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Experience successfully managing multiple projects and meeting deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in an academic library and a community college environment.
  • Education and/or experience with research at a post-secondary level.
  • Experience teaching classes and providing consultations in an academic environment.
  • Experience providing curriculum support to faculty and subject matter experts.
  • Demonstrated engagement in professional and scholarly associations.
  • Familiarity with current issues and trends in library outreach services, library technology, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Please note: Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

What makes Keyano your employer of choice:

  • Attractive compensation based on education and experience
  • Employer paid comprehensive health and dental benefits, including a health spending account.
  • This position qualifies for additional payment of the Northern Living Allowance of $1,040.00 per month (This allowance is reviewed annually and is subject to budget approval).
  • Generous vacation entitlement and the bonus of paid holidays between Christmas and New Years.
  • Life insurance
  • Paid sick days.

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue through the selection process will be contacted.

*New MLIS/MIS/MI graduates are encouraged to apply

Job Type: Full-time

Work Location: In person

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