Undergraduate Liaison Librarian

Website University Canada West

Undergraduate Liaison Librarian Vancouver , BC


Position Title: Undergraduate Liaison Librarian

Location: UCW Vancouver House

Reports to: University Librarian

Undergraduate Liaison Librarian

University Canada West is a business and technology focused, independent post-secondary institution, modeled after special purpose teaching universities. The University has two campuses: West Pender and Vancouver House and its population of international and domestic students is growing substantially each year. Our mission is to deliver programs that provide students with the applied and theoretical basis for success in the workplace and future academic endeavors. UCW’s growth has allowed us to expand our Library team rapidly, including this new addition of a second Undergraduate Librarian.

Reporting to the Manager of the Library and Learning Commons, the Undergraduate Liaison Librarian would work as a team with our current Undergraduate Librarian to provide innovative student-centered support with a focus on our undergraduate programs and students. The Library reflects the focus of the University with a particular emphasis on resources relevant for contemporary business, communications, and technology. UCW librarians provide resources and services to students studying in person at both Vancouver campuses as well as online. Librarians advise both students and faculty and provide them with the tools and strategies to discover, access, and effectively use the full range of information resources available to meet their teaching, learning, and researching needs. The UCW library has an expansive network of connections with libraries and librarians from public post-secondary institutions and the private academic sector. As a rapidly growing private institution, the UCW Library is in the unique position of being able to devise, implement, and try new workshops, outreach events, and methods of instruction. We appreciate and encourage creative thinking, and we welcome the opportunity to learn and grow from all those around us. If you thrive in dynamic environments, have an adaptable mindset, and welcome new experiences, then we hope you apply today!

Specific Responsibilities

The succesful candidate will work collaborativly with our current Undergraduate Liaison Librarian to liaison between the Undergraduate Faculty and students and the Library. There are two primary roles for the Liaison Librarian:

  • Outreach: engage students and faculty to identify needs, obtain feedback and suggestions for improvement of Library Services and collections and promote the Library to these groups.Examples of responsibilities: meeting with faculty to establish learning outcomes for library workshops; designing and implementing a marketing plan for promoting the use of a particular library service/products; working with institutional committees to expand the reach of the library and identify areas of growth; working with faculty to support curriculum development
  • Instruction: teach and assist students and faculty in using the Library collections (print and electronic) and services. Provide workshops to students on research and citation skills. Employ diverse instructional tools to engage in-class and remote learning. Provide reference services to students both in person and online (via email, AskAway, Microsoft Teams, etc.)
  • Examples of responsibilities: working in collaboration with faculty in research focused courses to develop course specific learning objects and expand general library workshop series to include information relevant for undergraduate student success.

In addition, the liaison librarian will play a critical role in ensuring that library operations run smoothly by:

  • Collaborating with other full and part-time librarians as well as student assistants to enhance library services
  • Collaborating with the Library manager and other Liaison Librarians to develop, manage and assess information resources to meet faculty teaching requirements and student learning needs
  • Help circulate and manage the library print collection, including course reserve materials and library equipment
  • Assisting students with research and reference services, including the AskAway chat service

Position Requirements

Required Education and Experience:

  • MLIS degree from an ALA accredited institution
  • Up to 2 years of experience in a professional library; strong preference for academic library experience
  • Proven ability to create effective working relationships with Library staff and users with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds
  • Demonstrated experience planning and teaching classes/workshops in different modes of delivery (including in-person, online synchronous, and online asynchronous)
  • Demonstrated experience working and communicating with diverse populations
  • Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong commitment to excellent and empathetic service

Please indicate in your cover letter how you are meeting the above requirements.

This position is a full-time hybrid role and will include on-campus (at both locations) and remote shifts. Some weekend and evening work may be required. If you are applying from outside Lower Mainland, please indicate your consideration to move to Vancouver (since on-campus shifts are required).

Salary range: commensurate with experience; salary range is between $59,670 and $71,400.

To apply, please forward your cover letter and resume to jobs@ucanwest.ca (indicate “Application to Undergraduate Liaison Librarian position” in the subject line). Please consolidate both your resume and Cover Letter into a single PDF document when submitting.

UCW is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. Together, UCW and its staff strive to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming. We are privileged to do this work on the unceded, traditional territories of the

xʷməθkʷəyəm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel ̱ ̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Applicants who are comfortable to self-identify are encouraged to do so within their application or cover letter.


Salary range: commensurate with experience; salary range is between $59,670 and $71,400.

Closes: 29 May, 2023

University Canada West Library
Vancouver , BC

To apply for this job please visit www.ucanwest.ca.