Instruction Librarian and Director

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This position is covered by The University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA) Collective Agreement

Position Title: Instruction Librarian and Director, St. Michael’s College Writing and Research Help Centre (Librarian II/III)
Office: John M. Kelly Library
Category: Library (Academic)
Supervisor: Chief Librarian
Hours: 35 Hour Work Week
Compensation: $74,553/year minimum
Terms: Full-time, Permanent Status Stream
Posting Date: November 7, 2022
Closing Date: December 11, 2022
Apply to:
Attention: James Roussain, Interim William D. Sharpe Chief Librarian
(please include position title in subject line of email when submitting resume and cover letter)


The University of St. Michael’s College, federated with the University of Toronto, is a Catholic institution of higher learning founded by the Congregation of St. Basil, whose motto, “Teach me goodness, discipline and knowledge,” sets the tone for campus life. Committed to the pursuit of knowledge, meaning and truth, USMC is a dynamic center where Catholic intellectual thought thrives in a context of academic freedom and rigorous debate. The University of St. Michael’s College boasts a large and dynamic undergraduate division, an acclaimed Faculty of Theology and one of the busiest and most important libraries on the University of Toronto campus.

The John M. Kelly Library is the largest Federated college library at the University of Toronto. It is also one of more than 40 libraries at the university. The Collection is strong in the humanities, including Catholic theology, the Middle Ages, book history and media studies, Celtic Studies, and English, French, Italian, Slavic and German literature.


The John M. Kelly Library at the University of St. Michael’s College invites applications from an innovative and service-oriented librarian for the position of Instruction Librarian and Director, USMC Research and Writing Help Centre. As a member of the Kelly’s Academic Services Functional Team, and liaison to the College’s undergraduate Book and Media Studies program, the successful applicant will play a central role in the library’s instruction, reference, outreach, and liaison programs. Reporting to the Chief Librarian, John M. Kelly Library, the successful candidate will also teach an undergraduate course in information literacy and serve as Director of the St. Michael’s College Research and Writing Centre where they will oversee the daily operations of the centre and manage a team of writing instructors. The incumbent will also be responsible for developing and maintaining close, collaborative, and proactive relationships with faculty, staff, and students across all St. Michael’s College divisions.

This is a permanent status stream appointment beginning February 2023. Please note that applications will be reviewed in early January 2023.


Office of the Principal

Roughly 40% of this position is dedicated to supporting the Office of the Principal. Tasks will include:

Teach the fall and winter semester offerings of BMS201H1, a half-credit course foundational course for students enrolled in the undergraduate Book and Media Studies program

– This course develops foundational skills for students in Book and Media Studies, including academic writing, information literacy, media literacy, citation, qualitative and quantitative research, primary and secondary sources, library resources, and practical techniques for analyzing different forms of media. Supporting tasks will include marking assignments and/or tests in a timely fashion and holding one office hour per week.
– Estimated course enrolment of 68 students per term.
– Estimated TA support of 75 hours per term.

Serve as the Director of the St. Michael’s College Writing and Research Help Centre

– Oversee and manage the daily work of a team of writing instructors whose role is to counsel students individually and in small groups on university writing, especially on organization, reasoning, style, and language use across a variety of disciplines.
– Hire, train, and manage instructors and instructor schedules, hold regular team meetings, collect statistics and report on the use of centre services, and liaise with stakeholders to promote the use of centre services.
– Provide individual and group writing instruction.

John M. Kelly Library

Roughly 60% of this position is dedicated to supporting the John M. Kelly Library. Tasks will include:

Library Liaison and Instruction

– As a member of the library’s Academic Services functional team, serve as librarian liaison for the undergraduate Book and Media Studies program, which includes direct outreach to students and faculty regarding library services and collection needs.
– Work with faculty and staff to determine the need for, and most effective means of delivering, instructional services.
– Maintain regular personal contact with instructors in assigned departments and programs.
– Collaborate with colleagues, students, and faculty to further design, implement, and assess a curriculum-embedded program of information literacy instruction in support of liaison area(s).
– Remain current with emerging concepts in library instruction and instructional technologies.

Reference and Research Help

– Meet with undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty, for one-on-one for research consultations.
– Contribute to the library’s Personal Librarian program, including developing and distributing a program of direct messaging to students.
– Maintain an awareness of information-finding resources, tools, and practices, in support of providing effective reference services.
– Maintain an appointment schedule for all research consultations.

Outreach and Promotion

– Identify opportunities for outreach and promotion of library services and resources.
– In collaboration with colleagues across several functional areas, including Academic Services, Special Collections, and Access and Information, promote library services, collections, and initiatives to internal and external stakeholders where possible.
– Provide tours of the library and orientations to library services where necessary.

– Supervise the work of students, if applicable, on special projects.
– Participate on library and faculty committees and working groups as necessary.
– Contribute to other library projects or initiatives as assigned.


Required Qualifications

– At least two years of professional librarian experience in an academic library, preferably in a liaison and/or teaching position.
– A degree from an ALA-accredited Master’s level program in library and information studies.
– Demonstrated commitment to integrating best practices and values of inclusivity, diversity, equity, anti-racism and accessibility.
– Relevant experience teaching writing one-on-one or teaching in university courses with a writing component.
– Experience in a writing center and/or training in delivering writing instruction.
– Demonstrated comprehensive searching skills involving the use of core academic library databases across multiple disciplines.
– Experience offering reference and research consultations to both graduate and undergraduate students.
– Demonstrated knowledge and application of the principles of effective teaching and learning of information literacy concepts.
– Outstanding interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills.
– Demonstrated flexibility, creativity, and ability to innovate and adapt in a changing environment.
– Strong initiative, organizational skills, and an ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities effectively.
– Ability to work effectively as both a team member and independently.
– Experiencing supervising and/or managing others.
– Outstanding service orientation and commitment to supporting patrons and colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications

– PhD or equivalent professional experience in the discipline.
– Familiarity with media studies, book history and print culture, or cognate fields is an asset.
– Evidence of active research interests.
– Experience working in a liaison and instruction capacity in an academic humanities library.
– Experience building relationships with faculty.
– Outreach experience promoting library services and resources.
– Experience working with learning management system software, and other teaching and learning software.

As an employee of the University, you must be fully vaccinated to be able to attend and perform duties on University premises as required, even if some or all of your duties can be performed remotely.

To read about our exemptions please visit our Guidelines on Vaccination.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

The University of St. Michael’s College is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal people of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, people who take a religiously informed view of human experience, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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