Liaison and Education Librarian (Librarian I/II)

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Position: Liaison and Education Librarian (Librarian I/II)
Department: Gerstein Science Information Centre
Date Required: December 2022

About the University of Toronto Libraries

The University of Toronto Libraries system is the largest academic library in Canada and is consistently ranked in the top ten among academic research libraries in North America. The system consists of 40 libraries located on three university campuses: St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough. This array of college libraries, special collections, and specialized libraries and information centres supports the teaching and research requirements of over 300 graduate programs, more than 70 professional programs, and about 700 undergraduate degree programs. In addition to more than 12 million volumes in 341 languages, the library system currently provides access to millions of electronic resources in various forms and over 31,000 linear metres of archival material. More than 150,000 new print volumes are acquired each year. The Libraries’ data centre houses more than 500 servers with a storage capacity of 1.5 petabytes.

The Opportunity

The Gerstein Science Information Centre is the largest academic health sciences library in Canada and has long-standing close liaison ties with the health science faculties and maintains a large science and health science collection both online and in print. It has collaborative relationships with the hospital library community through the Health Science Information Consortium of Toronto. Gerstein is also a hub for science communication events and entrepreneurial innovation.

The Gerstein Science Information Centre invites applications for an innovative and service-oriented librarian for the position of Liaison and Education Librarian. As part of our well-established liaison program, the successful candidate will teach dynamic, engaging instruction sessions within the MD Program, as well as other departments within the Faculty of Medicine. The successful candidate will provide research support through our robust consultation service, Systematic and Scoping Review Collaboration Service and other research-intensive services. The individual will also be responsible for maintaining and developing close, collaborative and proactive liaison relationships with faculty, staff and students.

The successful candidate will:

•Work closely with colleagues within Gerstein, across the library system and within the hospital libraries

•Collaborate with faculty and students to further develop a curriculum-embedded program of instruction in the Faculty of Medicine

•Coordinate with librarian colleagues within UTL and hospital libraries to develop and deliver instructional programming (including pedagogical design, assessment and marking).
Instruction is offered synchronously and asynchronously, as well as via online learning modules

•Conduct in-depth research consultations with students and faculty, with emphasis on knowledge synthesis and comprehensive searching

•Collaborate on systematic reviews and other knowledge syntheses through the Systematic and Scoping Review Collaboration

•Identify opportunities for outreach and communication of library services and resources

•Participate on library and faculty committees and working groups as necessary

Required Qualifications

•A degree from an 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
•Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
•Knowledge of key databases and information sources in the health sciences; demonstrated ability to search comprehensively
•Knowledge of the principles of effective teaching and approaches to learning
•Demonstrated ability to adapt responsively to dynamic, changing environments
•Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities effectively
•Ability to work effectively as both a team member and independently
•Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
•Outstanding service orientation and commitment to supporting patrons and colleagues
•Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning

Preferred Qualifications

•Experience designing and delivering instructional sessions and/or creating learning objects
•Experience working in a liaison capacity in an academic health science or hospital library
•Engagement with systematic reviews, scoping reviews, and other knowledge syntheses
•Experience offering research consultations
•Outreach experience promoting library services and resources
•Undergraduate or graduate degree in the health, life, physical or related sciences

Salary and Terms of Appointment:

Salary and appointment level are based upon experience and qualifications. It is anticipated that this position will be filled at the Librarian I or II level, subject to review and experience. This is a permanent stream position. Minimum salary: LIB I: $70,744; LIB II: $73,815 (Salary is dependent on rank at hire and qualifications).

Benefits: We offer generous benefits packages to all employees.

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NOTE: Librarians at the University of Toronto are members of the University of Toronto Faculty Association.

How to Apply

Application Materials Required: A cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references of which at least two have supervised your work. Please send a single electronic file (MS Word or pdf) with a file name convention of [Surname, FirstName.GERSTEINLIAISON] to Library Human Resources at; or to Room 1140, 130 St. George Street, University of Toronto Libraries, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5 by September 29, 2022.

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

Diversity Statements

The University of Toronto 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, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission. The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact

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