Part-Time Liaison Librarian – Social Sciences and Humanities

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Part-Time Liaison Librarian – Social Sciences and Humanities
Wilfrid Laurier University Library (Brantford, ON)


Wilfrid Laurier University is seeking a dynamic and innovative librarian to fill a part-time, Limited Term (24 months) Liaison Librarian, Social Sciences and Humanities position at the Laurier Brantford campus. Primary duties will include collection development and management, reference consultations, instruction and faculty liaison for a selection of disciplines within the Social Sciences and Humanities, including Criminology and other degree program areas, support for Wilfrid Laurier International College and other specialized programs on the Brantford campus as assigned. This position will be appointed at the Brantford campus.

The Laurier Library has a total staff of 63, including 21 librarians, and provides access to over 70,000 full-text online journals, indexes and e-books and more than 1.2 million print volumes. As part of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) 18-member Omni Group of Libraries, Laurier students, faculty and staff may use and borrow materials from collaborating university libraries across Ontario, including from local partners, the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo libraries. The Laurier Library has a strategic partnership with the Brantford Public Library to provide services and materials to users on the Laurier Brantford campus.

The Laurier Library serves over 20,000 students in a multi-campus environment at the Waterloo campus, the Faculty of Social Work at the Kitchener campus, and the Brantford campus. The Library is undergoing a process of continuous renewal and change, and the current strategic plan can be found at

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. The University offers undergraduate and graduate programs through the Faculties of Arts, Education, Music, Science and Social Work, the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, and the affiliated Martin Luther University College on the Waterloo campus, Social Work at the Kitchener campus and interdisciplinary programs at the Brantford campus. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research, and scholarship, combined with a strong student focus, high levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community. Laurier’s innovative educational model purposefully integrates the academic learning experience with an experiential learning component.


·         Developing and managing print and electronic collections in Faculties of Human and Social Science and/or Faculty of Library Arts for designated program areas

·         Provides research assistance and support for faculty, students and staff in assigned program areas, including providing back up coverage to other Liaison Librarians

·         Delivering in-person and online library instruction to students, faculty and staff

·         Provides proactive outreach and liaison services to promote library collections and services to the faculty and students in designated program areas

·         Develops and maintains library guides, course web pages and learning objects

·         Serves on relevant library and university committees

·         Work may include some evenings and weekend hours

·         Participates in research and/or professional activity



·         ALA accredited MLIS or equivalent

·         Experience in teaching information literacy and instruction/training experience

·         Demonstrated ability to conduct a reference interview

·         Experience in finding and using electronic and print resources in the social sciences and humanities

·         Recent experience providing academic reference services

·         Demonstrated ability to form collaborative relationships with diverse groups of faculty, colleagues, students, and staff

·         Demonstrated interpersonal skills, including excellent oral and written communication

·         Current knowledge of information technologies and their application in a library setting

·         Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team

·         Demonstrated ability to manage a diverse workload and to work in a changing environment

·         Demonstrable overall understanding of current library practice, including collection management, scholarly communication, information retrieval, and information literacy

·         Strong computer literacy as well as the ability to learn new technologies independently

·         Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to equity and inclusion.

·         Demonstrated understanding of equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility and AODA standards


·         Second Master’s degree in an academic subject area

·         A degree, certificate or diploma related to criminology and/or law

·         Professional or scholarly activity

·         Recent experience providing academic reference services to support programs related to Criminology, Law/Legal sources or government information, or similar subject areas

·         Experience with collection development at an academic library

·         Experience offering support to faculty for research metrics and bibliometrics

Appointment and Compensation

The Liaison Librarian, Social Science and Humanities position is a part-time (23 hours/week), limited term appointment (24 months) which will be available from January 1, 2023. The appointment will be made at a level commensurate with qualifications and experience, anticipated at Librarian I or II level.

Salary, benefits, and terms of employment are governed by the Collective Agreement between

Wilfrid Laurier University and Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association for Contract Teaching Faculty and Part-time Librarians, available at:

Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills.

Application Procedure

Please email application package that includes cover letter, resume, along with the names and contact information of three references, in a single Word or PDF file, by September 30, 2022 to:

Scott Gillies
Associate University Librarian
Wilfrid Laurier University

If you are unable to apply using one file because of a disability, please connect with Jennifer Knechtel at who can assist you.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from qualified members of the equity-deserving groups. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programming at Laurier are welcome to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at 

Candidates from other equity-deserving groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programming at Laurier are welcome to contact Equity and Accessibility at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships, however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:

Yes, I am a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada;

No, I am not a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Members of designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to: Gohar Ashoughian ( Further information on the equity policy can be found at .

To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact Jennifer Knechtel (

The Library wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. All nominations and applications shall be reviewed and considered under a set of criteria established by the Search Committee and a short list of candidates shall be interviewed. Only those applicants selected for the short list will be contacted.

All Laurier employees and students are required to comply with the University’s Covid-19 mandatory vaccination policy. Effective May 1st, Wilfrid Laurier University will pause its proof of vaccination requirements. Should these recommendations change, vaccination requirements can be reinstated on short notice. Community members should remain up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations.

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