Liaison Librarian, Science (Full-Time)

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Wilfrid Laurier University Library is seeking two (2) librarians to fill two full-time, continuing appointment track positions as Liaison Librarian providing services to various program areas for the Faculty of Science. Primary duties will include collection development and management, reference consultations, instruction, research support and faculty liaison for a selection of program areas within the Sciences. This position will be appointed at the Waterloo campus. The incumbents will also serve other Laurier campus locations where Faculty of Science offers programming. Please note that travel may be involved.

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 Omni Group of Libraries, Laurier students, faculty and staff may use and borrow materials from 16 member 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. 


·         Provides research assistance and support for students and faculty in science, covering a wide range of science disciplines and program areas, including providing back up in Science and other areas.

·         Manages print and electronic collections in science for designated departments/programs

·         Provides research assistance and/or effective referrals for socio-economic and health statistics and data sources.

·         Work may include general assistance in other subject areas.

·         Work may include some evenings and weekend hours.

·         Provides proactive outreach and liaison services to support faculty, students and staff in Faculty of Science, and to promote library collections and services in designated departments/programs.

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

·         Supports knowledge synthesis work, including scoping and systematic reviews.

·         Develops and maintains library user guides, course web pages and learning objects (including video tutorials.)

·         Provides support to faculty for research metrics and impact, and bibliometrics.

·         Engages with faculty, students and researchers on emerging forms of scholarship, including Open Science and Digital Science.

·         Serves on library and university committees.

·         Trains other library staff on resources and topics related to science.

·         Participates in research and/or professional activity.

·         Participate in shared library projects and activities.


•         ALA accredited MLIS or equivalent.

•         Demonstrable overall understanding of current library practice, including collection management, reference, and instructional services.

•         Demonstrated knowledge of trends and issues in science librarianship.

•         Recent experience providing in-depth science reference services, including understanding of MeSH subject headings.

•         Experience delivering in-person and online instruction/training.

•         Demonstrated ability to take initiative and to develop creative ideas.

•         Demonstrated ability to manage a diverse and varied workload and to work effectively in a fast-paced, changing environment.

•         Strong computer literacy, experience with web page creation and editing, online learning object creation, and ability to learn new technologies quickly.

•         Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.

•         Demonstrated ability to form successful and collaborative relationships with diverse colleagues, faculty, students, and staff.

•         Excellent organizational and time management skills.

•         Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team.

•         Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to equity and inclusion.

•         Understanding of accessibility best practices and AODA standards.


•         Degree, diploma, or certification in science

•         Master’s degree in a related discipline

•         Familiarity with and training or experience in knowledge synthesis, such as systematic reviews

•         Familiarity with and training or experience in bibliometrics

•         Experience with collection management

•         Work experience in an academic library

•         Familiarity with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy and experience providing library instruction

•         Professional or scholarly activity

Appointment and Compensation

The Liaison Librarian, Science position is a full-time, continuing track appointment which will be available from September 1, 2022. The appointment will be made at a level commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Salary, benefits, and terms of employment are governed by the Collective Agreement between Wilfrid Laurier University and Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association for Full-time Faculty And Professional 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 June 30, 2022  to:

Gohar Ashoughian
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: Jennifer Knechtel ( 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.

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