Job: Bilingual Social Science Librarian, Leslie Frost Library, York University

Bilingual Social Science Librarian, Leslie Frost Library

York University offers a world-class, modern, interdisciplinary academic experience in Toronto, Canada’s most multicultural city.  York is at the centre of innovation, with a thriving community of almost 60,000 faculty, staff, and students who challenge the ordinary and deliver the unexpected.  The bilingual Glendon University College offers courses in the social sciences, humanities and international relations, and graduate programs in French, Hispanic Studies, Public Affairs and Translation.

York University Libraries consist of a large central library and three branch libraries, one of which is the Leslie Frost Library on the Glendon campus.  The Frost Library serves, in French and English, a population of approximately 2,800 students and faculty.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • An ALA-accredited MLIS, or equivalent with up to five years’ post-MLIS experience.
  • Educational background in the social sciences.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in both French and English.
  • Broad knowledge of sources in the social sciences, including print and electronic sources, data and government publications, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide excellent reference service.
  • Understanding of the principles of collection development
  • Experience with the creation of web-based resources
  • Strong public service ethic and/or background.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the concepts, goals, and methods of information literacy instruction and ability to teach in a variety of settings and formats.
  • Familiarity with the trends of technology in teaching and librarianship.
  • Evidence of professional initiative and leadership.
  • Excellent advocacy, organizational, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and diplomatically with a diverse population of faculty, librarians, staff, and students.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a diverse workload.
  • Willingness to undertake university committee work, research, and professional development.

This position is a tenure-stream appointment to be filled at the Assistant Librarian level and appropriate for a librarian with up to five years’ post-MLIS experience.  Librarians at York University have academic status and are members of the York University Faculty association bargaining unit (  Salary is commensurate with qualifications.  The position is available September 1, 2011.  All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

York University is an Affirmative Action Employer.  The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York’s website at or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416-736-5713.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

York University resources include centres relating to gender equity, race and ethnic relations, sexual harassment, human rights, and wellness.  York University encourages attitudes of respect and non-discrimination toward persons of all ethnic and religious groups, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

The deadline for applications is April 8th, 2011.  Applications should include a cover letter relating the applicant’s qualifications to the requirements of the position, a current curriculum vitae, with the names and contact details for three referees. Please also have two of your three chosen referees send written letters of reference directly under separate cover by fax or mail by the deadline. Please ensure each referee is supplied with a copy of this position advertisement before writing the reference. All materials should be sent to the attention of:

Chair, Frost Librarian Appointment Committee
York University Libraries, 310 Scott Library
York University, 4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3
Fax: 416-736-5451

Applications should be sent by mail, or by email/fax with a hard copy following.