Communication and Journalism Librarian – MacOdrum Library (Research Support Services)

Updated: 7 days ago
Location: Ottawa West, ONTARIO

About the Position:

Field of Specialization: Research Support Services

Academic Unit: Maxwell MacOdrum Library

Category of Appointment: Preliminary (Confirmation-Track)

Rank/Position Title: Communication and Journalism Librarian

Start Date: January 9, 2023

Closing Date: December 2, 2022

A member of the Business and Public Affairs subject team, the Communication and Journalism Librarian provides an array of services to meet the teaching, learning, and research needs of library users both within the Faculty of Public Affairs. As the liaison for Psychology also provides these services within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The Communication and Journalism Librarian is a member of the CUASA bargaining unit.

To see the full position posting, please visit Carleton University’s Deputy Provost’s website at .

About the Academic Unit:

The MacOdrum Library ( ) promotes excellence at Carleton University by collecting, preserving, and providing access to information resources and services for our teaching, learning, research, and administrative communities, wherever they are located.

The Library consists of a main building at the heart of the campus which holds over 3.7 million items and an on-campus storage facility with a capacity of 800,000 volumes. There are 103 FTE positions in the Library including about 31 Librarians, 68 Professional Services Staff, and about 50 casual student positions. The Library participates in co-operative ventures with area libraries and museums as well as libraries in research institutions across Canada. It is also part of the Ontario Consortium of University Libraries and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network.


Applicants must have:

  • an undergraduate degree plus a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an accredited library school are required;
  • at least 3 years of library experience in an academic setting; and
  • knowledge of qualitative data analysis software preferred.

The complete position description is available below.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin on December 2, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should send an application package to the Office of the University Librarian by email in one single PDF document with “Communication and Journalism Librarian” in the subject line to Lib- Candidates must include a cover letter (expression of interest) and current curriculum vitae. In addition, short-listed candidates will be asked to provide letters of support from three references.

Please provide a statement that identifies your strengths in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in your discipline and on campus as well as your future plans.

Please indicate in your application if you are currently legally eligible to work in Canada.

About Carleton University

Located in Ottawa, Carleton is an innovative teaching and research institution with a tradition of leading change. Internationally recognized academics, staff, and researchers engage more than 31,000 students in over 100 programs of study. Carleton has long been known for promoting research excellence and connectedness and is involved in partnerships around the globe. With strong leadership, it enjoys a healthy financial position and our proximity to government and cultural institutions, media, and a thriving knowledge economy make Carleton and Ottawa a great place to work, learn, and live. Our picturesque campus is fully accessible and, along with award-winning student services, Carleton’s Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities has been heralded as the gold standard for disability support services in Canada. Learn more about our university and the city of Ottawa.

Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Furthermore, Carleton understands that career paths vary and interruptions will not prejudice the assessment process. We invite you to review our revitalized Indigenous strategy, Kinàmàgawin and visit our Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities for information about our commitment to leadership in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Accessibility is a university strategic priority and applicants selected for an interview who require accommodations are invited to contact the Chair as soon as possible to ensure that appropriate arrangements may be made.

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


POSITION TITLE: Communication and Journalism Librarian

DEPARTMENT: Research Support Services


Reporting to the Head of Research Support Services (RSS), under the direction of the Business and Public Affairs Subject Coordinator, the Communication and Journalism Librarian delivers within a team environment, responsive and innovative services in support of students and faculty served by the Carleton University Library.

A member of the Business and Public Affairs subject team, the Communication and Journalism Librarian provides an array of services to meet the teaching, learning, and research needs of library users both within the Faculty of Public Affairs. As the liaison for Psychology also provides these services within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The Communication and Journalism Librarian is a member of the CUASA bargaining unit.

  • Reports to the Head of Research Support Services, under the direction of the Business and Public Affairs Subject Coordinator, performs work with a high degree of independence and flexibility within the framework of the team, departmental, library policies, practices, and
  • Serves as a member of the Business and Public Affairs Subject team and collaborates with all members of the team to provide services to meet the teaching, learning and research needs of faculty and students. Attends other subject team meetings as required.
  • Works with departmental colleagues and staff in other library departments to provide services to all academic departments supported by the Carleton University Library.
  • Collaborates with the relevant Collection Librarian with respect to collection development in the areas of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Faculty of Public Affairs.
  • Works collaboratively with functional librarians (e.g. Scholarly Communications, GIS, Teaching & Learning, Copyright and Data Services) to ensure that the needs of faculty and students requiring specialized expertise are understood and met.
  • Collaborates with professional services staff and student employees to coordinate workshops, reference services, and outreach on using NVivo.


 Works collegially and cooperatively to provide high quality information services to the users of the Carleton University Library.

  • Identifies and promotes relevant collections and resources for research, teaching and learning through various means.
  • Provides consultations for subject or other specialized areas of
  • Develops and delivers instruction and research seminars using both traditional and active learning methods and innovative educational
  • Creates a wide range of instructional and learning materials, demonstrating expertise in the use of technology, to improve access to library services and
  • Remains current on trends in information service provision, emerging resources and pedagogy.
  • Makes evidence-based decisions to support and continuously improve library services.
  • Supports interdisciplinary
  • Actively shares knowledge of specialized resources with other team, departmental, and library colleagues.

Collaborates with the relevant Collections Librarian on the development and maintenance of the collection in assigned subject areas (Communication, Journalism and Psychology).

  • Provides input into the formulation, implementation, and revision of collection policies in assigned subject areas; ensures teaching, learning and research interests of faculty and students are considered
  • Makes recommendations about the selection of materials for the collection in this subject area
  • Provides advice in on-going maintenance and deselection of the collection.
  • Provides input on the preparation of Library support statements for academic program assessments and quality assessment documents as required.
  • Maintains current knowledge and awareness of acquisitions and effectively communicates relevant information to faculty and students in the assigned subject areas.

Engages with faculty, students, and staff in assigned departments, Communication and Journalism as well as Psychology, in order to develop strong relationships and meet user needs.

  • Maintains current knowledge and awareness of university programs in teaching, learning and research (current and projected).
  • Communicates effectively on the availability of resources for research and courses, both within and beyond the library collection.
  • Liaises with faculty to develop class assignments and establish appropriate Library research instruction for information literacy and resource use.
  • Communicates faculty requests for the acquisition of material to the Collections Librarian.
  • Speaks knowledgeably about open access, institutional repositories, digital collections, research data management, information literacy and other library
  • Promotes library initiatives and services
  • Assesses user needs and shares this information with other library
  • Seeks opportunities for collaboration with academic departments and the wider community to support teaching, learning, and research.

Provides support to students, faculty, and staff in the use of NVivo software for qualitative data analysis.

  • Maintains knowledge of the qualitative research software NVivo through attending webinars, taking training courses, or obtaining and maintaining official certification.
  • Maintains understanding of applications used to support research methodologies.
  • Together with professional services staff and student employees, plans and schedules workshops.
  • Gives workshops to classes or research groups and provides one-on-one consultations.

Engages in professional and academic

  • Participates in activities to maintain or enhance current professional knowledge, skills, and abilities in relation to library and information science, and/or area of specialization.
  • Contributes to librarianship by engaging in research and /or scholarly work.
  • Contributes to the profession through work with associations.

Actively participates in committee and project work within the library, and performs other related duties as required in a team-based environment.

  • A strong commitment to service excellence.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups to deliver services.

A commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and student success as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

  • Thorough knowledge of current and emerging research and information practices, tools and resources, in all formats, particularly those relating to assigned areas.
  • Flexibility and ability to balance user demands, contributions to library departmental activities and self-directed initiatives.
  • High level of digital literacy and strong IT skills.

  • Education: Undergraduate degree plus a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an accredited library school are required.
  • Experience: At least 3 years of library experience in an academic setting.
  • Knowledge of qualitative data analysis software preferred.

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