Research Librarian (2 Positions)

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Government of Canada Ottawa and Gatineau offices, ONTARIO
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Nov 2021

The University of Ottawa Library seeks innovative, motivated and service-oriented Research Librarians (Health Sciences, Medicine, Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics). The successful candidates will be creative individuals who work well with other colleagues in a challenging and changing environment.

Setting: The University of Ottawa is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the best universities in the country and the largest bilingual university (French and English) in the world. Located on the unceded territory of Anishinabé-Algonquin people, in the heart of downtown Ottawa, it contributes significantly to the economy, culture and quality of life of Canada’s Capital.)

Title of the position: Research Librarian

Duties: Reporting to the Head, Research Support, Health Sciences, Medicine, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (HMSTEM) the Research Librarian provides services that support research, scholarship, and learning activities in assigned areas and in support of the broader research mission of the University of Ottawa. Working in an adaptive, team-based environment, the incumbent is responsible for a broad scope of work. Serving as the primary liaison for users in assigned areas, the Research Librarian provides specialized expertise, carries out consultations with users, develops educational materials and research guides, designs and delivers information literacy programs, and cultivates relationships as appropriate. The incumbent is a member of an evolving organization that emphasizes service quality, innovation, and teamwork.

We are currently looking for two librarians to join the Health Sciences, Medicine, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (HMSTEM) team with expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Preclinical sciences such as immunology and microbiology
  • Molecular medicine
  • Interdisciplinary health sciences such as human kinetics and population health
  • Medicine
  • Indigenous Health
  • Experience with literature searching and knowledge synthesis activities is strongly preferred.

Terms: Preliminary appointment leading to continuing appointment

Wage: Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Benefits package: The University of Ottawa provides a complete benefits package which includes long term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan and optional life insurance, as well as relocation expenses.

Location of work: Library, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Contact information: Talia Chung, University Librarian and Vice-Provost (Knowledge Systems), University of Ottawa Library, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5. biblio@uottawa.ca.


Skills requirements:
Education :
  • A Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from an ALA accredited institution or equivalent.

Work experience:
  • At least two years of professional experience, or fewer depending on the relevance of the experience.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills in both French and English.
  • University degree, preferably at the graduate level, in a field of specialization relevant to the position or an appropriate combination of education and work experience in relevant disciplines.
  • Knowledge of scholarly resources and research methods acquired through studies or professional experience.
  • Experience in the areas of teaching and research support.
  • Collaborative, flexible, and collegial, with the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to identify areas of opportunity and experience planning and implementing projects and services that are responsive to user needs.

Application deadline extended:
  • The position will remain open until filled, and we will begin reviewing applications on November 12, 2021

Applicants are requested to submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter, with their name in the document title. Internal candidates will be considered first.

The University of Ottawa Library thanks all those who apply. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples in Canada, visible minorities members (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse and inclusive communities. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups are asked to complete the confidential Self-Identiification Questionnaire, to be completed at the time of application.

According to government policy, all qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadians and permanent residents. When submitting your application, please indicate if you are legally entitled to work in Canada.

The University of Ottawa provides accommodations for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you are invited to proceed in the selection process, please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations by email at vra.affairesprofessorales@uottawa.ca. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and to their spouses in their second official language.


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