Friday, August 18, 2017

Librarian (Legal Studies), Term

Academic unit: Maxwell MacOdrum Library
Category of appointment: Two Year Term
Rank/Position title : Legal Studies Librarian
Start date: October 1, 2017
Closing date: Applications will be reviewed starting August 28, 2017 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled

About the position:

The Library at Carleton University invites applications from qualified candidates for the position of Legal Studies Librarian.


Applicants must have an undergraduate degree plus a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an accredited library school is required. Knowledge of law acquired through university studies or professional experience.

Reporting to the Head of Research Support Services (RSS), under the direct ion of the Public Affair s and Business Subject Coordinator, the Legal Studies Librarian delivers within a team environment, responsive and innovative service s in support of students and faculty served by the Carleton University Library.

A member of the Public Affairs and Business subject team, the Legal Studies Librarian provides an array of services to meet the teaching, learning, and research need s of library users with an emphasis in Law, Criminology, and Human Rights.

The Legal Studies Librarian is a member of the CUASA bargaining unit.

Candidates must also have:

  • A strong commitment to service excellence.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups to deliver service s. 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 resource s, in all formats, particularly those relating to assigned areas.
  • Knowledge of data management, scholarly communications and research support, and copyright.
  • 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.

The complete position description is available at:

About the Library

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 has a strategic plan, which is closely aligned with the University’s Strategic Integrated Plan, and engages in annual planning and assessment based on key performance measures. Key priorities for the Library are providing resources and services to support teaching, learning, and research; improving the research experience for students and faculty; improving the learning experience for students; and providing career development  for  our staff, and reviewing and improving the library’s structure and organizational culture as a whole.

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 137 FTE positions in the Library including about 25 librarians, 75 support staff, 3 senior management librarians, and about 75 part-time student positions.

Application instructions:

Review of applications will begin on August 28, 2017 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled, and must include a statement of interest and a current resume or curriculum vitae. Additionally, candidates must provide the names of three references. If candidates are shortlisted, their references will be expected to provide a letter of support to the search committee. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to do a brief presentation on a topic related to the position.

Interested candidates should send their application packages and letters of support to the Office of the University Librarian by email in one single PDF document with “Legal Studies Librarian Application” in the subject line to

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

About Carleton University:

To learn more about our University and the City of Ottawa, please visit

Carleton University is strongly 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 or gender identity and expressions.

Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact the Chair of the Search Committee as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made in a timely manner.

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

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