Law Librarian

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University Library, University of Saskatchewan
Library (Academic)
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Description and duties: 

Applications are invited for a four-year term appointment with the University Library at the University of Saskatchewan. We are seeking a dynamic, innovative, and flexible individual with the appropriate qualifications and background to work collaboratively as part of the team based at the Law Library, one of our seven branch libraries.

The College of Law has entered into an agreement with Nunavut Arctic College and the Government of Nunavut to provide legal education to a single cohort of students in Iqaluit, Nunavut over a four-year period. The degree awarded will be the existing University of Saskatchewan Juris Doctor (J.D.). The appointee will provide half-time support to the Nunavut Law Program and half-time librarian support in another area (e.g. copyright, government publications, humanities/social sciences). This position involves travel to Iqaluit.

Reporting to the Head of the Law Library, the appointee will have the following responsibilities:
• Providing service and support to the faculty, staff, and students involved in the Juris Doctor Program in Iqaluit, Nunavut. This will involve building strong relationships with the cohort of 25 students in the program, developing and delivering information, research instruction and instructional materials, and providing in-depth research support. Regular travel to Iqaluit is an expectation; the schedule of visits and length of stay will be determined in consultation with the College of Law
• Assisting the Law Librarian supporting the College of Law with the development of collections and information resources to support the Nunavut Law Program
• Providing service and support to the faculty, staff, and students of the University of Saskatchewan in another area (e.g. copyright, government publications, humanities/social sciences). This will be based on the needs and priorities of the University Library and the skills/interests of the successful candidate
• Working collaboratively with library employees, faculty, and external partners
• Contributing to library projects and priorities


An ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science degree or equivalent is required for this appointment as is legal research experience, including familiarity with Canadian and international legal research sources. A law degree and experience working with Indigenous peoples, specifically with the Inuit population, are highly desirable.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate:
• A commitment to high quality service
• Understanding of the Canadian legal system, statutes, and case law
• Ability to engage with Indigenous communities and appreciate the significance of Indigenous traditions and knowledge
• Knowledge and understanding of instructional techniques for teaching information literacy skills
• Experience teaching the use of legal information tools
• Experience developing online guides, tutorials, and other instructional materials
• Aptitude and competence in using information technology
• The ability to develop and sustain effective and collaborative professional working relationships and partnerships
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Strong analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills
• Flexibility and willingness to take initiative
• A deep understanding of, and commitment to, diversity and inclusivity
• Ability to work well both independently and in a team environment

The University Library has developed core competencies for librarians at the University of Saskatchewan ( Our competencies mirror those required by librarians in the Canadian academic research environment, and identify the basic knowledge and skills that librarians should employ in their professional practice.


This appointment is at the rank of Assistant Librarian and the salary range is $77,613 to $93,293. A position with the University of Saskatchewan comes with a benefits package that includes life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long-term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefit, dental plan, extended health and vision care plan, employee assistance program and flexible health spending account. This appointment is until June 30, 2021 and is available on July 1, 2017.

Additional information : 

About the University Library
As one of Canada’s leading research libraries, the University Library ( provides tremendous opportunities for professional growth and development in a dynamic and flexible work environment. We have an exciting strategic plan and an accompanying people plan for the future that involves a significant transformation of library services, collections, facilities and organizational culture. Through the priority projects identified within our plan, we contribute to success in learning, scholarship and practice by being leaders and innovators and working in collaboration with others. Our values guide our actions and strongly influence our approach to the practice of professional skills.

The Law Library provides specialist resources, facilities and services to the College of Law, the School of Public Policy, the University community, and Saskatchewan’s legal community.

About the University of Saskatchewan and the City of Saskatoon
The University of Saskatchewan offers a culturally and creatively rich work and learning environment and a commitment to diversity and inclusion with a keen focus on engagement and reconciliation with our Indigenous communities. Proudly situated on Treaty Six territory and the traditional homeland of the Métis, we aspire to be the best place we can be for Aboriginal people.

The university has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of 23,800, including over 2,200 Aboriginal students. The University contributes to the cultural life of the community through concerts and recitals of the performing ensembles.

Saskatoon ( is the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan, with an estimated population of 260,000 and an estimated metropolitan area population of 300,000.The city is situated on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, which is crossed by seven bridges within the city limits. The city offers a scenic riverbank, many parks, a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant cultural community, and a high quality of life.

Apply by email:
Application deadline: 
Mar 27 2017
How to apply: 

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information of three references to:
Melissa Just, Dean
University Library
University of Saskatchewan
156 Murray Building, 3 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A4
Email: library [dot] jobsatusask [dot] ca

A review of applications will commence the week of March 27, 2017 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.