Collections Librarian – Ontario, CA

Collections Librarian

University of Toronto Libraries

Ontario, CA


Collections Librarian

University of Toronto Libraries Job Location: OntarioApply By: April 2, 2023Date Created: 03-03-2023

POSITION: Collections Librarian (Librarian I/II)
DATE REQUIRED: June 1, 2023

Are you looking for challenging, meaningful work in a supportive and diverse environment? Are you looking for a career at one of Canada’s top employers? Work where the world comes to think, discover and learn. Consider a career at the University of Toronto.

About the University of Toronto Libraries
The University of Toronto Libraries system is the largest academic library in Canada and is consistently ranked in the top ten among academic research libraries in North America. The system consists of 40 libraries located on three university campuses: St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough. This array of college libraries, special collections, and specialized libraries and information centres supports the teaching and research requirements of over 300 graduate programs, more than 70 professional programs, and about 700 undergraduate degree programs. In addition to more than 12 million volumes in 341 languages, the library system currently provides access to millions of electronic resources in various forms and over 31,000 linear metres of archival material. More than 150,000 new print volumes are acquired each year. The Libraries' data centre houses more than 500 servers with a storage capacity of 1.5 petabytes.
The University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) is a growing campus on the eastern edge of Scarborough with over 13,000 full and part-time undergraduate students and a growing graduate student body. The UTSC Library is integrated into the UTL system but operates independently, developing its own services and programs. We value creativity, innovation, and enthusiasm for developing meaningful experiences for our students and faculty.

The Opportunity
The University of Toronto Scarborough Library invites applications for an innovative, highly motivated, and service-oriented librarian for the position of Collections Librarian. Reporting to the Head of Collections, the Collections Librarian will work collaboratively with liaison librarians, functional librarians, and staff. The successful candidate will support the Head of Collections by working collaboratively to provide access to scholarly resources that meet current and future teaching and research needs of the University of Toronto Scarborough students, instructors, and researchers. Librarians at the University of Toronto also have the opportunity to pursue research and professional development activities. Librarians at the UTSC Library frequently collaborate with colleagues across the three campuses on shared committees and projects, as well as to share knowledge and experience.

∉ Assist in developing strategies for collection management including allocation of the acquisitions budget in support of UTSC research and teaching.

∉ Foster and maintain relationships and productive communication with vendors, publishers, and potential donors.
∉ Assist liaison librarians to manage collections and support faculty and students through collection analysis and assessment, training, communications, and budget management.
∉ Collaborate with colleagues to review current practices and develop policies and procedures for the development of special collections and archival collections.
∉ Contribute to the continued development and expansion of diverse collections and collection practices that evolve with the needs of users and the values of the University of Toronto Scarborough.
∉ Collaborate with colleagues to arrange professional development and training sessions for library staff, librarians, and users.
∉ Participate in and contribute to system-wide discussions and explorations of tools and services that will improve or streamline collection processes and practices.
∉ Monitor and manage the library’s approval plan in coordination with colleagues, including serving as a resource person for liaison librarians in the review and modification of their approval profiles.
∉ Collaborate on special projects related to collection development including digitization and digital collections projects as necessary.
∉ Collaborate with collections colleagues across the campuses on issues and priorities relating to collections and acquisitions.
∉ Serve on library and university committees and working groups as necessary.

This search aligns with the University’s commitment to strategically and proactively promote diversity among our community members (Statement on Equity, Diversity & Excellence). Recognizing that Black, Indigenous, and other Racialized communities have experienced inequities that have developed historically and are ongoing, we strongly welcome and encourage candidates from those communities to apply.

• A degree from an accredited Master’s level program in library and information studies.
• Demonstrated commitment to the values of inclusivity, diversity, equity, anti-racism and accessibility.
• Understanding of collection development practices, the shifting scholarly communications landscape, and ability to plan and implement collection assessment projects.
• Excellent analytical, problem solving, and project management skills.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills; proven ability to communicate and collaborate with diverse audiences.
• Strong initiative and ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize effectively.
• Ability to work effectively independently and collaboratively.

• Experience managing a budget.
• Familiarity with best practices developing and managing special collections and archival collections.
• Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies and software platforms.
Salary and Terms of Appointment: This is a permanent status stream position.

It is anticipated that this position will be filled at the Librarian I or II level, subject to review and experience. Minimum salary: LIB I: $71,451; LIB II: $74,553; (Salary is dependent on rank at hire and qualifications).

Benefits: We offer generous benefits packages to all employees. Additional information is available at:

Additional information
Librarians at the University of Toronto are members of the University of Toronto Faculty Association.

How to Apply
Application Materials Required: A cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references of which at least two have supervised your work. Please send a single electronic file (MS Word or pdf) with a file name convention of [Surname,FirstName.UTSC.CD] to Library Human Resources at [email protected]; or to Room 1140, 130 St. George Street, University of Toronto Libraries, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5; by April 2, 2023.

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

Diversity Statements
The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.

University of Toronto Libraries’ Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Statement:
University of Toronto Libraries' Anti-Racism Statement:

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission. The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].

The University of Toronto Libraries thanks all applicants but will only contact applicants selected for an interview.
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