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Data/GIS Librarian (req5458)

Location: Saskatoon
Tenure Track
Employment Group:
Full Time Equivalent (FTE):
Posted Date:
Closing Date:
Until Filled.

Applications are invited from qualified candidates for a full time, tenure-track faculty librarian position with the University Library. We are seeking a dynamic, innovative, and flexible individual with the appropriate skills and qualifications to work collaboratively as part of our team, and to contribute to library-wide projects and priorities.

Reporting to the Dean through the Associate Dean, Client Services, the successful candidate will be responsible for:  

  • Increasing the usability, discovery, and access of data and GIS resources through reference, research consultations, workshops, instruction, online research guides, and outreach 
  • Enhancing and managing existing data collections 
  • Participating in the review, assessment, and selection of GIS/data-related software, systems, and/or services 
  • Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with relevant University of Saskatchewan (USask) and external partners to understand their needs, support their priorities, and promote related library services/resources as appropriate
  • Working as part of teams across the Library to advance strategic areas such as scholarly communication, research infrastructure, student learning, and decolonization of services, collections, and spaces 
  • Developing professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis 
  • Undertaking liaison duties in related discipline(s)  as appropriate
  • Engaging in research and scholarly activity leading to the development of a formal program of research and contributing to the scholarly conversation via peer-reviewed publications and other outlets. 

Research and scholarly work is a requirement for tenure-track librarians as defined in the University Library Standards for Promotion and Tenure. Examples of librarians’ scholarly work can be found in HARVEST, the USask institutional repository. Librarians are expected to participate in collegial committee work and engage with academic or professional organizations.

About the University Library 

As one of Canada’s leading research libraries, the University Library serves as the intellectual hub of USask, providing resources, services, and spaces that facilitate inquiry, discovery, and knowledge creation. Our faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and flexible work environment in a time of significant change, including a new  University Plan and  Library Strategic Framework 2025. The University Library is committed to developing welcoming, responsive, and accessible services and resources to support our diverse clientele, with a strategic focus on Indigenous peoples. We seek applicants who embrace innovative and collaborative approaches to solving problems and advancing services. For more information, visit the University Library  website.

 About the University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community, and a full range of leisure opportunities. 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 over 25,000. 

We are seeking candidates who have an ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science degree or equivalent library degree. Education or experience in social sciences, geospatial, or other relevant studies is an asset. Candidates must also be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of statistical and data resources, and GIS
  • Experience working with students and faculty from a variety of disciplines in an academic institution
  • Ability to develop and sustain effective and collaborative professional working relationships, partnerships, and teams
  • Ability to teach effectively in both group and individual settings, in person and online
  • Interest and ability to conduct research and contribute to scholarship
  • Commitment to developing professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Flexibility, enthusiasm, and creativity
  • Initiative and self-motivation. 

It is preferred that candidates also demonstrate:

  • Educational background in, or experience with, GIS and/or statistical software packages (e.g. NVivo, Atlas.ti, ArcGIS, SPSS, SAS, R, and/or Python)
  • Experience with reference/research consultation and collections 
  • Knowledge of trends in data/GIS.

Salary bands for this position for the 2020-2021 academic year are as follows: Assistant Librarian: $80,116 to $96,301; Associate Librarian: $96,301 to $115,723; Librarian: $115,723 to $141,619.  

This position includes a comprehensive benefits package which includes a dental, health and extended vision care plan; pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefits, an employee assistance program, a professional expense allowance, and a flexible health and wellness spending program. 

Interested candidates must submit, via email, a cover letter highlighting qualifications and accomplishments, as well as a detailed curriculum vitae to:  

Melissa Just, EdD, MLIS
Dean, University Library
University of Saskatchewan
156 Murray Building, 3 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A4

Due to federal immigration requirements, we also ask candidates to indicate whether they are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or are otherwise already authorized to work at this position for the duration of the appointment, with an explanation if this last category is indicated.

Review of applications will begin March 25, 2020; however, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.  

The University believes equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request.
The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.