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Liaison Librarian, Business and Economics

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Author ahnationtalk
Date November 24, 2017
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Location Waterloo, ON
Category Business / Management
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Posting ID : 8542
Position Title : Liaison Librarian, Business and Economics
Faculty/Academic Area : Library
Department : Library
Campus : Waterloo

Position Summary:

Wilfrid Laurier University Library is inviting applications to fill a full time continuing track Liaison Librarian position to support the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, beginning February 2018, subject to budgetary approval.
The successful candidate will be the second Liaison Librarian supporting the Lazaridis School and will provide discipline-specific research assistance to students, faculty, and staff of the Lazaridis School using specialized business and economic information resources. The Liaison Librarian for Business and Economics will engage in library instruction through individual and group consultations and will offer instruction in a classroom setting.  This position will be involved in collection development and in proactive outreach to the Lazaridis School promoting Library resources and services.
This position will be appointed to both Waterloo and Brantford campuses with the primary office location being in Waterloo. The incumbent will also serve other Laurier campus locations where the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics offers programming. Please note that travel may be involved.
The Laurier Library has a total staff of 63, including 21 librarians, and provides access to over 30,000 full-text online journals, indexes and e-books and more than 1.6 million print volumes. As part of the TriUniversity Group of Libraries Laurier students, faculty and staff may use and borrow materials from the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo libraries. The Laurier Library works with the Brantford Public Library to provide services and materials to the Laurier Brantford campus.
The Laurier Library serves 19,000 students in a multi-campus environment at the Waterloo campus, the Faculty of Social Work at the Kitchener campus, and the Brantford campus and in Toronto.  The Library is undergoing a process of renewal and change after a major review in 2011, and the current strategic plan can be found at
Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. The University offers undergraduate and graduate programs through the Faculties of Arts, Education, Music, Science and Social Work, the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, and the affiliated Waterloo Lutheran Seminary on the Waterloo campus, Social Work at the Kitchener campus, interdisciplinary programs at the Brantford campus as well as programming at the location in Toronto. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research, and scholarship, combined with a strong student focus, high levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community. Laurier’s innovative educational model purposefully integrates the academic learning experience with an experiential learning component. Laurier’s campuses in Kitchener, Waterloo and Brantford are located on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnawbe and Haudenosaunee peoples. As outlined in its Strategic Academic Plan, one of Laurier three major pillars is a commitment to enhance its diversity as it works towards building a culture of inclusion. This includes increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff and students.
·         Serve as a liaison to the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics
·         Provide research assistance to students, faculty, and staff using specialized business and economic information resources, including financial and economic datasets
·         Proactive outreach and liaison activities to promote library collections and services to students, faculty, and staff at the Lazaridis School
·         Develop, manage, and assess the print and electronic business and economic collections
·         Develop and deliver library instruction to students, faculty and staff
·         Prepare online library guides and video tutorials
·         Train other library staff on important resources and topics related to business and economics
·         Participate in shared library projects and activities
·         Participate in professional and scholarly activities
·         Serve on library and university committees
·         May include some evenings and weekends
•         ALA accredited MLIS or equivalent
•         Demonstrated knowledge of the foundations of librarianship, in addition to current and emerging practices
•         Demonstrated knowledge of trends and issues in business librarianship
•         Experience providing library reference services for business and economics with electronic and print resources
•         Instruction/training experience
•         Demonstrated ability to take initiative and to develop creative ideas
•         Demonstrated ability to manage a diverse and varied workload and to work in a changing environment
•         Strong computer literacy as well as the ability to learn new technologies quickly
•         Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
•         Excellent relationship management skills
•         Demonstrated ability to work in a team and collaborate with others
•         Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to diversity and inclusivity
•         Degree, diploma, or certification in business, or economics, or finance
•         Demonstrated work experience with specialized financial and economic electronic databases (Bloomberg Professional, Datastream, and Wharton Research Data Services)
•         Understanding of business, financial, and economic datasets
•         Experience with collection management
•         Work experience in an academic library
•         Professional or scholarly activity
•         Master’s degree in a related discipline
The Continuing Track Liaison Librarian, Business and Economicsposition is a full-time, continuing track appointment which will be available from February 17, 2018. The appointment will be made at a level commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary, benefits and terms of employment are governed by the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association collective agreement
Application Procedure
Please email application package that includes cover letter, resume, along with the names and contact information of three references, in a single Word or PDF file, by December 31, 2017 to:
Gohar Ashoughian
University Librarian
Wilfrid Laurier University
If you are unable to apply using one file because of a disability, please connect with Jennifer Knechtel at who can assist you.
Please Note :

Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and values diversity. Laurier welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and a person of any sexual identities and gender identities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships, however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:

Yes, I am a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada;

No, I am not a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Members of designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to: Jennifer Knechtel ( Further information on the equity policy can be found at .

To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact Jennifer Knechtel (

The Library wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. All nominations and applications shall be reviewed and considered under a set of criteria established by the Search Committee and a short list of candidates shall be interviewed. Only those applicants selected for the short list will be contacted.

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