Academic Librarian

Arthur Wishart Library, Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie Campus

Algoma University ( has a special mission to be a teaching-oriented university that provides programs in the liberal arts and sciences, and professional programs, primarily at the undergraduate level. We have a particular focus on the needs of Northern Ontario, and a special mission to cultivate cross-cultural learning between Indigenous communities and other communities, in keeping with the history of Algoma University and its geographic site.  With campuses in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton and Timmins, Algoma University offers students, faculty, administrators and staff the opportunity to live, learn, study and work together in a diverse environment. 

Algoma University invites applications for a Tenure-Track Librarian at the rank of Assistant Librarian at the Arthur A. Wishart Library, commencing July 1, 2021 or as negotiated. This position is based in Sault Ste. Marie; the Wishart Library provides services to all campuses. Appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian requires a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited institution or equivalent. Candidates nearing completion of the MLIS may be considered, with initial appointment at the rank of General Librarian. The librarian will deliver research and instructional services, in person and/or online, as well as manage collections in support of research and teaching. The librarian will seek opportunities for integrating information literacy into the curriculum at the undergraduate level and to provide research support to faculty and student researchers. The librarian will work in collaboration with colleagues and staff within the Wishart Library and university at large, to ensure that learning outcomes and collection and research needs are met. The librarian will liaise with the external library community including OCUL and CRKN.

In addition to the necessary academic requirements, they shall possess the following:

  • demonstrable knowledge of academic information resources
  • experience providing information literacy instruction
  • knowledge of collection management practices and budgeting
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • ability to manage multiple tasks and competing priorities
  • commitment to undergraduate education

Additional skills in areas such as technical services or information systems would be an asset.  Awareness of practices and trends in post-secondary education and research would be an asset.

Candidates should submit electronically a letter of application, a current CV, evidence of effectiveness in teaching or information literacy instruction, and a research/scholarship plan (up to two pages). These materials should be sent  to Dr. István Imre, Acting Academic Dean, via  Application materials should be submitted as a single combined PDF fileApplicants must also arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent directly to the same addressThe PDF file and reference letters should have file names that identify the applicant. Applications received by 4 pm EDT March 5, 2021, will be assured of consideration, though the posting remains open until the position is filled. The position is subject to budgetary approval. 

The position is open to all qualified applicants, although preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Algoma University is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusivity within our community and is an equal opportunity employer. The university invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by Algoma University throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. The successful candidate will be required to provide a Police Records Check (Vulnerable Sector) as a condition of employment.