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McGill University,
Montreal, Quebec

Salary: Not Specified
Status: Full-time
Posted: 06/19/14
Deadline: 07/16/14

eResources Librarian

Assistant or Associate Librarian depending upon experience (tenure-track)

Duration:  Initial three-year appointment with possibility for renewal

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Posting number: 14-AL9891-06

The McGill Library seeks an innovative, collaborative and resourceful librarian to assist in a range activities related to access of electronic resources to ensure the effective support of teaching, learning, research and outreach activities of the Library at McGill University.


The Library is committed to the delivery of innovative information products, services and programs of the highest quality focused on client needs in support of the University's strategic mission and directions. The Library proactively supports the teaching, learning and research needs of faculty and students to ensure that the university’s strategic mission of excellence as a research intensive, student-centred university is satisfied. Collection building is based upon the premise of preference for electronic versions.

McGill Library has the largest collection in Quebec and is one of Canada’s largest academic libraries with over 6 million monographs and 80,000 online serials and databases. The library is a member of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI, formerly CRÉPUQ), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), and is the first Canadian member of the HathiTrust Digital Library.


Information about the University and the McGill Library is at the University’s web site ( and  As a tenured stream appointee, the successful candidate is expected to devote himself or herself to the full range of academic duties as defined in the Regulations Relating to the Employment of Librarian Staff ( 


Primary Purpose of Position

To assist in a range activities related to access of electronic resources to ensure the effective support of teaching, learning, research and outreach activities of the Library at McGill University.


Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Ensure effective, timely and appropriate intellectual access is provided to electronic resources and serials.

Ensure efficient and cost-effective work processes, workflows and functions for the processing of library collections are in place, reviewing them regularly.

Ensure appropriate statistics, reporting and performance measures are in place and monitored on a regular basis, benchmarking against others as appropriate, seeking to remedy any gaps in performance identified.

Within group provide leadership in the application of tools related to electronic resource management, cataloguing standards, policies and procedures ensuring user needs are met, sharing expertise as appropriate.

Balance activities in area related to electronic resources, their access, licensing issues and other tasks.

Liaise with library vendors and suppliers, including such organizations as CRKN, BCI and OCLC, to ensure efficient and effective access and management of records for library materials in cooperation with the Coordinator, E-Resources and Serials and the Associate Dean, Collection Services.

Assist in the administration of new and existing licensing for electronic resources, reviewing and resolving contract issues. Monitor subscriptions in relation to existing license expirations and renewals, and review the impact of current licensing. Ensure the registration and activation of electronic subscriptions and troubleshoot e-access problems reported by clients.

Lead and manage library assistants and other staff in a group within Collection Services as required.

Participate in the deployment, development, training and performance management of library staff as required in cooperation with the Coordinator, eResources and Serials and the Associate Dean, Collection Services.

Maintain an in-depth knowledge of various in-house and external library systems related to electronic resources and cataloguing.

Ensure effective communication about electronic resources, maintaining appropriate documentation including the website and blog, liaising with Head Librarians, Liaison Librarians and other library staff as required, taking particular responsibility for areas related to electronic resources.

Participate in the promotion and marketing of the Library's collections.

Work in partnership with other Library staff and sections, as well as external groups, on specific projects, leading such projects where necessary.

Ensure appropriate communication within team and between teams across the Library by holding meetings as appropriate.

Attend various meetings and participate in committees within the Library, the University and externally, representing the Library and the University as required.

Reporting Relationships

The position reports to the Coordinator, eResources and Serials.


  1. 1A degree and recognized professional library qualifications; professional experience in an academic, special or research library, or equivalent relevant experience is highly desirable.
  2. Good knowledge of and experience in the use of electronic and networked information resources and information and communications technology.
  3. Good information and communications technology skills and knowledge.
  4. Experience with coordination of workflows.
  5. Good oral and written communication skills, including abilities in both English and French.
  6. Creative and analytical thinking skills and good problem solving ability.
  7. Good organizational, client service and teamwork skills.
  8. High level of professionalism and commitment to the organization and its mission and the ability to work flexibly in a changing environment.
  9. Proven ability to promote the Library and its services to clients and present a positive image of the library to clients.
  10. Ability to understand and respond to priorities and trends in the Library and University environments.


Applications should address the above selection criteria, be accompanied by a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of three referees and should be submitted by July 16, 2014, as one (1) .pdf document. Please indicate the number of the posting (14-AL9891-06) on the subject line of the email and on the letter of interest.

Isabelle Roberge

Office of the Trenholme Dean of Libraries

McGill University

3459 McTavish Street

Montreal, Qc H3A 1Y1

Fax: (514) 398-3561


McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, women, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.