Instruction Librarian – University of British Columbia – British Columbia, Canada

UBC Library


The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 14 branches and divisions, two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), one off-site hospital library, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.


The Library’s collection of over 7M items includes 1.4M ebooks, 229,020 electronic journals, 850,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials, and 1,703 bibliographic and fulltext databases.


More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.  The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010-2015 can be viewed at

Faculty of Law

University of British Columbia’s Peter A. Allard School of Law, one of Canada’s leading law schools, is committed to being one of the world’s great centres for legal education and research. As part of an outstanding public university situated in one of the most open, diverse and beautiful places in the world, we offer an inspiring environment that combines rigorous professional legal training with an awareness of the role of law in society.

The Allard School of Law offers a varied program of instruction in a broad array of legal fields to academically talented and diverse law students in the JD, LLM, LLM CL, Tax LLM and PhD programs. Our faculty members encourage students to develop creative and effective approaches to legal analysis and problem solving. UBC Law is housed in a new, state-of-the-art law building, Allard Hall, designed to fully support teaching and research.  More information about the UBC Faculty of Law can be found at

Overview of the position:


The Law Library provides reference, teaching, bibliographic and circulation services in support of students and faculty of the Faculty of Law and to others requiring the use of its collections and services.


The Instruction Librarian coordinates the Law Library’s instruction program which includes the first year legal research and writing program offered by the Faculty of Law.  Duties include developing and delivering both credit and non-credit courses, assisting with the recruitment of instructors, and delivering classes and workshops.  In addition, the Instruction Librarian provides access to the collection and meets the information needs of Law Library clients by providing reference and research services as well as participating in collection development.  Evening and weekend work may be required.






·         A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science.

·         Relevant professional experience appropriate to academic law librarianship and teaching legal research and writing courses, both in-person and online.

·         A law degree from a common law jurisdiction.

·         Familiarity with Canadian legal research tools and methods.

·         Familiarity with effective teaching methodologies, computer technology, and a commitment to responsive and innovative information services.

·         Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

·         Ability to work both independently and within a team environment.




·         Collection development experience in an academic library.



1.       Provides strategic leadership, direction, and planning to the legal research and writing programs offered by the Law Library and the Faculty of Law.


2.       Works collaboratively to develop a cohesive program that strengthens legal research and writing skills across the Faculty of Law’s first year curriculum, as well as in upper years.


3.       Develops and coordinates all Law Library instruction programs including a refresher series for third  year JD students and incoming graduate students, online research classes on major legal database platforms, and a speaker series related to legal research and writing, as well as specialized workshops related to courses in both Law and other faculties.


4.       Develops course content, teaches workshops and classes, and evaluates their success.  Further, coordinates the work of other instructors in these activities, including developing assignments and exams.


5.       Provides reference and research services to University of British Columbia students, staff and faculty members; members of the legal profession; and members of the public.


6.       Participates in collection development activities.


7.       Participates in professional, library system, and university-wide initiatives.


Working Relationships:

The instruction librarian reports jointly to the Head of the Law Library and the Dean (or designate) of the Faculty of Law.  The instruction librarian contacts and consults with colleagues in the Law Library and throughout the Library System on various issues relating to position responsibilities.  As coordinator of the Faculty of Law’s first year legal research and writing program, consults and works closely with members of the Faculty of Law.  There are daily contacts with students, faculty members, and other Law Library users.  Supervision of staff and student assistants may be required, as well as providing leadership to instructors in legal research courses and workshops.


Terms of Appointment and Salary:


This position will be filled as a full time ongoing position. If eligible and qualified, the successful applicant may be appointed with a confirmed appointment. Otherwise, there will be an initial three-year probationary appointment.  Normally, such an appointment is reviewed by the end of the second year of appointment, and a recommendation is made at that time to grant or not to grant a confirmed appointment.


Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.


We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 7 years of experience.  However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply.


UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. The University especially welcomes applications from visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.


Applications will include: a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above; and a detailed and current curriculum vitae.


To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at by midnight on March 26, 2015.