Limited-Term Instruction/Liaison Librarian: Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick

The Dalhousie Libraries seek a collaborative, flexible, innovative and service-oriented individual for the position of Instruction/Liaison Librarian for the Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick (DMNB) program based in Saint John, New Brunswick (12 month limited-term).

This position reports to the Head, Kellogg Library and also works closely with the AUL Library Services and other colleagues across the Dal Libraries system. The W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library serves the learning, teaching and research needs of an extensive range of disciplines in the Faculties of Medicine (New Brunswick / Halifax campuses), Dentistry and Health Professions. Our services extend to students and faculty on campus and remotely throughout the Maritime Provinces and beyond.

The incumbent will take an active role with the Faculty of Medicine, working closely with colleagues at Dalhousie’s two medical campuses. The incumbent will participate in teaching, collections support, general reference and research duties, including evidence synthesis projects, evidence-based health care initiatives and research consultations.

Main Areas of Responsibility:

  • Act as library liaison to DMNB faculty and students. This position will require extensive coordination and cooperation with colleagues on the Halifax campus to insure equitable and effective services and access across sites.
  • Work with faculty members to develop appropriate instructional content to support the goals of evidence- based and inter-professional practice.
  • Establish effective communication with the students and faculty to deliver resources and services in the methods and places that work best for them, e.g. dynamic subject guides, online courseware and tutorials, mobile formats, etc.
  • Teach information literacy content relevant to various levels of students in the health sciences via a range of styles and modes, both in class and online.
  • Execute and assist with searches of the literature to support the development of evidence synthesis projects.
  • Maintain a superior knowledge of various electronic databases used to investigate topics in medicine and the health professions.
  • Sustain proficiency in productivity tools, bibliographic managers, tutorial creation software, statistical packages, social media, mobile and other emerging technologies.
  • Contribute to a positive team environment to offer general reference service for both on site and remote users, including assistance by in person appointments, via Livehelp, and other remote communication tools.
  • Keep current with new knowledge in the field of academic health librarianship in order to contribute to evidence based practice in medical libraries and medical education.
  • Serve on various library committees, teams, and task forces within the Kellogg Health Sciences Library, the Dalhousie Libraries, and the Faculty of Medicine.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library/information sciences from an ALA accredited institution
  • 1-2 years relevant experience within a health sciences library environment
  • Superior written and oral communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively at a distance
  • Demonstrated ability in teaching and in supporting research needs
  • Experience using and advising on health sciences databases and resources
  • Strong information technology skills
  • Strong team player who can demonstrate confidence, collegiality, enthusiasm, and reliability Proven ability to work well independently and within large and complex teams


  • Demonstrated excellence in student engagement
  • An undergraduate degree in a health or science discipline
  • Familiarity with the academic library environment
  • Experience in developing knowledge synthesis search strategies in health sciences
  • Experience supporting research needs of faculty and students
  • Interest in scholarship, professional development and service

Salary and Benefits:

Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience, and subject to the terms of the Dalhousie Faculty Association Collective Agreement.  The position will not be filled at a rank higher than Librarian II.

Availability of the position:

The position has a proposed starting date of February 27, 2017. Deadline for applications: December 31, 2016.

Application package: letter of interest, addressed to Donna Bourne-Tyson, University Librarian; curriculum vitae, including examples of educational or teaching materials [links preferred where available]; the names of three references; and a completed Self-Identification Questionnaire, which is available at:

Send in care of:

Janice Slauenwhite, Administrative Officer
Dalhousie Libraries Administration Office, Killam Library
6225 University Avenue, PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4H8

Electronic submissions (Word or pdf) are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all qualified candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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