Systems Librarian (Term appointment) – Mount Allison University

Mount Allison University Libraries and Archives invite applications from qualified candidates for the position of Systems Librarian. This is a non-renewable term appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian and will be effective as soon as possible. The appointment will end on June 30, 2018.


The successful candidate will ensure the smooth functioning of library systems and will lead the search to  replace our current Integrated Library System and the possible addition of a discovery layer. As a member of the team of librarians, the candidate will also contribute to the planning and delivery of library services including reference service and participation in collegial governance by serving on Library and University committees.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Overseeing the configuration, implementation, maintenance and upgrading of library systems, authentication and link resolving systems, discovery tools, archiving and repository systems, and other library and archival resources and databases
  • Playing a leading role in the search for a new Integrated Library System
  • Monitoring and compiling usage data of electronic resources
  • Working with librarian colleagues and staff, faculty and students to identify new tools and solutions that support the teaching, learning and research needs of the Mount Allison community

The successful candidate may also be assigned responsibilities in other areas befitting the Libraries’ priorities and dependent on the successful candidate’s strengths and expertise. Shift duties for reference service may include evenings and weekends.

Required qualifications:

  • ALA -accredited MLS or equivalent degree
  • Experience managing library systems
  • Knowledge of the delivery of reference service
  • Knowledge of or experience in data management and analysis
  • Evidence of successful collaboration and leadership
  • Strong knowledge of resources and scholarship in library systems with
  • the ability to effectively communicate new developments in this field to library and non-library staff
  • Ability to multitask and work in a complex and detailed environment
  • Demonstrated skills in project development and implementation
  • Demonstrated commitment to patron service
  • Strong oral and written communication as well as critical thinking skills
  • Knowledge of existing and emerging library technologies
  • Enthusiasm for an innovative and changing environment

Additional qualifications (preferred):

  • Experience with SirsiDynix systems and / or open source alternatives
  • Degree in Science / Computer Science preferred
  • Experience providing data -related library services (archiving, preservation, and access to research data)
  • Knowledge of or experience in writing custom scripts in one or more computer programming languages
  • Experience with collection development, teaching, and providing reference services in an academic library setting
  • Demonstrated experience in research, scholarship, or professional development in librarianship/information sciences
  • Knowledge of resources and scholarship in science and data preferred

This position is represented by the Mount Allison Faculty Association and participation and involvement in research, creative activity or scholarship, and service to the University are

expected. The appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Librarian. Salary will be within the established range and commensurate with qualifications and experience. A cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three referees should be sent to:

David Mawhinney, Chair of the Search Committee
Mount Allison University Libraries and Archives
49 York Street
Sackville, NB E4L 1C6
Fax: (506) 364-2617

Applications will also be accepted in electronic form [pdf format or Microsoft Word] and should be e-mailed to Carol Wilson, Administrative Assistant, at . Applicants receiving further consideration may be asked to submit additional information as needed.

The deadline for applications is 1 January 2017. Hiring is subject to budgetary approval.

Mount Allison University welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified women and men, including aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Canadian and permanent residents should indicate their citizenship or residency status in their application.

Mount Allison University, located in Sackville, New Brunswick, is a leader in providing quality liberal education to undergraduate students in arts, sciences, social sciences, fine arts and music. Mount Allison’s intimate educational environment extends learning beyond the classroom, encouraging the growth of the whole person through a full range of experiences in the campus and community.

The Mount Allison University Libraries an d Archives are committed to working with students and faculty in order to meet their academic and research needs. Mount Allison Libraries includes the Ralph Pickard Bell Library which is the main library, the Alfred Whitehead Music Library, and the University Archives. We invite you to look at our website for more information about the Libraries and about the University at For further information please consult the following websites:

  1. Mount Allison Faculty Association (MAFA) collective agreements:
  2. Town of Sackville: 
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Distributed Learning: Pedagogy and Technology in Online Information Literacy -co-edited by Tasha Maddison and Maha Kumaran

Hello everyone, happy to announce this publication. Hope your library collections will benefit from this:

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If you are a Canadian academic librarian in tenured or tenure-track position…

Hello folks, We are surveying Canadian academic librarians in tenured and tenure-track positions on the research support they receive. If you are one of them please fill out the survey below. You can do say either in English or French. Thank you. (Maha and Carolyn)

Dear colleagues, please take a moment to participate in our survey regarding the various support personnel or systems available to you as a tenure-track or tenured librarian.

The purpose of this research is to 1) determine what kinds of research supports are currently available to Canadian academic librarians in tenured and tenure-track positions, and, 2) what other supports academic librarians would like to have available to them. The research supports available could be either financial (such as paying a proofreader, grant writer, editor, etc) or personnel (such as having a research facilitator or research personnel to help you initiate, conduct, and disseminate your research).

There are around 30 questions or less depending on the options you choose. It should take about 15 – 20 minutes to complete. The first page of the survey has more information explaining our research project, ethics, right to withdraw, and contact information of both researchers. No personal identifying information is collected. Please do not hesitate to contact one of us if you have any further questions.

The survey closes on November 9, 2016.  Here is the link:

Maha Kumaran and Carolyn Pytlyk


Chers/Chères collègues,

Veuillez prendre un moment pour participer à notre sondage sur la disponibilité du soutien administratif ou des systèmes d’appui pour vous à titre de bibliothécaire adjoint(e) (poste menant à la permanence) ou de bibliothécaire permanent(e).

Cette recherche a pour but de 1) déterminer les types d’appui à la recherche actuellement disponibles pour les bibliothécaires dans des postes permanents ou menant vers la permanence, et 2) les appuis supplémentaires auxquels les bibliothécaires universitaires aimeraient avoir accès.  Les appuis à la recherche pourraient être disponibles sous forme financière (p. ex. défrayer les coûts associés à la révision, la rédaction de demandes de subvention, l’édition, etc.) ou en ressources humaines (p. ex. avoir un facilitateur de recherches ou du personnel dédié à la recherche pour vous aider à initier et effectuer votre recherche et en disséminer les résultats).

Le sondage compte environ 30 questions ou moins selon les options que vous choisirez. Il faudra environ 15 à 20 minutes pour le compléter.  La première page du sondage contient plus de renseignements sur notre projet de recherche, l’éthique, le droit de retrait et les coordonnées des deux chercheurs.  Aucune information d’identification ne sera recueillie.  N’hésitez pas à contacter l’un de nous si vous avez d’autres questions.

Ce sondage prendra fin le 9 novembre, 2016.  Voici le lien

Très sincèrement,
Maha Kumaran et Carolyn Pytlyk

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Leanne Templeteon and I had the pleasure of working on a poster to present at the National Diversity in Libraries Conference.  I wasn’t personally there to present it and many thanks to Leanne for taking it there and meeting with everyone who came to see our poster. We interviewed public library board members in Alberta and Saskatchewan to gather information for this project. You can find our poster here:  poster-presentation-for-national-diversity-in-libraires_august_5_2016_final

It was well received, in line with the topic, and some viewers found it enlightening.

Let us know if you have any questions.
Maha Kumaran and Leanne Templeton


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C-EBLIP Fall Symposium: Librarians as Researchers – Wednesday, October 12, 2016, University of Saskatchewan

Hi everyone, this is free registration which comes with pre-symposium workshop, lunch, breakfast and a networking possibility with other librarians. Hope you will consider coming:

The 3rd annual C-EBLIP Fall Symposium is a one-day conference open to any interested librarian and is designed to facilitate sharing, collaboration, and networking with the focus on librarians in their researcher roles. Complimentary registration includes the symposium, a pre-symposium workshop on October 11, lunch, nutrition breaks, a post-symposium social event, and, new this year, a networking breakfast!

Register online now:

View the program:

If you have any questions, contact Virginia Wilson


Virginia Wilson, MA, MLIS
Director, Centre for Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (C-EBLIP)
University Library, University of Saskatchewan
Room 630.5, Murray Building, 3 Campus Dr
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A4
Brain-Work, the C-EBLIP blog


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Making Connections Across the Pond – The Network

Hi all, we have been added to The Network coordinated by John Vincent, a librarian from Devon, UK. Devon is very interested in minority issues.  Please read his blog. It is great to know that we have colleagues in UK who are interested in similar issues.

Maha Kumaran

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Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science

Hi all, The University of Maryland, College Park is hosting this conference. The conference dates are October 20 – 21, 2016. Hope you have a chance to submit a proposal or attend. You can find more information about the conference here

Submissions are due by July 22, 2016.

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