Mock Interviews for Academic Libraries


The OLA Mentoring Program will be sending volunteers to do mock interviews at FIMS on October 25th. This is a great opportunity to hone your interviewing skills! If you would like an interview with feedback from a professional academic librarian, please send Skye ( a cover letter and resume by MONDAY OCTOBER 21st in response to the following job posting for academic librarian.

Also, in your email please indicate your availability:
Morning (10am – 12pm), or Afternoon (1pm – 4pm)


Date posted: September 15, 2013

 JOB DESCRIPTION: Liaison Librarian, Social Science Centre Library, University of Middle Ontario
POSITION: Liaison Librarian – full time, continuing appointment stream
RANK:  Assistant Librarian
REPORTS TO: Head, Instruction and Learning Team, Social Science Centre Library
SALARY: Minimum Salary $59,000; Actual salary will reflect the selected candidate’s experience and credentials


The University of  University of Middle Ontario Social Science Centre Library is seeking an innovative  and service-oriented librarian to support social sciences undergraduate and graduate research,  teaching and learning. This is a full time continuing appointment stream position. The Liaison Librarian provides research assistance, instruction, outreach, and collection development/management support related to their assigned departments and/or programs. This position is also responsible for special projects as assigned, such as collection reviews, development of web-based resources, and service evaluation. The University of Middle Ontario Libraries encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the Liaison Librarian will be expected to serve on various committees and teams. Librarians at  the University of Middle Ontario have academic status and have the right and responsibility to participate in scholarly research and professional activities, and to participate in the institutional governance .

1. Provides liaison services to assigned colleges, departments or programs in the Social Science Centre. Liaison services include instruction, consultation, collection development, and other client-centered services as identified.
2. Provides on-call, by appointment, and e-mail reference services to faculty, students and staff.
3. Participates in instruction programs using appropriate classroom methods and educational technologies.
4. Participates actively in the development, selection and evaluation of web resources for subject guides and other client services.
5. Participates in collection management program. Selects and evaluates subject based materials related to liaison assignment and works with faculty in selecting materials to support their academic and research programs.
6. Participates in planning, policy formation and departmental decision making relating to social science services, collections and new technologies.
7. Creates and maintains an image database for use in instruction.
8. Performs scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment.

1. Masters degree in library science from an ALA accredited library school.
2. Demonstrated commitment to client-focused service.
3. Knowledge of and enthusiasm for the integration of new technologies into the delivery of information services.
4. Ability to work effectively as part of a team within a culturally diverse client community.
5. Ability to work effectively with all levels of library client – faculty, researchers, clinicians, students (professional, graduate and undergraduate), and staff.
6. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
7. Initiative, flexibility, and the ability to adapt and work creatively in a rapidly changing environment.
8. Ability to contribute  to the profession via research, publication, presentation, and service.

1. Undergraduate or advanced degree in the social sciences, or experience serving a similar client population.
2. Experience working in an academic  library.
3. Experience with/demonstrated enthusiasm for working with the public.
4. Experience with/demonstrated enthusiasm for instruction.
5. Familiarity with web-based instructional tools.
6. Familiarity with on-line reference services.
7. Proficiency in the design and creation of web pages.

The University of Middle Ontario is a medium sized institution educational research institution with a faculty of approximately 600 and a student body of approximately 25,000. UMO is home to seven colleges consisting of 45 academic departments and more than 30 research centres and institutes. The University offers the Ph.D. in more than 35 fields and the Master’s degree in more than 45 fields. For more information please consult the UMO homepage at The University of Middle Ontario Libraries  is a member of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, and the Ontario Council of University Libraries. The library staff consists of more than 130 FTE librarians, technical/clerical staff and student assistants. For more information about the Libraries, please visit

The Social Science Centre Library provides services and programs to support the following departments and research units: African Studies, Education, Environmental Studies, Family Relations and Nutrition, Geography and Geology,  History, Sociology and Anthropology, and  Psychology and Neuroscience. The SSC Library  supports over $91,000,000 in campus research awards by providing up-to-date research content and information access and management support. Since 1999, the OMU Libraries have operated a Liaison Librarian program to facilitate partnerships with academic faculty and programs by assigning each SSC Department a dedicated librarian who works closely with its faculty, staff and student.

Twenty-two vacation days annually; access to professional development funding, retirement plan options; insurance benefits; tuition fee waiver program; moving expense coverage.


Failure to submit all of the required documents as instructed may result in your application not being considered.

Please submit application materials via e-mail. Send, as attachments (PDF format required), a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; your current resume and/or curriculum vitae with preference given to the latter and a list of three references. Include address, telephone and email information for references. Apply by November 5, 2013. Send all required application materials to Holly Cole, UMO Libraries Human Resources Office, at:

The University of Middle Ontario is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs, supports diversity in its teaching, learning and work environments, and ensures that applications for members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered under its employment equity policy. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of our University community are encouraged to apply.


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