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As Canada’s leading open university, Athabasca University’s (AU) approach to accessible yet transformative education and research is truly distinctive. Its academic mission is to remove barriers to post-secondary education for learners, regardless of their age, location, career, or educational background.

Based in the beautiful region of Athabasca, AU is one of four Comprehensive Academic and Research Universities (CARUs) in the province. AU is a public, board-governed, open, and online university serving more than 35,000 students across Alberta, Canada, and around the world.

AU seeks to be an agile and inclusive workplace in which all team members can grow, make their highest contribution, and each make a difference to our academic vision and mission. AU is strongly committed to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) and with Indigenous Peoples and communities, conciliation.

Led by President Dr. Alex Clark, AU is embarking on an exciting new chapter in strategic planning. Drawing... from five decades of growth in distance and online education, we aim to reinforce our position as Canada’s foremost innovator in open learning. With the recent formation of an inclusive Senior Leadership Team dedicated to empowering every team member to contribute and thrive, AU stands poised for an exciting and ambitious next stage of development.

Athabasca University’s Library and Scholarly Resources is comprised of the Athabasca University Library and the Thomas A. Edge Archives and Special Collections. The principles upon which our work is grounded are lifelong learning, innovation and creative approaches, integration of services and resources in the curriculum, collaboration across AU and the academic library sector, inclusion, and openness.

Our priorities over the next several years include providing access to academic resources, including open access and open educational resources (OER), supporting digital literacy through collaboration with faculty, assessment of instructional resources, and advancing support for research, through the implementation of the university’s research data management strategy, including the further development of services, and ensuring continued access to and preservation of AU’s unique and multimodal research outputs.

Athabasca University Library is seeking a dynamic and creative librarian to fill the position of Instruction & Reference Services Librarian with the Athabasca University Library.

The Position:
• Creating digital and information literacy tutorials and other instructional resources
• Developing and presenting webinars on digital and information literacy related topics
• Promoting digital and information literacy within the University Community
• Providing reference services to the Athabasca University community (learners, faculty, and staff)
• Providing training sessions for Library staff
• Working with faculty, course development teams and learning designers to integrate information and digital literacy into the curriculum
• Providing direct service on the Library Information Desk, including staffing the Library’s chat service
• The position reports directly to the Associate University Librarian, Learning & Research Services and works closely with the other librarians and staff.

• Masters in Library Science from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent is required
• One to three years’ experience of reference service and instruction is required, preferably in an academic library
• Working knowledge of online pedagogy, and teaching and learning strategies at the university level is highly desirable
• Experience using tutorial creation software packages is highly desired
• A demonstrated understanding of graduate research requirements and processes
• Effective verbal and written communication skills are essential
• Strong interpersonal skills with a particular interest in providing superior user service
• Good time management and organizational skills, and the ability to meet deadlines is essential
• An understanding of web design principles is highly desirable
• Attention to accuracy and detail are important

The full job description can be viewed at: Instruction and Reference Services Librarian

For further information about this position, contact Elaine Fabbro via email: elainef@athabascau.ca

We will only accept applications received through our online recruitment system. Please include your resume, letter of application, and the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references.

Note: Online applications are accepted until 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on June 12, 2024.

We wish to express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. However, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Athabasca First

Wherever possible, AU seeks to attract and hire qualified team members to reside in the region. We will offer relocation assistance for the right candidate should you decide to relocate the Town of Athabasca. As a resident of the town or county of Athabasca, you can choose to work on and from our beautiful campus in Athabasca.

To discover the Town and Region of Athabasca, go to: Visit Athabasca.

What AU Offers:

Benefits and Pension eligibility differs based on employee group and may include:
• Defined Benefits Pension Plan
• Alberta Health Care
• Extended Health Care
• Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
• Disability Coverage
• Vacation
• Office Closure between Christmas and New Year’s Day
• Discretionary Benefit Fund
• AU Course Allowance
• A Variety of Leaves (e.g., Maternity/Parental/Adoption, Compassionate Care, etc.)
• Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
• Educational credentials will be verified before an offer of employment is extended. An offer of employment is conditional upon verification of educational credentials.

All educational credentials must be recognized in Canada.

E-Transcripts shared directly from your Post-Secondary Institution via email are acceptable.

WES https://www.wes.org/ca/ may be used to verify international educational credentials. Processing time for verification of international qualifications may take up to one month; please plan accordingly.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

Athabasca University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, persons of any gender identity and expression, and members of visible minorities.

Where applicants have equal skills, abilities, and experience, candidates residing within or willing to relocate to the County of Athabasca will be given preference.

Working outside of Canada is not supported by Athabasca University. You are legally not permitted to work for Athabasca University if you are living outside of Canada.

Application deadline: June 12, 2024
Athabasca AB


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