Learning Services Librarian, Chapman Learning Commons | UBC Library | Vancouver Campus | Full-time, ongoing Librarian

Learning Services Librarian, Chapman Learning Commons
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Vancouver Campus
Full-time, ongoing Librarian position
Anticipated Start Date: May 1, 2021


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 Framework can be viewed at https://about.library.ubc.ca/about-us/strategic-framework/. To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library – Work with us.


The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) and the Chapman Learning Commons (CLC) provide programs and services to support academic excellence and community engagement at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver serving students, faculty, staff and the community. The Learning Services Librarian is responsible for supporting the initiatives, programs and services to meet the vision and mandate of the CLC, IKBLC, UBC Library and the University.


  • Assists in the planning, delivery, and assessment of policies, programs, and services provided by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) with a focus on the Chapman Learning Commons (CLC) including collaborating with colleagues across the UBC Library, units within the IKBLC, UBC departments and programs, as well as other institutions, organizations and community groups;
  • Works with the Learning Commons Coordinator to design and deliver staff training related to the programs and services throughout the CLC;
  • Oversees the equipment lending program at the CLC Help Desk, including identifying and coordinating the purchase of new equipment to support student innovation; defining equipment lending policies and procedures; and ensuring consistency of equipment lending policies across other library branches;
  • Oversees the on-going development and maintenance of the CLC website using a variety of online tools and software;
  • Provides in-person support at the CLC Help Desk and other service points, as required;
  • Works with units across UBC Library to develop, support, and deliver instruction for students, staff, faculty and community members, using a variety of methodologies (e.g. in-person workshops, web-based tutorials), with a specific focus on first-year and international students, including the maintenance and development of the UBC Vancouver Library Skills Tutorials;
  • Responsible for the Digital Tattoo Project, including collaborating with cross-institutional partners, UBC faculty and students, maintaining the website, supervising students and sourcing funding opportunities where necessary;
  • Monitors developments in learning commons service models; information technology; and information and digital literacies, to apply this knowledge to the benefit of all users of the CLC and IKBLC.
  • Coordinates and supervises staff, services and special projects as required. Evening and weekend work may be occasionally required;
  • Collaborates with colleagues and departments across the Library, IKBLC, UBC and other organizations to ensure programs and services support and evolve with current and emerging student need; and meet the Statement of Purpose and Charter of Principles for the IKBLC and the mandates for the Chapman Learning Commons and UBC Library.


A graduate degree from an ALA accredited program in library and information science is required with a minimum of one year of experience in developing and providing information services to a broad community of users. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as well as experience teaching individuals and groups, are required. General knowledge of online information resources and systems, as well as an excellent understanding of online tools such as UBC Blogs, UBC CMS (WordPress) and UBC Wiki.

The candidate should be organized, able to contribute to the operationalization of the visions of the Learning Commons and the IKBLC, able to successfully manage a diverse set of responsibilities, and possess a demonstrated commitment to the provision of learning support resources and services to benefit a wide and diverse community of users. The ideal candidate will be flexible, innovative and able to work as a member of a team. Keen interest in emerging technologies and trends in student learning and teaching tools is an asset.


Reports to the Assistant Director, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Works closely with the Learning Commons Coordinator. Collaborates with UBC Library units, other IKBLC units, UBC departments and other institutions and organizations in the development of programs and services for Learning Commons and IKBLC users.


Takes an innovative and creative approach to the development and evolution of services offered by the Learning Commons and IKBLC. Works within and assists in the formulation of policies and procedures for the successful operation of the IKBLC. Stays informed about current developments in library and information studies and related fields and in appropriate areas of specialization, and shares this knowledge with colleagues and users. Effectively organizes, supervises and provides information services. Works effectively as a member of a team. Demonstrates excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Demonstrates flexibility, enthusiasm and willingness to work in a rapidly changing environment. Actively supports and assists in the evolution of the Learning Commons’ programs and services. Understands and is able to assist in the operationalization of the vision of the Learning Commons, Statement of Purpose and Charter of Principles for the IKBLC and the strategic directions of the UBC Library.

Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.  Takes initiative in learning about language and issues relating to equity and diversity. Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships and engage in workplace culture. Promotes and fosters a supportive environment built on appreciation, recognition, learning and professional growth. Committed to demonstrating respect to colleagues at every level by trusting in their abilities and knowledge to perform their roles and earning respect through meeting commitments. Models and demonstrates good communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback. Listens to, encourages and expresses creative and innovative ideas. Open to experiment and improvise with new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems.


This position will be filled as a full-time, ongoing Librarian position.

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 2 years of experience. However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply. Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. 

Applications will include: a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and 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.

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/faculty.php by midnight March 31, 2021.