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Library Assistant, Access Services

Library Assistant, Access Services

Established in 1789, King’s College is Canada’s oldest chartered university and is associated with Dalhousie University. A small and extraordinarily lively academic community located in Halifax (Kjipuktuk), Nova Scotia, King’s is known nationally and internationally for its highly acclaimed interdisciplinary programs in the humanities, including its renowned Foundation Year Program, its professional programs in journalism and its fine arts program in creative writing. King’s is a community where students, faculty, alumni and staff work to bring greater understanding, creativity and compassion to the world.

The University of King’s College Library contains more than 85,000 volumes and supports teaching in the Contemporary Studies Program, Early Modern Studies Program, History of Science and Technology Program, Foundation Year Program, School of Journalism and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction program. Library staff provide research guidance, and the library offers comfortable spaces to study, with a variety of seating options for individuals and groups in a wireless environment. Computers, scanning and printing facilities are available.

Reporting to the University Librarian, the Library Assistant, Access Services is responsible for overseeing those functions in a library which enables the use of the collections, including the general circulation functions, holds, course reserves, interlibrary loans, shelving and reshelving of materials, and stack maintenance. They are responsible for hiring, training and supervising approximately twelve student assistants. This includes posting job advertisements, conducting interviews, scheduling shifts and monitor shift changes, tracking and submitting payroll information for processing among other related duties.

The Library Assistant is also responsible for providing services to patrons on circulation desk shifts, and in-person research assistance to patrons using Novanet, databases and print resources.  They will also provide reference services through Live Help and liaise with other Access Services supervisors in the Novanet consortium.  The successful candidate will troubleshoot printing and wi-fi tech issues, assist with Interlibrary Loans/Document Delivery (incoming and outgoing) as required using Relais, WorldCat and other standard tools, special projects and other assigned duties.  This is a full-time permanent position.

The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree and a diploma in Library and Information Technology plus 2 years’ experience or equivalent training and experience. They must possess experience with MS Office suite and other relevant software.  Experience with ILS and discovery services, preferably ALMA, Primo and LibGuides is required. Experience with Relais and Worldcat, training and supervising a team are assets.

Closing Date: May 12, 2023.

Salary will be commensurate with level of education and experience.  The salary range for this position is: $43,390 to $48,214.  A comprehensive group benefits package is offered including membership in the Nova Scotia Public Service Superannuation Plan (PSSP). 

To apply for this position, please forward resume and covering letter to:

Pethrona Russell
Human Resources Manager
University of King’s College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2A1


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of King’s College is committed to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion. We encourage and welcome applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons with a disability, racialized persons, including persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity and all candidates who would contribute to the diversification of our community.