Reference Assistant, Steacie Science & Engineering Library, York University

Come work for me!

We have an 11 month opening here at my library for a reference assistant. The position doesn't require the library degree but a science background will be necessary.

The posting is here.

Posting Number: YUSA-7393

Position Title: Reference Assistant

Department: Steacie Science Library

Affiliation: YUSA

Band: 10

Salary: Annual salary of $51,439 will be prorated based on the number of weeks worked.

Duration: Temporary Full-Time

Hours: Fall/Winter (Sept to April): Mon. to Fri.; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Require to work a 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. shift one day per week. May be required to work an occasional weekend shift.

Position Start Date: August 15, 2011 Position End Date: July 31, 2012


The Reference Assistant is primarily responsible for providing information and assisting with reference enquiries in science and technology for library users. This position is also responsible for user outreach through the use of web technologies and for providing support for resolving basic computing problems at public workstations. In addition, this position assists with the provision of document delivery service, serials maintenance, accessing library collections and services.

University degree in Science required, physical or life sciences preferred.

One to two years recent related experience in providing front-line public service in a reference environment or in another high volume public service area. On-line database searching experience required. Some academic research experience preferred.

Typing 40-45 w.p.m., accuracy essential; attending accurately to detail under pressure of high volume; knowledge of general and science-related bibliographic searching tools essential; demonstrated skill/ability in the following areas: intermediate word processing, spreadsheet and database skills, preferably in MS Office (Word, Excel, MS Access), knowledge and experience in using web softwares in creating and maintaining web pages; use of an on-line records system; maintaining accurate records and working with data to compile reports; working accurately with figures; working independently; dealing calmly, courteously and effectively with people; excellent interpersonal skills; excellent oral and written communication skills; answering general and science-related enquiries clearly and concisely, specifically in a reference oriented environment; excellent organizational abilities including setting priorities, multi-tasking and working under pressure of high volume; problem solving skills and good judgement .

Cover Letter Required: Yes

Internal Posting Date: July 11, 2011
Internal Application Deadline: July 18, 2011

Extended Posting Date: July 20, 2011
Extended Application Deadline: July 27, 2011

External Posting Date: July 20, 2011
External Application Deadline: July 27, 2011

Please Note: All applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the posted deadline date.

Thank you for your interest in a career with York University. To apply, please ensure that:

  • You have submitted a complete application package (application form*, resume and covering letter) by 4:30 p.m. on the posted deadline date. When emailing your application package, ensure that you have attached the resume, cover letter, and application form to your email.
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  • You have quoted the appropriate posting number on your application form and in the subject line of your email. Please keep the posting number and position description for future reference or inquiries.
  • Your application package is submitted in one of the following formats: Microsoft Word (.doc), or Adobe (.pdf). If you do not have access to the above programs, you may submit your resume and covering letter in plain text format (.txt). Please note the application form cannot be saved in this format.

Applications are to be submitted to:

York University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.


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Sorry, jerk, people don't want to "work for you." They might be interested in working for the University. Maybe if you said "work with me" you'd come across as a bit less self-impressed.

By Dewey Librarian (not verified) on 20 Jul 2011 #permalink

Point taken, DL. My intention was to sound enthusiastic and inviting rather than self-important. I also wanted to be explicit that I'm the department head for the location of the posting.

Of course, if you're gonna call me names, at least have the courtesy to do it under your real name.

Hi There,
I applied for this job. I am wondering that this position is full now.