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Permanent Track Position - Instructional Services Librarian - Robertson Library

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Robertson Library
Permanent Track Position - Instructional Services Librarian

The Robertson Library seeks an innovative, energetic, and collaborative Instruction Services Librarian with an aptitude for information literacy instruction and a focus on student success to fill a permanent-track position.

The University of Prince Edward Island is one of Canada’s leading liberal undergraduate institutions. Located in Charlottetown on the unceded land of the Mi’kmaq Nation, of the Wabanaki Confederacy, in the traditional district of Epekwitk, UPEI is a central educational, cultural, and social institution in the City and the Province. With a diverse population of almost 5,000 students from over 90 countries, the University is best described as a research-intensive primarily undergraduate university, offering traditional programs, professional programs, and interdisciplinary opportunities.

The Robertson Library is the only university library on Prince Edward Island and has a reputation for innovation and supports “open” approaches to information - open-source software development and use, open access, open data, open pedagogy, and open education resources.

Over 30 knowledgeable employees – librarians, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their teaching, learning, and research.  The Robertson Library is a member of the Council of Atlantic Academic Libraries - Conseil des bibliothèques postsecondaires de l’Atlantique (CAAL-CBPA), the Canadian Research Knowledge Network - Réseau canadien de documentation pour la recherche (CRKN-RCDR), and the Islandora Foundation.

As a member of the Robertson Library team, the Instructional Services Librarian engages in professional practice, scholarly and professional development activity, and university, professional, and community service. The individual assumes responsibility for supervising staff and managing services or projects as required. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required. The nature and scope of responsibilities for this and other library positions are expected to change as the University and Library evolve.

Reporting to the University Librarian, the successful applicant will:

  • Coordinate the Library's information literacy efforts and provide instruction that strengthens the relationship between research and teaching to foster curiosity and create a richer education for all students.
  • Collaborate with faculty and librarians to develop, plan, coordinate, and assess the delivery of information literacy instruction and evolving digital literacies for first-year experience courses in-person and online.
  • Seek methods to Indigenize information literacy instruction.
  • Seek opportunities to integrate equity, diversity, and inclusion into information literacy instruction in alignment with the UPEI Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy.
  • Serve as a Liaison Librarian for specific departments with responsibilities including information literacy instruction, delivering specialized information services, individual research consultations, and collections development.
  • Develop strategic approaches to engaging students in the library context to foster student success.
  • Monitor and interface with regional, national, and international information literacy activities.
  • Keep up to date on developments in library services, resources, and technology and on broader issues that affect the practice of academic librarianship.
  • Engages in scholarly, professional development, and service activities under the terms of the Collective Agreement.
  • Supervise the work of the unit.



  • An MLS/MLIS (or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Recent professional experience in an academic library, including instruction.
  • Demonstrated skill in planning, developing, and delivering digital literacy and information literacy instruction, including resources suitable for in-person, online, and/or blended environments.
  • Familiarity with information literacy frameworks, standards, and best practices, such as the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative and flexibility.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional practice that is evidence-based, consultative, and collegial.
  • Demonstrated initiative and commitment to lifelong learning.


  • Familiarity with Indigenous ways of knowing and knowledge seeking.
  • Additional educational credentials and experience related to adult learning, education, or instructional design.
  • Experience with collections and subject liaison duties in an academic library.

The position is part of the UPEI Faculty Association Bargaining Unit #1 ( and is expected to be filled at the Rank of Librarian II. The appointment will be effective August 1, 2022 (negotiable). Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

Application Instructions:

Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a one-page statement on how the applicant will implement the principles of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in their professional practice, and the names of three references. Enquiries and applications (a single PDF preferred) should be sent electronically to

Donald Moses, University Librarian
Robertson Library, University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Ave.
Charlottetown PE, C1A4P3, 902-566-0460

UPEI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation and believes in providing a positive learning and working environment where every person feels empowered to contribute. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment and encourages applications from underrepresented groups including women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Closing date for applications is June 6, 2022.