University of Waterloo

Liaison Librarian, Optometry & Biology

Requisition ID
Job Category
Library - Senior Team
Job Status
Regular Full-Time
Hiring Range
$66,605 - $107,901


The University of Waterloo Library seeks an experienced, creative and user focused professional librarian to assume liaison librarian responsibilities for the School of Optometry and Vision Science and the department of Biology.  This position reports to the Head, Davis Information Services and Resources and is a member of the Davis Information Services and Resources department.  The primary location for the librarian is the Witer Learning Resource Centre located in the School of Optometry and Vision Science.


Liaison Librarians are the Library’s primary contact with the University’s Schools/Academic Departments. Each Liaison Librarian is a member of the Information Services and Resources Department and is responsible for one or more Academic Department/School. Liaison Librarians enhance the Library’s contribution to the University community through the development and delivery of library information services and resources to faculty members, students and staff.


Full job description link:

In order to support research, teaching and learning at the University of Waterloo, Liaison Librarians are proactive in information resources development and management as well as the development and provision of instructional activities that support the curriculum and develop students’ research related literacies and lifelong learning. As appropriate, the Liaison Librarians contribute expertise in support of grant applications and the research process. Librarians are knowledgeable of, and engaged in activities related to scholarly research, inquiry, and publishing. Liaison Librarians work closely with Library departments, committees, and others as appropriate to advance the Library’s strategic directions and lead projects and initiatives in their areas of responsibility and expertise.


  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree, or equivalent
  • Academic background or work experience in a health sciences discipline demonstrated through undergraduate or advanced degree, coursework or work experience

    • Expert-level searching of health sciences databases such as PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library

    • Experience supporting evidence-based practice through instruction in finding and evaluating information

    • Experience with systematic review and other knowledge synthesis techniques, preferably through participation on research teams 

    • Experience training others in systematic searching methods

    • Experience advising, mentoring and/or coaching in the process of conducting a knowledge synthesis project

    • Proficiency with reference management tools

    • Conversant with issues related scholarly communication, open access publishing and bibliometrics

  • Proven excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and commitment to fostering positive working relationships & build partnerships

  • Knowledge of current practices and trends in health sciences librarianship including:

    • Expert searching of health sciences databases such as PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library

    • Supporting evidence based practice

    • Familiarity with systematic review and other knowledge synthesis techniques

    • Scholarly communication and open access publishing

  • Proven self-starter with demonstrated commitment to innovation, creativity, and excellence

  • Ability to develop, deliver and assess instructional content, in person and virtually, such as web content, screencasts, webinars

  • Superior customer relationship management skills. Ability to maintain effective working relationships across multiple and diverse organizations, and across levels within organizations from specialist to executive level

  • Demonstrated ability to independently, as well as collaboratively, plan, coordinate, implement and assess effective services and collections projects, including managing multiple and simultaneous projects

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze data and synthesize recommendations

  • Proven ability to work effectively in a service oriented environment, which values collaboration and collegiality

  • Demonstrated ability to interact with all staff in a respectful and sensitive manner

  • An understanding of the collection development process including principles of proactive information resources development and management, licensing and strong vendor relationships

  • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Knowledge of current practices and trends in the areas of information services, information seeking, information literacy and instruction, information resources development and management

  • Ability to identify new service and engagement opportunities, that align with Library and Campus Directions and to collaborate with library managers and colleagues on the feasibility, development and sustainability of new services and programs

  • Ability and aptitude to use and learn new technologies to enhance and deliver information services

  • Ability and aptitude to collaborate in an online, technology-rich environment

  • Experience with financial and budget information

  • Understands how research contributes to evidence-based decision-making


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