Associate university librarians

The University of Waterloo Library invites applications for two associate university librarians (AUL) to provide leadership in a collaborative and innovative organization: 

As members of the Library’s senior leadership team reporting to the University Librarian, the AULs work closely with the team on library-wide strategy, planning, policy and management of resources. The AULs are accountable for leading, supporting and developing strategy for their respective portfolios; supporting and implementing organizational strategy and effective communication; establishing, sustaining and assessing partnerships and collaborations on strategic goals; and managing, mentoring and supporting professional development and training.

The University of Waterloo Library employs 129 FTE staff, across two main library buildings on the Waterloo campus (Davis Centre Library and Dana Porter Library); the Musagetes Library in Cambridge supporting the School of Architecture, as well as information services for the School of Optometry and the School of Pharmacy. The Library provides access to collections and resources of over 2.3 million titles, with an annual budget of $21 million. The Library’s Special Collections & Archives holds notable primary resources in a number of areas, including Women’s Studies and regional history. 

Partnerships are the lifeblood of library initiatives, on campus, in Ontario, nationally and internationally.  The Library is an active partner in student-focused programs, research and bibliometrics assessment, research data management and curation, and resource-sharing. Within the University, the Library collaborates with units and through participation on university committees such as faculty councils, Senate, Senate Undergraduate Council, and Senate Graduate & Research Council.

The Library is a partner in the Tri-University Group of Libraries (TUG), sharing an online catalogue and collections storage infrastructure with libraries at the University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University. Together the three libraries support information needs of a student population of over 76,000, providing access to collections exceeding 5 million volumes. In the near future, the University of Waterloo is poised to implement a shared library services platform working collaboratively with twelve Ontario university libraries through the OCUL Collaborative Futures initiative.

The University of Waterloo Library participates in a number of professional organizations that support and strengthen access to research information and scholarship, including the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).

The Library is focused on providing high quality, user-centred programs and resources through the development and support of outstanding, knowledgeable and empowered staff. The Library is committed to the values of lifelong learning, equitable access, intellectual freedom, confidentiality of access and records, communication and cooperation, and continuous improvement.

Selected Qualifications:

  • Substantial experience as a library and information science professional, including a record of progressive leadership and management experience within a research library or related environment
  • Evidence of initiative-taking to develop emerging programs in a research library or similar setting
  • Experience in developing and motivating high-performing teams
  • Record of professional contributions and leadership in the Library and Information Science community
  • Commitment to supporting an organizational climate of inclusion and diversity
  • Ability to collaborate and lead in a highly interrelated environment

For more information about these positions and to see a full list of qualifications, please refer to:

Associate University Librarian, Learning, Research and User Services (PDF)

Associate University Librarian, Collections, Technology and Scholarly Communication (PDF)

Nominations, applications and additional information:

We welcome interested candidates and those nominating potential candidates to connect directly with Kelly Wayne, Talent Acquisition Specialist at +1-519-888-4567 ext. 37570 or by email at Nominations should include a brief supporting statement about the potential candidate.


The salary for these positions will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Librarians' Employment Handbook (PDF): This document outlines the guidelines and procedures governing professional librarians at the University of Waterloo Library.

To apply: Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and resume to external opportunities at Careers at Waterloo. 

Deadline for applications: For assured consideration, applications should be received by March 31, 2018.

Employment equity: The University respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all interested and qualified applicants.

Waterloo has spawned thousands of commercial and social enterprises, is home to the world’s largest co-operative education program and boasts a uniquely entrepreneurial culture that encourages experimentation and risk-taking. The result is an outstanding learning and research experience for more than 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada – the anchor of Canada’s innovation corridor.

University of Waterloo – Canada’s top innovation university – is a research powerhouse and the engine of one of the world’s leading startup ecosystems. Offering world-class scholarship and research, combined with unparalleled experience-based education, Waterloo builds a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow. The University of Waterloo is a proud member of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities, a collective of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities that fosters the development and delivery of long-term, sustainable higher education and research policy, in Canada and around the world. 

For more information about Waterloo, please visit the University of Waterloo website.