Head, Industrial Relations & Human Resources & Criminology & Sociolegal Studies Libraries (Lib III)

Job Tittle:  Head, Industrial Relations & Human Resources & Criminology & Sociolegal Studies Libraries (Lib III)  

Date Posted: 05/21/2024

Closing Date: 06/21/2024

Req ID: 37375

Job Category: Librarian - Permanent Status Stream

Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science 

Department: The Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources & the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies

Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)  


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About the University of Toronto Libraries

The University of Toronto Libraries system is the largest academic library in Canada and is consistently ranked in the top ten among academic research libraries in North America. The system consists of 40 libraries located on three university campuses: St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough. This array of college libraries, special collections, and specialized libraries and information centres supports the teaching and research requirements of over 300 graduate programs, more than 70 professional programs, and about 700 undergraduate degree programs. In addition to more than 12 million volumes in 341 languages, the library system currently provides access to millions of electronic resources in various forms and over 31,000 linear metres of archival material. More than 150,000 new print volumes are acquired each year. The Libraries' data centre houses more than 600 servers with a storage capacity of 1.5 petabytes.



About the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies:


The Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies (CrimSL) is a research and teaching unit at the University of Toronto focused on the study of local, regional, national and international studies of crime, its management and its imbrications within social inequality. Its faculty, students, and researchers seek to understand the relationship between crime, social order, science & technology, policing, law and law enforcement, as well as the various processes through which justice and injustice take shape in daily life. Its library collection reflects the unit’s multi-disiciplinary orientation within both criminology and sociolegal studies.


About the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources:


Since 1965, the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources (CIRHR) has brought together professors from many different disciplines and departments at the University of Toronto to teach and conduct research on all aspects of the workplace and employment relationships. CIRHR is home to hundreds of students across our undergraduate, professional Masters, and doctoral degree programs. The CIRHR faculty, staff and students reflect the depth, breadth, and diversity of our university. The CIRHR is located in a historic home with administrative and faculty offices, an on-site Library, student computer facilities, study space and a classroom. The CIRHR has its own library collection and staff, which serve as valuable resources for our students and faculty, as well as the broader community of industrial relations and human resources professionals in Canada and around the world.


The Opportunity:


The CIRHR and the CrimSL are hiring a Librarian who will be responsible for the daily operations of both Centres and who will work collaboratively with CIRHR and CrimSL leadership, faculty and staff, including appointed and student casual employees.



  • As a solo librarian, manages all operations of the library including library budgets, public service, research and teaching support, website creation and maintenance and the existing physical space.
  • Supports the planned move of the CrimSL library to the new Woodsworth building and the integration of the management of its collection; this will include space planning and collection assessment.
  • Proactively engages with faculty, staff and students to enhance the knowledge of and access to library resources and services.
  • Identifies priorities and develops and maintains services that support the needs of administration, faculty, researchers and students at both Centres.  
  • Partners with faculty to develop and deliver curriculum-embedded instruction and tutorials.
  • Ensures that the library’s syllabus service meets the needs of CIRHR and CrimSL courses.
  • Responsible for collection development, maintenance and assessment projects, ensuring that library resources meet the evolving scholarly needs of the Centres’ students and faculty.
  • Editorial responsibility for library publications, newsletters and social media.
  • Actively participates in relevant Centre meetings, library and/or campus-wide committees or working groups.
  • Hires, trains and supervises a minimum of two library technicians and student casual employees.  



  • A degree from an accredited Master’s level program in library and information studies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of inclusivity, diversity, equity, anti-racism and accessibility.
  • Proven experience providing research and academic support to students and faculty.
  • Demonstrated experience building collections and conducting collection assessment projects in an increasingly electronic and online environment.
  • Demonstrated administrative and managerial experience. Proven ability to lead and to manage in a unionized environment.
  • Proven experience providing research instruction, both online and in-person, including knowledge about effective pedagogical approaches and tools as well as related knowledge of field rare materials and gray literature in both fields.
  • A flexible and creative approach to public service
  • Capacity to thrive in an environment of ongoing change and ambiguity, and to nurture that capacity in others.
  • Excellent interpersonal, intercultural communication skills; ability to work effectively in both a team-based and self-directed environment.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the evolving scholarly communications environment and open access initiatives. Awareness of emerging technologies to support digital research and demonstrated understanding of the role of libraries in collecting and preserving non-traditional scholarship for future generations.
  • The successful candidate must qualify for appointment at a Librarian III rank.



  • Subject matter expertise related to work, employment and labour-related issues and/or criminology, sociolegal studies or related disciplines.
  • Experience supporting library capital projects, renovations and/or space planning.


Salary and Terms of Appointment:

It is anticipated that this position will be filled at the Librarian III level, subject to review and experience.

Minimum salary: LIB III: $102,023; (Salary is dependent on rank at hire and qualifications). This is a permanent status stream appointment.


Note, Librarians at the University of Toronto are members of the University of Toronto Faculty

Association (http://www.utfa.org).


Learn about the Policies for Librarians: https://governingcouncil.utoronto.ca/secretariat/policies/librarianspolicies-january-1-2024



Additional information:

Benefits: We offer generous benefits packages to all employees. Additional information is available at: https://people.utoronto.ca/careers/benefits/


How to Apply:

Application Materials Required: A cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references of which at least two have supervised your work. Please attach a single electronic file (MS Word or pdf) with a file name convention of Surname, FirstName, 37375]


Diversity Statements

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


University of Toronto Libraries’ Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Statement:  



University of Toronto Libraries' Anti-Racism Statement:



Accessibility Statement:

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.


The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.  If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact utlhr@utoronto.ca.

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