Library Management Researcher and Writer

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail dans les établissements du patrimoine
  • Titre de l'emploi : Library Management Researcher and Writer
  • Nom de l’organisme : North Central Library Federation
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Victoria, Colombie-Britannique
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-05-01 à 2017-08-18 (16 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 20,00 $

Library Management Researcher and Writer

Job Posting/Description

Company Name: North Central Library Federation

Contact: Katherine Anderson, Manager


PO Box 44113 RPO Gorge

Victoria BC V9A 7K1


Submit a hand-completed application form (available at and typed/word-processed cover letter no later than 5:00 pm April 14, 2017 via email. (No resumes, please)

Job Title: Library Management Researcher and Writer

Company Description:

North Central Library Federation has 10 member libraries in the north central region of British Columbia. 8 of these libraries serve populations of less than 10,000 and 1 member library is a regional district library with 15 branches, 12 of which serve very small, remote communities. The other 2 members are medium-sized libraries serving small northern cities. The federation is funded by Libraries Branch, Ministry of Education with a mandate to facilitate collaborative and cooperative services to support the member libraries. There are 6 library federations in BC. The federation is managed virtually from a home office in Victoria BC.


• Research available tools/instruments/documents developed by and for public libraries

• Create/develop tools/instruments/documents for adaptation and use by the participating libraries

• Create/develop tools/instruments/documents using both graphical and textual formats; online and print publications

• Consult with the participating libraries to ensure that their individual and collective needs are met

• Work with federation staff and member library directors to prioritize the work


• Strong research and analytical skills

• Knowledge of survey design

• Computer literacy- MS Word, MS Publisher, MS Power Point, MS Excel or other word-processing, publishing, presentation and spreadsheet software.

• Technical writing experience is a definite asset

• Exceptional organizational and time management skills

• Excellent written and oral communication skills

• Ability to work independently

• A self-starter with initiative, enthusiasm and creativity

• Previous experience working in a team environment

• Presentation skills/experience

• Instructional skills/experience

• Knowledge of web-conference software

• It is expected that the student will provide computer and software

In addition, under the Young Canada Works program, eligibility will be confirmed:

- Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in

Canada. Note: Non-Canadian students or graduates holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible.

- be legally entitled to work in Canada

- be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment

- have finished the school term at the start of employment

- meet the specific eligibility criteria of the program to which you apply.

- be registered in the YCW online candidate inventory.

- be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment.

- not have another full time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW.

Further, Student participants in a Summer Work Experience program must:

- have been a full time student (as defined by his or her educational institution) in

the semester preceding the YCW job.

- intend to return to full time studies in the semester following the YCW job

Project Elements/Deliverables:

The project has been created to support the federation in meeting strategic goals/objectives and identified member library needs. 3-4 will be selected, in consultation with library directors, for completion in 2017.

• Library standards and guidelines document with checklist

• Library procedures best practices

• Pay equity plan – to include job evaluations (equity between libraries)

• Emergency preparedness and procedures

• Advocacy/promotion/marketing plans/guidelines

• Program plan – objectives and outcome evaluation

• Competency-based staff recruitment/selection, evaluation and development practices and procedures

• Community consultation instrument templates – surveys, polls, focus groups

• Technology plan – template for adaptation to different libraries

• Presentation/instruction in use of tools/instruments

Work term:

May 1 – August 18, 2017 (16 weeks, 35 hrs/week, $20.00/hr)

The successful applicant may work from one of our library communities with mostly virtual contact with the federation manager and the participating libraries. Travel in the region to meet with library directors and team members will be required for up to 17 days during each term. Travel costs will be supported library federation and billeting provided by the member libraries. The student will have the opportunity to attend the Beyond Hope Library Conference and to meet in-person with the library directors. The successful applicant may be expected to provide computer and software. Cloud storage of all product of the project will be mandatory (provided by the federations).

Learning outcomes:

The successful applicant will gain experience with the daily operations of public libraries and various aspects of library management. These experiences will contribute to the body of knowledge that the student is developing through their educational program and provide in-depth operational and management knowledge and skills to enhance what they will offer to the library community on the completion of their formal education. The student will develop research, interviewing, presentation/instructional and writing skills as well as library management knowledge.

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