Law Library Intern

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail pour une carrière vouée au patrimoine
  • Titre de l'emploi : Law Library Intern
  • Nom de l’organisme : University of Victoria Libraries
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Victoria , Colombie-Britannique
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-09-11 à 2018-03-02 (24 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 24,69 $

The University of Victoria Libraries is seeking one dynamic and self-motivated individual for the position of LAW LIBRARY INTERN.


The duration of the proposed position is for six months, excluding statutory holidays, is Monday, Sept 11, 2017–Friday, March 2, 2018. The position pays $24.69/hour (inclusive of benefits + 4% vacation pay). English fluency is essential and, although knowledge of one or more indigenous languages spoken in Canada is not required, it would be considered an asset.


Reporting to the Associate University Librarian, Law at the University of Victoria Libraries, the Law Library Intern will work with a team of law librarians, staff and members of the Faculty of Law to assist the Law Library in advancing a number of research, instruction, and collection projects:


• Preparatory work in selection and creation of library learning and research resources for the Faculty of Law’s planned JD/JID program.

• Continued development of open access and indexed legal research, curriculum support, and instructional resources to assist Canadian law schools with implementation of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

• Development of one of the only, if not the first Canadian law library guides to research of indigenous law and indigenous legal orders, along with further development of a leading Canadian aboriginal law legal research guide.

• Assistance with retrospective reclassification of Law Library holdings to support our efforts to adopt the KI classification scheme for indigenous law materials.

• Assistance in evaluation, planning, development, and launch of a collaborative portal or resource for digital or digitized open legal research and law library information to mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.


Depending on qualifications, the Law Library Intern will also shadow and assist with the daily work of the law librarians, including legal research help or reference service; library instruction; and assistance with general law collection development and collection management. The Law Library Intern will support student learning, research and instructional resource development, collection access enhancement, and creation of specialized indigenous law and other legal research resources. This will include the creation of documentation to record progress and make recommendations. The Law Library Intern also will help the Law Library to gather and evaluate program, faculty, and student needs and will make recommendations for resources and instructional materials that would be best suited to the initiatives of the Law Library as described above.


These activities will give the Law Library Intern valuable work experience and knowledge of legal resources, academic library holdings, and valuable professional skills in academic libraries or the legal information or legal profession fields. The Law Library Intern will have the opportunity to build a career in law librarianship or legal education, working with and learning from one of the finest complements of law-trained and specialist law librarians in Canada. The Law Library Intern also will have an opportunity to develop unique credentials in indigenous law librarianship or support of indigenous legal education initiatives.


The Law Library Intern also may work on website design, law library blog content creation, event planning, signage, and social media. The Law Library Intern will participate in decision-making in respect of service offerings, the use of physical space, and special projects.


In order to be most successful, the candidate will have:


- recently earned a graduate degree in library and information studies or an equivalent program

- some previous experience tutoring, training, or teaching

- some familiarity with legal information or willingness to learn

- an interest in indigenous and aboriginal legal information or willingness to learn

- some familiarity or experience with Library of Congress subject headings and metadata as relevant to the law subject, or willingness to learn

- some experience with WordPress or similar web editors

- some experience with social media content creation

- some experience with video editing software

- strong written and verbal communication skills in English

- some knowledge, written or verbal, of one or more indigenous languages used in Canada

- an ability to work both collaboratively and independently

- Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status, or refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);

- legal entitlement to work in Canada;

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


The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all gender orientations, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University.


Interested candidates who are eligible under the YCW Internship program are asked to apply by email, with a cover letter and CV by Friday August 11, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. to:


Kim Nayyer, Associate University Librarian, Law

University of Victoria Libraries

c/o Email: kbrooks@uvic.ca

Web: www.uvic.ca/library/law


Please note that while we appreciate all applications received, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.



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