New Job Librarian (Librarian 2) In Nova Scotia

Librarian (Librarian 2)

Company : Province of Nova Scotia
Salary : $4,610 - $5,594 a month
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

Department: Lands and Forestry

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG

Closing Date: 11/4/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, provincial parks, minerals, energy and the land we manage. The Department of Natural Resources and Renewables is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, parks and wildlife resources and the administration of the province's Crown land. The department also studies, manages, and promotes mineral and other geological resources to achieve optimum economic, social, and environmental value from the sector. Together we are working with Nova Scotians to build a better future through sustainable natural resource management as we all benefit from the natural health and wealth of the province.

With the introduction of the new cabinet on August 31, 2021, some Nova Scotia Government departments are going through name changes and structural transitions. Until administrative & system updates are made, the name of these departments, as it appears in the posting, might be impacted. Meanwhile, if you require clarification, please contact [email protected].

About Our Opportunity

As the Librarian you will be responsible for the management, control, and delivery of a wide range of information services to clients in a variety of media formats; oversee the daily operations of the Natural Sciences Library (Library) by selecting, collecting, organizing, preserving, and providing access to the Library collections.

Primary Accountabilities

Some of the primary accountabilities in this role include:

  • Providing day-to-day operational management of the Library and supporting the research and information needs of all clients, within the Department, stakeholders, and the public, including providing reference services, organization and retrieval of relevant materials, document delivery, interlibrary loans, book and journal purchasing, cataloguing, metadata development, and library systems development.
  • Collaborating with employees regarding the appropriateness and currency of Library resources, through a continual assessment of new publications and an awareness of client’s changing information needs and through selective acquisitions of new print and electronic resources and services.
  • Providing instruction, both informally and in structured training sessions to all clients on information and Library services and procedures, and use of in-house database and other print and electronic resources.
  • Leading the development of a strategic plan for the Library to optimize and consolidate storage of the library’s physical assets and shape the scope of the library in alignment with Department goals.
  • Supporting the development and maintenance of Library operational policies and procedures. Designing, developing and managing library databases using advanced knowledge of indexing, metadata and information analysis and synthesis to allow for efficient and effective information retrieval in support of client needs.

Qualifications and Experience

This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a Bachelor’s degree along with a post-graduate degree in Library Science and 2 years of professional library experience.

As the ideal candidate you have previous experience conducting research and analysis on library best practices on library resources and media, information access tools and technologies, operational effectiveness/efficiency. You also have previous experience overseeing the daily operation of a library, responsible for the management, control, and delivery of a wide range of information services to clients.

You bring an analytical and innovative approach to your work to maintain efficient management of the Library collection, within the budget and physical space allotment. You have strong time management skills to balance shifting priorities for reference and research work with other operational requirements.

We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.


Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.


Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offering and eligibility criteria.

Additional Information

This is a term opportunity with an anticipated end date of October 5, 2023.

What We Offer

  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless career paths.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.

Pay Grade: PR 12

Salary Range: $2,305.09 - $2,796.86 Bi-Weekly

Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.

This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:

Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued.

External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to [email protected].