New job Library Services Supervisor in Nova Scotia

Library Services Supervisor

Company : Dalhousie University
Salary : $39,173 - $47,772 a year
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

About Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our 19,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.

Job Summary

University Libraries support and advance learning and research endeavors by providing collections, facilities and services that expedite access to the world’s information and knowledge. Reporting to the Manager, Access Services (Kellogg), the Library Services Supervisor plays an important role in the daily operations of the Dalhousie Libraries by providing library and information services to a wide range of patrons including students, faculty, staff and members of the public.

Key Responsibilities
  • Perform circulation duties, including check-in/check-out library materials, set up and modify patron records, process reserve materials, Novanet Express requests and requests for searches/holds/recalls of library materials, and prepare items for courier.
  • Responsible for the orderly and efficient running of the Access Services department during weekends. Supervise student employees during the academic year in their work during weekend shifts, checking and assigning work.
  • Determine information needs and handle inquiries, at the service point, from a variety of patrons (e.g. students, faculty, researchers, and general public) with varying levels of knowledge.
  • Catalogue all material types and formats for General Collections, Special Collections, Government Documents, Standing Orders, and Serials using the ILS.
  • Maintain electronic access to content by editing title and holdings information for new, changed, or ceased titles or formats in the Integrated Library System (Novanet ILS) and link resolver (Ex Libris SFX).
  • Undertake digitalization of material and metadata projects from library and archival collections in accordance with standards and best practices.

Hours of work September to late April: Wednesdays 8:00 am – 3:00 pm; Thursdays 8:00 am – 3:30 pm; Friday 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm; and Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm;

Hours of work Late April to August: Wednesdays 8:00 am – 3:00 pm; Thursdays 8:00 am – 3:30 pm; Friday 11:30 am – 6:30 pm; and Saturday & Sunday 10:30 am – 6:30 pm.


Completion of Library & Information Technology diploma, plus one to two years’ library customer service experience (or equivalent combination of training and experience) is required. Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel) and strong computer skills are required. Basic knowledge of cataloguing (RDA, AACR2,Library of Congress classification and MARC), experience searching and using library databases and electronic resources, an aptitude for using a variety of software programs, and familiarity with computerized library systems is required. Excellent communication, time management and attention to detail skills required. Ability to multi-task and to work effectively with the public, in a team environment, is essential. Supervisory experience preferred.

Job Competencies Additional Information

Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.

Application Consideration

Bargaining unit employees for NSGEU local 77 are given first consideration and will be notified regarding the status of their application. All other applicants will be considered when there is no qualified internal candidate.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Diversity Statement

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

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