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Assistant Librarian

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2 positions - 3 Year Term
$69,745 to $79,165 per year, 37.5 hours/week
Northern Allowance: 
$16,008 per year
Closing Date: 
Friday, October 6, 2023 - 11:59pm

This employment opportunity is restricted to Nunavut Inuit who reside in Iqaluit only.

Reporting to the Head Librarian, the Assistant Librarian supports the provision of public library services to meet the informational, educational, cultural and recreational needs of residents and visitors to Iqaluit. This position works alongside other library staff to provide library services. Libraries are instrumental in promoting literacy and critical awareness within the community. The Assistant Librarian processes materials borrowed and returned by patrons and registering new patrons using the Nunavut Public Library Services (NPLS) Integrated Library System (ILS). This position provides reference service to patrons through knowledge of the ILS, NPLS online catalogue, other online library catalogues, reference and educational software, including materials on hand. The Assistant Librarian supervises the use of the public access computers; ensuring that patrons do not exceed their time limit to ensure that all patrons have a chance to use the computers. This position helps patrons use of electronic equipment, including printers, scanners, microfilm viewers and other devices.

The Assistant Librarian will perform administrative duties in maintaining the library collection and records, according to NPLS policies. Administrative duties will include: recording accurate statistics of reference queries and library traffic while on duty; shelving materials correctly in the collection and participating in routine shelf-reading to ensure that the library collection is in order; assisting with the annual re-registration and updating of patron records; accepting payment for lost or damaged materials, photocopies, purchased paperbacks and issuing receipts.

The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this job are usually obtained through a high school diploma with grade 12 English, plus one (1) year of experience in a front-line service position. This is a Highly Sensitive Position and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check, along with a clear Vulnerable Sector Check is required.

The Official Languages of Nunavut are Inuktut, English and French. Applicants may submit their resume in any of the official languages of Nunavut. Fluency in Inuktitut would be considered a strong asset. Fluency in French is considered an asset. Knowledge of Inuit communities, culture, land, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, Inuktut and experience working in a northern cross-cultural environment are also considered assets.

Acceptable combinations of education and experience may be considered for this position. We encourage you to apply if you have equivalent years of education and/or experience equal to the education and experience requirements listed above.

As this is a 3-year term position, current indeterminate Government of Nunavut employees may be offered a competitive transfer assignment for the duration of the term if they are deemed to be the successful candidate, however this is subject to managerial approval.

An eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies.

If you are interested in applying for this job, please email your cover letter and resume to Please include the REFERENCE # in the subject line of your email.

  • The Government of Nunavut is committed to creating a representative workforce; therefore, priority will be given to Nunavut Inuit who self-identify as being enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement in accordance with the Priority Hiring Policy.
  • Government of Nunavut employees serving a probationary period must obtain and provide written authorization from the deputy head of their employing department. The authorization from the deputy head must accompany your application for your application to be considered. 
  • Possession of a criminal record may not disqualify candidates from being considered. An assessment of the criminal record will be measured against the scope and duties of the position. This is only a requirement for positions that require a satisfactory criminal record or vulnerable sector check. 
  • Applicants may submit their resume in any of the Official Languages of Nunavut.
  • Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • The onus is on candidates in receipt of foreign post-secondary education credentials to have their foreign credentials assessed through a recognized Canadian education institution.  Failure to do so may result in the rejection of their application.  
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