Assistant Librarian

Trinity Western University | Langley, British Columbia

Position Purpose and Summary

The Assistant Librarian: Copyright and Education serves as the University’s copyright compliance officer, the primary liaison with the university’s School of Education, and oversees the Curriculum Resource Centre. The librarian also provides reference / information services as a member of the Library’s reference team.

For more information about this position please visit the online posting and apply online.

Key Areas of Accountability


  • Provide reference / information services at the Research Help Desk on a scheduled basis, including evenings and weekend work, as required.
  • Provide reference / information services both in-person and virtually both by appointment and drop-in.
  • Participate in AskAway, B.C.’s academic virtual reference service.
  • Expand, develop and manage information literacy initiatives across the university’s curriculum, both undergraduate and graduate. This includes individual and group orientation and instruction related to the Library and its various resources and collections.
  • Develop and maintain web-based and print reference and instructional materials.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development and evaluation of library collections, in all formats.


  •  Identify materials which may be covered under current copyright legislation of the Library’s existing licenses.
  • Determine the copyright holder for a given item (this may be a publisher, author, vendor or some other representative).
  • Obtain copyright permissions and digital clearances from publishers or copyright holders as needed.
  • Produce a digitized version of the requested material once copyright clearances have been received.
  • Track all details of permission requests to enable the University to respond appropriately to potential interrogatories or other legal requests for this information.
  • Maintain contact database and financial activity as related to copyright clearance. Produce analytical reports related to copyright clearance.
  • Assist faculty and staff with copyright and licensing queries for teaching and research needs. Provide copyright-related user education.
  • Create and/or maintain resources on copyright and related legal issues including in print materials, websites, LibGuides, and various social media outlets.
  • Assist other university stakeholders (ex. the university bookstore) with copyright permissions as needed.


  • Act as primary liaison librarian to the School of Education, providing assistance with:
    • Specialized orientation and information literacy sessions
    • Specialized research assistance in advanced databases, grey literature, and other research tools.
    • Resourcing School of Education initiatives, including Indigenization initiatives.
  • Provide leadership, coordinate, and manage the Harro van Brummelen Curriculum Resource Centre:
    • Responsible for overseeing all CRC functions.
    • Responsible for managing Curriculum and Project Curriculum funds.
    • Responsible for selection, acquisition, organization, and weeding of materials housed in the CRC.
    • Responsible for monitoring CRC expenditures for materials, supplies, etc.
    • Responsible to liaise with internal/external educational units affecting CRC collections and operations, especially TWU’s School of Education.
    • Responsible for maintaining an understanding of the B.Ed program of the University.
    • Responsible for providing information, point of contact, and instruction to users of the CRC.
    • Responsible for demonstrating knowledge of emerging electronic information sources.


  • Serve on library / university committees as directed by the University Librarian.
  • Pursue professional development opportunities.

The Person

Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge and experience in providing reference services in both face-to-face and electronic mediums.
  • Excellent database, Internet and print reference research skills. Familiarity with product of major database vendors (ex. EBSCO, Ovid, and Proquest) an asset.
  • Knowledge and experience in planning, developing, managing, and assessing information literacy programs.
  • Experience in teaching information literacy and research design courses, workshops, and individual sessions.
  • Knowledge of library issues, practices, etc. related to publishing monographs and serials in both print and electronic format, especially in relation to the Copyright Act, fair dealing guidelines and TWU’s copyright guidelines. Ability to communicate said guidelines to faculty and staff.
  • Familiarity of copyright clearance procedures and methodology.
  • Familiarity with specialized resources and literature in Education and related fields is highly desirable.
  • Competence with computer applications generally used in a business environment, such as MS Office.
  • Strong leadership and time management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Evening and weekend work may be necessary.


Driven and inspired by the idea of positively impacting the various marketplaces of life through the development of godly Christian leaders by serving the Trinity Western University community.

Warm-hearted, dedicated, committed and mature evangelical Christian with a keen desire to serve in family, church, work and community. A firm commitment to TWU’s mission, values, Statement of Faith and Community Covenant. Strength of character and reputation, a pleasant personality with a positive and friendly attitude in the midst of a very busy and challenging atmosphere.

Servant-Leader Way of Life: Act in a manner that exemplifies Jesus Christ in all on and off campus contacts thereby living out the servant leadership mission of the university and contributing effectively towards achieving the institutional and Kingdom goals of the organization.

Key Internal Interactions

Reports: None

Reports to: University Librarian

Standards & Requirements

Education: ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science (or equivalent). Undergraduate degree in Education is highly desirable.

Experience: 2 – 3 years’ experience in an academic library required. Experience in an education library or curriculum resource centre highly desirable.

Duties and responsibilities that do not constitute a major change may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of the supervisor either orally or in writing.

Trinity Western University encourages applications from all eligible candidates who are able to commit to TWU’s mission, values, Statement of Faith and Community Covenant. We do not discriminate, contrary to law, on the basis of any applicable prohibited ground of discrimination.  We particularly invite applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and indigenous people. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Trinity Western University is located on the traditional and ancestral territory of the Sto:lo people.

Benefits of working at TWU:

  • A comprehensive benefits package which includes extended health, dental, and insurance and an RRSP matching program.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • Tuition Benefit for TWU undergraduate and graduate level courses to enhance knowledge and professional competency. 
  • Torch tuition scholarship for dependents of eligible employees attending TWU.
  • Free access to TWU’s fitness/gym facilities and the Norma Marion Alloway Library.
  • Discounts and perks for the on-site Trinity Western Outfitters bookstore and cafeterias, as well as shops and restaurants in Fort Langley.
  • Wellness benefits (i.e., counselling, sick days, personal days, and reimbursement for annual wellness/recreation related purchases).
  • Free recreational equipment rentals (e.g., paddle boards, snowshoes, kayaks, etc.). 
  • Free employee parking on campus.
  • Special community events throughout the year.
  • A positive Christian fellowship environment. 

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