Health Knowledge Network Librarian

University of Calgary | Calgary, Alberta
Full-Time Contingent Term

Job ID: 28451

Location: Main Campus

Apply for the position on the UofC careers website.

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

Libraries and Cultural Resources at the University of Calgary is seeking a dynamic, client-oriented, versatile individual to fill a full-time Contingent term appointment, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Librarian, to manage and market the Health Knowledge Network. The position is until December 31, 2024, with the possibility of renewal.

The Health Knowledge Network (HKN) is a collaborative venture between the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta. HKN is Alberta’s leading provider of electronic health information resources to post-secondary, health and library organizations and institutions with links and relationships that extend to Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia.

The HKN Librarian coordinates and manages the operations of HKN in accordance with plans and budgets adopted by the institutional Partners, and as implemented by the Executive Committee on which the incumbent serves as member and secretary. The HKN Librarian works in cooperation with staff from the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta. Strong analytical and organizational skills are required to: manage renewal, pricing, and budgeting information. The Librarian deals with complex issues particularly when resolving subscriber concerns about content and subscriptions.

As an academic staff position, appropriate participation and involvement in scholarship, and service is expected

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Anticipating the business needs of HKN, and guiding the process to develop and define its vision and strategic initiatives 
  • Managing daily business operations including accounts and projects; working effectively within the governance structure of HKN and advising Partners on opportunities and challenges 
  • Developing and managing budgets and monitoring financial reports 
  • Responding to both subscriber and vendor requests
  • Developing and marketing HKN services, and providing customer service as appropriate
  • Negotiating contracts with suppliers and subscribers
  • Maintaining productive and effective relationships with all stakeholders to support the mandate of HKN
  • Acting as secretary to the Partners and the Executive Committee
  • Developing, implementing and communicating policies, processes and procedures to support HKN operations
  • Preparing and presenting annual reports at annual Partners meeting
  • Maintain web site and maintain HKN branding
  • Maintaining regular and ongoing communication with library staff at the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary
  • Maintaining HKN records, including contracts and meeting minutes
  • Other related duties as required including some travel throughout Alberta and other western provinces. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited program in librarianship or recognized equivalent.
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to establish positive and productive collaborations with subscribers and vendors.
  • Excellent written, oral and presentation communications skills.
  • Knowledge and experience in negotiating, acquiring and licensing information products and services.
  • Commitment to innovation and quality client service.
  • Evidence of a strong user centered service orientation and ability to work in a busy, dynamic team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust priorities, take initiative, set goals, manage time wisely, and make quick effective decisions in a fast-paced environment.
  • Expert skills in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, etc.)

Desired Qualifications:

  • Degree in health sciences or equivalent. (desired)
  • Strong understanding of information and communication technologies, the information needs of the health care sector and emerging trends in information resources and technologies. (desired)
  • Knowledge of trends in the health care sector. (desired)
  • Demonstrated experience in managing, analyzing, and working with data to support operational decision making (desired)
  • Experience with SalesForce or similar software is an asset.
  • Experience in project management skills/strategic planning. (desired)
  • Experience collaborating with regional or national Library consortia and committees


Salary will be in the Assistant or Associate Librarian range commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please follow link to view salary and benefit schedule:

Application Procedure:

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the ‘Apply Now’ link below. 
Please submit a letter of application addressing background and experience relevant to the position, a current curriculum vitae and the contact information for three professional references, in one PDF by Application Deadline: May 3, 2023

For further information please contact:

Susan Powelson
Associate University Librarian, 
Technology, Discovery and Digital Services

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ( and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources (

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To view a listing of all available academic opportunities and to find out more about what the University of Calgary has to offer, please visit our Academic Careers website.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world’s cleanest cities and has been named one of the world’s most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.  

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