Library Assistant – Resource Access

Athabasca University, Athabasca, Alberta

Permanent Full Time

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DivisionAVP Academic ResourcesFTE1.0
Location NamePlace-BasedPosition TypePermanent Full Time
LocationAthabasca, AlbertaJob ID2535
Posted02/07/2023Wage Min$40,557.07
Closing Date02/21/2023Wage Max$62,211.08

Athabasca University’s Library and Scholarly Resources is currently recruiting for the position of Library Assistant – Resource Access.

AU shapes and enables mutually supportive communities, regardless of where those communities exist. AU’s Strategic Plan IMAGINE: Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities ( ) has as one of its strategic themes “Moving Beyond Place.” 

As part of Athabasca University’s workspace optimization, this role has been assessed to be Place-Based. This role can only be performed 100% in a place-based location in Athabasca. 

Athabasca is located in the heart of Alberta’s boreal forest on the banks of the Athabasca River. The vibrant town of Athabasca is a welcoming picturesque community situated approximately 150km north of Edmonton, Alberta. If living in a community that is rich in heritage and offers outdoor adventures speaks to you, then we would love to welcome you to Athabasca, Alberta.

Should you choose to relocate to the Town of Athabasca or Athabasca County, relocation assistance may be provided.

To discover the Town and Region of Athabasca, please visit and

First consideration will be given to internal applicants according to the AUPE Collective Agreement, Article 11.02. Please contact if you have any questions about your eligibility. 

The Library Assistant – Resource Access works closely with the Learning and Research Services and Collection Services teams. The goal of all work is the facilitation of access to resources and excellent customer service.

With the Learning and Research Services team, the successful incumbent will provide direct service at the Library Information Desk, interpreting and responding to patron inquiries and requests for assistance. They will provide instruction and orientation to students in the use of the library’s resources, and they will support circulation, the mailroom, and Interlibrary Loans.

With the Collection Services team, the incumbent will work with the Library’s ILS (integrated library system) and other library tools to make physical and electronic library materials visible and accessible. They will assist in the delivery of Collections Services, including cataloguing, acquisitions, and e-resources access. They will also be responsible for the processing and maintenance of the library’s physical holdings.



  • The incumbent will hold a two-year library technician diploma.


  • At least three years of experience in information services and cataloguing.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated work experience using library databases in a library setting is preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills are required.
  •  Excellent time management and problem-solving skills are vital.
  • A strong commitment towards service to users is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Office products is important.
  • Accuracy and attention to details are essential.
  • Experience repairing books is an asset.

*An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

For a copy of the full job description, please email

For further information on this posting, please contact Shauna Bryce, Associate University Librarian, Collections Services at

About AU: 

Our Mission: Athabasca University, Canada’s Open University, is dedicated to the removal of barriers that restrict access to and success in university-level study and to increasing equality of educational opportunity for adult learners worldwide. For more information, please visit AU’s Strategic Plan IMAGINE: Transforming Lives. Transforming Communities ( 

I-CARE Values: The students and staff of Athabasca University hold a set of complementary values that are fundamental to Athabasca University’s identity and functioning:

  • Integrity
  • Community
  • Adaptability
  • Respect
  • Excellence

What AU Offers: 

Benefits and Pension eligibility differs based on employee group and may include:

  • Defined Benefits Pension Plan
  • Alberta Health Care
  • Extended Health Care
  • Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  • Disability Coverage
  • Vacation
  • Office Closure between Christmas and New Year’s Day
  • Discretionary Benefit Fund
  • AU Course Allowance
  • A Variety of Leaves (e.g., Maternity/Parental/Adoption, Compassionate Care, etc.)
  • Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP)

Educational credentials will be verified before an offer of employment is extended. An offer of employment is conditional upon verification of educational credentials. 

All educational credentials must be recognized in Canada.  

E-Transcripts shared directly from your Post-Secondary Institution via email are acceptable. 

WES may be used to verify international educational credentials. Processing time for verification of international qualifications may take up to one month; please plan accordingly. 

We will only accept applications received through our online recruitment system. Please include your resume, letter of application, and the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references.

Note: Online applications are accepted until 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on the closing date.

We wish to express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. However, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority. 

Athabasca University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, persons of any gender identity and expression, and members of visible minorities. 

Where applicants have equal skills, abilities, and experience, candidates residing within or willing to relocate to the County of Athabasca will be given preference.

Working outside of Canada is not supported by Athabasca University. You are legally not permitted to work for Athabasca University if you are living outside of Canada.

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