Scholarly Communication Librarian

National Research Council Canada | Ottawa or Montreal

Full-time Permanent

Priority may be given to the following designated employment equity groups: Indigenous peoples* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and persons with disabilities.

* The Employment Equity Act, which is under review, uses the terminology Aboriginal peoples.

City: Ottawa or Montreal 

Organizational Unit: Knowledge, Information and Technology Services 

Classification: LS-3

Tenure: 2 year term

Language Requirements: English

Work Arrangements: While the official location of work for this position will be an NRC facility within Canada, the option of an offsite or a hybrid work arrangement (a combination of working onsite and offsite) may be possible.

The NRC Advantage

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada’s Success.

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada’s largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development. We collaborate with over 70 colleges, universities and hospitals annually, work with 800 companies on their projects, and provide advice or funding to over 8000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) each year.

We bring together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world. And now, we want to partner with you.  Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.

At the NRC, we know that diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, a safe and respectful work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system.  We welcome all qualified applicants and encourage you to complete the employment equity self-declaration questions during the job application process.

Please let us know of any accommodation measures required to help you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Please note that the information you provide will be treated confidentially.

Your Challenge

Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada’s largest research and technology organization.

The Knowledge, Information and Technology Services Branch is looking for a committed Scholarly Communication Librarian. The ideal candidate will be someone who shares NRC’s core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

Working in the Collections Services team in NRC’s Library and Information Management Services, the Scholarly Communication Librarian supports LIMS’s role as the National Service Library and provider of knowledge and information to NRC and the Canadian innovation community. The incumbent of this position’s main responsibility is to support the research goals of the NRC through the advancement of its resource publishing and open science initiatives.

The successful candidate will provide expertise and leadership in copyright, fair dealing, scholarly communication, permissions, open science, open access publishing and open data that will enhance and promote NRC’s scholarly communication tools and publishing output. You will be part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team where communication and teamwork are important.

Screening Criteria

Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates:


An ALA accredited M.L.S./M.L.I.S. degree

For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency


  1. Experience working with copyright, scholarly communication, and open science in a government or academic setting.
  2. Recent experience* interpreting policies, procedures, and/or publishing agreements.
  3. Experience developing and presenting scholarly communication material to end users, demonstrating a working knowledge of current open access and scholarly communication issues.
  4. Experience in scientific library collection management is an asset.

*Recent experience is defined as experience gained within the last 5 years.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements


Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

Technical Competencies

  1. Significant knowledge of library and information science principles and practices, including the tools and solutions used to enable library services and collection management (e.g., ILL and ILS systems).
  2. Knowledge of current Canadian copyright legislation and copyright issues as they relate to scholarly communication, particularly in a Canadian government context.
  3. Knowledge of open science initiatives and current open data and repository best practices (e.g., FAIR principles), particularly in a Canadian government context.
  4. Demonstrated skills in written and oral communication.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and sustain stakeholder relationships in a professional environment.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services – Teamwork (Level 3)
  • Management services – Networking (Level 2)
  • Management services – Communication (Level 2)
  • Management services – Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 2)
  • Management services – Results orientation (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile: Management services.

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Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC’s directives.

Salary Range

From $85,636 to $96,330 per annum. 

NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of competitive benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.


  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. 

Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (18804) to:


Telephone: 343-548-9537

Closing Date: 10 May 2023 – 23:59 Eastern Time  

For more information on career tools and other resources, check out Career tools and resources

*If you are currently a term or continuing employee at NRC, please apply through the SuccessFactors Careers module from your NRC computer.


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