Competition No.: CUPE C-21-0205UE
POSTED: September 15, 2021
DEADLINE: 4:30 p.m. September 30, 2021

Librarian, Reference and Digital Resources
1 – Permanent Position
Leadership, Learning and School Improvement
CUPE Local 4400, Unit C – Grade N (12 month)
$39.02 per hour

The Toronto District School Board adheres to equitable hiring, employment and promotion practices.

Reporting to the Unit Coordinator, Professional Library Services, the Librarian – Reference and Digital Resources will assist in providing a timely and proactive Professional and Virtual Library information and reference service, that supports central library programming and responds to: the teaching, professional, research and administrative needs of all TDSB employees, provincial and TDSB education policies, procedures and curriculum development practices, and changing technology as a means of organizing and disseminating information.

Summary of Duties:

  • Provide a reference and information service that links the library user with the most appropriate information resource in the most appropriate format;
  • Conduct reference interviews by phone, e-mail, fax, and in person;
  • Provide answers to requests for information by searching all information sources: online catalogues, electronic indexes and databases, the internet, and outside agencies and organizations;
  • Collaborate with the Program Coordinator and Library and Learning Resource staff, the librarian will review and recommend online resources, such as databases, e-books, and curriculum links, for the school Virtual Library;
  • Establish priorities and evaluative criteria for school resources;
  • Identify and review, print and digital resources using professional selection tools, e.g. Novelist, publishers’ catalogues, and by visiting publishers’ warehouses and displays;
  • In collaboration with the Program Coordinator and Library and Learning Resources staff, write, summarize, review, edit, and format materials for school libraries, reading programs;
  • Assess and customize the information for relevance and appropriateness, and deliver a value-added information package;
  • Refer users to TDSB contacts and outside agencies for additional information;
  • Create pathfinders supporting system-based activities, such as Character Education;
  • Create content, update Library and Learning Resources social media sites, e.g. Twitter, Pinterest;
  • Promote library services;
  • Provide instruction in the use of Professional Library, the Virtual Library, and Library Teaching Resources (including streamed media) resources and research process;
  • Instruct end-users in retrieving relevant information from Library Web site, online databases, and internet;
  • Advocate and present library resources and services at in-services, workshops, meetings, displays, and by using web conferencing software, e.g. Skype, Adobe Connect;
  • Remain current with trends effecting libraries, curriculum, and K-12 resources, including censorship and any controversial issues;
  • Evaluate and select electronic and print resources to assure quality, accuracy and relevancy;
  • Collect and compile reference statistics;
  • Analyze user trends and make recommendations to improve virtual library services;
  • Coordinate the selection and organization of the recommended materials, to ensure that both the Professional Library and Virtual Library databases are current, relevant, and accessible;
  • Assess and weed the collection regularly; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master of Library Science, Master of Library and Information Science, or Master of Information Science with specialization in library, with two years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Knowledge of children’s and young adult resources that support the K-12 Ontario curriculum;
  • Familiarity with publishers, book distributors, and print and online reviewing sources;
  • Proficient computer and technology skills, including MS Office Suite applications, Google drive, database management applications, online library systems, streamed media resources, Web 2.0 tools, mobile device apps, HTML, and social media applications;
  • Familiarity with virtual library applications and services;
  • Successful experience in Library functions such as reference interviewing, information organization and retrieval, database, online and internet searching, cataloguing, and classification;
  • Prior experience in providing direction and instruction to Library staff and users;
  • Prior success in manipulating library online system to retrieve relevant information; and
  • Effective oral, written, communication and presentation skills.

Special Requirements

  • Occasional travel across TDSB required.

Location: 3 Tippett Road (wheelchair accessible)
Hours: 35 hours per week
Work Year: 12 month


  1. It is anticipated that interviews will take place within two weeks after the closing date of this competition.
  2. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will commence as soon as possible and practical.

Please note:
Applications must be submitted:

  1. in résumé form with a covering letter to: application.submission@tdsb.on.ca
  2. with competition # CUPE C-21-0205UE in the subject line
  3. Apply no later than 4:30pm on September 30, 2021

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications will not be acknowledged in writing.

We strive to meet the accommodation needs of persons with disabilities. Applicants are encouraged to make their needs for accommodation known in advance during the application process.