Library Technician (Technical Services)

Closes: August 26, 2022

Working as part of the Technical Services Functional Team, the Library Technician (Technical Services) supports the daily operations of the John M. Kelly Library’s Technical Services Department.

  • Department
    Technical Services, John M. Kelly Library, University of St. Michael’s College — Supervised by: Head of Technical Services
  • Compensation
    $1,148.10 per 35-hour week
  • Hours
    35-hour Work Week; Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
  • How to Apply
  • Terms


    This position is covered by United Steelworkers “All Employee” Bargaining Unit

    Position Title: Library Technician (Technical Services)
    Office: Technical Services, John M. Kelly Library, University of St. Michael’s College
    Supervisor Head of Technical Services
    Hours: 35-hour Work Week; Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Compensation: $1,148.10 per 35-hour week
    See USMC/Steelworkers Agreement for benefits information:
    Terms: Full Time, Permanent
    Posting Date: July 28, 2022
    Closing Date: August 26, 2022
    Apply to:
    Attention: Mr. Remi Pulwer, Head of Technical Services, John M. Kelly Library
    Please include position title in subject line of email when submitting resume and cover letter.

    Applications should address the selection criteria with a letter of interest and curriculum vitae that includes the names and contact information for three references. Please submit these items as a single PDF with a file name that begins with applicant’s last name.


    The University of St. Michael’s College, federated with the University of Toronto, is a Catholic institution of higher learning founded by the Congregation of St. Basil, whose motto, “Teach me goodness, discipline and knowledge,” sets the tone for campus life. Committed to the pursuit of knowledge, meaning and truth, USMC is a dynamic center where Catholic intellectual thought thrives in a context of academic freedom and rigorous debate. The University of St. Michael’s College boasts a large and dynamic undergraduate division, an acclaimed Faculty of Theology and one of the busiest and most important libraries on the University of Toronto campus.


    Working as part of the Technical Services Functional Team, the Library Technician (Technical Services) supports the daily operations of the John M. Kelly Library’s Technical Services Department. Working under the direction and supervision of the Head of Technical Services, in collaboration with other members of the Technical Services Department, and in partnership with several other functional teams across the library, the Library Technician (Technical Services) is responsible for acquiring, producing, and maintaining accurate bibliographic records, and processing items housed in the John M. Kelly Library to meet the academic needs of various user groups.

    There are several library technicians in the Technical Services Department. While all technicians are expected to execute all duties as necessary, some duties are assigned to specific technicians. Each technician is responsible for the duties of others during absences.



    • Produce and maintain accurate bibliographic records predominantly by derived/copy-cataloguing in RDA format. The Library Technician (Technical Services) will locate appropriate bibliographic records, perform editing to improve and enhance the data according to local cataloging standards, and analyze subject matter in order to assign appropriate call numbers and subject headings.
    • On occasion, and under the direction of the Head of Technical Services, produce original catalogue records.

    Acquisitions and receiving

    • Perform duties related to the acquisition of materials. This may include searching a wide range of online catalogues and database to gather information for selectors, creating orders, receiving orders, and initiating payment.

    Materials processing and collections maintenance

    • Produce call number labels and other processing treatments for each catalogued item.
    • Process books and other library materials on a rush basis for specific library users.
    • Assist in ensuring the library collections remain accessible to patrons. This may include shelving materials, revising catalogue entries, reprocessing materials, conducting inventory, shelf reading, and locating lost, missing, or damaged items.

    Department administration

    • In consultation and collaboration with the Head of Technical Services, ensure the Technical Services Manual, and other procedural manuals, are kept up to date to reflect current policy and procedures.
    • Collect, analyze, and report on statistical data of tasks performed at both the individual and departmental level.
    • Participate in committee work within the John M. Kelly Library. This includes, but is not limited to, participation in the Technical Services Functional Team.


    • Other duties and projects as assigned by Head of Technical Services or Chief Librarian.

    • Experience with, or willingness to learn about, ExLibris Alma, Library Services Platform;
    • Proficiency in derived Cataloguing (LC, AACR2, Dewey, MARC, RDA);
    • Computer skills including familiarity with online and database searching;
    • Full working knowledge and proven ability to interpret cataloguing rules and local cataloguing standards;
    • Ability to find library materials in a variety of languages;
    • Effective oral and written communication skills;
    • Ability to work with limited supervision and as a team player;
    • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills;
    • Excellent organizational skills;
    • Must be self-motivated, self-directed with the ability to prioritize work;
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and multimedia platforms;
    • Ability to deal effectively and tactfully with other employees and library patrons;
    • Ability to push book trucks, shelve books, lift heavy boxes, and move material.


    • At least one-year full-time library experience in a cataloguing position, or part-time equivalent.


    • Library and Information Technician diploma (required)
    • Bachelor’s degree in a humanities discipline (preferred)


    • This is not a remote position. However, due to ongoing and evolving COVID-19 precautions, flexibility with off- and on-site work is required.

    As an employee of the University, you must be fully vaccinated to be able to attend and perform duties on University premises as required, even if some or all of your duties can be performed remotely.
    To read about our exemptions please visit our Guidelines on Vaccination.

    We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

    The University of St. Michael’s College is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal people of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, people who take a religiously informed view of human experience, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas.
    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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