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Part-Time Reference Assistants (3 positions available)

Library & Learning Services

Huron is completely unique to post-secondary institutions in Canada. With the aim to redefine Liberal Arts education, Huron is creating a university experience unlike any other; that prioritizes ethical leadership and community engagement as much as the pursuit of academic achievement.  

As the founding institution of Western University, since 1863 Huron has remained strategically small to best serve the needs of its students.  We provide an elite, yet accessible, education because every student with the passion and work ethic to positively change our world deserves to access the knowledge to understand it and the skills to shape it. Huron’s mission is to develop Leaders with Heart from all backgrounds, and to foster a vibrant and inclusive community and prepare students to be engaged citizens who transform the sectors they work within. Our commitment to providing the best possible Liberal Arts education means students have many unique opportunities to enrich their learning experiences.


Huron Library requires 3 part-time reference assistants for general reference work.  Duties will vary, as required, including assisting patrons in navigating the library catalogue and databases; providing quick reference information; locating materials for patrons; assisting and relieving circulation staff; updating LibGuides and database records; and assisting with special projects.

Suitable candidates will be currently enrolled in an MLIS program and be comfortable with a variety of search tools. They will have excellent interpersonal skills; an eye for detail; a strong commitment to public service; and will be able to work responsibly with a minimum of supervision.

These positions offer approximately 9-10 hours of work per week from September 2019 to April 2020. Shifts are scheduled from Monday to Friday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  The final schedule will be coordinated with other staff when individual class timetables are confirmed.


1. Email your cover letter and current resume with three references as a single PDF document. Please use subject line “2019 Reference Assistant Application [your name]” in your email. 

2. Indicate your MLIS class schedule for the Fall term along with your expected availability throughout the week for the upcoming 2019-20 academic year. Please include the number of hours you are available to work, per week, as well as your desired shift times: There are ten available shifts, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. / 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  

Consideration of applications will begin August 19th, 2019. Interviews will take place the following week.

Application documents should be submitted in confidence to: 

Rachel Melis
Associate Librarian, Teaching and Learning 

Huron values its place in an interconnected world and desires to reflect this value, acknowledging our responsibility to strive towards a diverse and equitable employment and educational environment that recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of every person.  We encourage applications from qualified members of the four designated groups, and persons of any sexual orientation, or gender expression.

Applications from all qualified individuals are invited; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given hiring priority.  We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected to proceed in the competition will be contacted.  

Should you require accommodation in making an application please contact Huron at 519-438-7224 or at the email address above.