Associate University Librarian, Law


This is a full-time position as Librarian with a five year renewable term as Associate University Librarian, Law.As Associate University Librarian, the incumbent is excluded from the faculty and librarian bargaining unit. [1]


The AUL, Law reports jointly to the University Librarian and the Dean, Faculty of Law providing strategic vision and management of the Diana M. Priestly Law Library within the University of Victoria Libraries.The incumbent has a broader role in the scope, resource needs, and priorities of UVic Libraries in relation to the Libraries’ strategic directions and operational planning, as well as the strategic priorities of the Faculty of Law.The AUL, Law may also have teaching responsibilities within the Faculty of Law anddepending on expertise may oversee the work of other areas of UVic Libraries (such as for instance Scholarly Communications Office and the Copyright Office.)

Summary of Responsibilities

The AUL, Law:

  • Oversees operations of the Law Library within the integrated UVic Libraries context, implementing goals that align with the Libraries’ strategic directions, the Faculty of Law’s strategic priorities, and the University of Victoria’s Strategic Framework.
  • Provides leadership in the planning, implementation, and evolution of Law Library operations, facilities, and programmes by setting goals, developing initiatives, establishing priorities, and recommending budget priorities to the University Librarian.
  • Helps to advance the University’s Indigenous Plan through support of the JD/JID program.
  • Works collaboratively with the Dean and Law Faculty to ensure that the Law Library maintains a vibrant and supportive relationship with the teaching and scholarly objectives of the Faculty.
  • Works cooperatively with the Development Officers for UVic Libraries and the Faculty of Law.
  • Provides supervision and mentorship to the law librarians (and others as assigned), and conducts regular performance planning and merit reviews.
  • Provides oversight and consultation to the Copyright Office and Scholarly Communications unit.
  • Oversees the collections funds for law, including a number of law-specific endowment funds, under the overall coordination of the UVic Libraries Acquisitions and Electronic Resources unit.
  • Supports the UVic Libraries’ and Faculty of Law’s commitment to community engagement.
  • Liaises with academic law librarians regionally, nationally, and internationally and participates actively in relevant professional associations, meetings, forums and initiatives. Represents the library in the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD).
  • Serves on committees in UVic Libraries, Faculty of Law, and University, as appropriate.
  • Facilitates research projects in the areas of legal research and legal librarianship.
  • Fosters engagement between the law library and the law school community, including a number of research institutes in the Faculty of Law (ILRU, CAPI, ECL, BLC) and law student clubs and the Law Students Association that the law library works with.
  • Works closely with the Faculty of Law and coordinates the Law Library’s teaching & instruction role; and may, in this regard, be asked to assume teaching duties for the Faculty of Law.


A Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from an ALA accredited program, or equivalent degree is required. An LL.B. or JD, or equivalent training and experience are strongly preferred. Other requirements include: extensive experience working in a library, preferably within a strong legal context; an understanding of trends in scholarly communications, copyright, and publishing; a record of successful personnel management experience; in-depth knowledge of the current trends in law librarianship and a vision of emerging trends; project management experience; instructional experience; the ability to work both independently and provide strong leadership to a diverse team; demonstrated teaching experience, including curriculum development in a higher education context.The successful candidate possesses a refined ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with a wide variety of stakeholders and has a demonstrable record of working collaboratively. Familiarity with a unionized environment is an asset. The position requires superior verbal, written, analytical and organizational skills.

The University of Victoria

The University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. Vital impact drives the UVic sense of purpose. As an internationally renowned teaching and research hub, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places and the planet. Situated in the Pacific Rim, our location breeds a profound passion for exploration. Defined by its edges, this extraordinary environment inspires us to defy boundaries, discover, and innovate in exciting ways. It’s different here, naturally and by design. We live, learn, work and explore on the edge of what’s next-for our planet and its peoples. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact make this Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation. Experience the edge of possibilities for yourself.

The University of Victoria Faculty of Law grants JD, JD/JID, LLM, and PhD degrees in law. Since its founding it has sought to make a unique contribution to legal education in Canada, striving for innovation in the classroom, creativity and leadership in research, with due attention to the needs of Canada’s most marginalized communities. Home to some of Canada’s most innovative and dynamic thinkers, the Faculty of Law has created a vibrant, student-centred learning environment based on a commitment to social justice, humane professionalism and civic responsibility, Indigenous Law, and critical interdisciplinary policy-oriented research and teaching. More information about the Faculty of Law can be found at

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity.Read our full equity statement here:

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

[1] Upon return to a regular librarian role, the incumbent will be a member of the faculty and librarian bargaining unit (