Library Assistant

Having access to Inuit knowledge and Inuit-supported research findings about issues that are of priority to Inuit is critical to the work of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and for informing the design of policies, strategies, and programs that protect and advance the rights and interests of Inuit in Canada. This is why ITK is working to ensure the continued organization, preservation, and sharing of Inuit-specific information and cultural heritage, and has committed in its 2016-2019 Strategy and Action Plan to establishing an Inuit-specific library on-site at ITK offices by June 2017. This specialized library will be an important resource for Inuit, researchers, policymakers, and those interested in Inuit heritage and Arctic history. The library will provide access to a range of materials including Inuit-specific research, workshop reports, government policy, periodicals and journals, works of fiction, children’s books, curriculum kits, audio-visual records, and key reference materials.

We are seeking one Library Assistant to work alongside our Librarian from October 2016 to March 2017. The Library Assistant is responsible for assisting with collection development, cataloguing, library communications, and other projects related to the opening of ITK’s library in June 2017.  The Library Assistant reports to the Director of ITK’s Inuit Qaujisarvingat (Inuit Knowledge Centre) and is supervised by the Librarian.

This position is funded in part by the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage program, a component of the Youth Employment Strategy of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada.

 Duties and responsibilities

• Assisting with processing and cataloguing of library materials using library software (Koha)

• Assisting with labelling and shelving of library materials

• Assisting with the creation of new classifications, subject headings, and authorities for library materials

• Assisting with weeding and disposal of unwanted library materials

• Assisting with the development of policies and procedures related to the public opening of the library and public access and use of the library

• Assisting with planning internal and external communications related to the opening of the library

The Library Assistant may also assist with ITK’s Canada 150 projects and activities and research related to ITK’s archival holdings.


• Preferred: Educational background in librarianship or archival studies, for example, as gained through a Master Degree in Library and Information Studies (MLIS), a Master of Archival Studies (MAS), or Library and Information Technician Diploma. Minimum of a college diploma or a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (such as Indigenous or Aboriginal Studies, Museum Studies, Art History, Arts Administration) or graduate of the Nunavut Sivuniksavut (NS) Program

• Understanding of Inuit representational political structure and the broader research issues facing Inuit (including multi-faceted aspects related to Inuit and health, environmental, socio-cultural, economic development issues); awareness of Inuit community needs and values

• Highly organized and self-motivated with the ability to work independently and demonstrated attention to detail

• Strong research and computer skills (comfortable learning and using new software)

• Experience working within an Indigenous information organization and knowledge of Indigenous research methodologies an asset

• Previous work experience in a library, archive or museum setting an asset

• Knowledge of and experience with library classification and cataloguing an asset

• English essential; Inuktitut is an asset but not required

Please note: As this position is partially funded through the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage program, applicants must meet the Program's eligibility criteria. For more information, see: All Candidates will be required to complete the eligibility questions as part of this application. 

Eligible Inuit are highly encouraged to apply and we encourage you to self-identify in your application.

To apply for this position, please submit by Friday September 23, 2016 your resume and cover letter to: