The Library of Parliament is a non-partisan organization providing stimulating and rewarding work. We recognize that our employees are our most important asset and, as such, we offer excellent benefits, a minimum of four weeks’ vacation leave, learning opportunities to support professional and career development, competitive salaries, and more!

Our Parliamentary Information and Research Service (PIRS) provides high-quality, substantive and timely information, research and analysis to parliamentary committees, individual senators and members of the House of Commons, and parliamentary associations and delegations.

We are currently looking for candidates to staff the following position: Senior Research Librarian.

The Senior Research Librarians are accountable for providing professional expertise needed to meet the personalized information and reference needs of Parliamentarians, their staff, and other authorized clients of the Library of Parliament (LOP) by providing in depth information using an extensive array of electronic and print information resources. As mentors for teams of Research Librarians, they are responsible for providing daily guidance and subject matter expertise to Librarians in the completion of complex client requests or in resolving issues arising in the provision of information and research services.

Please do not wait for the closing date of this poster to apply as assessments are on an on-going basis

Senior Research Librarian

Parliamentary Information and Research Service
Reference, Current Awareness and User Services

Anticipatory Staffing for Determinate / Acting / Assignment / Secondment Positions

LS-3 ($77,149–$92,264)
imperative (CCC/CCC)

For the purposes of this selection process, the competencies listed in the attached Competency Profile will be evaluated.


  • This selection process will also be used to establish a pool of prequalified candidates that could be used to staff determinate and indeterminate positions at the Library of Parliament that require similar knowledge or competencies.
  • Candidates who have prequalified in the pool for staffing process 16-R-50 and 18-LOP-162 (Senior Reference Librarian, PIRS) do not need to re-apply.


The following knowledge criteria will also be evaluated: 

  • Knowledge of Canadian Parliament, the federal government and current affairs
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and current developments in the provision of reference services
  • Knowledge of search methods, techniques and tools associated with retrieving and evaluating information

 To be considered, candidates must have: 

  • A master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences or Library and Information Studies from a recognized university
  • Extensive * experience in conducting in-depth searches using print and online sources
  • Extensive * experience in providing reference and information services
  • Experience in providing written responses to requests for information

* Extensive experience is defined as three (3) or more years carrying out these functions. 

Candidates retained in this selection process will be required to obtain: 

  • A successful second-language evaluation (Bilingual staffing – imperative: CCC/CCC)
  • A successful pre-employment screening

Additional Information: 

  • This selection process is open to the public and to employees of the Library of Parliament, the Senate, the House of Commons, the Office of the Senate Ethics Officer, the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, the Parliamentary Protective Service, and the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer.
  • This selection process will include a second-language evaluation, a written qualifying exam and an interview. The interview will consist of behavioural, situational and knowledge-based questions. Candidates will be required to pass each stage in order to move to the next stage of the selection process.
  • Qualified candidates from this selection process may be considered for determinate or indeterminate positions at the Library of Parliament that require similar knowledge and/or competencies.
  • Education and experience requirements will be used to determine which candidates will be asked to participate in the next stage of the selection process.
  • Satisfactory references and proof of education are essential conditions of appointment.
  • Travel and relocation expenses are the responsibility of the candidates.
  • The Library of Parliament is committed to employment equity.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and to permanent residents who are legally able to work in Canada. Applicants who have a valid work permit may also be considered.

Apply no later than  December 31, 2019 11:59 PM  Eastern Time.

To apply, please send us your curriculum vitae, along with a covering letter indicating how you meet each of the education and experience requirements of the position. Please quote Staffing Process 19-LOP-156 in your documents and, if you apply by email, in the subject line of your email. 

Send us your application: 

By email:

By fax:          613-995-9582

By mail:       50 O’Connor Street                 
                     Library of Parliament
                     Human Resources Directorate
                     Ottawa, ON K1A 0A9

Questions? Contact Human Resources at 613-617-0943 or 

We thank all those who apply. Please note that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.


Competency Profile for Information Dissemination – Librarian


Adapting in order to work effectively in ambiguous or changing situations, and with diverse individuals and groups

Level 3: Adapts to widely varying needs.

  • Adapts to new ideas and initiatives across a wide variety of issues or situations.
  • Supports major changes that challenge traditional ways of operating.
  • Adapts interpersonal style to highly diverse individuals and groups in a range of situations.
  • Adapts own plans and priorities in anticipation of change.


Providing service excellence to internal and/or external clients, addressing immediate and evolving client needs

Level 3: Provides added value.

  • Looks for ways to add value beyond clients’ immediate requests.
  • Addresses underlying and long-term client needs.
  • Enhances client service delivery systems and processes.
  • Anticipates clients’ upcoming needs and concerns.


Treating others fairly, honestly and respectfully, furthering the integrity of the organization and its relationships of trust within the work environment and in the broader community

Level 1: Acts in fair and ethical manner toward others.

  • Treats everyone equally with fairness, honesty and respect all the time.
  • Refrains from behaviour or language that is exclusionary or offensive.
  • Focuses on organizational success rather than personal gain.
  • Follows through consistently on promises and commitments made to others.
  • Presents facts and circumstances transparently, no matter how difficult the facts may be.
  • Guards confidential and sensitive information, passing it on only to those that need to know.
  • Maintains ethical principles even in the most challenging circumstances.


Understanding the workings, structure, culture and distribution of power within and beyond the organization and for Parliament as a whole, and applying this understanding to solve problems and achieve desired outcomes

Level 2: Understands and applies informal organizational structures and processes.

  • Identifies the unwritten, informal structures, culture, rules, power dynamics and decision- making processes.
  • Builds an informal network of relationships to facilitate progress toward objectives.
  • Positions arguments based on an understanding of informal communities of shared interest.
  • Recognizes unspoken organizational constraints – what is and is not possible at certain times or at certain levels.
  • Applies both formal and informal channels or networks for acquiring information and assistance and for accomplishing work goals.


Locating and retrieving data/information from a wide variety of sources and analyzing it to extract insights and meaning

Level 4: Demonstrates advanced knowledge and ability, and applies the competency in new or complex situations. Guides other professionals.

  • Performs complex and difficult data/information retrieval and analysis tasks.
  • Synthesizes data from multiple sources.
  • Interprets complex information to reach conclusions and/or identify significant trends or patterns, using data, logic, general background knowledge and contextual information.
  • Probes with tact and diplomacy to clarify the nature and scope of vague requests for information needs.
  • Assists others in discerning and comparing critical information.
  • Interprets dense and complex texts that require the use of specialized knowledge and ability to focus over a long period of time.
  • Uses a complex mix of data, information and knowledge in all formats.


Implementing procedures and standards to ensure high-quality results, and taking action to identify or manage quality issues, as appropriate

Level 3: Reviews and coaches others on quality standards.

  • Explains the organizational policies and procedures for quality assurance.
  • Works at a level that consistently meets and models the quality standards set by the organization.
  • Reviews the work of others to ensure that organizational quality standards are met.
  • Advises management when quality issues and challenges are apparent.


Communicating clearly and respectfully with different audiences, both orally and in writing

Level 3: Adapts communication.

  • Tailors communication (e.g., content, style, tone and medium) to diverse audiences and readerships.
  • Reads cues from diverse audiences to assess when and how to change planned communication approach to deliver message effectively.
  • Communicates with varying organizational levels, sometimes on the spot.
  • Recognizes others’ complex or underlying needs, motivations or concerns, communicating effectively despite the sensitivity of the situation.
  • Conveys important nuances and context to facilitate understanding of the message or material.


Working collaboratively with others to achieve organizational goals

Level 2: Proactively assists and involves others.

  • Initiates collaboration with others.
  • Assumes additional responsibilities to facilitate the achievement of team goals.
  • Seeks input from other team members on matters that affect them.
  • Provides input to other team members as needed.


Analyzing and synthesizing information to understand issues, identify options and support sound decision-making

Level 3: Analyzes complex situations.

  • Analyzes complex situations, breaking each into its constituent parts.
  • Evaluates alternative causes or ways of interpreting complex information.
  • Identifies connections between situations that are not obviously related.
  • Identifies gaps in information and makes assumptions to continue the analysis and/or take action