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 Information and Document Resource Service (IDRS) provides high-quality, substantive and timely information and documentation to Parliament and its staff by building, managing, preserving and optimizing access to the Library’s information assets. 

We are currently looking for candidates to staff the following position: Electronic Services Librarian (Electronic Resources and Licensing).

The Electronic Services Librarian provides expertise in the selection, procurement, licensing and management of electronic information resources purchased for the Library of Parliament’s collection. The incumbent reviews and negotiates license agreements under the leadership of the Director, Collection Strategy and Development, manages the provision of ongoing access to the Library’s electronic resources, analyses and collects usage data to support collection developments, maintains close working relationships with vendors, publishers and partners; and works collaboratively with the team to implement collection development strategies and operations. The position’s highly sought expertise ensures a high-quality of e-resources collection that meet and anticipate the parliamentary client needs.

Electronic Services Librarian (Electronic Resources and Licensing)

Selection and Acquisition
Information and Document Resource Service

Determinate / Acting / Assignment / Secondment Position (2 years)

LS-3* ($77,149 - $92,264)
Bilingual staffing – imperative (CBC/CBC)

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

* Job description under review

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

The following knowledge criteria will also be evaluated: 

  • Knowledge of licensing issues, copyright and contracting best practices
  • Knowledge of collection development processes and management of e-resources
  • Knowledge of current events and issues being debated in Parliament
  • Broad knowledge of Parliamentary or legislative collections
  • Knowledge of emerging trends and technologies in the information industry 

To be considered, candidates must have: 

  • A Master’s degree in Library Science or in Library and Information Science from a recognized university
  • Recent** experience managing electronic resources and/or troubleshooting resource access 

**Recent experience is defined as experience acquired within the last five (5) years. 


  • Knowledge and experience in project management
  • Experience in extracting usage statistics and generating reports in support of assessment efforts
  • Experience with an Electronic Resource Management System (ERMS), link resolver or an Integrated Library System (ILS)
  • Experience in procurement and contracting
  • Experience in vendor negotiations and electronic resources licensing

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

  • A successful second-language evaluation (Bilingual staffing – imperative: CBC/CBC)
  • 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, an interview and may include a written exam. 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  July 7, 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-75 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

Note: Candidates who have already applied do not need to submit a new application.

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

Competency Profile for Information Management – 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 and applying procedures to select, acquire, organize, describe, retrieve, maintain and disseminate information and knowledge resources of all types, media and format

Level 4: Demonstrates advanced knowledge and ability, and applies the competency in new or complex situations. Guides other professionals.
• Applies theories, principles and practices of information and knowledge resource management to develop practical solutions to complex challenges.
• Demonstrates an understanding of the content and format of information and knowledge resources to critically evaluate, select, acquire, organize, describe, analyze and disseminate them.
• Ensures adherence to procedures and policies for effective information and knowledge resource management.
• Negotiates effectively with information stakeholders, vendors and content providers.
• Trains and coaches others in effective practices for information and knowledge resource management.


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.


Working in a conscientious, consistent and thorough manner to ensure accuracy and the quality of work products and services delivered

Level 4: Identifies relevant information.
• Identifies relevant and irrelevant information when reading complex documents under tight deadlines.
• Maps out all the logistics and details of a situation to ensure smooth and flawless implementation.
• Coaches others on methods and tools to ensure the accuracy of work.


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.


Making and following plans and allocating resources effectively to reach goals that are central to organizational success

Level 2: Plans and organizes group activities.
• Identifies who needs to be involved and when.
• Identifies who will do what, when, taking into account group members’ skills, needs and, if possible, preferences.
• Sets timelines and work steps.
• Monitors progress and use of resources (e.g., people, supplies, money).
• Makes needed adjustments to timelines, steps and resource allocation.
• Plans the accomplishment of next steps.