We’re hiring a Librarian :)

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Job Posting

Contract Librarian

6 month term contract

The South House Sexual and Gender Resource Centre (South House), currently located at 1443 Seymour St, Halifax, is now accepting applications for the position of Contract Librarian. Applicants must be available for at 6 month term beginning Monday, August 29th, 2016 (negotiable).  

Application deadline: Applications must be received either in person at the South House or via email at board@southhousehalifax.ca (Subject: Librarian Position Application) by Monday, August 1st at 11:59pm (AST).

About South House:

South House Sexual and Gender Resource Centre, formerly known as the Dalhousie Women’s Centre, is a student-funded, volunteer-driven resource centre that seeks to address and advocate for anti-oppression issues within a feminist framework. Originally founded in recognition of women’s common and diverse needs, South House recognizes that you cannot work for a society free of sexism and patriarchy without also working for a society free of all forms of oppression. South House supports all people dealing with oppression on the basis of sexuality and gender. South House believes in working together for the creation of a society that is vibrant, life-sustaining, and safe for people of all genders. South House aims to provide resources and referrals to the University and broader Halifax community, as well as a safe space for people to organize. The centre also offers a wide range of workshops and educational programs, available upon request.

The  South  House  welcomes  and  prioritizes  the  contributions  that  individuals  from marginalized  communities  bring  to  our  organization. A non-comprehensive list of these groups includes First Nations people, women, single parents, immigrants, people of colour, Black Nova Scotians, Inuit and Métis people, lesbian, bisexual, gay, two spirit, transgender, gender non-conforming, queer and intersex people, people with disabilities, Acadians, and working class people. We  encourage  applicants  to describe  the  ways  in  which  their  lived  experiences  will  inspire  and  lead  their contributions  to  their  role  at  South  House  in  their  cover  letter.  We  recognize  that writing  a  cover  letter  is not  always  accessible so we will  also  consider  applicants that communicate these experiences through other media. Examples of this would be links to creative writing, a blog, video blogs, visual art, a non “formal” letter or email.

Job Description:

The Librarian works independently but also in collaboration with the full-time Administrative and Volunteer Coordinator, Outreach and Education Coordinator, as well as the South House Board of Directors and volunteers, to complete the decided upon projects.

The librarian will have autonomy over the project and the ideal candidate will help shape their tasks based on their assessment of South House archives, current cataloging system, library use/ outreach, and current collection.

The ideal applicant should have experience either in data management, library science, feminist archives, or library cataloguing, capacity to do library outreach with the university, engage volunteers, and an interest in working within an anti-racist, feminist framework.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Cataloguing books, magazines, and zines
  • Creating borrowing system
  • Research
  • Update book collection
  • System for donations
  • Good communication w/ staff
  • Organize shelving mechanism/ hire or gather volunteers to build shelves
  • Training library volunteers
  • Update kindle collection/ audio books
  • Respond to/ work with community members with book suggestions


Hours of work: Flexible schedule, hours can be negotiated at the discretion of librarian in completion of their 6 month term.

Rate of pay: $3000 honorarium, with possibility of renewal.

Applications must be received either in person at the South House or via email to board@southhousehalifax.ca by Monday, August 1st at 11:59pm (AST).  Please include a resume and cover letter (or alternative to a cover letter) detailing relevant qualifications and previous experience.  Applicants will be contacted if invited for an interview.

If you have any further inquiries about the nature of the position, please contact board@southhousehalifax.ca (Subject: Questions re: Librarian Position)

Thank you for your interest!

The South House Board and Staff

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