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The Health Sciences Library, McMaster University, invites applications for an Indigenous Health Librarian. In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and keeping with the Faculty of Health Science’s Indigenous Health Initiative Strategic Plan, the incumbent will be responsible for identifying and developing innovative services and resources. They will also support existing library initiatives focused on building staff awareness of Indigenous health literature, research, and the circumstances leading up to the TRC’s Calls to Action.


The TRC’s Calls to Action outlines several recommendations requiring changes to current practice in museums and archives, the healthcare system, and healthcare education. The incumbent will advance library goals to respond to these and other recommendations, harmonize western library science principles with Indigenous knowledge stewardship, and explore and develop initiatives consistent with Indigenous data sovereignty. Supporting institutional and individual Indigenous allyship, the successful candidate will provide leadership for peers, collaborate with a wide range of constituencies, promote Indigenous librarianship, and actively support scholars engaged in Indigenous health research.  A partnership with the Indigenous Health Learning Lodge will support various activities related to implementing the Library’s and the Faculty’s Indigenous Health Education Strategic Plan.


The incumbent will contribute to the overall planning and management of Health Sciences Library services and collaborate on special projects, including needs assessment and program evaluation.  Through collaborative partnerships and agreements, they will serve as a resource to Indigenous health research, publication, and knowledge dissemination at McMaster, and bring Indigenous ways of knowing to the forefront.


The position reports to the Director of the Health Sciences Library.

Representative Duties & Responsibilities:

In keeping with the concept of institutional allyship, coaches, trains, and supports colleagues to promote Indigenous ways of knowing in health science education and research
Develops and delivers learning opportunities to promote librarianship within Indigenous student communities
Maintains a current awareness of existing and new Indigenous content resources
Contributes to the overall collection development in the Library
Promotes and delivers expert literature searches in clinical and non-clinical subject areas
Works individually and as part of a team to deliver library orientation, workshops, seminars, and other learning opportunities
Liaises regularly with Indigenous Health Initiative leadership ( and the Indigenous Learning Lodge and supports curriculum design
Participates in project planning, implementation, and evaluation
Occasionally works evenings and weekends
Travels to various McMaster, hospital, and community sites
This opportunity is an excellent position for an energetic, creative, and self-confident librarian interested in significantly influencing the development of new programs, services, and initiatives.



Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program
Minimum of 3- 5 years of professional experience
Knowledge of Indigenous worldviews, histories, governance structures, spiritualities, lands, and cultures (particularly within the Canadian context), as well as decolonization / Indigenization-related issues
Education in Indigenous-related subject areas and/or work experience within an Indigenous organization
Knowledge of Indigenous library resources
An awareness of current trends in librarianship, including Indigenous Librarianship
Knowledge of teaching and learning trends and practices
Strong analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively with others in a team environment
Demonstrated understanding of the value of diversity and inclusion in the workplace
Professional Responsibilities

The incumbent will demonstrate professional service and professional activity as defined in Article 3 of the MUALA Collective Agreement.


The appointment will be made at the Librarian 2 or 3 rank ($65,278 – $96,303 per year, or $70,718 – $106,896). The position is included in the McMaster University Academic Librarians’ Association bargaining unit. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position includes a competitive and comprehensive benefits package.

The anticipated start date for this position is April 1, 2021

Librarians who wish to be considered for this opportunity should submit their curriculum vitae with a cover letter.


McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement.

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration, and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) peoples, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.


As part of McMaster’s commitment, all applicants are invited to complete a confidential Applicant Diversity Survey through the online application submission process. The Survey questionnaire requests voluntary self-identification in relation to equity-seeking groups that have historically faced and continue to face barriers in employment. Please refer to the Applicant Diversity Survey – Statement of Collection for additional information.


Job applicants requiring an accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Faculty of Health Sciences HR Office at 905-525-9140 ext. 22207 to communicate accommodation needs


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