Job Opportunity: Library Technician (Aurora College, Yellowknife North Slave Campus)

Library Technician

Closing date: Dec 18, 2018


Location: Yellowknife

Department: Aurora College

Job Code: 16324

Salary: $67,607 – $80,691

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

Job Description: View full job description

About the Job

Department Information

Aurora College is focused on student success and is committed to supporting the development of our Northern society through excellence in education, training and research that is culturally sensitive and responsive to the people we serve.


Job Information

The Library Technician is located at the Yellowknife/North Slave Campus of Aurora College, and reports to the Manager, Library and Information Services.  The position contributes to the campus by providing technical library support, and assistance in the delivery of library services to all faculty and students.  The provision of these services has a profound impact on student academic success, as well as on the ability of faculty to develop and deliver instruction and conduct independent research.  The library also serves external organizations and members of the public.

The Library Technician is 1 of 2 fulltime positions within the unit which also includes 4 part-time student positions for evenings and weekends.. The library averages well over 20,000 visits by students, faculty and others annually, and circulates more than 2,000 items per year. The Library Technician is responsible for cataloguing approximately 1,000 items per year.



  • Sound knowledge of cataloguing principles and procedures
  • Working knowledge current cataloguing rules and standards, including LC classification schedules, LCSH, AACR2 rev, and MARC formats
  • Understands the concepts of subject and name authorities
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft applications
  • Competency in technical applications as they apply to library services


  • Ability to solve problems, prioritize tasks, and organize personal work routines
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to perform detailed work accurately
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal and public relations skills
  • Understand of, and sensitivity to, working with culturally diverse populations


Completion of a Library Technician diploma or certificate.


For more information or to apply:


Meet Christine Gyapay!

Christine Gyapay is the Head Librarian for the NWT Centennial Library in Hay River, NT.


Describe yourself in three words.

Community-minded, curious, organized.

What’s an average day at your library? 

Each day is so different. My morning started with bookkeeping entries from the previous day. Processed the day’s mail. Email catch-up. Yesterday I was emailing with an author who was part of a grant I received from Canada Council for the Arts. Opened the library to the public. Between my Head Librarian duties I work the circulation desk. I enjoy the whole process of ordering books, processing books, helping patrons find books, and signing them out. Yesterday I set up interviews to hire afterschool students for Page work. Yesterday I also trained our new high school Work Experience student. So really, a bit of everything, which helps to keep me in touch with all areas of the library.

What was the first job you ever had? 

Working in a kitchen in a restaurant. Clearing dishes, filling the dishwasher, and deboning boiled chicken are my not so fond memories of the job.

What was the first position you ever held in the library or information field? 

I was a high school summer student running summer programming together with my sister. I remember making lots of various kinds of puppets from marionettes to shadow puppets and organizing plays. I have fond memories of working in the Yellowknife Public Library when it was still located on Franklin Avenue in the building that is now occupied by Northern Images.

How do you stay up to date in your field? 

Reading library journals and trying to attend the annual Rural Librarians Conference in Grande Prairie are two ways to keep up to date.

What are you reading or watching right now? 

Reading Wayne Johnston’s First Snow, Last Light and watching “The Durrells in Corfu.”

If you didn’t work in information services, what do you think you’d be doing?

Not sure where life would have led me.

What is the coolest thing in your office or on your desk? 

My desk is part of the circulation desk that is in the middle of the library which has large wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows and lots of plants. I would find it hard to work in a small windowless office.

What makes you passionate about library work? 

The public. In our small library I have daily contact with library patrons of all ages, from all backgrounds. Over the years I have come to know our regulars and I enjoy meeting new people. One family came in to the library directly from the airport. It was important for them to get library cards but they also needed information about the community.

Why do you think library work is important? 

Libraries can offer such a wide range of resources for the public that they may not have access through any other means. After working in Hay River Library for 15 years I see regulars who use the computers, read newspapers, sit and visit with one another, write exams or sign out the latest book by their favourite authors. One woman came into the library, said a big hello to me and said “I’m home!” She was an avid reader and the library was an important part of her regular routine. Library patrons can ask any questions and we try to find the answers, and match them with the resources that they need.


Meet Melanie Kindrachuk

Melanie Kindrachuk is a Public Service Librarian at the Stratford Public Library in Southern Ontario, and has been working in the library field for over 20 years. She loves reading, sewing & embroidery, and you just might find her doing all three together.

Zadie in the Library

What was the first job you ever had? 

I worked in a deli over my summer breaks during university; that taught me a lot about customer service in a busy environment – very useful today!

What was your first position in the library or information field? 

My first library related job started as a volunteer position during my MLIS at McGill. I worked at one of the private English libraries in Montreal, and eventually worked at 3 of the 4 English libraries simultaneously. While they weren’t reliable or full time work, I did get a lot out of them, including my husband 😉

How do you stay up to date in your field? 

Reading journals & online resources; taking free webinars and as much training as my library will provide; joining committees and volunteering for roles in the wider library world. And talking to other librarians a lot!

What is your favourite part of library, archive, or information services work?

My specialty and favourite thing is Readers’ Advisory. I was a part of the Ontario Library Associations Readers’ Advisory Committee for a few years and was able to serve as Chair, which was a real honour. I also push for our library to be involved in RA activities on social media and doing things like the National Tattoo Day #Book4Tat even on twitter (started by Multnomah Library), and encourage all our library staff to keep up to date on their RA training so we can be a strong RA team together.

I love to share reading whether at work or outside of it, so I’ve kept a book blog since 2006 and host the Canadian Book Challenge for anyone who wants to read and share CanLit. This reading challenge was originally created and hosted by John Mutford of the Yellowknife Public Library!

What are you reading or watching right now? 

Having just finished reading along with Women In Translation Month (August), I’m finishing up some translated works: Flights by Olga Tokarczuk and Babylon by Yasmina Reza – and I’ve just finished going through Tove Jansson’s quirky Moomin series, which somehow I missed as a child.

If you didn’t work in information services, what do you think you’d be doing?

Definitely a full time textile artist! I love to sew and to work with fabrics, but as Anne Walsh said in your first ever interview, that doesn’t pay so well so I stick to doing it as my sanity saving hobby.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received? 

Take the opportunities that come your way, and if you can’t see any, make some opportunities.

Meet Robin Hepher

Robin Hepher is the CEO of the Chinook Arch Regional Library System, which supports a network of cooperating libraries in mostly rural southwestern Alberta. He’ll tell you that the best things in life aren’t things. Except coffee. Is coffee a thing? And bicycles. The best things in life are coffee and bicycles.


Describe yourself in three words. 

Optimist, humanist, cyclist.

What’s an average day at your library? 

Working with 33 independent libraries and 41 municipal members means that there really is no average day. Because public libraries tend to find themselves on the front line of whatever issue the community is facing, you never know what kind of question or concern might crop up. Libraries are inherently political animals, since they are created by governments, governed by boards, funded by taxes, and used by humans! It’s messy, it’s complex, but also highly rewarding.

What was the first job you ever had?

My first real job was shelving books at my local public library. I was 14. It was a lot of fun. A library is a great place for a teenager with a still-plastic brain: you learn so much, as if by osmosis. I credit my persistent knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System to those years I spent in the stacks.

What was your first position in the library or information field? 

See above, I guess. Eventually I moved up to the check-out desk, and finally the information desk. These jobs paid my way through my first few years of university. Then I left libraries for awhile, and spent a good chunk of my 20s working in bicycle shops. I’m a WCBI Level III certified bicycle mechanic, for what it’s worth. Eventually, with a baby on the way, I needed something more stable, so I went back to school and got my MLIS.

How do you stay up to date in your field? 

These days, my main source of information is my colleagues and my staff. Since taking on the role of CEO, I find that most of my energy goes into day-to-day operations, and there’s less time to absorb what’s going on in the wider library world. Thankfully we have great staff that keep their ears to the ground and are keen to try new things.

What is your favourite part of library, archive, or information services work? 

Working with rural public libraries especially, you meet all kinds of fascinating people. One thing I’ve noticed about public libraries is that no matter where people fall on the political spectrum, almost everyone agrees that libraries are a great benefit to communities and to society as a whole. In a world that appears to be increasingly polarized, it’s refreshing to work in a space where most everyone finds common ground.

What are you reading or watching right now? 

I’m re-reading (for the third time this summer) Mountains and Rivers Without End by Gary Snyder. It’s a long poem, written over a period of almost 40 years, from 1956 to 1995. It’s the kind of book you can read again and again, and each time something new jumps out. It’s become my new “desert island” book.

If you didn’t work in information sciences, what do you think you’d be doing? 

I’d be living in a cordwood shack in the Kootenays, raising chickens and bees, building musical instruments and/or timber-frame houses on the side.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received? 

The importance of networking has been pressed upon me by many, but I find the concept vaguely mercenary: this idea that I need to pad my Rolodex with business cards, in case I should ever need something from someone. I prefer to build genuine relationships based on common interests. There are so many cool people out there, doing amazing things. Everyone has a story to tell: be curious, ask questions. Some of my favourite projects and partnerships have sprung organically from the friendships I’ve formed in the library community and beyond.

What is the coolest thing in your office or on your desk? 

I park my bicycle in my office, so that’s definitely the coolest thing. The bicycle is the best human invention to date.

What makes you passionate about library work? 

My current job has given me great insight into the world of public libraries, and just how much incredible work is being done out there – especially in rural and remote communities, where the library is often the last remaining public service/space. The library plays a critical role in any community, and all too often the work is done by people (predominantly women) who are paid very poorly and whose efforts go unrecognized by funders and local government. There’s so much advocacy work to be done if rural libraries are to survive, let alone thrive. That’s what keeps me going: I want thriving libraries everywhere.

Why do you think library work is important? 

The public library, more than any other modern institution, exists explicitly in the public interest. The library belongs to the people: it’s a thoroughly democratic institution, and must stay that way. In an era when so many democratic institutions are under attack (including the electoral system itself), it’s important that everyone involved in libraries (librarians, library staff, trustees, elected officials, and citizens at large) fight to maintain the principles of democracy, intellectual freedom, freedom of expression that librarians have long defended.

Meet Marca Simba!

Marca Simba (maiden name Mackenzie) was raised in Behchoko and works at the Elizabeth Mackenzie Elementary School Public Library there. She attended and graduated from Chief Jimmy Bruneau High School. She is married and has two sons. She comes from a big family of educators starting with her late grandmother, Elizabeth Mackenzie.

marca simba

Describe yourself in three words.

Quiet, shy and cheeky. I had a co-worker describe me and she said, “hard-working, honest and reliable.”

What’s an average day at your library?

An average day in our library is an everyday learning experience with a lot of traffic.

What is the first job you ever had?

The first job I ever had was at the age of 13, I became a camp attendant at a fishing and hunting lodge.

What was your first position in library services?

My first position in the library was volunteer work at Welehdeh Library cataloguing books for high school credits.

How do you stay up to date in your field?

I stay up to date in my field by searching online and asking the public for feedback.

What is your favourite part of library services?

My favourite part of the library is the Northern Collection. I love how we can read stories about our own people of the Tlicho and the North.

What are you currently reading and watching?

I am currently watching a television series called 911 and trying to read Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese.

If you didn’t work in information services, what do you think you’d be doing?

If I didn’t work in information services I would be a stay at home mom and a substitute teacher here at Elizabeth Mackenzie Elementary School.

What is the coolest thing in your office?

The coolest thing in my office (which is the library) is the 20+ year old terrarium and the caribou hide teepee.

What makes you passionate about library service?

The books and the people are what makes me passionate about working in the library. Getting the children away from electronic devices and interested in wanting to learn how to read through books again is very important.

Meet Brian Dawson!

Brian is the NWT Territorial Librarian. He has worked in the library profession for over 27 years and worked with NWT Public Library Services in Hay River for 25 plus years. As part of his job, he has had the fortunate opportunity to travel to the majority of the NWT communities.


What was your first position in the library or information field? 

My first job is the library field was overseeing a retrospective conversion project of the old card catalog to online MARC format for a regional library system in Alberta. I was the cataloguing supervisor and also the cataloguer doing all of the original cataloguing.

What is your favourite part of library, archive, or information services work? 

Being able to see a local, long time community member become the public librarian and excelling in their new job is a great feeling. Public Library Services has a great team of staff that offer behind the scenes support, training, and expertise to make this possible.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received? 

I still remember the encouragement I received from my very first boss in the library profession. That was a long time ago. I have forgotten the exact words but the message has stayed with me throughout my career.

Getting good grades feels good – but it is what you accomplish after the education that counts. Learn to make decisions and learn to delegate. Trust your staff – give them the opportunity to grow and to make mistakes.

I’ve been fortunate to have great bosses during my career who have given me the freedom to work independently and to make decisions and to grow and to make mistakes. I have succeeded because of this and I strive to be this type of boss to my employees.

What’s the coolest thing in your office or on your desk? 

The coolest thing on my desk right now is 15 children’s books in braille. These books will be catalogued and shipped to Yellowknife Public Library to be part of their library collection. These books were produced by Vision Impaired Resources Network (VIRN) and National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS).

What makes you passionate about library work?

Being able to start a public library for a small, remote community without a public library is an exciting opportunity that not too many librarians have the chance to experience. Having the challenge of creating a new public library from the very beginning stage is a very rewarding experience.

Meet Nicole Eva!

Nicole Eva has been a librarian at the University of Lethbridge since receiving her MLIS as a second career in August 2008. She liaises with many different academic units and is involved with instruction, collections management, reference, and scholarly communications. She often wonders how she didn’t realize she belonged in libraries earlier.


What’s an average day at your library?

Crazy. Often running from meeting to class to the reference desk with very little “in-office” time to catch up on the flurry of emails. Every day is different, but that’s part of what I love about my job – never boring!

What was the first job you ever had? 

Bussing tables at the Sands Hotel in Saskatoon.

What was your first position in the library or information field? 

This one!

How do you stay up to date in your field? 

I scan the table of contents of both library journals and journals in the subject areas I liaise with, and print those I want to read in-depth. At any time I probably have 25-50 articles in my “to read” pile. I also follow several librarians on Twitter who are often sharing great blog posts and articles, and I read Brain-Work blog from the U of S-based Centre for Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (C-EBLIP). I’m also on many different listservs, and attend at least a couple of conferences every year as well.

What is your favourite part of library, archive, or information services work?

I love seeing the range of research people are doing in an academic environment, from undergraduates to professors. Reference questions are always enlightening to new topics and ideas that I may not have encountered before. I really enjoy helping people at the reference desk because they are always so thankful for the help.

What are you reading or watching right now? 

Watching – The Amazing Race Canada! (yes, I’m an old-school TV watcher).

Reading – The Harry Potter series to my six year old!

If you didn’t work in information services, what do you think you’d be doing? 

Probably either still toiling away in advertising or maybe freelance writing or editing.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received? 

I received a lot of encouragement and suggestions on things to publish and present from a (now-retired) colleague which I think established good habits for me early on and has helped me advance in my academic career.

What’s the coolest thing in your office or on your desk? 

The Nuts About Work Librarian figurine my mom got me when I became a librarian. 🙂

What makes you passionate about library work?

I love helping people, I love being in an academic environment, and I think libraries of all kinds are critical to an equal and just society. Universities couldn’t function without academic libraries and the access they provide, but I actually think public libraries are even more important with all of the services and resources they provide to anyone who walks through their doors. I’ve been a heavy public library user since I was a small child and I continue to be one today, and happily can say that my child has become one too.


Meet Megan Siu!

Megan is the Community Development & Education Specialist at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA). In her free time, she enjoys making and eating food and often does both simultaneously. She is also that one library friend of yours who is allergic to cats.


What was your first position in the library or information field? 

I was a part-time library assistant at the Alberta Law Libraries – Edmonton Reference location. It was during my undergrad and I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was fixated on having some sort of law-related career… little did I know, it was right under my nose!

How do you stay up to date in your field? 

“Library land” is very active on twitter, so I scroll through my newsfeed at least once a week. Feel free to follow me – @megscellany! I also stay connected by being involved in library associations at the local, regional, and national levels. Library associations offer many opportunities to network and expand your knowledge and skill set.

What are you reading or watching right now? 

I’m watching a cartoon series from a decade or so ago called, “Harry Birdman, Attorney at Law.” If you’re familiar with the 1960s Hanna-Barbera superhero, “Birdman,” it’s him, but he’d a criminal defense attorney and his former nemeses are also attorneys, so they fight each other in court.

What’s the coolest thing in your office or on your desk? 

There was a point when I decided to hang some art in my office, so I commissioned my local artist friend, Riley ( to paint something for me. I didn’t know what to ask him to paint, so he did an acrylic surrealistic version of what you see when you stand up and look through my office window, which is essentially the backs and rooftops of some buildings and a parking lot. I appreciate that Riley has a knack for featuring things in his art that might otherwise be overlooked.

What makes you passionate about library work? 

Librarians and information professionals bridge the gaps between people and information. We don’t necessarily know everything, but we’re good at finding things and sifting through the plethora of information out there. I love that I can have a career that involves being a professional nerd and connecting with people.

Meet Riel Gallant!

Riel is the Legislative Librarian at the Nunavut Legislative Library.


What’s an average day at the library? 

It varies depending on the time of year. We’re busy when the Legislative Assembly is in session. We get many reference questions and document requests, while making the new Legislative documents that we receive available to the public. When the Assembly isn’t in session, we spend most of our time on collection development, cataloguing, administration, maintaining our e-repository collection, responding to reference questions and preparing for the next sitting of the Assembly. Over the past year we’ve been dedicating a lot of our time to migrating to a new Integrated Library System (ILS).

What was the first job you ever had? 

Delivering newspapers (Journal Pioneer – PEI) in my hometown when I was 13.

What do you do to stay up to date in your field? 

I try to read as much as I can online. I pay close attention to what other legislative libraries in Canada are doing through our professional association (APLIC) and when I hear about something new that could apply to our library I start doing research on the topic. I tend to avoid online courses and workshops that stream video because of the slow internet speeds in Nunavut, but that could change as bandwidth infrastructure in the territory improves.

If you didn’t work in information services, what do you think you’d be doing? 

I enjoy the systems side of the library and information management field, so I could see myself working in the IT or web design field. However, I think I would really miss answering reference questions and doing historical research.

Meet Gerry Burla!

Gerry Burla is the Legislative Librarian at the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories. He and his family relocated to Yellowknife last summer and this is the latest endeavour which has seen Gerry and his wife, Tammy, assume roles in Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Even though the family spent the last 12 years in Saskatchewan, they do have northern roots. Tatyana, 17, was born in Fort Vermillion, AB and Mayuko, 15, was born in Whitehorse, YT.


What was your first position in the library or information field? 

When I was eighteen, I worked for a summer for the Lakehead Board of Education in Thunder Bay cataloguing materials and organizing shelving units for a new school that was built that year.

What are you reading or watching right now? 

I really enjoy reading travelogues, but if the story is interesting, I will read just about anything. Currently, I am flipping through Christina Laflamme’s Flip Flop Fantasy, her solo travels from Toronto to the Cabot Trail by bicycle.

If you didn’t work in information services, what do you think you’d be doing? 

Probably be working in the environmental or GIS fields. I was interning with Fire Management and the Environment Directorate when it was suggested I consider pursuing information sciences.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received? 

I am paraphrasing, of course, but “be fearless.”

Know your environment, your clients, and your goals and do not be afraid to fail. Just keep moving. ~ Sheryl Pelletier, Librarian, Shannon Sexsmith Municipal Library

Carry on, carrying on. After all, it’s just library work. Babies are not going to die if we have to try again. ~ Maureen Woods, Executive Director, SILS Consortium

What is the coolest thing in your office or on your desk? 

I would have to say the “Pool Noodle of Discipline.” It is a pool noodle tricked out like a Star Wars light sabre that I brought with me from my days working with the Saskatchewan Information and Library Services Consortium. We used them to duel over disputes during meetings in a playful and remarkably effective way.