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Mount Royal University

Library Aide for Homosaurus Project – casual

Job Description:

About MRU

Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s and became a mid-sized university in 2009. Mount Royal has carved out a distinct niche by offering smaller class sizes, a robust liberal education and unique undergraduate programs. Currently, more than 15,000 credit students choose from 14 bachelor degrees and 40 majors.

Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Mohkinstsis,” which we now call the city of Calgary. The city of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.

Mount Royal University is committed to removing barriers and fostering the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented or discouraged in our society. In support of our belief that diversity in our faculty and staff enriches the work, learning and research experiences for the entire campus community, we strongly encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply and self-identify.

About the Mount Royal University Library

Housed in the Riddell Library and Learning Centre, the University Library is an integral part of the MRU academic experience. The services, facilities, programming and expertise available in the Library support innovative teaching, learning, and scholarship across campus.

The Library includes the Archives and Special Collections, and a range of specialized and technology-enriched teaching and learning spaces, including information literacy classrooms, a Maker Studio, audio production rooms, and a range of visualization, simulation and immersive spaces.

About the Role

MRU Library seeks a casual staff member to assist with the Library’s Homosaurus Project – a review and revision of Library catalogue records to update and improve discoverability of 2SLGBTQIA+ print materials in our library. The successful candidate will work closely with our collections team and the liaison librarian for Women and Gender Studies to identify and apply subject terms that better describe the multitude of 2SLGBTQIA+ identities and experiences using the Homosaurus terminology.

The successful candidate will possess a high attention to detail as well as a firm grasp / awareness of 2SLGBTQIA+ community, terminology (current and historical) and barriers to information-seeking that 2SLGBTQIA+ folks may face. A strong disciplinary background including completed upper-level coursework in queer and / or gender studies (or related disciplines) is required. An understanding of research and information-seeking / information organization is a strong asset, specifically from the perspective of a student researcher is crucial.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) work and other experience within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in an organizing or relationship-building capacity. We especially encourage applicants with diverse lived experiences who bring an intersectional perspective to apply.

This position includes an average of approximately 14 hours of work per week over the fall and winter semesters with the possibility of extension into the spring semester. Scheduling is flexible and may be arranged around course schedules making this an excellent opportunity for a student.

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