The Calgary Public Library represents unlimited possibilities and inspires people of all ages to wonder, seek, discover, and share. Calgary’s 20 (and growing) community libraries are community hubs that ignite learning, discussion, invention, and action and this is accomplished through the Library’s commitment to:

  • be a vital part of strengthening neighbourhoods in a growing city
  • bring the library into more people’s lives by removing barriers and increasing access to information in all its forms
  • focus on services that make a difference
  • develop innovative and collaborative partnerships with our community to leverage collective knowledge and expertise
  • build welcoming, inclusive and dynamic library spaces and places within the heart of our communities.

To achieve our vision, Calgary Public Library is seeking leaders with ideas, energy, passion and commitment who can help us make a difference in the lives of Calgarians and take public library services to a new level of excellence.

The Calgary Public Library acknowledges the traditional territories and oral practices of the Blackfoot people, the Nakota people of the Stoney Nation, the Beaver people of the Tsuut’ina Nation, and the peoples of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region Three.

Librarian — Central Library
(One-Year Full Time Term Assignment)

This Librarian position at the Central Library is an important member of the leadership team. This position works directly with schools, agencies, and partners to bring the library into more people's lives and to direct program and outreach planning for the Central Library.

The Librarian also contributes to in-library activities including mentorship, collection development and delivering programs to children. This position supports staff members with change and acts as a champion for early literacy and play activities.

This is an exciting term opportunity to be involved in transforming services for children and families in the new Central Library.

Key Responsibilities

  • Participates in the coordinating, delivery and evaluation of programs for a wide variety of audiences including, children, teens and adults;
  • Assumes leadership roles in library projects and committees to advance Library initiatives;
  • Trains, mentors and supervises others, as assigned
  • Coordinating daily library activities, and directly supervising an assigned group of employees;
  • Acts as a community liaison and oversees branch operations specific to, services for children, teens and families;
  • Proactively assists Library members with collection questions and makes recommendations;
  • Resolves member technology issues when accessing Library resources;
  • Participates in the delivery and evaluation of outreach programs;
  • Carries out collection maintenance and development activities;
  • Demonstrates leadership in activities which improve the Library;
  • Trains and supervises others, as assigned


  • Completion of a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited library school or approved equivalent degree and three years’ directly-related recent full-time experience
  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Ability to lead engaging and enriching programs and activities, both in the Library and out in the community
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, presentation skills, and public speaking skills including the ability to adjust communication style to interact effectively with users of different ages, backgrounds, and abilities
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with a variety of groups
  • Commitment to continuous improvement and self-directed learning
  • Intermediate to advanced technology skills


  • Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
  • The opportunity to contribute to an award-winning library system, grow professionally and make a positive difference in the lives of Calgarians

How to apply:

If Community Outreach Librarian sounds like the next chapter in your career story, take this opportunity to make a real contribution to one of Canada's leading public library systems. Please send a cover letter and resume to

Be sure to quote the position title “Posting 301 - Librarian” in the subject line of your e-mail.

This competition will remain open until a suitable candidate has been selected.

We thank all who apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Any personal information submitted will be managed in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used only to determine eligibility for employment. Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada.