Library Experience Guide – Summer

The Calgary Public Library’s mission is to empower communities by connecting people of all ages to ideas and experiences, inspiration and insight.

Calgary’s 21 libraries are community hubs that ignite learning, discussion, invention, and action. This is accomplished through the Library’s commitment to:

  • Uphold the principles of a just society, chief among them respect, dignity, and equity
  • Engage in open, meaningful dialogue to deepen our understanding and inform Library practice to create an environment that is inclusive of all
  • Not settle for what we already know. We explore new ideas, consider fresh perspectives, and seek to innovate 
  • Use our curiosity and creativity to continue to achieve, and use our imaginations to set and exceed our own high standards

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.

Library Experience Guide - Summer
(Temporary Summer Student Positions: June 2, 2019 – August 17, 2019)

The Library is excited to begin recruiting for temporary summer student positions to work 30-35 hours per week delivering outreach and programs at various locations in the city of Calgary. Dependent on the level of government funding received, up to three positions will be filled. One summer student is anticipated to be based out of each of the following locations: Judith Umbach Library, Forest Lawn Library, and/or Saddletowne Library.

Key Accountabilities

The Library Experience Guide – Summer will deliver Book Truck services and outreach programming to kids participating in summer camps within the library and at community locations. Tasks include:

  • Facilitation of storytime sessions, summer programs, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) programs, such as Math Quest or teenCoding
  • Coordinate, transport, set-up and tear-down of program supplies 
  • Support co-workers in promotion and evaluation of programs
  • Circulation of library materials

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Ability to commit to working 30-35 hours per week for the full timeframe of June 2, 2019, to August 17, 2019, with flexibility to work occasional Saturdays and evenings
  • Preference will be given to post-secondary students in Library Science, Social Work, Indigenous Studies, Education, English, Early Childhood Development or other related fields of study
  • Successful completion of a high school diploma required
  • Current valid driver’s license (driving within city limits is required)
  • Experience working with pre-school and school-aged children an asset
  • Strong communicator able to positively interact with diverse populations
  • Able to problem solve and work independently to lead outreach programs 
  • Strong presentation or public speaking skills
  • Self-motivated, organized and very reliable
  • Satisfactory completion of a Vulnerable Sector Check

Some eligibility requirements (as per the STEP and Canada Summer Jobs Program*) include:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  • Registered as a full-time student during the previous academic year;
  • Intends to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;
  • Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or a person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and
  • Is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislations and regulations.

*Please refer to the websites for these provincial and federal government employment programs for more information regarding eligibility requirements. The Library is required to collect and report information on each of the successful candidates to the funder to validate eligibility and measure success of this program.


  • Competitive wage
  • The successful candidate will be provided facilitation training and other skill development support
  • 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 Library Experience Guide – Summer 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

The closing date for this competition is April 28, 2019. Be sure to quote competition “Library Experience Guide - Summer” in the subject line of your e-mail.

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.