Library Assistant VI – Acquisitions Supervisor (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada, V6A 4K6)

Requisition ID: 30733 


The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) is the third largest public library system in Canada, with 800 staff members offering services at 21 branches across the city. VPL values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly service. Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive, and rewarding workplace.

Job Summary: Reporting to the Head – Selections, Acquisitions, & Interlibrary Loans, the Supervisor supports the day-to-day operation of Acquisitions while adhering to the Library’s policies and procedures in accordance with the Library’s vision, mission and values. The Supervisor leads the Acquisitions clerical team and oversees the ordering, acquisition and payment for library material for the VPL system.  As a member of the supervisory team in Collections and Technical Services, the incumbent works toward continuous improvement, is responsive to public and staff concerns, and keeps abreast of publishing and material distribution industry trends

Job Requirements:


  • Completion of Twelfth Grade, supplemented by post-secondary level courses, such as supervision, business, computer and library technician courses.


  • Three or more years of public library service with some demonstrated supervisory and/or leadership experience.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to lead, coach and develop a clerical staff team; good team-building and leadership skills.
  • Knowledge of accounting practices as they apply to library acquisitions
  • Knowledge of VPL current trends and leading practices in areas of responsibility.
  • Ability to learn new technologies, applications & software, processes and skills.
  • Understanding of library services, collections, technologies and resources.
  • Strong commitment to serving clients; open, pragmatic and responsive to clients and community.
  • Innovative and flexible in a rapidly changing library environment with the ability to assist staff to participate in and be open to change.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to actively promote the service of the unit to the patrons and work with them to meet their needs and expectations.

Salary range: $29.74 to $34.98 per hour plus a comprehensive benefits package.

Schedule: Monday – Friday: 8:30 – 5:00pm

Note: Work schedules may change with reasonable notice.

Closing date: Monday, June 7th, 2021 at 11:59pm

While the Library thanks you in advance, only those candidates being considered will be contacted.

We thank all applicants for their interest. The applicant must be prepared to work at any location in the system.  A Police Record Check is a condition of employment.  Please refer to our policy for further information.  Personal information collected is used in accordance with the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  Vancouver Public Library is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to further diversifying the Library.


VPL Safety Protocols for Interviews

In order to ensure the safety and well-being of staff during the pandemic we are offering the option of in-person or virtual interviews. Virtual interviews will be conducted over Zoom. Zoom interviews may be conducted from home or from the Central Library where a computer with video camera will be available.

For staff who prefer in-person interviews, we have the following safe Interviewing during the Pandemic protocols:

  • Only come to your interview if you are feeling well – if you are feeling unwell contact HR to reschedule
  • Expect to be asked the following questions when you are contacted for an interview and on the day of your interview:
    • Have you travelled outside of Canada or had close contact with anyone that has travelled outside Canada in the past 14 days?
    • Do you have a fever, sore throat, or difficulty breathing?
    • Have you had close contact with anyone with a respiratory illness or a confirmed or probable case of COVID 19?
  • Interviews will be scheduled in a staggered manner to minimize contact between candidates
  • Candidates should arrive only 5 minutes before their scheduled interview time to minimize time spent in waiting areas
  • Candidates and each interviewer will maintain at least two meters (six feet) of physical distance between each other
  • Only Interview rooms that can accommodate this physical distancing will be used
  • Candidates and Interviewers must wear face masks as a protective measure
  • Antibacterial gel will be provided to candidates as soon as they enter the HR area
  • We will no longer be shaking hands at the introduction and conclusion of the interview
  • Where to sit will be clearly indicated and where possible chairs with hard surfaces and without arm rests will be used
  • Sanitized pens/pencils will be provided and returned to HR to sanitize – you are welcome to bring your own pen or pencil
  • Instead of the usual pad of paper being provided to the candidate, a single sheet of paper will be provided
  • Candidates are asked to bring only what they need to the interview including water (as a glass of water will no longer be offered)
  • High-touch areas (e.g. the hard surfaces of the chair and table) will be wiped down after each interview with disinfecting wipes

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