Library Technician


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The Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre is seeking a Library Technician to operate and maintain the library program within the correctional facility that meet the leisure and therapeutic needs of inmates.

The Ontario Public Service is one of the largest employers in the province, with a wide range of exciting career opportunities. We believe in the core values of trust, fairness, diversity, excellence, creativity, collaboration, efficiency and responsiveness. We invite you to join our teams!

We offer:

  • A defined benefit pension plan
  • Maternity and parental leave top-up benefits which includes adoptive parents
  • Comprehensive Health Plan
  • Life and Disability insurance
  • Collegial and professional work culture
  • Career growth and development opportunities across multiple business areas
  • We provide on-the-job training to support your success in the role

The OPS has been recognized as a top employer. We are proud to have been acknowledged as one of:

  • Canada’s Top 100 Employers
  • Canada’s Best Diversity Employers
  • Greater Toronto’s Top Employers
  • Canada’s Greenest Employers
  • Canada’s Top Employers for Young People

What can I expect to do in this role?

  • Provide a variety of library services including organizing/maintaining the institution’s collection of books and other reading and reference materials
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of new library services and reading programs
  • Assist inmates and staff with inquiries, provide information on library services and programs, as well as deliver books to inmate units
  • Maintain a manual and/or automated circulation system
  • Maintain organization and coordination of facility’s collection of books, take inventory, make purchases for the library, and perform minor book repairs
  • Promote and align the library program with the goals of the institution
  • Ensure the safety and security of the library work area
  • Liaise with institutional and professional staff as well as supervise inmate helpers
  • Other duties as required

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How do I qualify?

Specialized Knowledge and Experience

  • You have demonstrated experience in operating, maintaining, and providing a variety of library services including knowledge of relevant processes and best practices
  • You are able to coordinate a library program that meets the leisure and therapeutic needs of inmates
  • You have experience with circulation, referencing, cataloguing, inter-library loaning, and minor repairs of library materials

Analytical, Research, and Organizational Skills

  • You can assess inmates’ library/reading needs and develop a library program that is aligned with the rehabilitative goals of the institution
  • You are able to select suitable reading materials that meet individual inmate needs
  • You can catalogue and maintain an inventory of library materials
  • You can effectively plan and manage your own work

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • You can maintain working relationships with inmates and staff
  • You can provide information to library users on the borrowing process and reading programs
  • You have writing skills to prepare reports, correspondence, and maintain library stock records
  • You have demonstrated tact and courtesy to respond to user requests and supervise inmate helpers

Other Skills

  • You are able to understand and comply with organizational policies and procedures in order to maintain the safety and security of the library program
  • You are proficient with computer software applications to maintain and search for information as well as prepare correspondence and reports
  • You can use automated library information systems

OPS Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti-racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit theOPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Refer to the application instructions below if you require disability-related accommodation.

Additional Information:

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Compensation Group:
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Corrections and Enforcement
Posted on:
Friday, August 6, 2021

  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

    Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Talent Acquisition Branch (TAB), HR Service Delivery Division (HRSDD) to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.

    A record under the Criminal Code and/or another federal offence record (s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual’s employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.

  • T-CL-167532/21

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