Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
Te Rau Herenga O Aotearoa

Team Leader - Knowledge Advisors – AgResearch

The Organisation

AgResearch is the Crown Research Institute tasked with delivering cutting-edge agricultural science and innovation to benefit the wider New Zealand economy.  Our internationally-recognised scientists work across the agricultural sectors in collaboration with a range of stakeholders both nationally and internationally, putting science and innovation at the forefront. We are proud to be a unique organisation that is driving prosperity by transforming agriculture.

The Role

We have a pivotal and challenging position for a confident, proactive, and professional librarian who is ready to build on your experience to step into a role leading a team of research support librarians based across four sites.

You will:

  • contribute to the strategic direction of the library and knowledge services
  • be responsible for the visibility, relevance and effectiveness of the team of Knowledge Advisors
  • be comfortable in building relationships, managing competing work priorities and thriving in a changing environment where you contribute to research and portfolio outcomes
  • perform the operational role of a Knowledge Advisor as well as the more strategic Team Leader role

You will find no two working days are the same! In addition to leading the team, your typical day includes a wide variety of requests ranging from a quick "where do I find this article?", to a days-long detailed literature search on a promising but difficult line of enquiry, to weeks- or months-long organisational or sector projects. You will thrive on prioritising and switching between these requests and tasks.

This is a full time position based at AgResearch Lincoln (Christchurch).

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A professional library qualification and proven leadership skills
  • Highly-developed oral and written communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Interest in science and scientific research
  • An innovative, proactive approach and an ability to prioritise work, manage work processes, organise and meet deadlines.
  • Sector awareness and interest in developments in the library and information environment
  • Experience in searching scholarly databases and expertise in locating patents, business information and market research
  • Experience in providing training in the use of scholarly information resources

Summary

We have a pivotal and challenging position for a confident, proactive, and professional librarian who is ready to build on your experience to step into a role leading a team of research support librarians based across four sites.

You will:

  • contribute to the strategic direction of the library and knowledge services
  • be responsible for the visibility, relevance and effectiveness of the team of Knowledge Advisors
  • be comfortable in building relationships, managing competing work priorities and thriving in a changing environment where you contribute to research and portfolio outcomes
  • perform the operational role of a Knowledge Advisor as well as the more strategic Team Leader role

You will find no two working days are the same! In addition to leading the team, your typical day includes a wide variety of requests ranging from a quick "where do I find this article?", to a days-long detailed literature search on a promising but difficult line of enquiry, to weeks- or months-long organisational or sector projects. You will thrive on prioritising and switching between these requests and tasks.

This is a full time position based at AgResearch Lincoln (Christchurch).

Closing date: 
Friday, May 5, 2017
Organisation: 
AgResearch
Contact email: 
Nauman Maqbool (Group Leader Knowledge & Analytics nauman.maqbool@agresearch.co.nz (07) 838 5043)

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