21/347 Research Librarian, Manuscripts

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  • Excellent opportunity to lead the research service for the Manuscripts and Archives collection at the Alexander Turnbull Library. Work with a team of research specialists and generalists across both the Turnbull and wider NLNZ collections.  
  • Contribute to efforts to promote and share the history of Aotearoa New Zealand through the development of research services to a wide range of clients.
  • Be part of a researcher-focused team who connect the people of Aotearoa New Zealand to the collections of the Library, leading to the creation of new knowledge.

The Manuscripts and Archives Collection is a large and diverse collection and includes all types of unpublished textual material – analogue, digitised and born-digital formats – covering all subjects including a significant literary collection and political papers. The collection has been developed from the original bequest of Alexander Turnbull in 1918.

To be successful in the role you will:

  • Be excited by the challenge of working with a wide variety of researchers to help them achieve their goals.
  • Be engaged with academic and research communities, staying current with research trends, and highlighting areas of the collections that may be of interest to researchers.
  • Work with your team and across the library to improve the quality of  access to the Manuscript and Archive collections for staff and researchers while upholding the access agreements that the Library makes with donors and dealers.
  • Have demonstrated knowledge of, and engagement with, library and archival theories and principles. Research, collection development, and arrangement and description experience would be an advantage.
  • Be able to successfully establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with researchers, your team, the wider business, and documentary heritage sector colleagues.  

The role of Research Librarian, Manuscripts is part of the Research Enquiries Team. This team works closely with users of the library, and teams across the Alexander Turnbull Library including Arrangement & Description, Collection Care, Digital Collections, Curatorial, Outreach and Public Engagement. The role reports to the Online Research Services Leader.

Applications close: 5pm, Wednesday 16 June 2021
For more information please contact: Amy Watling, 04 470 4412, amy.watling@dia.govt.nz 
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