Content Librarian

Library | Ngā Puna Mātauraka

  •         Full-time (37.5 hours per week)
  •         Continuing (i.e. permanent) position

What You Will Do

We have an exciting opportunity for a Content Librarian to join our Access and Collections team. As Content Librarian you will play a critical role in providing electronic information resources including eBooks, eJournals, packages, databases and streaming video needed to support learning, teaching and research at UC.  The role is interesting and varied and we are looking for someone who is comfortable in taking an agile approach within a rapidly changing publisher environment as the landscape shifts towards open scholarship.  You will help identify improvements, see possibilities and opportunities, be willing to adapt, learn and apply new ways of providing access to content as well as responding to demands for information in different formats.

The role will include:

  • Enabling content provision through the Library’s Electronic Resources Management System
  • Investigating and resolving problems relating to access
  • Liaising with publishers and suppliers over provision of content to support UC learning, teaching and research
  • Providing advice and guidance on copyright and licensing
  • Helping with task allocation and monitoring workflows within the team

Who You Are

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • excellent customer service skills, organising skills as well as strong interpersonal and team working skills, including the ability to work collaboratively
  • demonstrated cultural competence and confidence to work in a bicultural and multicultural environment
  • an understanding of The Treaty of Waitangi, te reo Māori and the ability to be biculturally responsive in a library context
  • a Bachelor’s Degree (NZQA Level 7) and an approved tertiary postgraduate qualification in Library & Information Studies or equivalent

It is also desirable that you have:

  • knowledge and understanding of content provision for learning, teaching and research (packages, databases, journals, eBooks) as well as funding and budget management
  • understanding of the changes occurring within the publishing environment, particularly open access and open educational resources and the implications for learning, teaching and research
  • experience in the use of systems that support electronic content delivery e.g., electronic resources management and document delivery systems
  • understanding of copyright and licensing issues in a tertiary education context
  • familiarity with project management approaches would be an advantage

Who You Will Work With

The Library provides a range of services, resources and expertise that support undergraduate and postgraduate learning and teaching, and that enhance world leading research and innovation.  It does this through the provision of information resources; reference and information services; digital literacy programmes; e-learning support and academic liaison; research support including repositories; Māori and Pacific support and through our heritage collections.

For more information about the library and our team, please visit us here

Why UC
Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora – Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

For information about the range of fantastic benefits that UC offers including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions, please visit us:

The University of Canterbury is an Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) employer and we encourage diversity in our staffing profile. The University of Canterbury actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi | Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The closing date for this position is: 29 January 2021 (midnight, NZ time)

How You Apply
Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include a cover letter and resume. Please note, we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to

Due to current border restrictions, you must have New Zealand Citizenship/Residency to be considered for this role. If you hold a valid work visa and are physically present in New Zealand then you may also be considered.