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


Library Assistant

Library Assistant

Job description

The library assistant role is an entry level position involving general shelving duties and customer enquiries within the library, as well as, assisting with the day-to-day provision of basic  library services including the issuing and processing materials.

Specific responsibilities may include:

Assistant Librarian

Assistant Librarian - Entry-Level

Job description

The role of an assistant librarian is essentially that of a customer service orientated role involving recommending and issuing books, handling enquiries from the general public and managing catalogues. Assistant librarians may also be required to perform technical tasks such as the preparation and analyses of statistical data and general systems maintenance.

Mid Level Librarian

Job description

Mid Level librarians assist in the general operation of the library. Positions at this level require a general library qualification and previous library experience to handle complex queries, whilst ensuring that critical library systems continue to function effectively.

Specific responsibilities may include:

Team Leader/Management

 Job description

A Team Leader assists in the management and operation of the library. Their responsibilities may overlap with the specialist role.  Team Leaders coordinate and control the provision of day-to-day services in the library. 


Specific responsibilities may include:



Job description

A specialist role is defined as being Trained towards a specific task/system within the library, such as, (but not necessarily limited to), database management, cataloguing and quality assurance. Specialists may not be wholly restricted to this and may still assist with the day-to-day operation of the library.

Specific responsibilities can include:

Senior Manager

Senior Management Salary comparision chart

 Figure 1 Remuneration comparison for senior management roles

The senior management roles illustrated the largest salary gap (up to 16%) when compared with both local government and general job market salaries (Figure 1). The data also shows that across the board, the LIS sector does not currently reach the average remuneration of the other sectors.

International IP treaties and national legislation affecting copyright scope in NZ

The key act applicable in NZ is the Copyright Act 1994 .

Sections directly addressing the issue of Copyright duration are: 22, 23, 24, 25, 106 and 193. Be aware that these sections need to be read in conjunction with other parts of the Act, as there are sections such as 18 and 27 that qualify some of the above.


Copyright Extension

Readings on the extension of copyright and its possible effects

Copyright is a complex issue and we’re very aware that the numerous resources and perspectives available on the TPP negotiations can be daunting. Below is a list of resources you might find helpful in determining your own opinion on the proposed amendments, the impacts it will have on you and your organisation, and possible remedies you might think are appropriate.

Points that could be made in your submission

From a public point of view

In addition to points you may want to make from your library experience or professional reading, politicians could be reminded that their privileged status courtesy of options available for parliament and the Crown in sections’ 58, 63, 62 and 64 of the Copyright Act, plus taxpayer funded (Parliamentary library services), largely shields them from encountering the problems that face libraries and constituents.


Guide to making a Submission

Sample submission template

Media trainers suggest that politicians tend to discount set text campaign messages, so we suggest using the outline below, incorporating points specific to you or your organization.

Dear Minister/electoral representative/opposition spokesperson/parent institution/whomever



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