Research Librarian

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Do you enjoy helping people find what they need? Do you love working with books, maps, photos, websites, letters, manuscripts, electronic databases and more? Are you comfortable explaining and describing processes and helping people find and use library collections, resources, and technology?

The Alexander Turnbull Library collects, preserves, and provides access to research collections of national significance. We’re looking for a Research Librarian to join the Research Enquiries team. In this role you will be working closely with the Research Enquiries team, along with other teams across the National Library to work on the following activities:

  • Responding to research enquiries in person, via email & telephone
  • Supporting one or more of the Library’s Specialist Research Librarians or Curators
  • Leading specific areas of operational speciality as required (for example rostering, collection development, tour co-ordination)

Candidates should meet the following educational requirements:

  • Tertiary Degree, preferably in New Zealand or Pacific studies
  • A library qualification, or equivalent in archival practice, museum studies, or related field.

Applicants without the desired qualification should demonstrate a strong combination of experience, training and motivation that will enable them to meet the requirements of the role. 

Significant prior experience in a reference librarian role is expected.

Te Reo Māori capability, and/or experience supporting Māori researchers is also desirable.

If that sounds like you – we’d love to hear from you!

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We recognise a diverse workforce contributes to better business outcomes. We are committed to creating a workplace where all employees have equal access.

To learn more about the diverse, important mahi we do at Te Tari Taiwhenua and see why we’re a great place to work, click here.

We work to make New Zealand better for New Zealanders through our four outcome areas:

  • People can easily access the services and information they need
  • Iwi, hapū and communities across New Zealand are safe, resilient and thriving
  • People’s sense of belonging and collective memory builds an inclusive New Zealand
  • New Zealand is a well-functioning democracy across central and local government

Applications close: 5pm, Tuesday 22 June 2021
For more information please contact: Matt Steindl, 04 474-3017,
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