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Special Collections Librarian (G035-17AB)

Library, Research, Academic and Enterprise

This newly created role is an exciting opportunity to help develop and care for our special collections, and promote their use in the support of the University’s teaching and research activities.

Location:Palmerston North
Term:Permanent
Grade:Grade F
Salary:$48,094 - $67,955 pa (paid pro rata)
Applications close:11:45 a.m. on 5 March 2017

Position overview

Kia hiwa rā! Kia hiwa rā!
E ngā mana e ngā reo e ngā kārangatanga maha tēnā koutou katoa. Kei te wātea tenei tūranga ki Te Putanga ki Te Ao Mātauranga ki Te Kūnenga ki Pūrehuroa.

Ko ngā kōrero e whai ake nei he kōrero e pā ana ki te tūranga wātea.

Massey University Library has a number of special collections, the most significant being the Bagnall Collection which comprises the New Zealand and Pacific materials from the personal collection of Austin Graham Bagnall, a leading bibliographic scholar and a former Chief Librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library. The Library purchased his collection in 1986 and continues to add items to it. The Library has also launched Tāmiro, a digital platform to showcase the unique and special items held in our special collections and University Archives.

Based in Palmerston North, this newly created role is an exciting opportunity to help develop and care for our special collections, and promote their use in the support of the University’s teaching and research activities.

The ideal applicant will hold a professional library qualification, and either will have experience in special collections, or a strong interest in special collections and experience in collection development and management. Experience in using information technology to enhance access to rare or unique materials would be an advantage, but is not essential. An understanding of New Zealand history, culture and the importance of tikanga Māori is necessary.

This is a part time role of 15-20 hours per week (negotiable). The successful applicant will be able to take responsibility for their own work and maintain energy and enthusiasm when working alone, as well as developing positive working relationships with stakeholders, community and colleagues.

Job description

Purpose statement

To oversee the University Library’s Special Collections: Albany Rare Books, Albany Rare N.Z. Books, Bagnall, J.W. Blackwood, Lauris Edmond, Manuscripts, Opfermann, Peren, Rare Books, RSA (Archives Collections are excluded).

Position Overview & Context:

This position has responsibility for items in the Library’s Special Collections, including Albany Rare Books, Albany Rare N.Z. Books, Bagnall, J.W. Blackwood, Lauris Edmond, Manuscripts, Opfermann, Peren, Rare Books, RSA (Archives Collections are excluded).

Massey University Library is committed to high standards of customer service and teamwork; expected work behaviours are outlined in the Guiding Principles for Customer Service and Teamwork. Staff are also required to adhere to Massey University regulations including Health and Safety policies and the Email and Internet Use policy.

Massey University Library is committed to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and to being a bicultural organisation.

Massey University Library staff are expected to commit to and support the Library’s vision, mission and values available here (http://www.massey.ac.nz/?aabea0444s).

Responsible to

Responsible to the Collection Manager

Key accountabilities

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES:

Manage the Library’s Special Collections, by:

• Ensuring that all items in Special Collections are handled and stored safely and securely.

• Developing and updating acquisition and management policies for the collections.

• Selecting and acquiring items for the collections as opportunities arise and budgets permit.

• Assessing offers of items which may be eligible for inclusion in Special Collections.

• Working with stakeholders and Library staff to ensure that tikanga for the acquisition and management of Māori material is followed.

• Screening items selected for disposal from other library collections in order to identify material which should be added to Special Collections or to the Archives collections.

• Acquiring and maintaining awareness of trends and techniques in management and preservation of special collections.

Promote, raise awareness of, and enable access to the Library’s Special Collections, by:

• Promoting items in the collections, via (for example) the Library website, exhibitions, displays, publicity and making them available digitally, to raise awareness of their potential for learning and research.

• Working with Digitised Collections Group to identify and prioritise items to be digitised.

Provide advice regarding Special Collections, by:

• Advising on requirements for the collections which have substantial budgetary implications.

• Providing advice as required to colleagues on all three campuses regarding the rarity, significance, placement and preservation of items.

• Providing advice, if requested, to the wider community about the significance, preservation and placement of items.

• Ensuring that interactions with stakeholders, members of the community and donors are carried out in a sensitive and culturally appropriate way.

FUNCTIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

• Close working relationships with the Kaihautū Māori, librarians responsible for Special Collections items at all campuses (particularly New Zealand, Ngā Kupu Ora and Pasifika collections), Collection Services staff, University Archivist, Dairy Records Archivist. AUL Resources and Technology for training and handover.

• Good working relationships with library colleagues, members of the University community and other persons from whom items are acquired for the collections.

• Member of: Collections Subcommittee, Digitised Collections Group.

Person specification

Qualifications

A university degree and professional library qualification (essential).

Experience

Experience in working with special collections, preferably in a university library. Or a strong interest in special collections and experience in collection development and management.

Experience in using information technology to enhance access to rare or unique materials (preferred but not essential).

Personal attributes and behaviours

Knowledge and Skill
• A demonstrated strong interest in special collections
• Accuracy and attention to detail in completing tasks

Personal Effectiveness
• Uses initiative to recognise and act on opportunities to create benefit or advantage
• Uses good judgment to make decisions despite uncertainty and pressures
• Takes responsibility for effective and timely completion of own work
• Results-orientated, with a high drive to meet personal objectives and standards of
excellence
• Maintains standards of honesty and integrity, acts ethically and builds trust through
reliability

Organisational Effectiveness
• Able to communicate with a wide range of people both within and outside the University,
and to develop positive relationships with relevant individuals or groups
• Fosters open and honest communication, and seeks mutual understanding

Supporting Diversity
• Understanding of New Zealand history and culture
• Awareness of tikanga Māori and associated cultural sensitivity
• Some competency in te reo Māori would be an advantage
• An understanding of, and commitment to, the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi
• Works effectively with a wide range of people
• Sets and models a culture that leverages differences and supports diversity
• Respectful of people and their different values

 

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