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Closes 21 February 2019



The University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest university with a strong record in research and research informed teaching. The University and its Library operates in an environment characterised by constant change in higher education, both nationally and globally and by the need to accommodate both traditional and innovative modes of scholarly communication.

The ways that academics and students use libraries have changed, as have their demands regarding physical and digital resources as a result project-focused, team-based activities increasingly dominate the way the Library is addressing the challenges of today's changing information environment.

The Role

The Resource Assessment Librarian works to provide assessment and evaluation of information resources to support data-driven, innovative strategies to ensure we continue to provide the best user experience and value for university expenditure.

The types of resources you will evaluate is wide ranging, including owned collections, licensed content and open access resources. You will make a long lasting contribution to Library-wide initiatives and the on-going continuous improvement of Otago's Library services.

Responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring Library resources continue to be closely aligned to the University's teaching, learning and research programmes.
  • Maintaining effective operations that efficiently meet end user needs.
  • Co-ordinating collection of data for CAUL and University statistical reports.
  • Contributing to Library-wide initiatives and programs designed to ensure a continuous improvement of library services.

This role represents an exciting opportunity to join a key part of the University of Otago and work to support an evidence-based approach to resourcing decisions.

Your Skills and Experience

  • A degree and relevant postgraduate qualifications required. Candidates with an equivalent level of knowledge gained through a combination of education, training and/or experience will also be considered.
  • Demonstrated experience in interpreting and analysing library relevant data and providing reports and statistics to support resource acquisition activities.
  • Proven experience in scoping, planning and administering projects such as those which relate to information resources.
  • Understanding of the hybrid library environment and the issues and challenges faced by academic libraries.

Further Details

This is a full-time, permanent position.

The Library plays a crucial role in the on-going success of both the University of Otago and the students and researchers that utilise the service. If you would like to join this prestigious organisation and join us on our journey into the future, please apply today.


Applications quoting reference number 1900239 will close on Thursday, 21 February 2019.


To see a full job description and to apply online go to: https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=1900239

Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago i te kaupapa whakaorite whiwhinga mahi.