Subject Librarian (Business) (G272-17CA)

Updated: 43 minutes ago
Job Type: Permanent
Deadline: 11 Sep 2017

Library, Research, Academic and Enterprise

We want you to work proactively with the staff and students of the Massey Business School to share your expertise with library and information services to support the research, teaching, learning and research activities of the School. This is a fixed term, part-time position working 20 hours per week, for a period of up to 12 months.

Palmerston North
Fixed Term of 12 Months
Grade F
$48,094 - $67,955 pa (paid pro rata)
Applications close:
11:45 p.m. on 11 September 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.

We are seeking a qualified librarian, to help support the research, teaching and learning activities of students (both on-campus and at a distance) and academic staff. Based in the Manawatū Library and aligned to the Massey Business School, this is an excellent career step for someone wanting to progress in the information profession and we offer a stimulating and supportive work environment. This is a fixed term, part-time position working 20 hours per week, for a period of up to 12 months.

Subject Librarians’ responsibilities include supporting the research lifecycle for Massey researchers, providing advice in using Library resources, teaching information skills, both online and in face-to-face classes, collection review and development within a subject speciality, contributing to the Library’s online presence through creating and maintaining teaching resources and digital learning materials, and outreach activities.

You will have:
• Excellent research support skills
• Passion and enthusiasm for making a difference in higher education
• A strong commitment to customer service
• Well-developed communication and relationship-building skills
• An interest in educational technologies and the opportunities they offer
• A degree and professional library qualification

Massey University is known for its distinctive mix of campus-based, distance and international teaching, ground-breaking research, and the applied nature of many of its teaching and research programmes. Palmerston North offers affordable, regional city living with free public transport to campus, flat easy walking or cycling, no traffic gridlock and Massey Manawatū is noted for its beautiful park-like grounds.

For further information, please contact:

Cherie Shum
Head of Section, Information & Research Services
Manawatū Library, Massey University
Palmerston North
New Zealand

Phone: (06) 951-6684

Job description
Purpose statement

• To provide quality information and research services to library clients
• To facilitate the development of independent information literacy skills in library clients
• To participate in the development and management of library collections
• To work with academic staff and students in designated Colleges in order to promote and
enhance library services and collections
• To support academic staff and postgraduate research students in their research and publishing

Responsible to

• Responsible to Head of Information & Research Services, Manawatū Library
• Close working relationship with colleagues in the same subject team at this and other campus
libraries, and staff in designated College(s)

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 (

Key accountabilities

• Provide support to academic staff and postgraduate research students through group and
individual training, assistance with bibliometric needs, and other library-related research and
publishing support

• Academic staff and postgraduate research students gain relevant skills and knowledge to
assist them in their research and publishing activities

• Provide an information service from the Information Desk (including the Information
Commons), and by answering telephone and email enquiries
• Provide general library orientation and advice, including generic information skills classes
both face-to-face and online
• Provide course-specific information skills training for students, both face-to-face and in an
e-learning environment, in consultation with academic staff
• Provide guidance on using bibliographic management tools
• Develop and maintain designated online learning tutorials
• Contribute to the development of library guides, publicity and communication with clients, both
in print and online
• Maintain designated subject guides and other assigned pages on the Library website
• Provide an information service within the College specialisation for staff and students
undertaking research

• Accurate and timely information, instruction and advice are provided for clients
• Students are provided with opportunities to develop independent information literacy skills
appropriate to their needs
• Library resources and services are promoted to University staff and students, and information
on how to use key resources is readily available
• Subject guides and web pages are up-to-date and accurate
• Excellent client services and reference interview practices are displayed

• Develop and maintain positive working relationships with academic staff in a designated
• Promote library services within a designated College
• Participate in meetings and activities of the designated College and other relevant University
activities/presentations as appropriate
• Contribute to the promotion and marketing of Library services and collections to all

• Academic staff members are knowledgeable about available library services
• Subject Librarians develop and maintain an in-depth knowledge of library resources and
• Subject Librarians develop and maintain an in-depth knowledge of College papers,
programmes and research areas
• Services are delivered in a relevant and timely manner
• Staff and students are well informed about Library services and collections

• Participate in the development and management of the Library’s collections by the
identification and appraisal of new resources, products and services, the selection and
deselection of resources, assessment of use and organisation of materials, in consultation
with academic staff where appropriate
• Manage collections budget within specified funding areas
• Manage collections within College specialisation
• Write impact statements for proposed papers and programmes
• Participate in Collection Development Groups.

• Collections are developed to support Massey University’s research and teaching needs, and
managed within budget
• The Library is aware of the impact of new papers and programmes on library services and

• Maintain knowledge of current developments in information service provision, library and
educational technologies and resources
• Contribute as a member of the Library team by participating in meetings, showing initiative,
sharing key tasks, sharing knowledge and expertise, and covering for other staff during peak
times or during absences
• Maintain regular communications with colleagues at other Massey libraries, via contribution to
group meetings and online staff forums
• Look for ways to improve and develop services using creativity and innovation
• Maintain awareness of and participate in wider Massey activities and professional
development opportunities
• Maintain awareness of issues in the library profession

• Interactions with other team members demonstrate co-operation, courtesy and
• Knowledge and skills are maintained and developed

Person specification

A degree and professional library qualification are essential


Previous professional library experience in a tertiary library is preferred

Personal attributes and behaviours

• Service focus and enthusiasm
• Excellent information searching and evaluation skills
• An understanding of the processes of research, teaching and learning in the university context
• An understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi and how it relates to libraries
• Awareness of technology as it impacts on libraries and tertiary education
• Well-developed oral and written communication skills, including writing skills appropriate for
the web and other media
• Well-developed teaching, training and presentation skills, in both a face to face and online.
Well developed IT skills, including knowledge of standard applications
• The ability to listen, and to be understanding and flexible in relation to the needs of clients and
colleagues, and to build effective relationships
• The ability to define and solve problems using initiative and creativity
• Good critical thinking and analytical skills
• Good planning and organisational skills
• The ability to work well as a member of a team
• The ability to organise own work effectively and to complete tasks thoroughly and on time,
within the priorities of the team

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