Hours: Full time
Business Group: National Library
Branch: Information and Knowledge Services
Salary: $68,060- $92,081
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At the Alexander Turnbull Library we hold a very extensive collection of oral history and recorded sound collections. These collections provide a unique record of the activities of New Zealand individuals, whanau, iwi and organisations throughout history.
We have an opportunity for a permanent, full-time Oral History Research Librarian within the Research Enquiries team at the Alexander Turnbull Library.
As the Research Librarian, Oral History, you are a key part of the team that helps make connections between researchers, and the collections that will help them achieve their personal goals and create new knowledge.
The key elements of this role include:
- Supporting researchers in process of locating, accessing, re-using and reproducing oral history and (non-music) sound recordings held in the Library
- Developing and maintaining a collection of general resources to support both the practice and theory of oral history in Aotearoa.
- Developing and delivering presentations and writing (including curated Library content) for internal and external use
- Developing and maintaining productive relationships with key organisations and individuals in the Aotearoa oral history community, both inside the Library and in the wider community.
- Working with the wider Research Enquiries team to support both oral history-related and general research enquiries.
This is a specialist role within the wider Research Enquiries team at the Alexander Turnbull Library. As such, the Oral History Research Librarian participates in general research support as well as specialist activities.
General research support activities include: responding to onsite and online research enquiries, supporting visitor tours, show-and-tell collection experiences and special events, and contributing content to the Library’s online channels.
The specialist nature of the role focuses on providing support, leadership and advocacy for a diverse range of researchers who have an interest in the subjects and/or practice of oral history in Aotearoa and the Pacific. Alongside specialist research support, other activities may include presentations, tours, written output, and contributing to collection development decisions.
To be successful in the role you will need:
- A post-graduate Library & Information Studies qualification is expected, although other GLAM-sector qualifications and/or extensive experience working in a Library or research institution will also be considered.
- A successful work record in a research institution, preferably in a research support role.
- A demonstrable understanding of the unique nature of oral history documentation, and the role it plays in the research process.
- Knowledge and understanding of tikanga Māori is expected, and competency in Te Reo Māori is desirable.
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.
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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
Internal Affairs has a vaccination policy and employment with the Department is conditional on being fully vaccinated for Covid-19, holding and maintaining a valid My Vaccine Pass. Consideration will be given to whether medical or other genuine exemptions can be accommodated in individual cases.
Applications close: 5pm, Friday 28 January 2022
For more information please contact: Matt Steindl at firstname.lastname@example.org
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