Collections Assistant
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
8d ago

Who we are

The Hocken is one of the foremost research libraries in New Zealand celebrating the histories, cultures and natural environments of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific.

Our collections - archives, publications, music and AV, ephemera, maps, photographs and art - contain both historical and contemporary material.

Staff at the Hocken cater to the research needs of academics and students from the University of Otago, as well as researchers from other New Zealand and international universities and institutions, and independent professional and amateur researchers, all of whom value the diverse nature and depth of our collections.

Global interest in our collections is ever increasing, and in response, we are working to ensure greater access, and the delivery of a broad client-

focused researcher service. In particular, we are undertaking digitisation and collection description in order to make the collections more accessible to researchers at a distance.

We currently have an entry-level opportunity available for those who share our passion for supporting research focused on Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific, and wish to contribute to the enhanced delivery of our services and collections.

The Role (Fixed-term)

Working primarily in Researcher Services, you will contribute to the provision of a responsive, friendly and professional service to users across the collections.

Key tasks include :

  • Supporting researcher needs both on-site and remotely.
  • Issuing and overseeing the use of materials from the collections.
  • Assisting with collection development and management, including preventive conservation.
  • Creating and updating collection records including description, cataloguing and indexing of collection materials in support of digitisation and access enhancement programmes.
  • Administrative support, as required.
  • Your Skills and Experience

  • A University degree in an area relating to the Hocken’s subject specialisation.
  • Excellent general knowledge of New Zealand and Pacific geography, history and culture.
  • Experience working in a library, archive, or related institution such as a museum or gallery, is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori.
  • An approachable, flexible and adaptable attitude.
  • A strong customer service ethic, teamed with excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • An ability to work with accuracy at all times.
  • Familiarity with library and / or archive management systems, databases and Microsoft Office.
  • The ability to work well as part of a diverse team, and also undertake quality work without direct supervision.
  • Further Details

    This is a full-time, fixed term position from 14 January 2019 until 10 January 2020. Hours of work will be Monday-Friday with rostered Saturday work as required.

    If you are someone who shares our passion for New Zealand’s documentary and artistic heritage, we would warmly welcome your interest.

    For confidential enquiries please contact Judith Holloway, Team Leader - Researcher Services via the email address below.


    To submit your application please click the apply button below. Applications quoting reference number 1801898 will close on Sunday, 28 October 2018.

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