Collection Development Librarian

  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

UNSW Library is one of Australia’s major research libraries, with extensive scholarly information resources, services and facilities. It serves a large population of academic and research staff and students on two campuses and affiliated research institutes. The library serves 3 million in-person visitors and 20 million online interactions a year and features a collection of 400 databases, 100,000 ejournals, 900,000 ebooks and about 3 million physical items. The collection is supported by a Library Information Resources budget of over $24 million p.a. There are three library sites including Main Library, Herbert Smith Freehills Law Library (Kensington) and the Paddington Campus Library and features some 4,000 study seats as well as a close working relationship with the Academy Library - UNSW Canberra – Australian Defence Form Academy (ADFA). The Library is a department within the Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic (DVCA).

About the role

  • $85K - $91K plus 17% superannuation and leave loading
  • Continuing
  • Full-time 35 hours per week

The role of Collection Development Librarian reports to the Manager, Collection Development and Policy and has no direct reports. The Collection Development and Policy Unit manages ongoing relationships with publishing vendors and other providers of scholarly information resources and services to establish beneficial pricing and licencing terms and conditions for UNSW Library and its users.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will:

  • A degree from a higher education institution, with subsequent relevant experience or an equivalent level of knowledge gained through any other combination of education, training and/or experience. Eligibility for associate membership of the Australian Library and Information Association would be well regarded
  • Sound understanding of issues, challenges and trends in collection development within academic publishing environment
  • Strong interpersonal, communication (oral and written), numeracy and stakeholder negotiation skills
  • Strong understanding of the needs of students and academic staff in the provision of scholarly information resources supporting learning, teaching and research in higher education
  • Demonstrated experience in the use of technologies, systems and software applications, especially in relation to delivering collection services
  • Demonstrated experience in collecting, interpreting and reporting complex information and data, especially as applied to collection development processes
  • Experience providing influential input into collection development policies and procedures including approval plans, discipline reviews and collection services workflow procedures
  • Experience organising and participating in vendor visits including training sessions, annual reviews and new collection offerings
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training

 You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.


Katherine Leach, Manager, Collection Development & Policy


T: (61 2) 9385 1665

Applications close: Tuesday 24th September


Job region
University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Full time
$85K - $91K plus 17% superannuation and leave loading
Katherine Leach- E: T: (61 2) 9385 1665
Closing date
Tuesday 24 September 2019