Research Librarian, Music

Alexander Turnbull Library

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At the Alexander Turnbull Library we develop and maintain comprehensive collections of audio, visual and documentary material relating to Aotearoa New Zealand & Pacific music, musicians, composers and music organisations. 

As the Music Research Librarian, you are a key part of the team that helps make connections between researchers, and the collections that will help them create new music and knowledge. 

The key elements of this role include: 

  • Connecting the music community (researchers, musicians, composers, teachers, producers, listeners) with the collections of the National Library and Alexander Turnbull Library 
  • Working closely with researchers to help them reach their goals 
  • Developing and delivering curated Library content for internal and external use 
  • Developing and maintaining productive relationships with key individuals and organisations in the Aotearoa music community 
  • Using and extending your knowledge of music information sources 
  • Working with the wider Research Enquiries team to respond to both music-related and general research enquiries 

This is a specialist role within the wider Research Enquiries team at the Alexander Turnbull Library. As such, the Music 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 history and practice of music 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 tertiary qualification in a music-related field is expected, although applicants who can demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of music (including the ability to read music to an advanced level) will also be considered. 
  • An in-depth understanding of music in a New Zealand and Pacific context, developed from experience as a music practitioner as well as expertise in researching specialist music collections at a scholarly level.   
  • Knowledge and understanding of pūoro Māori and 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

For more information please contact Matt Steindl on 04 474 3017 or

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