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Research Library and Archives Manager/ Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Date: 17-Aug-2019

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council

  • Join in the arts and learning precinct of Auckland's central city 
  • Play a leading role in one of New Zealand’s finest art libraries
  • Enhance and evolve the Auckland Art Gallery's research collections


He angitūtanga: The opportunity


Established in 1888, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is a leading visual arts institution in New Zealand with more than 17,500 artworks and over 150 archival collections.

This is an opportunity for a qualified senior librarian and archives manager to work in the Auckland Art Gallery's E. H. McCormick Research Library.  As one of the finest art libraries in the country, it plays a leading role in the collecting, care of, and access to, New Zealand art resources. It is the first point of contact for many researchers, writers and academics, as well as members of the public.

This role has a strong focus in developing the Research Library collections and is responsible for ensuring the care, preservation and promotion of its collections, as well as managing two staff members.


He kōrero mōu: About you


Key responsibilities will include leadership of the Research Library and staff training to develop professional expertise in the team and wider gallery. You will provide the Research Library with direction and implement strategic objectives. You will be adept at finding innovative ways to broaden access to research collections including contributing to digital and online strategies, exhibitions and publications.


  • Maintain and develop the print, archival and ephemeral research resources
  • Manage and develop the Library’s digitisation programmes of audio-visual, image and textual material
  • Continue to develop the Library’s important art archive collections, including acquisition planning, development and advocacy
  • Project management of improved storage and housing of the research collections
  • Supervision of the cataloguing of all library collections to enable and promote access
  • Maintain and develop the Library’s relationship with other art libraries, and membership of ARLIS (Art Libraries Society of Australia and New Zealand)


This is a career role for a forward thinking and innovative library manager keen to contribute to the enhancement of the Gallery’s research and archive collections. You will bring your strong relationship building skills to this role and liaise with various stakeholders to promote library collections, digital projects and exhibitions.

To be successful you will have a professional library qualification (MLIS or equivalent) and a degree in art history or a related discipline.

You will be an expert in preservation practices for library and archives material and be knowledgeable around current copyright legislation regarding the visual arts, text and websites.  

Must have a least 5 years’ experience working at a senior level.


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer


This is a unique role which offers variety, intellectual stimulation and professional development. In addition to managing the day to day functions of the Research Library, you will work collaboratively across Gallery departments to support major research and exhibition projects.

Bring your fresh ideas and passion to make the Auckland Art Gallery’s research collections accessible and relevant.

If you are passionate about the visual arts, equipped with strong library and digital skills, and want to work in a respected arts organisation, this is a fabulous career opportunity.  


How to Apply

Please apply online and provide a cover letter and a Curriculum Vitae and tell us why you’re interested in this opportunity.

For more information and a Position Description please email

Applications close  19 August 2019 


Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.