Heritage Collection Librarian

Closing Date
Contact Officer
Alexander Mills – Manager, Community Programs and Partnerships
Contact Number
02 4974 5322
City of Newcastle Council, NSW


Heritage Collection Librarian

Job No: CN2468 | Location: Newcastle

  • Share your passion for libraries, history and heritage collections.
  • Exciting opportunity to create exceptional customer experiences and contribute to our local history narrative.
  • Temporary Part Time opportunity to April 2022 – 17.5 hours per week.

Thriving and rapidly transforming, Newcastle is New South Wales’ second largest city and is located 160km north of Sydney. It offers the perfect lifestyle and career environment.

City of Newcastle (CN) is seeking a passionate and enthusiastic Heritage Collection Librarian focused on curating and preserving the history and heritage collections for a temporary job share opportunity until April 2022.

As a Heritage Collection Librarian, your primary role will be increasing the accessibility of the history and heritage collections and working collaboratively to preserve our unique collections. You will actively contribute to the delivery of the Heritage Collection Plan and Digitisation Action Plan.

Key focus over the next 12 months include, but are not limited to, audit and condition assessment of the extensive archives and heritage collections, and contribution to forward planning heritage collection management priorities. You will contribute to digitisation process and priority setting for the city’s new state of the art digitisation lab. You will assist with undertaking research enquiries and support the development of digital exhibitions and narratives for the new Digital Library technologies. You will positively contribute to an innovative and collaborative team ethic, focused on exceptional customer experiences and enhancing the communities understanding of Newcastle’s unique stories.

All Library positions include frontline customer service shifts across a 6 day (Monday to Saturday), day and evening roster.

At CN our people are valued and have access to a range of benefits that help balance life at work and at home. These include flexible working arrangements, professional development opportunities and health and wellbeing programs.

The essentials you’ll need:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Library Sciences, History, Education or extensive equivalent experience.
  • Extensive delivery and evaluation of customer experiences in heritage or research services.
  • Experience in heritage digitisation and technology troubleshooting skills.
  • Experience in archival work, cataloguing and metadata protocols.
  • Demonstrated excellent negotiation, interpersonal, time management and project management skills and the ability to determine priorities and manage competing demands.
  • Demonstrated high level verbal and written communication skills with experience in the presentation of oral and written material to a diverse range of audiences and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated capacity to innovate and adapt current services and systems for future needs.
  • Willingness to participate in a rotating delivery roster including evening and weekends.
  • Current Working with Children Check.

Other valuable skills you may have:

  • Demonstrated understanding and appreciation for other cultures and languages.
  • Expertise in conservation and preservation of heritage collections.
  • Experience in leadership and developing a cohesive multi-disciplinary team.

Sound like the perfect job for you? Apply Now!

City of Newcastle proudly promotes the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and fosters a culture of diversity to represent the community of our Local Government Area.

All candidates will be assessed against the selection criteria outlined in the position description. Suitable candidates may be placed on an eligibility list for future identical positions for a period of 12 months.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this job.

To view the full position description please click here.

Application Closing Date: Sunday 20 June 2021

Remuneration: $39,176.05 + 9.5% Superannuation for a 17.5-hour week.

Contact: Alexander Mills – Manager, Community Programs and Partnerships - 02 4974 5322

At CN we understand the skills and attributes veterans can bring to our organisation and highly encourage veterans to apply for suitable roles.

The NSW Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998 makes it an offence for a person convicted of a serious sex offence, or a Registrable Person under the Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Act 2000 to apply for these positions. Relevant criminal, Working With Children and prior employment checks, including relevant disciplinary proceedings, will be conducted on recommended candidates.