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University Librarian

University of Otago


  • Research-Intensive University
  • Ongoing Transformation
  • Dunedin, New Zealand


Vision: Partnering to enrich world-class scholarship and the creation of knowledge.


Established in 1869, the University of Otago is ranked in the top 1% in the world and has the highest possible rating of 5 Stars Plus in the QS Global University Performance ratings.  As a research-led University, the University fosters a vigorous research culture and excellence in teaching.  Otago’s researchers and scholars contribute to leading international discoveries and knowledge, new commercial developments, and to the health, social and cultural well-being of the nation.  


The University believes that maintaining pre-eminent standards of excellence and leadership in library services is fundamental to distinguishing Otago as a leading research University. The ongoing transformation of the Library offering incorporates world-leading trends in library technology, accessibility, collection management, and innovative information systems, recognising the dynamic of all key stakeholders. The Library is home to a number of nationally and internationally significant archives and collections including the Hocken Collections.


With the upcoming retirement of the present University Librarian, a unique opportunity exists to lead the ongoing development of seven on and off-Campus libraries. The University Librarian is responsible for the strategic direction of library services, ensuring that services operate efficiently and continually evolve to meet the needs of the University, its researchers, staff and students.


Applicants will demonstrate the following attributes:


  • Demonstrated success in a senior role within a University or research-based Library.
  • Academic credibility with proven success in leading transformation of Library services.
  • An understanding of international trends and best practice in academic librarianship.
  • High calibre leadership, engagement and relationship skills.
  • Effective financial management and reporting skills.
  • Support for ongoing development of IT platforms that assist in making information discoverable and accessible.


The University of Otago is a member of the Matariki Network of Universities, which promote excellence in research-led education. It has a tradition of outstanding research and innovation, and a friendly campus environment. Living in Dunedin provides access to a wealth of lifestyle offerings and amenities.




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Confidential enquiries can be made to Graham Ewing or Lynell Bell of EQI Global on +64 3 377 7793 or email at search@eqiglobal.com


Applications for this role should include a cover letter and resume.


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