Job: University Librarian

8/13/15 –  University Librarian
PNG University of Technology, Lae, Papua New Guinea

8/13/15 –  This is a position which pops up every 2-3 years. For those interested in the South Pacific/Oceania region it should be of interest.  They offer accommodation on a compound and the salary and benefits are good for the region.  I once interviewed with them and they were very nice to chat with and asked some interesting questions mostly on the theme of  ‘making do’.  Then they contacted my references however nothing materialized after that.  I have had two colleagues apply with one having the same experience and the other hearing nothing.  So not sure how organized they are with the hiring process.


The Papua New Guinea University of Technology is located in the industrial city of Lae, the second largest city in Papua New Guinea with population of over 100,000. The city is accessible by air from any part of the world. The University is the only technological university in Papua New Guinea. It has a main campus and three amalgamated colleges. The main campus has 14 academic departments including one in Open and Distance Learning (ODL). It offers undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering, natural and applied sciences, built environment, language and business. The university has also an Information Technology Services department and a Library. Applications are invited for the following positions. For more information go to:


Matheson Library, named after the first Chancellor of the University, was founded in 1967.
It has a current book stock of 130,000 volumes and receives 600 periodical titles. It is the only library in the university serving some 250 academic staff and 3,000 full time students taking a range of degree, diploma and certificate courses in Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Mining, Communication Engineering, Business Studies, Architecture and Building, Surveying and Land Studies, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Applied Sciences, Applied Physics, Forestry, Agriculture and Communication and Land Studies.

The Library system is automated and it operates 7 days a week with limited operation during weekends. The library seeks to appoint a University Librarian to immediately fill the vacancy.


The University Librarian is responsible for the overall management and development of library services, collections, budget and staff. The University is concerned that it gains access to the information superhighway and its new Librarian will be expected to continue this process.

Applicants should have a first degree and an internationally recognized professional qualification in librarianship. Candidates must, at minimum possess an MLS. In addition, the successful candidate must have experience working in academic or research libraries and operational concepts involved in the delivery of users and bibliographic services and library automation. The appointee must be able to manage emerging trends in academic libraries especially those resulting from electronic access to information. The appointee should have excellent written and verbal communication skills, business skills and good interpersonal skills.

Base Salary Range : University Librarian K77,639 – K 94,892
per annum
Base International Market Range : K75,749 – K113,272
per annum

(Level of appointment depends upon qualification and experience)

Initial contract period is normally for three years. Other benefits include a gratuity of 30% of salary in the first year, 35% in the second year and 40% in the third year (paid on fortnightly basis), support for approved research, appointment and repatriation fares for yourself and dependants, book & equipment allowance of K750.00 per annum, settling-in/out allowance of K1,700.00 for single & K3,600.00 for accompanied plus K200.00 each for two authorized dependent child (under 19 yrs) on appointment and repatriation, six weeks paid leave per year, recreation leave fares for yourself, spouse & two authorised dependants after 18 months of service, education fares and assistance towards school fees for authorised dependants are available. Staff members are also permitted to earn from consultancy up to 50% of earnings annually. Free fully furnished accommodation provided on campus.

Detailed application with curriculum vitae including certified copies of qualifications, names and addresses including email addresses, fax/phone numbers of three (3) referees including one from past/present employer, if any, and an indication of the earliest availability to take up the appointment should be received by: The Registrar, PNG University of Technology, Private Mail Bag, Lae, Papua New Guinea by 30 September 2015. Applications may also be sent by email through: and This advertisement and further information on these positions can be found at

Application Information

Postal Address: Registrar
Office of the Registrar
PNG University of Technology
Lae 411
Papua New Guinea
Fax: ++(675) 475 7667
TDD: ++(675) 473 4254
Email Address:

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