Job: Senior Librarian

12.28.16 –  Senior Librarian
The University of the South Pacific, Emalus Campus, Port Vila, Vanuatu

Sarah P’s comments: If you want to go to the South Pacific, British-based USP is considered the best place to work for. Application deadline: 1.20.16.
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The appointee will be responsible for the overall management of the Emalus Campus Library (Port Vila, Vanuatu) and Centre libraries located in Vanuatu. She/he will be primarily responsible for the provision of library information services to meet the needs of on-campus and flexible education students, staff and general users in the area of law at the University of the South Pacific and will also be required to assist in the provision of library information services in other subject areas at the Emalus Campus Library.

The Senior Librarian (Emalus Campus) has significant administrative duties as the overall manager of the Emalus Campus Library. She/he is responsible for the daily operations of the library and supervision of library staff. As a member of the Emalus Campus Management Team, she/he meets regularly with other campus senior staff to address issues affecting the entire campus. In these meetings the appointee will represent and advocate for the library and its interests. The Senior Librarian (Emalus Campus) also reports to the USP Library Advisory Committee and participates in Senior Staff and Regional Libraries groups within the USP Library. The appointee may be asked to serve on other USP committees as well. As Liaison Librarian to the School of Law (SOL), the Senior Librarian will also attend SOL staff meetings, in particular the SOL Board of Studies.

The Senior Librarian (Emalus Campus) is primarily responsible for meeting the legal research and information needs of USP students and staff. She/he will provide information research skills instruction to USP law students on all campuses. This instruction may take the form of face-to-face training; online support such as videoconferencing or Skype; or printed research assistance materials. The Senior Librarian (Emalus Campus) should remain attentive to developing teaching methods and technologies and, where feasible, integrate them into legal information literacy materials. Information literacy training will also focus on using legal databases and best practices for searching and organising results. In addition to formal instruction the Senior Librarian (Emalus Campus) will offer regular hours at the Emalus campus library reference desk to assist students with ad hoc research questions. The Senior Librarian (Emalus Campus) will also make her/himself available to students via email and telephone.

The Person We Seek

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

  • Master’s Degree in Librarianship/Information Studies recognized by an accrediting body such as the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), and at least 8 years post-qualification direct relevant experience in an academic library, including a minimum of 3 years in the area of law (for appointment at Band 4) or 6 years post-qualification direct relevant experience in an academic library, including a minimum of 3 years in the area of law (for appointment at Band 3)
  • Proven knowledge and experience in the provision of library services to distance and on-campus students and library users
  • -Proven knowledge and experience in all areas of library work
  • Acquisitions
  • Gifts & Exchange
  • Cataloguing
  • Serials management
  • Circulation
  • User Education
  • Reference Services
  • Working knowledge and experience in Cataloguing using AACR2, LC & DDC classifications, LC subject headings, LCR1 and MARC21; knowledge of RDA.
  • Sound knowledge and experience with library information technology, including automated library systems, Internet, CD-ROMS and online databases
  • Experience with user education, information literacy programmes and faculty liaison
  • Demonstrable thorough knowledge of international, comparative and foreign law resources with particular experience in the use of online law databases
  • Knowledge of legal bibliography and legal research techniques
  • Experience in conducting training in legal research
  • Experience in the management and supervision of staff
  • Ability to motivate a small team of staff (professional, paraprofessional; support)
  • Excellent interpersonal, public relations and communications skills
  • The willingness to work on rostered shifts for evening and weekend duties.

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Experience in training library personnel at the paraprofessional level
  • Experience in dealing with library users in a multicultural environment
  • Work experience in and understanding of life in a developing country
  • Background knowledge of the University of the South Pacific
  • Familiarity with the USP Strategic Plan


The position is available for a term of 3 years and may be renewed by mutual agreement.

Salary Range: Band 3 VUV $3,972,317 to $5,226,733 per annum
Band 4 VUV $5,329,255 to $6,149,141 per annum

(Inclusive of 15% Gratuity)

Enquiries: Elizabeth Fong, tel.: +679 32 32363; email:

Closing date for applications: 20 January 2017

How to Apply

Candidates are strongly encouraged to use the University’s online E-Recruitment system to view full details and apply for this position at Candidates may request further information from the Human Resources Office; tel.: (679) 32 32072; email: or Manual applications are no longer accepted.

Please also include the following documents in your application: Cover letter and Resume clearly addressing key Selection Criteria, academic transcript and names of three referees, one of which must be your current or most recent direct work supervisor.

Application Information

Elizabeth Fong, tel.: +679 32 32363
Human Resources
The University of the South Pacific