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5 Nov 2019


The University of the South Pacific –  Port Vila, Vanuatu

Job Description

USP, Emalus Campus- VV4001

The Opportunity

The appointee will be responsible for the overall management of the Emalus Campus Library (Port Vila, Vanuatu) and Centre libraries in Vanuatu. He/she 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. He/she is responsible for the daily operations of the library and supervision of library staff. As a member of the Emalus Campus Management Team, he/ she meets regularly with other campus senior staff to address issues affecting the entire campus. 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. He/she may be asked to serve on the USP committees as well. As Liaison Librarian to the School of Law (SOL), he/ she 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. He/ she 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 ddition 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 Senior Librarian (Emalus Campus) is responsible for the development of the law collection for the entire University. To this end, he/she maintains close working relationships with the academic staff of the SOL to ensure that appropriate acquisitions are planned. The Senior Librarian (Emalus Campus) purchases copies of required law texts for all USP campuses at the beginning of each semester. He/ she catalogs and labels these books before shipping them to the other campuses. The Senior Librarian (Emalus Campus) is responsible for cataloguing and classification of all law-related library materials according to AACR2, the Moys Classification Scheme, LC Subject Headings, LCRI and MARC 31. In general, he/she also maintains and develops the regional campus library management system.

The Senior Librarian (Emalus Campus) handles Emalus Library funding and the law collection acquisitions budget. He/ she participates in the annual budgeting process and ensues that necessary CAPEX requests are submitted in a timely fashion.

As Librarian-in-charge, the Senior Librarian (Emalus Campus) maintains the Emalus Campus Library website and creates new research materials to include on the site. He/ she produces library publications whose information is comprehensive and up to date. The Senior Librarian (Emalus Campus) also assists in tutoring for the USP Diploma in Library/Information Studies and USP Certificate in Basic Skills in Library/Information Studies.

The Person We Seek

To be considered for this position, applicants must have: A Postgraduate qualification, in Library and Information Science recognised by an accrediting body such as the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and extensive relevant experience in an Academic library and Law; or extensive management experience and proved management expertise; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/ or education/ training; 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 such as acquisitions, gifts & exchange, cataloguing, serials management, circulation, user education and reference services); working knowledge and experience in Cataloguing using AACR2, LC & DDC classifications, LC subject headings, LCR1 and MARC21; 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 through 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; ability to motivate a small team of staff (professional, paraprofessional; support); excellent interpersonal, public relations and communications skills; and the willingness to work on rostered shifts for evening and weekend duties.

Preferences with be given to applicants with Masters in Library and Information Science.


The position is available for a term of 3 years and may be renewed by mutual agreement.
Salary Range: Level 4 VUV 5,509,116 to VUV 6,694,420 per annum (Inclusive of 15% Gratuity)

Enquiries: Mrs. Elizabeth Fong, University Librarian; tel: (679) 32 32282; email: [email protected]

Closing date for applications: 15 December 2019

Job Expired 15/12/2019

Job Categories: Education. Job Types: Full-Time.

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