Expression of Interest: Library and Information Studies programmes

Curriculum and assessment writers    

Bicultural and Pasifika appraisers (please note these are two separate roles)

Content reviewers

At the Open Polytechnic we recognise that libraries make a profound contribution to their communities. We understand that the future of libraries depends upon the quality of their staff at all levels. New Zealand needs a strong core of professionally qualified librarians and information managers with the skills to lead us into a vibrant future.

As the main provider of undergraduate LIS education in this country, we have a unique opportunity to provide new qualifications that enable libraries to thrive – serving New Zealanders in the information age.

Are you a highly skilled and experienced professional looking for their next challenge? Is it time for a change in direction or a change in environment to further develop your existing skills? Do you want to use your extensive knowledge of the library and information service sectors to help develop our new programmes:

  • Bachelor of Library and Information Studies (L7)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Library and Information Services for Children and Teens (L6)
  • New Zealand Diploma in Records and Information Management (L6)
  • and Graduate Certificate in Library and Information Leadership (L7)

and grow the next generation of sector professionals

We have begun the development of our new programmes and we can’t do it by ourselves, we are seeking people to join us on the journey. We are looking for skilled and experienced people who have employment, training or education experience in the library sector to write curriculum and assessment material and review course content, including bicultural and Pasifika appraisal.

In particular, we are seeking library professionals to help us with the following course developments:

LIS601 Empowering People and Communities: This course examines core professional-level techniques used by information professionals to support and empower information seekers in physical and virtual settings. Students will gain an understanding of key information behaviour theories, and will explore the interview process, advanced search skills, and specific techniques to support diverse groups of information seekers including Māori and Pasifika. The course will also examine how to design and deliver training and teaching programmes, and how to facilitate learning through supporting the development of multiple literacies.

LIS602 Designing Library and Information Services and Programmes: This course looks at the whole process of designing services in library and information service contexts. It considers the planning phase including conducting a needs assessment, community analysis, and community engagement with a range of communities, including Māori and Pasifika. The development phase of a service includes determining the best approach for service design and creating a business plan. The final phase considers programme delivery and assessing the quality of services for further planning and improvement.

LIS701 Critical Perspectives for Library and Information Professionals: This course introduces students to a range of issues and challenges facing the information industries. Students will critically engage with professional, theoretical and ethical perspectives, and develop their own analytical frameworks, in order to evaluate the implications for issues regarding the provision of library, records and archives information services. Students will also consider the influences shaping their own professional practice and will develop their professionalism in this context.

LIS702 Strategy and Planning in Information Organisations: Students will be introduced to the concepts of strategic thinking and the processes of strategic planning in a diverse range of information organisations. The planning process is examined, considering different types of planning including financial planning, workforce planning, physical and virtual space planning, marketing, and risk and disaster management. These will be explored in relation to library and information service contexts, such as planning for collections, programming and services to meet diverse community needs. Policy development and revision follows on from this, considering both purpose and content.

You will have a high standard of written English, excellent communication, relationship building skills to work effectively as part of the development team, and a strong commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Positions are available immediately and ongoing until the end of 2019 on a fixed-term contract basis.

These positions are exciting opportunities for people passionate about building the capability of our workforce to provide people-centred support in the Library and Information services sectors. If you want to help develop our programmes and deliver the best possible learner experience, contact us today.

Please send an email to  using the subject line Bachelor of Library and Information Studies EOI including a covering letter and a CV. The covering letter should indicate which of the three roles you are interested in (you may indicate an interest in all), and a 250 word account describing your relevant experience and capabilities.