Librarian, Collection Curation & Engagement

State Library Victoria
VIC - Metro
Closing Date
Wed, 12th May 2021
Position Type
Full Time
$77,737 - $83,640
VIC - Metro

Librarian, Collection Curation & Engagement

·         VPS 3.2

·         Ongoing

·         Full-time

·         Exciting opportunity to join State Library Victoria, where you will be building the State Collection to preserve historical and contemporary stories for all Victorians, past, present and future.


About us: 

State Library Victoria is the State’s premier reference and research library, the hub of state-wide information and communication network, and a gateway to the world’s information. The State Library is Australia's busiest public library with a collection of over 4.9 million items and a diverse range of exhibitions and programming, inspiring possibilities for all Victorians.


About the role:

This is an exciting opportunity to build the State Collection by selecting and acquiring original and rare materials. The role will support key acquisition processes applying an in-depth knowledge of the Library’s legislative mandate and collecting policies. The role will negotiate with vendors, suppliers, publishers and donors to make recommendations for acquisition to the collection. This position will also play an active role in engaging Library audiences with the collection through blog writing, supporting media requests and delivering collection-based experiences.

The Librarian, Collection Curation & Engagement will be accountable for;

·         Supporting selection for the State Collection in line with the Collection Strategy.

·         Providing collection knowledge and support to a range of internal and external audiences.

·         Supporting key collections management processes including providing written reports and supporting data for acquisition approval processes.

·         Liaising with internal and external stakeholders including vendors and donors.


About you:

We are looking for someone who has a solid understanding of contemporary collecting practices as they apply to rare and original materials, collection development principles, an inclusive approach and the ability to engage with a range of stakeholders and audiences to promote the collection.

Joining a team of collection experts, specialising in Manuscripts, Pictures, Rare books, Arts and Victorian and Australian content, you will apply a sharp curatorial lens, to continue to build the State Collection in line with the Collection Strategy. The role will be influential in preserving historical and contemporary stories, in various formats, with cultural significance for all Victorians, past, present and future.

State Library Victoria promotes a workplace that actively seeks to welcome and value the unique contributions of all people. We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, LGBTIQ+ people, and people of all ages and abilities to apply for this role.


How to apply:

Please submit your application via, attaching your resume and a cover letter (maximum 3 pages) summarising how you meet the key selection criteria.

If you have questions about the role, please get in touch with the contact person listed in this Position Description. Our People and Culture team ( can assist with any questions about the application process.

For further information, including employment conditions, please visit the Library’s website at


Applications close: 12 May 2021


Toni Burton

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