University of South Australia

University of South Australia

Reference Librarian (HEO 5)




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  • Based in the University Library at the City East campus

  • Full-time, continuing position
  • Commencement Salary: $76,304 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)
  • About the Role

    Reporting to the Manger: Library Services the Reference Librarian team is a cross functional team that assists in supporting the teaching, learning and research activities of the University in various service areas of the Library. They provide expertise in information discovery and resource use in response to complex enquiries and assist in the continuous improvement of services.

    The position will initially be appointed to one of the following teams: Library Services or Resources and Technical Services. When in Resources and Technical Services the position will be supporting either copyright, acquisitions, or access and discovery. The core responsibilities of individual positions will be determined by the needs of the Library and qualifications and experience of the successful applicant.

    About UniSA

    The University of South Australia is Australia's University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous and we create new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

    The University of South Australia Library supports UniSA's teaching, learning and research activities through the provision of relevant scholarly information resources and services. There are four campus libraries, located at City East, City West, Magill and Mawson Lakes as well as the Off Campus Library Service.

    The Library has adopted a Digital First strategy with over 700,000 ebooks and 100,000 online journals accessible to staff and students, as well as significant special and archival collections. Most of the Library's resources are available online for users at point of need, anywhere, anytime and on any device.

    Essential Skills and Experience

  • Tertiary qualifications or evidence of working towards completion of tertiary qualifications in Information Management or a related discipline or demonstrated equivalent skills and knowledge
  • Experience in and a commitment to excellence in customer service including communicating and assisting a broad diversity of clients over a range of communication tools with a high-level commitment to customer service
  • Working knowledge of trends in digital information and preservation, resource discovery and social media
  • Well-developed interpersonal, communication and written skills including the ability to collaboratively participate in and across teams
  • Knowledge of information sources and formats and proven ability in searching databases and other web-based products and services
  • Benefits

    Getting a great job working with the best is just the start. UniSA rewards its staff with a wide variety of benefits such as:

  • Access to great personal development opportunities
  • Generous superannuation contributions of 17%
  • Flexible working conditions
  • A range of salary packaging options, including vehicle leasing, laptops and car parking fees
  • A variety of leave arrangements
  • Culture

    As a University of Enterprise, we offer a dynamic and agile workplace culture, one that embraces challenges and thrives on breaking new ground. Our staff are creative and innovative thinkers, communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. We embrace diversity and inclusion in a vibrant, engaging environment. Our people are authentic, resilient, and influential, and we deliver results.

    Start Your Unstoppable Career!

    For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA. The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.

    Please address your cover letter to Emma Kelvin, Consultant: Recruitment Central. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at [email protected] using job reference number 6092.

    Applications close: 11.30pm Tuesday 21 May 2024

    Applications welcomed from Australian or NZ citizens, Australian permanent residents and those who have the legal right to work in Australia for the term of appointment. #LI-DNI #S-DNI

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    Job details


    Reference Librarian (HEO 5)


    University of South Australia




    April 29, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 21, 2024

    Job type



    Computer Science

    About the employer

    The forerunners of today’s UniSA were the South Australian School of Art, founded in 1856, the first of several Teacher Training Colleges formed in 1876, and the School of Mines and Industries which was established in 1889. These schools were renowned for providing quality education and for responding to the needs of the nascent colony of South Australia.

    The University of South Australia is a globally connected and engaged university with industry-informed teaching and research that is inventive and adventurous. Ranked number one in Australia for quality education and number six worldwide and with 100% of assessed research rated at or above world-class, the University is young, innovative and offers students the chance to gain real-world experience.  Focused on life beyond the classroom, the University of South Australia offers a practical approach to teaching and learning. Degrees are designed with strong professional emphasis and in partnership with industry, giving students opportunities to gain practical skills and graduate career ready.

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