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Library Technician – Museums of History NSW

Vacancy Details
Closing Date
14/12/2024 12:00 am
Museums of History NSW
Library Technician Grade 1. Remuneration package includes salary ($70,694 - $83,957), employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading
Employment status
Sydney Region / Sydney City
Contact name
Matthew Stephens, 02 8239 2233
Contact email

Take this opportunity to work within a specialised research library to safeguard and share its invaluable collection. As our Library Technician you will work alongside a knowledgeable and passionate team providing information services to the general public and staff.

What the opportunity is:

  • Employment with Museums of History NSW.
  • Library Technician Grade 1. Remuneration package includes salary ($70,694 – $83,957), employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
  • Full-time temporary employment for up to 12 months.
  • The role will work across Sydney.


What we do

MHNSW brings together the museums, historic houses and associated collections previously in the care of Sydney Living Museums with the vast collection of more than 13 million items held by the former NSW State Archives. This includes one of the world’s most complete and important collections documenting colonisation.

What you’ll do with us
This role will provide information to internal and external stakeholders to facilitate general and document delivery services and participate in the development of the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection’s online catalogue and databases.

For more information on the role you are welcome to contact Matthew Stephens, Research Librarian on 02 8239 2233. Please note they will be unavailable from 23 December to 14 January.

Click here for the role description including the capabilities required for this role.

What you need to do to apply 
To apply you will need to submit the following:

  • A one to two page cover letter outlining how your skills and experiences meet the essential requirements for this role,
  • A current resume listing two referees, and
  • Respond to the 2 targeted questions (no more than 300 words per answer). Your responses to the targeted questions should be submitted online during your application and not included in the covering letter


What you need to tell us – Targeted questions:

  1. This role coordinates one of the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection stocktaking programs. Please describe your experience and skills in conducting collection stocktakes and outline your personal working style and organisational strategies that would enable you to successfully deal with this process while managing competing demands and deadlines.
  2. Provide examples of where you have delivered excellent customer service to the general public, professional researchers and internal stakeholders whilst dealing with competing priorities in a front line position.


Essential requirements of the role

  • Qualifications acceptable for library technician membership to the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) or equivalent qualifications or experience.
  • Sound knowledge of library information systems and online retrieval services, with particular emphasis on circulation and cataloguing procedures.
  • Good knowledge of the principles and application of international standards for bibliographic control including MARC21, DDC, LCSH and AACR2.
  • Experience with Libraries Australia and other online databases.
  • Experience providing circulation and information services to library patrons in a corporate environment.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively on an individual basis or cooperatively as a member of a team.
  • Strong customer service skills with experience providing information to both internal and external stakeholders.


Also note:

  • For additional resources to help prepare your application and understanding of the process please refer to Applying for a job.
  • To be eligible for an ongoing role in the NSW Public Sector you need to be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident. For temporary and casual roles, you need to hold a valid visa giving you permission to work in Australia as required by the role. All successful candidates will be required to undergo a criminal record check with NSW Police.
  • A talent pool may be created for future ongoing and temporary roles and is valid for a period of up to 18 months.