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Multiple Positions, Expression of Interest: Library and Information Studies Programmes, Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Expression of Interest: Library and Information Studies undergraduate programmes


Curriculum and assessment writers    

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

Content reviewers


At the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand we recognise that libraries, archives and records centres, and other information organisations make a profound contribution to their communities. We understand that their future depends upon the quality of their staff at all levels. New Zealand needs a strong core of professionally qualified librarians, information managers, records managers and archivists 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 and other information organisations to thrive - serving New Zealanders in the information age.


Are you a highly skilled and experienced professional looking for a new challenge? Is it time for a change in direction or a change in environment to further develop existing skills? Are you an academic or a researcher with knowledge that would contribute to these new courses? Do you want to use your extensive knowledge of the library and information service sectors to help develop the following new programmes and grow the next generation of professionals?


  • 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)


We have begun the development of our new programmes and we are seeking people to help us write curriculum and assessment material and / or review course content. Course content review includes bicultural and Pasifika appraisal. We need skilled and experienced people who have employment, training or education experience in the library and information management sectors, and excellent writing skills.

In particular, we are seeking library and information management 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 ProgrammesThis 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 OrganisationsStudents 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.

Please note that all of these courses cover information management practices in a range of organisations across different information sectors.


The specific roles required are:


Curriculum and assessment writer - to write new and/or revise existing course materials. Applicants will be asked to provide a writing sample for which guidance will be provided

Bicultural and Pasifika appraiser roles - to ensure our course material is responsive to bicultural practice and the needs of Pasifika peoples

Content reviewer - to peer review the work of curriculum and assessment writers.


You can apply for one, two, or all three of these roles.


You will need to demonstrate a high standard of written English and a track-record in writing and / or research. (This does not have to be in library and information management). You will also need to exercise excellent communication and relationship building skills to work effectively as part of the development team, and a strong commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Due to the cross-sector content of these courses, cross-sector knowledge and / or experience is also ideally required.

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 and information management 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 lineBachelor of Library and Information Studies EOI including a covering letter and a CV which should include evidence of your writing expertise or reference to publications. The covering letter should indicate which of the roles you are interested in, and a 250 word account describing your relevant experienceand capabilities.


This EoI is due to close by 29 September 2017 however if you would like an extension or would like to discuss this further please contact Lorenda Kilian, ph: +64 4 5600775

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