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Curator Contemporary Voices and Archives

Job details

National Library
19 Oct 2020
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Culture & Heritage


Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Ni hao, Namaste, Salaam, Selam and Hello!  

  • Lead the development of a new collecting area and build relationships to address the silences in our national archival record.
  • This is a newly established curatorial role in the Alexander Turnbull Library focusing on contemporary New Zealand and the Pacific.
  • Help design what the future of contemporary, community driven, and participatory collecting at the Alexander Turnbull Library will look like.
  • Be part of a holistic system, working collaboratively to improve the representation of all New Zealanders, especially those who have been historically underrepresented in the Library’s collections.

We have an excellent opportunity for an experienced cultural heritage professional to join the Alexander Turnbull Library’s Curatorial Services Team. In this role you will work collaboratively with staff across the Turnbull Library and the National Library to progress the Library’s contemporary and proactive collecting activities.

You will be empowered to lead efforts to identify and bring in new collections about people, communities, events, and activities that have been under or unrepresented in the Turnbull’s collections to date.

This could look like:

  • Proactive collecting projects
  • Community archives training or post-custodial projects
  • Developing a new participatory community collection
  • Something else entirely

To be successful in the role you will have:

  • The talent to communicate effectively with wide-ranging audiences and communities
  • Experience working with cultural heritage collections in a Library, Archives or similar organisation
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and engagement with archival theories and principles, as well as current practices for appraisal and collection development
  • Experience engaging or working effectively with community partners
  • The ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with your team, the wider business, and documentary heritage sector colleagues 

The Alexander Turnbull Library is part of the National Library of New Zealand and sits within the Information and Knowledge Services branch, the Department’s epicentre of information management, culture and heritage.

Kōkiri, kōkiri, kōkiri!

Whakarongo ake au ki ngā reo o te motu

E karanga mai ana

Huakina mai ngā tatau o tō whare

Kia mahi tahi tatou, kia inu ai mātou

I Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa


The message from the people

Clearly asks us

To open our doors

So that we may work together and share the information

Held in the National Library of New Zealand

Credit: Bella Tarawhiti

How to apply

Please visit the listing on our careers site.

For more information please contact Jessica Moran on 04 460 2862 or

Job description: To review the full job description, please click here.

Applications close 5pm, Monday 19 October 2020

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6 Oct 2020