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University Librarian

Hawthorn, Australia
Attractive salary and benefits
Closing date
20 Sep 2023
  • Student Administration & Library Services 
  • Full time, ongoing position at our Hawthorn campus 
  • Attractive salary and benefits with flexible working options

About the Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic University Librarian to come join us at Swinburne University as we implement the Campus Heart Project.  In this role, you will be responsible for the strategic leadership and management of library services, collections and projects to meet the learning, teaching and research needs of the University’s community.

You will oversee a Library Services team of 32 staff across 3 campuses and a library collections budget of over $7 million dollars. The role also develops innovative strategies, policies and processes to ensure Swinburne has a leading library service and experience for users.

You will be critical in providing advice for the library function in the Campus Heart project which will transform the student and academic experience into a vibrant, innovative, and user-centred hub of learning, industry partnerships, academic engagement and research - connecting the Library and BA buildings at the Hawthorn campus. The Campus Heart project is a part of the next gen campus revitalisation project running across 3 campuses to upgrade facilities to the next level.

About You  

To be suitable for this role you will need to have experience in the below key accountabilities: 

  • Proven experience in a senior role leading innovative and customer centric library, information or digital services.
  • Advanced knowledge of contemporary library, information and digital issues and their application to the education sector.
  • Proven experience in improving (a) student engagement and satisfaction with library resources and facilities, including informal learning spaces, and (b) staff satisfaction with library services
  • Proven experience in planning and management for library or information services in large and complex organisations.
  • Proven experience in building partnerships, complex stakeholder management and experience, and driving and negotiating change.
  • Highly developed communication and negotiation skills, including the ability to influence and present to small and large groups, coordination of committees and creation of communication plans and resources.


A postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline with extensive relevant experience in library and information service provision, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training. 

About Swinburne University of Technology 

Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

  • Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
  • Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
  • Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
  • Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

To Apply 

Please submit your CV and cover letter addressing your suitability for this position.  

To review the Position Description and to apply, please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

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Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Swinburne Talent Acquisition Team on

Applications Close: 11pm, Wednesday 20th September 2023

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Equity and Diversity

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through key initiatives.  For further information on all our initiatives visit our Equity & Diversity website.

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

For any support please contact or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

We are a 2023 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant


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