Director Library Services- Western Sydney University

By September 3, 2021Uncategorised

About the opportunity

The Director Library Services leads the strategic direction and implementation for the University’s scholarly information resources and services. The Director Library Services  is also responsible for University wide copyright matters and the curation of Whitlam Prime Ministerial Collection.


About Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University is a modern, forward-thinking, research- led university, located at the heart of Australia’s fastest-growing and economically significant region, Western Sydney.

Located within the Academic Division, the University Library delivers academic and research services that are strategic enablers of the University Strategic Plan 2021-2026, particularly its focus on Learning and Teaching, Student Experience and Research and Innovation. It works closely with academic staff and researchers in the provision of programs, resources, services and spaces – including the development of academic literacy skills – to enable student transition and retention through the education lifecycle, fostering independent learning and the development of graduate attributes. Exploring and sustaining new ways to catalyse emerging modes of student and scholarly endeavour including collaborating in the development and curation of OER is central to the Library’s responsibilities to the diverse range of communitiesit serves.


What you will bring to the role

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A postgraduate degree and professional qualification recognised by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is preferred, or an equivalent combination of experience and training.
  • A demonstrated capacity for leadership and senior management of a large academic or research library with proven achievement including the capacity to lead and manage change to sustain renewal
  • in a large multi-campus environment, and the use and allocation of human and financial resources in a results oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of emerging trends and technologies in university libraries, publishing industry and the higher education sector.
  • Proven ability to develop and sustain a highly productive team environment that recognises, acknowledges and capitalises on diverse working styles, skills and expertise.
  • Demonstrated high level evaluative and assessment skills together with the ability to develop considered and timely solutions to emerging challenges relevant to the Australian Higher Education sector.
  • High level analytical and problem solving skills together with the ability to negotiate and exercise judgement and diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated awareness of the needs and priorities of a university environment, together with an understanding of the structure and functions of the Australian higher education sector.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and a record of establishing and maintaining collaborative and mutually beneficial relationships across a large complex institution and with external stakeholders.
  • Capacity to undertake risk management and actively support and participate in the risk management processes adopted by the University, which include identifying, analysing and evaluating risks within a Quality Management framework that may impact on the University.

To learn more, and to apply

Applications for the position should include the following:

  • Full Curriculum Vitae
    • Covering positions held, including dates and details of present position and key achievements.
    • Details of education, professional training and qualifications (and dates of degree completion).
    • Full list of publications and research grants.
    • Details of teaching and/or research experience.
    • Any other relevant information, such as contributions to professional associations and learned societies, and community activities.
  • Candidate Statement
    • A brief statement (no more than five pages) outlining your vision for therole and what you would expect to accomplish in the role, reflecting on your experience and skills as it relates to the selection criteria.
  •  Referee details
    • Full contact details of three referees whom the Consultant may contact.
    • Candidates should state their relationship to the referees and why they have been nominated to speak on the candidate’s behalf.
    • Referees will only be contacted after prior consultation with the candidate.
  •  Date of Commencement
    • An indication of the earliest date on which you could commence in the position.

The closing date is Thursday 14 October 2021. Please forward your application to WesternCL@desailly.com.au.

For a confidential discussion please contact Dr Rosalind De Sailly and Jack Andrew-Kabilafkas via email to WesternCL@desailly.com.au

More background reading

Elizabeth Farrelly looks at the boom in new award-winning civic libraries in Sydney (Sydney Morning Herald 11 September 2021).