Samoa House Library (SHL) is seeking a Subject Librarian for a fixed term from March 2021 to February 2022. Since its inception, SHL has operated entirely on the basis of voluntary labour. We are excited to be able to offer this paid role to someone who will become integral to the maintenance, development, and direction of SHL as a communal place of research and learning. In this role you will work with the SHL organising group to; welcome and support visitors with research, lending, and general enquiries; maintain and grow the library catalogue through acquisitions and commissioning texts; develop public education programmes; begin initiatives within the library and it’s collections; collaborate with and support other practitioners, groups, or institutions.
This opportunity is open to art or art-related practitioners at any career stage. Ideally, you will have an interest in artistic research, as well as be engaged with the wider arts community. This newly-created role entails a range of responsibilities, so initiative, flexibility, and communication skills will be essential. A knowledge of archival or library practices, past leadership experience, as well as administrative skills, will also be beneficial. Training and mentorship will be provided by the SHL organisers as well as practitioners outside of our team.
This is a fixed term, part-time opportunity working 25 hours per week on a variable schedule at a rate of $32.00 per hour. You will have a high level of autonomy in prioritising and allocating your work hours between general library care and project development. You will work closely with the board, including attending fortnightly board meetings.
If you would like to apply for the librarian role we would love to hear from you, please send your CV alongside a short cover letter that introduces some or all of the following:
Your critical evaluation of Samoa House Library including your ideas/initiatives that could develop the functionality, usability, criticality, or relevance of the project
Your relationship to and interest in pedagogy, education and archiving.
What you would wish to achieve within the role both personally and professionally
Your particular research interests and how/if they are relevant to the role
Your relevant experience
Please send your application to with the subject “Subject Librarian Application” by Sunday 7th March. If you are unable to submit a full application by this date please send an expression of interest. Feel free to contact us via email should you have any questions before applying.
SHL is an independent library and alternative education platform. In our two years of operation, we have opened a public space for research and critical discussion, established a collection and archive from public donations, run a calendar of public programming (including our open programme curriculum), and supported and collaborated with practitioners and arts organisations both locally and internationally.