Public Libraries Gain New Jobs
Post Covid stimulus funding helps retain key services
170 new positions have been created from a Covid stimulus package of $60 million provided by Central Government. Recruitment of librarians with skills in digital literacy, community engagement, te reo, and mātauranga Māori, and local history are well underway around the country. Repeatedly, survey results list public libraries as one of the most trusted and valued services provided by local councils. The new roles expand the range of skills available and are designed to generate innovative programmes and new services that meet the needs of their evolving communities.
Beyond books and reading, today's public libraries are places where people go to learn and grow, as well as for recreational purposes such as reading for pleasure. Now libraries offer opportunities for library users to feed their imaginations, rebuild their lives, find direction, upskill themselves online as well as in person.
The Government is entrusting the National Library to lead and support COVID-19 recovery work across New Zealand’s library system, especially in public libraries, and you can read more about the programme HERE.