Knowledge of books is what we do! Our booksellers are a lovely, enthusiastic and well-informed team with a surprisingly diverse range of backgrounds and interests.
Bookseller & Senior Buyer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce is undoubtedly the gentleman of New Zealand bookselling. Beginning his bookselling life over 40 years ago, and armed with a degree in history, Bruce has managed and owned stores in Wellington and Dunedin prior to joining the University Book Shop team. As our Senior Buyer (and with a wealth of experience to call on) Bruce gets the first pick at what's new and likely to amuse, entertain, enthral and elucidate readers.
Bronwyn Wylie Gibb
Bookseller & Buyer (fiction and stationery); Events & Promotions, email@example.com
Bronwyn has over 18 years’ experience with the University Book shop, along with bookselling in leading independent stores in New Zealand and United Kingdom. With an undergraduate degree in classics, and a Masters in Biomedical Ethics her interests are broad ranging, but particularly focus on literary fiction, crime, interesting non-fiction, as well as an ever expanding range of quirky stationery and eclectic gifts. She also co-ordinates the many events and book launches we have both on and offsite balancing books, bouquets, platters, authors, and publishers with aplomb. Bronwyn is a bookaholic and reads and blogs vociferously. Read her blog as 'Constant Reader' at the UBS Review of Books: theubsreviewofbooks.wordpress.com
Bookseller (Children's Specialist), firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle completed a BA in English and Geography at Otago in the mid 1990s before heading off to teach in the UK. Coming home (complete with a husband and three young booklovers) she retrained as a children's and Young Adult librarian and has worked in the Dunedin public library network including Dunedin city, Mosgiel and Port Chalmers libraries. As a children's specialist (but of course with a wealth of reading knowledge for all ages and interests) Michelle takes particular enjoyment from story-time each week where, armed with her ukulele, songs, stories and a craft activity all centred around a theme, she entertains the littlest booklovers on the Magic Carpet in The Children's Room.
Craig is the cheerful smile as you walk in the door. With an undergraduate degree in Visual Culture and Film Studies, and a Masters in Fine Arts (Photography) Craig has an eye for detail and enjoys books on history, politics, society, culture, media, film, design, architecture… the list goes on. Being a details man, Craig also enjoys taking special orders for customers and using his well refined research skills to hunt out books from all over the globe.
Although working for many years as the company's cashier, Kirsten is thriving as a bookseller with very insightful assessments of books she's reading. Well qualified, with an MA in English (focusing on Dickens) and a teaching degree, Kirsten reads widely particularly contemporary fiction. She also has her finger on the pulse of web orders and mail orders and has a wealth of information built up over more than 20 years with the University Book Shop.
Beth recently completed a BA (Hons) in French and Linguistics, and is now working through a BA (Hons) in Music where she's training to become an opera singer (which we love about her!). Being from Generation Potter we were thrilled to help Beth realise one of her life's dreams by opening an embargoes box on the latest launch date. Beth still reads lots of YA fiction and seems to have an almost instant recall for where books are located and what that one 'with the blue cover' a customer might be trying to remember.
The University Book Shop has always had a special set of students who combine study and work. Anna is a fifth year student studying degrees in law and history, and also acts as a host for international students. Anna works part-time at both UBS On Campus and UBS Great King Street and still manages to find time to read in her busy schedule.
Textbooks, Academic & Institutions
Bookseller (Academic & Libraries/Institutions), email@example.com
Kirsty joined us in late 2015 after graduating from a degree in Communications and English. Working mostly from our UBS On Campus store Kirsty deals with special interest order from the local libraries, helps with the adoption process for the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic tertiary studies requirements, shares in the thrill of 'Rush' each semester as the students descend back to Dunedin, and joins in the fun with the booksellers at Great King Street on a Friday. Another graduate of the Harry Potter generation of reading Kirsty was the top-seller of Cursed Child pre-orders. We love her enthusiasm and her natural flair for marketing and promotion.
Academic Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Brook manages the significant textbook business for UBS Otago from his office on UBS On Campus. Having worked in various roles for the past 25 years Greg's calm demeanour belies a steel trap mind of essential, highly recommended and supplementary reading for various tertiary courses. With a degree in English and Mathematics, as well as two young teenage boys his personal reading is broad, but with particular interests in literary classics and history, switching to thrillers and fantasy while on holiday!
Admin & Inventory
Annette gets the gold star for longevity at University Book Shop, having been here for over thirty years. Settled in the admin office in the famous non-stop upstairs sale room Annette has a good eye for a bargain and can often suggest (and find!) that much sought after title in the rows and rows of books. Annette is the friendly voice at the end of the phone.
Bookseller & Inventory Assistant, email@example.com
Nothing gets by Ryan -literally! Ryan receives all the books into our Great King Street shop, and is the cheerful voice announcing that your special order has just arrived in. With the most eclectic CV of anyone on staff (Ryan has been a bookseller for the largest independent chain in South Africa, a landscape gardener, and a florist) Ryan brings his a-game every day to the demanding world of inwards receiving and processing new books for the famous non-stop upstairs sale room.
Administration & Inventory Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org
Almost twenty years before coming to work here Louise was a regular with her young son at the time, never dreaming there'd be a job here for her one day. When it's too wet to ride her bike (Louise is an avid road cyclist) she enjoys popular contemporary fiction, and seeing what's new in Young Adult and Children's fiction for her nieces.
General Manager, email@example.com
As the eldest girl and biggest bookworm in a large farming family books have always been a part of Phillippa's life whether reading to escape the hurricane of daily life, being read to, or reading to her younger sisters. With a BA (Hons) in English and politics, and undergraduate studies in economics, accounting and management the business of books is her dream career. While more often reading financial statements these days she can still be found on the shop floor from time to time, and enjoys contemporary literary fiction. With two young booklovers of her own children's books take up a special place in her reading list.