Dr Jo Simons

MIS (LIBS, ARCR), Well., BSc, MSc (Hons I), PhD, Auck.


Jo graduated with a MSc (Hons I) in Plant Science from the University of Auckland in 2000. She worked as a Research Technician at the PostHarvest Division of HortResearch for three years before starting her PhD in Plant Molecular Biology at the University of Auckland in collaboration with HortResearch. Her research project investigated genetic and hormonal controls of vegetative branching in petunia. After completing her PhD she took up a post-doctoral position in Forensic Biology at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) Ltd. in 2007. Jo joined Libraries and Learning Services at the University of Auckland in 2014, and took up a position as Subject Librarian for the School of Environment in September 2015. Her current role as Team Leader Research Services, and Research Adviser for the Faculty of Science started in October 2018.

Her research project for her Master of Information Studies investigated the barriers to sharing research data in tertiary institutions and how the perspectives of researchers and information professionals differ.


Team Leader Research Services (Research Adviser - Science).

Jo provides services to support and enhance the research activities of postgraduates and staff within the Faculty of Science.


  • Offers consultations on information resources, researcher profiles and identifiers, impact and metrics, research data management, open access and scholarly publishing.
  • Supports the use of Research Outputs and repositories.
  • Collaborates to develop, support and deliver researcher skills development.
  • Partners with research stakeholders to support University research reporting and benchmarking.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Simons, J., & Smith, S. (2020). Inside-Out? Discussions in Research Librarianship. New Zealand Library and Information Management Journal, 57 (2), 4-7. 10.6084/m9.figshare.11344952.v1
  • Simons, J., & McKillop, A. (2019). Having a Look-See: Evidence Based Practice by stealth. Paper presented at Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa, Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand. 21 October - 23 October 2019. 10.17608/k6.auckland.12702599.v1
  • Smith, S., & Simons, J. (2019). What is the “inside-out” Librarian?. Paper presented at eResearch NZ 2019, Auckland, New Zealand. 18 February - 20 February 2019. 10.6084/m9.figshare.8066792.v1
  • Lin, L., & Simons, J. (2018). Connective tissue: Librarians role in e-research support. Paper presented at eResearch New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand. 12 February - 14 February 2018. Related URL.
  • Simons, J. (2017). Open data? Perceptions of barriers to research data-sharing. Paper presented at Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Conference 2017, Christchurch, New Zealand. 24 September - 27 September 2017. Related URL.
  • Simons, J. L. (2017). Barriers to uptake and use of data sharing systems at the University of Auckland - Identification of differences in researcher and academic librarian perceptions Victoria University of Wellington. ResearchArchive (Victoria University of Wellington). Related URL.
  • Lynch, L., Gamblin, A., Vintiner, S., & Simons, J. L. (2015). STR profiling of epithelial cells identified by X/Y-FISH labelling and laser microdissection using standard and elevated PCR conditions. Forensic Science International: Genetics, 16, 1-7. 10.1016/j.fsigen.2014.10.017
  • Lecomte, M. M. J., Holmes, T., Kay, D. P., Simons, J. L., & Vintiner, S. K. (2013). The use of photographs to record variation in bruising response in humans. Forensic science international, 231 (1-3), 213-218. 10.1016/j.forsciint.2013.04.036


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 1, Room 128
New Zealand

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