National Library of South Africa – Librarian (x2)

The National Library of South Africa wishes to make the following
appointments at its Cape Town Campus:

Librarian – Information Access Services X 2

Reference Number: 03/10/2020
Salary scale: (R 361 496.00 – R 419 189.00) Total Cost-to-Company

The objectives of the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) are to contribute to socioeconomic, cultural, educational, scientific and innovative development by collecting, recording,
preserving and making available the national documentary heritage and promoting an
awareness and appreciation thereof, by fostering information literacy, and by facilitating
access to the world’s information resources.

The NLSA invites applications from suitably qualified persons for appointment on a full time,
permanent basis. The successful candidates will be based at our Cape Town Campus.
The Information Access Services (IAS) Department is the entry point to the unique heritage,

knowledge resources and collections held by the NLSA. The Department promotes access to
information on site, nationally and internationally.

 B.Bibl, B.Inf or B. Degree and Post Graduate Diploma in LIS
 Experience in collections management
 Experience working in reference services
 Demonstrable excellent communication skills and an outstanding customer service ethic
(interpersonal / language / writing)
 Must be able to work in a team and under pressure
 Good information searching skills
 Computer and information literacy

Reference Services
 Assist in the IAS sections as required.
 Conduct research as assigned by the Senior Librarian.
 Provide reference services to the public on site by conducting reference interviews and
analysing the information needs of the users.
 Correspond with remote users via letter, e-mail, telephone, etc. and make follow ups
when necessary to do so.
 Monitor that any material that is accessed by users is used in a correct manner and with
due care for preservation principles.
 Train users in the use of the Library catalogues and information literacy as required.
 Apply applicable tariffs and invoice for services provided.
 Conduct Library Instruction and Information Literacy training for members of the public
and staff.
 Search various databases for information (e.g. Sabinet-Online; ISAP; WorldShare
Management System) when assisting users.
 Assist with conducting user surveys regarding services, satisfaction level and study
collection needs from time to time.
 Departmental duties as required by Programme Director, Manager and Senior Librarian.

Special Collections Management Services
 Sorting and processing special collections materials (books, manuscripts, maps,
ephemera and iconographic materials).
 Liaise with the Bibliographic Services and Collections Management Programme with
regards to additions to the catalogue; providing them with the relevant bibliographic
 Shelf reading on an ongoing basis to ensure that each item is in its specific location to
facilitate the retrieval of information.
 Care and maintenance of special collections: Ensure that the special collections are
shelved correctly, stored appropriately according to preservation principles, and are not
at risk. Inform the Senior Librarian of the status of collections and if conservation work is
 Ensure that all documentation pertaining to special collections are up-to-date (eg. Donor
 Ensure that policies and procedures with regards to special collections are adhered to.
 Indexing special collections materials.

Other Responsibilities
 Work in the Special Collections Reading Room on a roster basis.
 Must be willing to rotate in similar roles as and when requested.
 Record statistics for monthly, quarterly and annual reporting.
 Assist with exhibitions.
 Assist with educational tours/visits.
 Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending relevant training sessions and
workshops to improve service delivery.
 Attend in-service training and participate in professional organisations and develop
knowledge and skills required.
 Give input on policies and Standard Operating Procedures as needed.
 Assist with marketing Information Access Services to potential clients.

The NLSA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and reserves the right
to not make an appointment. Appointments will be made according to our Employment
Equity requirements. We encourage applications from people living with disabilities in
particular. Prospective candidates will be subjected to competency assessments.

Applications must be submitted on the prescribed application form obtainable from our website
on and must be accompanied by a covering letter, Curriculum Vitae,
Matric/Grade 12 certificate, proof of qualifications and a copy of Identity Document by e-mail
Please ensure that you quote the reference number and
position in the subject line of your email. No applications from recruitment agencies will
be accepted.

CLOSING DATE: 06 November 2020

Should you not receive any correspondence / communication from the NLSA one month
after the closing date, please consider your application as being unsuccessful.

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