National Library of South Africa – Trainee Librarian (X103)

National Library of South Africa wishes to make the following appointments at
its Pretoria and Cape Town Campuses:
Position: Trainee Librarians
(53 in Cape Town and 50 in Pretoria)

Stipend: R 5 700 per month

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.

We are inviting applications from suitably qualified persons for appointment on a six-month
contract basis. The successful individuals will be based at our Pretoria and Cape Town

The purpose of this short term employment opportunity is to assist the NLSA to digitise,
conserve, secure and make accessible its heritage assets collections. Successful candidates
will receive training and be provided with real work experience enabling them to gain skills
and valuable experience that can be applied in future jobs.

 Bachelor of Library and Information Science; Bachelor Degree plus a Post Graduate
Diploma in Library Science/Information Studies; BTech in Library Science/Information
Studies. An Honours/Master’s Degree and/or LIASA membership will be an added
 Computer literacy will be an added advantage
 Knowledge of Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system
 Ability to perform moderately heavy physical work
 Demonstrable excellent communication skills and outstanding work ethics
 Good interpersonal skills
 Ability to work in a team and under pressure

Key responsibilities:
Core activities
o Preservation and conservation services
o Bibliographic services and collections management
Other responsibilities
o Follow detailed instructions
o Prepare weekly and monthly reports
o Be willing to rotate in similar roles as requested
o Work rotational shifts, including weekends, when required to do so

For the purpose of selection, shortlisted candidates might be subjected to a competency test
to determine their suitability to participate in the Programme.

The National Library of South Africa is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and
reserves the right not to make an appointment. Appointments will be made according to our
Employment Equity requirements and people with disabilities are invited to apply.

Applications: Interested applicants must submit a completed prescribed application form
obtainable from our website ( accompanied by a covering letter; Curriculum
Vitae; Matric/Grade12 certificate; certified copies of qualifications and academic transcripts,
not older than six months; and a copy of certified Identity Document by e-mail according to
the preferred location as follows:

Cape Town:
No applications from recruitment agencies will be accepted.

CLOSING DATE: 27 May 2021

Should you not receive any correspondence / communication from the National Library of
South Africa one month after the closing date, please consider your application as being

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