Assistant Librarian - Pietermaritzburg - N/A08534
Applications accepted until:
Number of Openings

Campus/Business Unit:

Varsity College Pietermaritzburg

Direct Reporting Line:

Vice Principal Academic

Job Purpose:

Varsity College, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (Pty) Ltd, is a registered private higher education institution.

Duties and Responsibilities:                                                                                                                                      

User Education

  • Trains students on how to use library databases continuously to enable them to research and access information required
  • Contributes to bi-annual and walk in presentations as joint presenter for Student Information Literacy sessions

Librarian Support

  • Drives The Independent Institute of Education library policies and procedures and ensures adherence to policies
  • Supports the Librarian in training the Library Student Assistants                

Library Administration                 

  • Assists students and lecturers with research
  • Provides guidance to students on academic writing
  • Monitor the performance of all functions of library automated library systems
  • Updates new books on the Sirsi Dynix to ensure accurate record keeping
  • Highlights the relevant journal articles, newspapers received
  • Co-ordinates day to day book loans of students and lecturers
  • Facilitates inter-library loans to enable availability of resources to support students and lecturer

Library Resources Marketing

  • Designs posters and library packs to market library resources on the campus
  • Arranges monthly displays according to the calendar set out by the National Librarian and the Student Relations Manager
  • Promotes library resources
  • Markets teaching and learning resources to lecturer
  • Presents information about teaching and learning resources and information sessions


  • Interpersonal and communications skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Best suited to a friendly, organised person who works accurately and is able to handle pressure
  • Time management skills


  • Advanced Diploma/ Bachelor's Degree in Library and Information Science. Must have professional registration with LIASA

Work Experience:

  • Minimum 1-year experience as an assistant librarian in a small to medium sized facility within an education environment.