Librarian (Archivist)

Rhodes University
South Africa
Mar 26, 2021
Apr 12, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Librarian (Archivist)

Library Services, Eastern Cape Grahamstown

R 453597

Librarian (Archivist): Cory Library (12 month contract)

Librarian (Archivist): Cory Library (12 month contract)

Recognising that diversity is important in achieving excellence, Rhodes University especially encourages South African members of underrepresented designated groups to apply. Spouses and Partners of existing staff members are also encouraged to apply.

Please note that this appointment will be made in line with the requirements of the Employment Equity Act of RSA and the University's recruitment and selection policies and equity strategies. The initial focus will be on equity candidates.

In terms of Immigration Legislation (Act No. 13 of 2002 & Regulations), international staff members (non-SA citizens) have to comply with the provisions of the Act. This therefore means that the period of employment to non-SA citizens will be guided by the validity period of the work permit. In line with legislation governing employment of foreign nationals, employment contracts will be offered on the basis that a development plan would be implemented for the transfer of skills to a South African resident. The onus is on candidates to ensure that they are in possession of a valid work permit before the commencement of employment at the University, failing which the employment with Rhodes University will be terminated.


To accelerate professional archiving of the Cory Library backlog collections, digitization and making them available and accessible for use in research and to manage special projects as follows: Thabo Mbeki Foundation's African Vernacular Project; Scramble for Africa; Cradock-4 Inquest and the highly used archive collections for research. These collections consist of manuscripts, photographs, minutes, maps, personal papers and historical diaries. The incumbent will also champion the partnership of the newly formed Makhanda Stakeholder Forum made up of Makhanda Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) projects.


A relevant B. Degree and a post-graduate diploma in archive management or library and information science, plus approximately 4 years' relevant experience where such experience includes: -
  • Previous experience in an archive division of a substantial library or company (e.g. a university library, research library or public library)
  • Previous experience managing best practice in archive facilities with a proven ability to conceptualize and manage archives
  • Having worked in a computerized academic, research or public library
  • Previous exposure to IT applications and electronic library and information tools.
  • Previous exposure to digitization of archives collections.

For additional information on the requirements, please refer to the Job Profile.

It is essential that prospective candidates read the job profile, of this post and ensure that all relevant documentation is submitted.

VERY IMPORTANT: All application forms should be submitted online. The system DOES NOT allow for multiple attachments. This means that candidates should submit all the documentation as one attachment for each application i.e. An application form, a letter of motivation which clearly indicates the level they are applying for, a comprehensive CV and relevant qualifications.

If you have any questions or experiencing challenges on the system, please contact Mr Siya Duba on 046 603 8899

Failure to submit such documentation will result in an application not being considered. Please examine the following documents:
  • Application Form (right click and select open in new tab)
  • Job Profile (right click and select open in new tab)

Selection Process (provisional dates, subject to change):

Short-listing : TBC

Assessments : TBC

Interviews : TBC

The selection process that will be followed for this post includes Shortlisting, Assessments and Interviews. These dates will be confirmed later on in the process. The Full Minimum Requirements against which candidates are to be measured are outlined in the requirements document.

Employment checks will be conducted.

Remuneration (Grade 14):

Total annual package (Basic): R453, 597

Please note that this appointment will be made in line with the requirements of the Employment Equity Act of RSA and the University's recruitment and selection policies and equity strategies. The initial focus will be on equity candidates.

All applications will be treated in strict confidence. The University reserves the right not to proceed with the filling of the post. An application in itself does not entitle the applicant to an interview. Please apply online by accessing the Rhodes University Website.

If you are not contacted within 30 days from the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.

Closing Date: 12 April 2021

Ref: RU000436/RN

Vacancy Type: Temporary

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