Principal Librarian: Metadata and Quality Assurance

Rhodes University
South Africa
Closing date
Dec 1, 2022

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Recognising that diversity is important in achieving excellence, Rhodes University strongly encourages South African members of underrepresented designated groups as well as persons with disabilities to apply. Spouses and partners of existing staff members are also encouraged to apply.



To implement and maintain standards for metadata creation towards assuring the optimal visibility and discoverability of the Rhodes University Library's information resources
To provide a compliance framework and continually assess metadata schema and creation accordingly.


A Bachelor's degree in Library and Information Science (NQF level 8) OR a 3-year Degree, plus a 1-year Post-Graduate Library Diploma (NQF level 8) plus approximately 4 years' relevant experience where such experience includes: -
  • A minimum of 4 years' experience in metadata creation
  • Having previously worked in an academic and/or research library
  • NACO trained (authority record creation)
  • At least 3 years' previous supervision experience.
  • Familiar with XML, MODS, Dublin Core and MarcEdit

For additional information on the requirements on the different levels, please refer to the Role Profile.
Please note that this appointment will be made in line with the requirements of the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998, as amended 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) as amended, 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.

Application process:
The following documents are required:
  • An application form;
  • A comprehensive CV and relevant qualifications, including academic transcripts;
  • A substantial motivation which tells us your interest in the post and suitability in light of the requirements.

It is essential that prospective candidates read the job profile and ensure that all relevant documentation is submitted.
If you have any questions or experiencing challenges on the system, please contact Lianke Bradfield on 046 603 7037 or submit your application to

Failure to submit such documentation will result in an application not being considered. Please examine the following documents:
  • Application Form
  • Job Profile

The selection process that will be followed for this post includes a short-listing, followed by an interview. The Full Minimum Requirements against which candidates are to be measured are outlined in the job profile.
Shortlisted candidates will be informed of the interview date.

Basic salary per annum: R569 727
Total Cost to Company per annum: R749 492

All applications will be treated in strict confidence. This post is advertised as permanent post, but the University may opt to appoint on a fixed-term contract of not less than three-years. 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.

Candidates should note that Rhodes University has introduced a Covid-19 vaccine mandate and that staff members are required to conform to the University's conditions in this regard.

Closing Date: 02 December 2022

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

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