The Metadata Librarian

Company HSRC
Reference # eRKC- MDL10/2019
Published 10/10/2019
Contract Type Contract
5 Years
Location Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’, the Research Programmes of the Human Sciences Research Council initiate and undertake policy-oriented research projects and programmes from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The eResearch Knowledge Centre (eRKC) intends to enhance the HSRC’s research capability through innovative information services, geospatial solutions and digital curation. It is an informed research enabler that provides innovative knowledge services and access to resources that meet the needs of the HSRC’s research community and its stakeholders.
The HSRC, wishes to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced candidate on a as a Metadata Librarian, at the rank of Assistant Director. The successful candidate will be based in the Pretoria Office on a five-year contract. The Metadata Librarian will be part of the Information Services Team responsible for maintaining the library catalogue. The incumbent should understand the essence of the library catalogue as a tool that represents the library globally. The incumbent should further ensure that the library resources are optimally displayed to enable seamless access to the collection of the HSRC.

The successful candidate should be deeply knowledgeable about cataloguing and classification standards. He or she should be a good team player, be self-disciplined, proactive, and also keep abreast with the new trends around cataloguing standards.

Ref no: eRKC- MDL10/2019
5-Year contract
Pretoria office
Job Functions Research
Industries Research
Key responsibilities:

•To create bibliographic records in all formats, either original or copy catalogue newly acquired library materials, as well as retrospective cataloguing.
•Resolve discrepancies in bibliographic records and share processes and approach applied.
•Set and maintain authority records.
•Clean-up the bibliographic records for integration in the library management system.
•Contribute towards the maintenance of e-resources materials.
•Review and update metadata guidelines and procedures.
Experience with large-scale stocktaking will be an added advantage.

Key requirements:

•B.Bibl degree or an equivalent LIS qualification
•5 years’ experience in cataloguing.
•Knowledge of AACR2, WebDewey system, RDA, LCSH, Marc21 and Dublin–core as an added advantage.
•Good communication skills.
•Ability to work without supervision.
•Good time management.
•Ability to cooperate successfully within a team.
•Advanced knowledge of library management systems.
•Relevant experience in an academic library.


The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages depending on qualifications and experience.

Applications: In your application, please include: your CV, a letter of motivation, and the details of three recent referees (with telephone and e-mail contact details). Ensure that you indicate the reference number of the position for which you are applying. The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise or an oral presentation in the competencies required for the position.

Submission of Applications
Please submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com/
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Alternatively applications may be e-mailed to recruitment@hsrc.ac.za

For further information about the HSRC or the post please consult our website (www.hsrc.ac.za). For enquiries (NOT applications or CVs) may be directed Ms. Salamina Molamu + 2712 316 9742 at email address: SMolamu@hsrc.ac.za

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its senior managers and research leaders who are black, female or disabled.

Closing date: 22 October 2019. We encourage applicants to submit prior to that date. Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of the interview.

The HSRC reserves the right to not make an appointment


Job Closing Date 22/10/2019
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