Job Details

  • Reference number: RefUnit 350
  • Province: Eastern Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: July 7th

Background to Position



East London Campus

The University of Fort Hare (UFH) is envisioned as a distinctive African university, advancing excellence and innovation in research, teaching, learning, administration, and social engagement. Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced candidates who meet the requirements outlined below.

The Librarian: Information Services will be part of the UFH Libraries’ Information and Learning Services on East London Campus. Basically, serving as a faculty liaison librarian for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities; and other faculties as may be deemed necessary. The incumbent is responsible for information and learning services offered virtually through the library website and other contemporary students’ communication channels and in the physical library spaces. The incumbent should have profound knowledge of information literacy for the digital age; and experience in training library users for advanced scholarship and digital competencies.  S/he must be a client focused individual aiming at meeting the dynamic information needs of a heterogeneous user community and ensuring its satisfaction. S/he will be performing continuous information needs analysis of undergraduate and postgraduate students to recommend essential information resources; and demonstrating value of library information and service to the designated faculties. S/he must operate optimally to meet diverse and dynamic user needs striving to support students with different learning styles while also maintaining a safe, secure and hygienic environment. The position requires a big heart and generosity to be accommodating; and prepared to navigate the complexities of working within a collaborative library environment.  There is a need to be adaptable with a positive outlook and interest in user experiences and information needs in general.

Job Description

Key responsibilities include:

  • Lead, manage and contribute towards innovative learning, teaching and research support services in the designated faculties.
  • Provide variety of library and information services in discipline specific areas for academics, postgraduates and undergraduates; including assessment of the use of information resources.
  • Advance contemporary scholarship and digital competence through information literacy for the digital age trainings virtually and physically.
  • Develop and maintain library information resource collections through collection analysis for relevance in the transforming curricula including conducting literature surveys to prepare for new offerings in the designated faculties.
  • Market and promote library resources, services and initiatives; and demonstrate value in the designated faculties.
  • Manage the library resources and infrastructure as a hybrid learning and research environment. 

Key Competencies:

  • Knowledge of academic library and information service policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of information and learning services for hybrid learning environments.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of user information needs and academic information services for the digital age.
  • Knowledge of collection analysis for relevance in new programmes and transforming curricula.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of ICT practices, applications and tools in the academic and research library space.
  • Experience and understanding of marketing and promoting library services in a university environment.

Inherent Criteria

Minimum requirements:

  • B Bibl Degree or equivalent LIS qualification.
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in an academic library information and learning service.
  • Proven competency (e.g transcript, certificate) on information literacy for the digital age.

Application Requirement

Closing date: 19 July 2023 

To apply: Interested applicants who meet the criteria are invited to:

1. Visit the Website   for a more comprehensive advert and to apply online. Applications must clearly indicate the name of the post applied for on the SUBJECT LINE.  

2. Submit the motivation and resume as well as supporting documents namely; ID/passport, certificates and three work-related referees, on the application website.

3. No faxes or walk-ins (hard copies) will be accepted.

4. Applicants are urged to ensure that their applications reach the Human Resources Department before the closing date.  Late applications will not be considered.

5. Failure to comply with the above directions will result in the application being disqualified.

Note:   Correspondence will be conducted with short-listed candidates only. 


Queries can be directed to Ms. Mandlakazi Kwaza on and 043 704 7190 


The University reserves the right NOT to make a permanent appointment at this stage. 

University of Fort Hare is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Pursuant to complying with the Employment Equity Act No.55 of 1998, when appointing preference will be given to applicants from designated groups whose appointments will contribute towards achievement of equitable demographic representation of our workforce profile. 

About University of Fort Hare

The University of Fort Hare is a public university in Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It was a key institution of higher education for black Africans from 1916 to 1959 when it offered a Western-style academic education to students from across sub-Saharan Africa, creating a black African elite.