Job at greenhouse : Academic Librarian

Job at greenhouse : Academic Librarian

We are looking for someone to create library services for a new and progressive university network. You need to be excited by the prospect of organizing how our institution accesses information, knowledge, and research and in supporting our community’s ability to interface with an increasingly rich and diverse set of open and closed source resources. We currently have two campuses with over 600 students and plan on scaling across Africa in the coming years – so this is an opportunity to not only create a library for a single university but to help craft modern library services for an expanding tertiary network.


The Academic Librarian is responsible for acquiring, organizing, managing and distributing library resources, and ensuring that library provision meets the needs of all its users. This role is people-focused, requiring individuals to manage learning resources while keeping the library users’ needs in mind.


  • Determining and managing library needs across academic programs
  • Curating, procuring, and organizing library resources, with a particular emphasis on open source
  • Developing and managing systems for accessing and distributing library resources
  • Answering readers’ enquirers
  • Using library systems and specialist computer applications
  • Liaising with academic staff, external organisations and suppliers
  • Ensuring that library services meet the needs of all users
  • Managing budgets and resources
  • Supporting independent research and learning
  • Promoting the library’s resources to users
  • Developing, delivering and evaluating sessions and classes on information and digital literacy and use of library resources using a blended learning approach for students and faculty


  • Undergraduate degree in Library Science but Masters degree is an added advantage
  • Relevant work experience in library or information management
  • Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong IT skills and familiarity with the use of databases and the internet
  • Presentation and verbal communication skills
  • A clear understanding of the importance of Information and Digital Literacy
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships at all levels within an organisation
  • Ability to work on own initiative and to work well as a team member

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