Part Time Library Assistant


Part Time Library Assistant

January 2025

St John’s Preparatory forms part of St John’s College and offers an excellent academic, social and emotional curriculum which is enriched with music, art, drama, technology and sport. The Prep caters to boys from Grades 3 to 7 and has an excellent record in preparing them for their College careers.

The Library department consists of two members of staff: the Librarian and the Library Assistant who support the teaching and learning of the Preparatory School. They provide hands-on literacy intervention programmes and promote reading for pleasure through various activities such as displays, visiting authors, quizzes, book talks and interactive book groups.  Reading for information is also a key priority and the Library team works closely with all departments across the Prep to support the delivery of independent learning skills embedded as part of the school curriculum.

This is a part time permanent position.

The incumbent will be required to work 20 hours a week, divided over four days per week.

Main Purpose of the Role

  • Managing the issuing and returning of the library stock.
  • Shelving stock and keeping the library in good order.
  • Withdrawing stock under the direction of the Librarian.
  • Providing support for cataloguing of new material to the library and archive collections.
  • Processing new material so that it is ready for shelving.
  • Managing the library management system and supporting its use by students.
  • Supporting the annual stock check.
  • Ensuring the Library plays a central role in the academic life of the school.
  • Assisting with budget control.
  • Assisting the Librarian to protect and control library assets.
  • Overseeing the library duties carried out by intern students.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preferably in English, Library and Information Sciences or similar.
  • Reputable further qualifications in Librarianship (desirable).
  • Must be SACE registered.
  • An awareness, understanding and experience of issues relating to safeguarding the health, welfare and safety of students.
  • The ability to take the initiative, to seek advice where necessary and to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Google Suite.
  • Library Management System experience.
  • 3+ years Library experience in a school environment.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Overdrive experience would be advantageous.
  • All staff are required to have a police clearance certificate.

Please complete the job application form via by 15 July 2024

At St John’s College, we are committed to proactive safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our children. All staff and volunteers who have access to children will be vetted in accordance with the St John’s College safeguarding policy. This policy stipulates that staff and volunteers are required to undergo all the necessary background checks in keeping with the requirements for safeguarding and child
protection in South Africa, and all staff perform duties in accordance with our HR Policies.

“St John’s College, in line with POPIA (Protection of Personal Information Act) will attempt to ensure the confidentiality of all applicants for this role. All reasonable measures will be in place to protect personal information but will be used in the recruitment, selection, and reporting process. By submitting your application for this position, you are recognising and accepting this disclaimer.”

The school reserves the right not to proceed with the filling of the post. The appointment of candidates is at the sole discretion of St John’s College, taking into account factors such as St John’s College’s Employment Equity Policy. Applications are welcomed from South African citizens only or persons with a valid work permit. An application will not in itself entitle the applicant to an interview or appointment, and failure to meet the minimum requirements of the advertised post will result in applicants automatically disqualifying themselves from consideration. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. If you have not heard from St John’s College within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have been unsuccessful in your application.

Closing Date
Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa
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