21 February 2018

Opportunity Description

Job Title: Librarian Special Collections: Artists’ Books
Location: Johannesburg
Organization Name: Wits Art Museum (WAM)
Department Description
This position will suit a dynamic and self-motivated individual with qualifications and experience relating to libraries and artists’ books, and a sincere interest in visual arts and art museums. Hours are Mon to Fri 8h30 to 16h30. The appointment is subject to a 6-month probation period.


  • Work with the Director of the Book Arts Centre and WAM curators to acquire, catalogue, store, exhibit, research and make accessible the special artists’ books collection at the museum. Please be aware that Book Arts are not books about art.

Brief Description
Key responsibilities include the following:

  • Develop, promote and take care of the special collections, ie Artists’ books, The Archive (items about artists’ books), South African art monographs, and related items
  • Catalogue and house items according to accepted protocol
  • Provide a reference inquiry and information retrieval service for researchers
  • Digitize the collections
  • Create exhibitions of selected material


  • A Bachelor degree or equivalent diploma in art or similar disciplines and at least two years of work related experience. Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies would be an advantage
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Practical skills pertaining to handling books
  • Sincere interest in the arts and museums

Personal attributes

  • Excellent time management and organisational skills, ability to multi-task and prioritise effectively
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a small, busy, passionate and dedicated team
  • Basic computer literacy with specialist collection database ability
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong service orientation; ability to work closely with University academic staff and students under pressure

For more information on the position, please contact Julia Charlton on Julia.Charlton@wits.ac.za  However, please note that NO APPLICATIONS should be sent to this address.

How to Apply

Your application must include a covering letter addressing your skills and personal attributes that qualify you for this position, as well as a detailed CV with names, addresses, contact numbers and e-mail addresses of 3 referees. Please only submit an application if you have the required qualifications, experience and skills.

External applicants should apply, by registering their profile on the Wits i-recruitment platform located at https://irec.wits.ac.za and submitting their application. Internal employees are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits /Self Service application/”Apply for a job”.

The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given to appointable applicants from the underrepresented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University. The University retains the right not to make an appointment or to re-advertise, and to verify all information provided by candidates.

Please note that correspondence will only be entered into with shortlisted candidates.