21 May 2017

Senior Library Assistant/Systems Librarian Job in Kenya - Pwani University

Pwani University a Premier University at the Coast situated in the beautiful scenic tourist resort town of Kilifi is an equal opportunity employer.

The University’s Mission is to generate, disseminate and apply knowledge while sustaining
excellence in teaching, learning and research by molding students to international standards, encouraging and supporting members of staff to undertake research and to providing quality services to our customers.

The University invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position of Senior Library Assistant/Systems Librarian Grade C.  REF: PU/ADV/30/5/2017

This is a middle-level position in this cadre in the University and appointment to this position is on permanent and pensionable terms, or on two (2) year renewable performance-based contract depending on age, citizenship and any other reason.

Qualifications for the Senior Library Assistant Job

  • Applicants Must have a Bachelors degree in Library and Information Science/Studies from a recognised university as well as training in IT or other computer intensive discipline.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of three (3) years working experience in a busy computerized Academic Library or related experience in a large or busy organization.
  • Experience in administrating KOHA Integrated Library System.
  • Experience with institutional repositories, UNIX/Linux operating systems, preferably Debian.
  • Knowledge of Apache2 and MySQL-database server.
  • Knowledge of computer networking technologies, the Internet, web-based services, and current developments in library applications of information technologies, they should also be conversant with Library 2.0 concept and tools, have Knowledge of library standards such as Z39.50 and MARC.
  • Knowledge of the following development environments: PERL, PHP, XML and JavaScript.

The candidate should also show:

  • Active involvement in International/Continental/Regional /National/ Local/Community activities.
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Teamwork skill
  • Supervision skills
  • Coordination and organization skills
  • Relevant computer skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Practical knowledge of ISO
  • Report writing skills
  • Coordination and organization skills
  • Research and planning skills
  • Networking skills


  • Manage, plan, and administer the integrated library system.
  • Manage library website and electronic resources portal.
  • Ensure maximize and effective use of technology by providing regular trainings
  • Create and extract management reports from library software for use by Library staff.
  • Investigate, evaluate, recommend, and implement technologies to improve service and optimize the information technology resources.
  • Responsible for installing and maintaining library software and communication with software vendors.
  • Create new applications and adapt existing systems to meet Library needs.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of metadata schemes appropriate for digital information.
  • Manage and support the Library’s population of desktop, laptops, and handheld computing devices and related technologies.
  • Work with schools on issues related to development of institutional digital repository.
  • Verify bibliography details of library materials.
  • Circulate published catalogues to departments.
  • Performing any other duty assigned by the immediate supervisor.

How To Apply
Benefits for the above position include a competitive basic salary, house allowance, medical cover for staff and dependants, life Insurance, opportunities for further development and training and other regular allowances.

Interested applicants should send four (4) copies of their application for the position. Applications and recommendations letters from referees should be addressed to

The Vice Chancellor
Pwani University
P. O Box 195-80108, Kilifi

Applications should include an up to date CV, giving details of applicants age, marital status, academic and professional qualifications, work experience, present post and salary, email address, telephone, names and contacts of three referees who are knowledgeable about the competence of the applicant, copies of relevant certificates and testimonials.

Pwani University is an equal opportunity employer, female candidates and persons living with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday 30th May 2017. Applications received later than this date will not be considered

Please Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

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