Library Assistant

Mzuzu University

Mzuzu University is Malawi’s Second Public University established under the Laws of Malawi Cap 30:09 (Mzuzu University Act No. 12 of 1997). The University is a dual mode public institution and hence has face-to face and open, distance and e-learning (ODeL) students.

The University invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to be engaged as interns for a period of twelve (12) months. The candidates must be ready to be posted at any of the University’s Satellite Learning Centres in Karonga, Mzuzu, Lilongwe, Balaka, and Mulanje

Library Assistant

Candidates should have a Bachelor’s Degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent obtained from a reputable and accredited institution of higher learning.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  1. Good knowledge of KOHA integrated library system or any other library automation software;
  2. Passion to serve academic staff and students from diverse backgrounds;
  3. Willing to work in shifts and odd hours including weekends;
  4. Computer literacy;
  5. Good oral and written communications especially in English;
  6. Ability to maintain patron record confidentiality; and
  7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, associates and the general public.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Shelving books and other information resources;
  2. Handling the registration of new information users;
  3. Attending to minor user reference queries;
  4. Managing circulation of information resources to users;
  5. Collecting and preparing collection use statistics;
  6. Assisting in the orientation of new and old library users;
  7. Assisting the librarian in assessing the information needs of users; collection of user fees and fines; and identifying and describing library materials;
  8. Accessioning and preparing date labels; and
  9. Checking books against online Public Access Catalogue for duplicates before initial cataloguing.

Mode of Application
The application should include an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV), copies of academic and professional qualifications as well as the names and contact details of three traceable referees. The position title should be indicated on the envelope and sent to:

University Registrar
Mzuzu University
Private Bag 201

Or Electronic Submission:
Electronic submission of the applications should be sent as attachments in PDF or MS Word format to The subject line of the application should show the position being applied for. To reach the University not later than Wednesday, 8th June 2022. Note that only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.