Bezuidenhout - Corporate Librarian - Australia

Leana Bezuidenhout



I was entirely responsible for the establishment of the Datavia library (Transnet's IT library) from determining its strategic direction; the establishment and expansion of its collection; and controlling its budget. I automated the library stock and users were then able to access the library through the OPAC.

In 2007 I was employed by Murray & Roberts Limited, South Africa's biggest construction and engineering firm, to digitise 110 years of history to preserve it for future generations. All its documented history was stored in cupboards and boxes spread across its diverse operations for many years. I scanned thousands of documents over a period of 5 years, with amazing results. All the history, news, references and correspondence are now available at the touch of a keyboard.


Corporate Librarian


Highly experienced corporate library specialist with demonstrated excellence in developing and establishing corporate library services from conception through to completion, constantly driving forward to continuously exceed expectations.

Work History

Corporate Librarian

Murray & Roberts Limited (South Africa)

June 2007 - August 2012

Murray & Roberts Limited is South Africa's leading engineering, contracting and construction services company. I developed and established a Group Corporate Reference Library integrating thousands of documents into one streamlined digital system. I retrieved company documentation and data that spanned a 110 years of history from various sources and locations. I comprehensively provided information services to more than 20,000 employees worldwide. I reviewed and developed formal policies and procedures, expenditure projections, strategic planning, maintenance of budget and account payments. All library acquisitions, including selection and deselecting of material were handled by the librarian. I efficiently catalogued and classified stock on SirsiDynix adhering to DDC classification system and AACR II cataloguing rules. I was responsible for resource development incorporating meta-data in Hyperion images and creation of 856 tags to existing records in Unicorn. I provided employees with a professional, courteous service and provided assistance to members regarding lending and receipting of library items.


Arivia.kom (formerly known as Datavia until 2001 merger)

May 1989 - May 2007

Established a functional library in 1989 for Datavia.
Effected a smooth transition during a complex merger involving multi divisional departments.
Enhanced Library image and awareness by innovative marketing approaches.
Management of all library acquisitions, including selection of material, and authorisation of all purchases.
Financial management including, expenditure projections, strategic planning, maintenance of budgets and account payments.
Co-ordinate, stocktake, ensuring accurate processing of data to maintain correct levels of materials and resources.
Automation of stock.
Ensured team competencies by effective team training strategies, ensuring library directives were met.
Demonstrated effective team leadership by guiding and mentoring team members.
Development and management of user interest profiles.
Regularly reviewed and analysed library system, upgrading system with latest available technological advances.
Comprehensive working knowledge of indexing and excerpting concepts and practices.
Created and developed library policy and procedures documentation.
Expertly catalogued and classified all resources.
Displayed professional, attentive counter service to all members.

Information Services Assistant

County Court of Victoria

The County Court Information Services Assistant is part of a small customer focused team and is responsible for performing a range of information functions, data entry, updating systems and databases, retrieval of sentencing comments which are important to the day-to-day functioning and ongoing operations of information and library services. The role included the maintenance of accurate accessioning records, updating and maintenance of a range of resources including the Library Management System, online databases, retrieval of catalogued information, publishing of information on the Court's website and intranet and the maintenance of the Court's subscription services. The role is the point-of-contact for Judges, Staff, Department Agencies and the Legal Profession.


IT library automation - Datavia

I established and managed the Datavia library from determining its strategic direction; the establishment and expansion of its collection (databases, books and a variety of publications); and controlling its budget. I automated the library stock and users were then able to access the library through the OPAC. I evaluated and filtered the content of information resources and developed and managed convenient, accessible and cost-effective information services that were aligned with the strategic direction of the organisation. I was awarded the trophy for the best branch librarian within the group of libraries.

Murray & Roberts History Digitisation

In 2007 I took on the challenge of establishing the Murray & Roberts Group Reference Library from scratch. All Murray & Roberts' 110 years of documented history, spread across its diverse areas of operation, was stored in cupboards and boxes for many years. Thousands of documents were scanned over a period of five years. I was successful in establishing a world class facility, with all the news, references, project information and correspondence available at the touch of a button.

Qualifications & Certifications

B.Bibl. (with distinction) Library Science

University of the Free State, South Africa

Honours Bachelor of Library Science

University of South Africa

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