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Library Coordinator and Head of Technical Services

  • Reports to:  Academic Dean (day-to-day) and Principal

  • Employment status: Salaried, 80% time position  (28 hrs a week)

  • Supervises: Library staff and student workers (see below)

  • Works closely with: Coordinator of public services, faculty, library staff at Regent College and St Mark’s College

The Vancouver School of Theology (VST) welcomes applications for the position of Library Coordinator and Head of Technical Services. 

Located on the campus of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver School of Theology serves the Anglican Church of Canada, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and the United Church of Canada.  The diverse student body includes strong representation by ecumenical Christian, Indigenous and international students.  The H. R. MacMillan Library houses 35,000 physical items and a growing collection of electronic resources. 


We are looking for an enthusiastic, versatile, and tech-savvy librarian to provide leadership to the library while undertaking a varied set of responsibilities.  The Library Coordinator oversees all areas of the library’s operations and is directly responsible for the integrated library system, electronic resources, collection development, and the information literacy program. The Coordinator also oversees the work of library staff responsible for acquisitions, circulation, technical services, and reference. The position includes close collaboration with the Dr. John Micallef Memorial Library of St. Mark’s College with whom the library shares an ILS and undertakes the cooperative collection development of electronic resources. The position also includes collaboration with the Regent College Library in the development of hard copy resources.

Superior organizational skills, a strong work ethic, and effective prioritizing are key to this position, along with the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with library staff, students, and faculty.  The position requires resourcefulness -- including building a professional network with fellow theological librarians, local academic librarians, and relevant online communities – and the Coordinator exemplifies the service orientation, clear communication, and tact to which the library staff aspires.



  • MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited school
  • Substantial coursework or significant experience working in a theological library
  • Experience working with an integrated library system, preferably OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services


  • A minimum of two years’ experience in an academic library; the ideal candidate will have supervisory experience in a small academic library or library department
  • Collection development experience in a theological or religious studies environment
  • Copy cataloguing experience using an integrated library system; original cataloguing experience, using RDA, LCC, LCSH, MARC21 would be highly desired
  • Experience with the acquisition, management, and authentication of electronic resources (WMS’ Collection Manager and hosted EZproxy are currently in use)
  • Familiarity with web-based vendor systems such as EBSCOadmin, EBSCOnet, ECM, and GOBI
  • Reference and instruction experience in a theological or religious studies’ context using research databases such as ATLAS, RTA, and Proquest Religion; familiarity with diverse publisher platforms.
  • Website editing experience (WordPress is currently in use)

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three references to

The closing date for applications is: March 22, 2019.  We are hoping for a start date of May 1, 2019.

About VST

Vision: The Vancouver School of Theology is called to educate and form thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders.

Mission: An education at VST invites:

  1. Faithful discernment of the demands of Christian service.
  2. Rigorous engagement with Christian tradition and contemporary learning.
  3. Hospitable and respectful collaboration with Indigenous spiritualties and other cultures and faith traditions for the good of all creation.


As a community of faith, we commit to:

  1. theological education (theological, biblical, pastoral, ethical, historical, Indigenous and inter-religious studies) and formation for the flourishing of God's people
  2. inspiring lives of discerning Christian discipleship within and outside this community
  3. respect for the dignity of every person
  4. learning and scholarship undertaken with diligence and openness
  5. encouraging prophetic speech and just action for the love and welfare of creation


  1. Formation for Leadership: Increase our commitment to educating and forming ministry-bound students for transformative leadership, while continuing to support existing research-oriented programmes
  2. Excellence in Teaching: Inspire excellence in teaching and learning for God's people, and share that learning in multiple venues
  3. Strengthened Church Relationships: Cultivate our relationships with denominations that currently support us and continue ecumenical expansion, locally and internationally
  4. Enhancing IT: Increase our capacity to use information technologies for teaching, and research and programmatic outreach with diverse external publics
  5. Strengthened Community Relationships: Build the VST reputation and nurture a greater community of relationships, e.g., with Indigenous peoples, other religious traditions, UBC, neighbourhood theological colleges
  6. 'First Choice' for Students: Strengthen our recruitment of ‘first-choice’ applicants from Canada, the Pacific North West and draw students from diverse backgrounds
  7. Strengthened Financial Stewardship: Create long-term financial strength, stability and confidence in the school with responsible stewardship
  8. 'First Choice' for Faculty: Enhance full-time faculty through deliberate recruitment and retention, to complement our current faculty
  9. A Unifying Vision: Sustain and develop a staff, faculty and board who enthusiastically support the vision and mission of the school