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Public Services Archivist

The Public Services Archivist, under the direction of the Director of the Library, is responsible for providing reference and research services to patrons.  The Archivist cooperates with the rest of the library staff to ensure quality services to library users in ways consistent with JBC Library policies and procedures. 


  • Provide access to materials from archives and special collections.

  • Staff the 3West reading room of the library when researchers are in residence.

  • Respond to reference and research queries.

  • Contribute to the development, implementation, and documentation of policies and procedures pertaining to the archives for the reading room and reference area.

  • Provide leadership and general oversight for the use of social media, including the library website to promote the archives, services, and collections.

  • Promote positive public relations regarding the collections with all library patrons and the Seminary’s constituencies.

  • Other duties as requested.


  • Master of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited program with a concentration in archives or other appropriate archival training and credentials

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in an archives or special collections department including reference services

  • Experience in providing reference services, conducting research on historical or literary topics

  • Familiarity with archives and library cataloging standards

  • Experience managing digitized and born-digital materials

  • Some formal theological education preferred

  • Experience in a theological library preferred

  • Records management experience preferred

  • Knowledge of Presbyterian history, polity, and government preferred


  • Working knowledge of current archival procedures and standards relating to arrangement and description, reference, preservation, intellectual property rights, and born-digital and digitally converted records

  • Experience working with archives collection management systems (such as ArchivesSpace)

  • Ability to work in an integrated library automation system

  • Reference skills

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills

  • Ability to work independently

  • Accuracy and attention to detail


  • Part-time (29 hours per week)

  • Non-exempt

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Although physical limitations for this position can be accommodated, the job’s physical demands can include but are not limited to intermittent sitting, standing, stooping, crouching, bending, crawling, walking, pushing and lifting light objects up to 30 lbs., and climbing stepladders. Work is performed in a library setting. 

DISCLAIMER: The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to this job. 

COLUMBIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY is an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and a community of theological inquiry and formation committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Established in the Reformed tradition, we embody an ecumenical spirit and welcome people of all denominational backgrounds. 

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