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Director, JKM Library
September 9, 2019
Hiring Institution:The JKM Library Trust Board invites applications for the position of the JKM Library Director, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2020. We seek candidates with an ALA-accredited graduate degree in Library Science or educational equivalent. An additional graduate theological degree would be preferred though not required. The Director of JKM Library leads a team that serves the educational needs of two seminaries sharing a common campus, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) and McCormick Theological Seminary (MTS). We seek a Director with the creative vision to respond to the complex changes in theological library services. A potential Director will have the capacity to bring services into constructive engagement with the educational mission of the partner seminaries in ways that will augment their instructional and scholarly missions. Responsibilities of this position include providing leadership in administering the library, supervising staff, managing the library’s budget, developing the library’s collection of theological resources, guiding the library’s transformation in the digital era, attention to the Church’s need for greater information literacy, among other duties. The JKM Library Director reports to the faculties of both LSTC and MTS. In light of this setting and its distinctive opportunities, candidates should demonstrate the following skills:
- Potential and/or successful experience in leadership in a graduate school library ability to organize and monitor both personnel and financial resources in ways that support the library’s mission
- ability to work collegially and effectively with students, faculty, and staff in a diverse community
- experience and expertise in the integration of emerging electronic resources with traditional library materials – print, analogue, physical, etc.
- cross-cultural engagement and openness to serving and supporting teaching-learning of multicultural, multilingual, and international communities
- ability to work in consortial agreements and arrangements of seminaries.