Public Services and Instruction Librarian
The Library at Wesley Theological Seminary supports teaching, learning, and critical inquiry in service to the seminary’s educational ministry and mission. Library holdings are particularly strong in practical theological disciplines, Biblical studies, Wesleyan theology, and Methodist history, but the library’s resources are ecumenical in scope and demonstrate a commitment to the breadth and depth of theological scholarship.
The Public Services and Instruction Librarian serves as the public face of the library, will play a significant role in the seminary’s information literacy instruction activities, and will oversee the library’s circulation and information services. In addition to having professional library experience and knowledge of current trends in librarianship, an advanced knowledge of theology and religious studies is preferred. The Public Services and Instruction Librarian reports to the Director of the Library. This is a full-time position (35 hours per week) that includes rotating evening and Saturday hours.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Work with the Library Director and seminary faculty to develop and implement an institution-wide information literacy program.
- Manage the Circulation and Information Services operations (circulation, reference, and course reserves) and supervise student desk staff.
- Work collaboratively with colleagues in providing and managing access to electronic and print resources.
- Work collaboratively with colleagues in assessing and improving library services and programs.
- Act as primary library liaison with the Office of Campus Life.
- Shared responsibilities for weekly evening and occasional Saturday library supervision.
- With the Director, represent the Seminary at Washington Theological Consortium and Atla (formerly, the American Theological Library Association) events.
- ALA-accredited graduate degree in library or information sciences.
- Knowledge of the ACRL Information Literacy Framework and experience in developing, teaching, and evaluating information literacy programs.
- Familiarity with integrated library systems/library services platforms and discovery tools.
- Commitment to professional development.
- Advanced degree in theology and religious studies.
- Experience with online education and learning management systems.
- Familiarity with library assessment and evaluation.
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Posted: June 25, 2019
Closes: When filled
Wesley Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Wesley Theological Seminary values diversity and inclusion. We value diversity within our students, faculty, and staff, and strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people.
An offer of employment is contingent upon the establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, as well as a background check and supporting references.