Director of Library Services / Professor of Bibliography and Research
The library’s growing collection includes more than 203,000 bound volumes, 6,600 microforms, 4,500 audio-visual resources, and 330 e-resources. It subscribes to more than 500 current print and electronic periodicals and provides access to a large and increasing number of electronic resources. The collection is particularly strong in the area of Presbyterian and Reformed history, Biblical studies, pastoral care and counseling, Black Church Studies, the life and thought of the African Methodist Episcopal, Christian Methodist Episcopal, United Methodist, and Disciples of Christ (Christian Church) churches. Yet the collection also includes a range of materials representing perspectives and subject matter broader than those represented in the present curriculum and faculty in order to facilitate study beyond those areas and to represent changing patterns of Christian reflection.
- Build on the classic strengths of the library and explore new ways for the library to support learning and researching in an ever-evolving theological and educational landscape.
- Develop and manage the library’s collections in consultation with faculty and staff. Materials include the seminary’s substantial collection and resources in electronic form.
- Provide effective and strategic leadership for the library staff. Staff collaboration, opportunities for professional development, annual evaluations, and the hiring and onboarding of new staff are included.
- Provide overall administrative oversight of the library, which includes preparing an annual budget, monitoring the library’s budget activity, and submitting twice-yearly reports.
- Formulate and implement policies for promoting and providing support for emerging technologies within the library. This will be done in consultation with campus-wide learning and technology initiatives.
- Create learning programs and opportunities to assist members of the seminary community to make full use of the library’s resources for their research and coursework, including the computer laboratory.
- Develop a public presence for the library and its resources for use by wider publics. This work includes sponsoring and supporting campus lecture series, library-specific events, and promoting the mission and vision of Louisville Seminary in the public arena.
- May teach one or two courses per year in Louisville Seminary’s academic programs. The area of instruction (discipline) is open.
- Work collaboratively within the larger circle of librarians in metro Louisville and beyond to ensure that the seminary both contributes to and learns about promising practices in library and information services.
- Reports to the Dean of the Seminary and supervises members of the library staff.
QUALIFICATIONS AND ATTRIBUTES
- A master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school.
- PhD or its equivalent, preferably in a discipline appropriate to theological education.
- Leadership experience (post-MLS/MLIS) in an academic library.
- Knowledge of information technology and its role in an educational institution.
- Ability to work collegially and communicate effectively with internal and external constituencies.
DESIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Knowledge of the PCUSA/Reformed tradition helpful.
- Familiarity with ecumenical and interreligious traditions also helpful.
Interested candidates must send electronically: 1) a letter of interest; 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) three letters of reference to: Dr. Brad Wigger Search Committee Chair c/o Ms. Jean Newman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Completed applications must be received by September 15, 2019.
ABOUT LOUISVILLE SEMINARY
Louisville Seminary has been serving the Reformed tradition for more than 160 years, and we are committed to continuing that relationship: candidates must be able to move comfortably within this context and guide students preparing to minister in churches of the Reformed tradition. At the same time, Louisville Seminary is an increasingly diverse ecumenical community embracing many traditions. We are committed to growing as a multicultural and anti-racist place of learning and living and to deepening ecumenical and inter-religious learning.
Louisville Seminary is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability.