The Research and Instruction Librarian
SMU Libraries (Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology) seeks a motivated, dynamic, and service-oriented candidate for the full-time position of Research and Instruction Librarian. This position is a non-faculty staff position reporting to the Bridwell Library Director and will support the library’s efforts to conduct outstanding reference, research, and writing services through both traditional best practices and utilization of current and next-generation tools for theological, biblical studies, and ministry research. The position will work closely with a diversity of specialists in both Bridwell and the SMU Libraries to effectively provide the best service to patrons. In our ever-changing ecclesiastical, digital, and online environments, the position will require thoughtful consideration of how to mediate between the curricular needs of theological education and the adaptive and transformative technologies that may be best suited to fulfilling those needs. The Research and Instruction Librarian will create and deliver innovative instruction services through collaborative SMU Libraries groups including but not limited to the Bridwell Library Team, the Teaching Team, the Online Learning Team, LibApps Team, LibChat Team, and Instructional Design Team. The position will work with students both in Dallas and remotely in the Houston-Galveston Program; supporting the work of the Theological Writing Center; and collaborating with a broad and varied constituency. To that end we value diverse experience and creativity, and we strive to foster an open and supportive work environment.
SMU is a nationally ranked private research university in Dallas, TX, with eight degree-granting schools. SMU Libraries includes six libraries on the main campus and one library at our satellite location in Taos, NM.
SMU Libraries and the SMU campus is dedicated to diversity and inclusion. We seek to hire a person who shares our values of a diverse and equitable workplace based on teamwork with a proactive and positive approach in all that we do.
Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience for Appointment to Librarian Rank I-II
- Provides strategic input, initiative, and shared responsibility for planning and implementing research services, library instruction, and writing support for students, as well as leading workshops and classes, especially related to Perkins School of Theology and the GPRS program.
- Researches, plans, and implements innovative uses of current and new technologies related to theological education (e.g. Bible software, cloud-based Hebrew/Greek language learning tools), including instructional software, to support learning, teaching, and research.
- Coordinates with faculty, SMU Libraries colleagues, and Bridwell Director on the strategic needs of students, with a strong emphasis on an evolving church world, nuanced understanding of basic theological concepts, and support of biblical language literacy.
- Provides leadership, shared responsibility, and coordinated support with SMU libraries and library staff for maintaining relevant components of Bridwell's web-presence, especially related to reference and instruction.
Education and Experience
- MLS, MLIS from ALA accredited program required; OR theology/religion MA or equivalent.
- 1 year of experience in an academic library.
- Commitment to ongoing professional development and solid commitment to public service.
- Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
- Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
- Experience in teaching, library instruction, and academic writing and editing.
- Background in religious studies, theology, or related humanities field.
- Biblical language competency.
Deadline to Apply
Open until filled. Applications submitted by Monday, November 28, 2022 will receive priority consideration.
Apply at this link with the following materials:
- A resume or CV,
- A cover letter that addresses the education and experience required and preferred for this position.
About Southern Methodist University
SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 80 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study, and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs through eight schools.
Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty, and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty, and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. The University’s entrepreneurial spirit lives in people from every academic discipline who see opportunities to create something new in the world – and work hard to bring their innovations to life. SMU’s relationship with Dallas – the dynamic center of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions – offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for our students, faculty, and alumni to make a global impact. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities – from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance, and athletic endeavor.