Monday, October 04, 2010

Collection Services Librarian: Columbia University (Burke Theological Library), New York, NY

The Burke Theological Library (Columbia University) seeks an experienced professional to serve as the Collection Services Librarian to interpret, manage, and develop the Burke Library’s print and electronic collections for use by faculty and students at Columbia University, Union Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, and the broader community of researchers utilizing the library’s collections. In addition to selection of monographs and serials for the general collections, the responsibilities of the Collection Services Librarian include coordination and planning of reference services, as well as the management of The Burke’s collections in conjunction with the Preservation and Cataloging divisions at Columbia University. Additionally, the incumbent will support and enhance the library’s digital collections, including collaborative development of the library website and online exhibitions. The effective supervision of support staff and student assistants is also required.

The Burke Library, one of the largest theological libraries in the world, contains rich collections for theological study and research. With holdings of over 700,000 items, the Library is recognized as one of the premier libraries in its field, and includes extensive holdings of unique and special materials.

Priority consideration will be given to applicants who apply by November 2, 2010.

To submit an application:

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Required: MLIS from ALA accredited school, or doctorate in an area of theological or religious studies (or equivalent combination of education and experience); a minimum of one year of work experience providing innovative library reference services; demonstrated teaching skills (including proven abilities in designing and delivering instructional sessions and web-based content); applied knowledge of web tools; knowledge of guidelines for descriptive metadata; demonstrated skill in use of an integrated library system; commitment to theological education.

Preferred: Working knowledge of German and two other foreign languages (Latin, Classical Greek, and Classical Hebrew preferred); graduate degree in an area of religious or theological studies, experience in collection development or acquisition of library materials, experience with the preservation of library materials, successful grant-writing experience, successful supervisory experience, successful project management experience.