Friday, September 16, 2011

Director, the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

The Columbia University Libraries invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary (UTS). For more information about library collections and services, see

The Burke Library houses one of the most important theological library collections in North America covering the broad spectrum of theological disciplines and subject areas, including significant rare and archival collections. The Director guides collection development, oversees technical and user services operations, and provides dynamic leadership in shaping services and outreach to the UTS and Columbia scholarly communities. In collaboration with instructional technology, preservation, and digital library program units, the Director expands access to and preservation of the library’s many unique materials in support of research, teaching, and learning. The Director provides proactive liaison to the administration, faculty, and students of UTS and participates actively as a member of Union’s senior staff. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collections and Services, the Director serves on the Management Committee of the Columbia University Libraries and represents the Burke Library at regional, national, and international forums. The Director manages an annual materials budget of approximately $290,000 and a staff of 8 FTE. In addition, the Director seeks and directs various grant-funded projects and leads donor relation activities, including stewardship of the Friends of the Burke Library. The successful candidate will have:

  • a strong understanding of theological education and the literature of religious studies

  • an accredited MLS or PhD or equivalent combination of education and experience the demonstrated ability to manage in a complex organization, including budget, staff supervision, and planning experience

  • successful experience working effectively with faculty and students

  • a commitment to building and preserving Burke Library collections

  • a commitment to and understanding of technology’s role in enhancing information discovery and access

  • an enthusiasm for and experience in fundraising, grant writing, and cultivating friends and donors

  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills

The Burke Library is world renown, containing rich collections for theological study and research with holdings of over 700,000 items including unique and special materials. The Burke Library maintains its commitment to the needs of both teaching and research, serving the faculty, students, and staff of Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University, the New York Theological Seminary, as well as a wide spectrum of national and international scholars and researchers. Union Theological Seminary in New York City prepares students in professional and research degree programs for leadership in the church, academy, and society. For more information about UTS, see

One of the world's leading research universities, Columbia provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a unique intellectual community. Set in the Morningside Heights academic village, Columbia also presents the unmatched dynamism, diversity and cultural richness of New York City. The University Libraries, grounded in collections of remarkable depth and breadth, are also building extensive electronic resources and services. The Libraries at Columbia are committed to collegiality, professionalism, innovation and leadership. For more information about the Columbia University Libraries, see will be reviewed as they are received, however priority consideration will be given to applications received before October 14, 2011. For immediate consideration please visit the following link: