Bilingual Reference and Acquisitions Librarian, Pitts Theology Library (Candler School of Theology)

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Regular Full-Time
Candler School Of Theology
Candler School Of Theology
Campus Location (For Posting) : City
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Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable

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Reporting to the Library Director, the Bilingual (Spanish-English) Reference and Acquisitions Librarian (BRAL) has primary responsibility for collection development of Spanish-language materials and is the primary reference librarian for Spanish-speaking patrons.


As an Acquisitions Librarian, the BRAL will work with Pitts’ Head of Acquisitions to identify and acquire Spanish-language materials, particularly library-licensed electronic resources, to support the library’s growing Hispanic and Latinx patron base. This acquisitions work may include identifying resources, negotiating with vendors, and budgeting.


As a Reference Librarian, the BRAL is a key member of Pitts Theology Library’s reference and outreach team and coordinates the library’s efforts to advertise and promote its collections and instructional offerings with Spanish-speaking patrons, particularly through virtual forms of reference and instruction. The BRAL will work in coordination with Pitts’ Reference and Instruction Librarian to partner with Emory and Candler instructors to develop and deliver library instruction and tutorials tailored to specific classes, especially courses offered in Spanish, and will work with other key stakeholders, such as AETH’s Coordinator of Library Access, to deliver information literacy instruction to patrons.   


Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in theology, religious studies, or a related discipline
  • Fluency in English and Spanish
  • Experience working with Hispanic/Latinx ecclesial communities, including those committed to theological education
  • Demonstrated skill conducting research in an academic library, with experience navigating and working with library-licensed electronic resources
  • Knowledge of resources available in English and Spanish to support theological education, preaching, and teaching
  • Excellent organization and project management skills 
  • Demonstrated ability with technology tools used in library work
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, in both English and Spanish
  • Demonstrated ability to provide excellent customer support, particularly in a virtual setting
  • Demonstrated ability to use reference tools for theological research, such as commentaries, concordances, and Biblical language tools
  • Understanding of current research practices in theology or religious studies


Preferred Qualifications

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience working in an academic library
  • A master’s degree in library and information studies (or related information studies field)
  • Experience in collection development and acquisitions in a library setting, including direct work with publishers and vendors
  • Experience conducting, presenting, and publishing advanced research in theology or religious studies

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