• Reference Librarian and Outreach Cooridnator: Pitts Theology School

    Job Number
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Candler School Of Theology
    Candler School Of Theology
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Not Applicable
    Required Documents
    Cover letter, List of References
  • Description

    Reporting to the Head of Research and Access Services, the Reference Librarian and Outreach Coordinator (RLOC) will be a key member of Pitts Theology Library’s reference and instruction team and will coordinate the library’s efforts to advertise and promote its collections and instructional offerings. As a member of the reference team, the RLOC will help lead orientation for all new students at the Candler School of Theology and other units at the University. The RLOC will also work with Emory faculty to develop and deliver library instruction and tutorials tailored to specific classes and supply ongoing research assistance to all patrons, including local and distance students. Depending on subject-matter expertise, the RLOC may also play a role in selection of materials for acquisition and collection development.


    As the outreach coordinator, the RLOC will lead the library’s efforts to advertise its resources at Emory, in Atlanta, and to researchers around the world. This outreach work entails coordinating the library’s exhibitions program (http://exhibitions.pitts.emory.edu ), designing digital and print signage and promotional materials, managing the library’s social media accounts, and coordinating the work of library volunteers. The RLOC will also lead existing outreach programs at the library, such as the “Hands on History” high school program, and continue to develop other ways in which the library’s collections can have greater impact at Emory and beyond.



    • Staffs the library reference desk for 10-15 hours per week
    • Teaches library workshops and conducts research consultations with patrons
    • Coordinates and leads the library’s volunteer and docent programs
    • Leads the library’s exhibition program
    • Participates in professional and scholarly associations relevant to reference and outreach in an academic library
    • Manages a budget for library volunteer and instructional programs
    • Maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to Pitts’ patron needs and maintains general knowledge of current trends in the relevant disciplines, higher education, academic libraries, and information and educational technology
    • Participates in library and campus committees as appropriate for service purposes



    • Master’s degree in theology, religious studies, or related discipline
    • Excellent organization and project management skills
    • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
    • Experience working with graphic design and design software
    • Experience with social media and software used in an academic library
    • Experience working with Biblical Greek and/or Hebrew
    • Understanding of current research practices in theology or religious studies



    • PhD in theology, religious studies, or related discipline
    • Master’s degree in library and information studies (or equivalent)
    • Demonstrated excellence in teaching in higher education
    • Experience conducting advanced research in theology or religious studies
    • Demonstrated expertise with digital tools used in higher education
    • Language expertise, particularly Greek, Hebrew, Latin, and Spanish


    Rank of Assistant Librarian is for new professionals or early career with less than six (6) years of professional experience with appropriate service, professional development, and scholarly contributions. Generally responsible for a full range of library services to include subject specialty/curator, collection/digital archivist, expertise in preservation, research and reference, outreach and education, and technical services. Individual contributor to the collaborative work of the department and the library. Specialist may supervise students.


    All interested candidates should submit online; a CV, cover letter and list of references to be considered.

    Additional Details



    Pitts Theology Library, one of the premier theological libraries in North America, is one of Emory University’s six instructional libraries. It holds a distinguished collection of theological materials in a beautiful new 60,000 square-foot facility. With active instructional and outreach programs and over 630,000 volumes, including over 145,000 volumes in its Special Collections, the library provides rich resources and services for the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and the broader community.


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