• Reference and Instruction Librarian (CSOT)

    Job Number
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Candler School Of Theology
    Candler School Of Theology
    Location : Name
    Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Not Applicable
  • Description

    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.

    Additional Details

    Reporting to the Director of the Library, the Reference and Instruction Librarian (RIL) will be a key member of Pitts Theology Library’s reference and instruction team and will work with colleagues to administer and further develop the library’s instructional program, including coordinating the weekly workshop programs. As a member of the reference team, the RIL staffs the reference desk for 15-18 hours per week during regular semester scheduling, coordinates the desk schedule, and helps lead orientation for all new students at Candler School of Theology and other units at the University. The RIL 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 RIL may also play a role in selection of materials for acquisition and collection development. The RIL may also teach courses at Candler School of Theology. The RIL will coordinate Candler-wide academic support with the Office of Student Programming and the Writing Center. This person may also supervise graduate reference assistants.



    • Staffs the library reference desk for 15-18 hours per week and coordinates the desk schedule
    • Leads the library’s instructional program
    • Teaches library workshops and conducts research consultations with patrons
    • Participates in professional and scholarly associations relevant to reference and outreach in an academic library
    • Manages a budget for library 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 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, Korean, and Spanish




    Pitts Theology Library, the premier theological library in North America, is one of Emory University’s six instructional libraries. It holds a distinguished collection of theological materials in a beautiful 60,000 square-foot facility. With active instructional and outreach programs and over 630,000 volumes, including over 154,000 volumes in its Special Collections, the library provides rich resources and services for the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and the broader community.


    Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.



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