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Union Presbyterian Seminary Libraries seeks a Reference librarian for Richmond, VA, Campus Library.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Provide library reference services for faculty, students, staff and other library patrons – face-to-face, via email, via phone, and through a variety of online platforms 
  • Provide instruction to enable individual patrons to use library tools more effectively for their own research and future duties 
  • Perform searches for faculty, staff, students and other patrons on a broad range of topics
  • Help patrons to obtain the materials that they need
  • Provide instruction to classes and groups in collaboration with the Instructional Services Librarian and faculty
  • Help to develop library resource guides (Libguides), in collaboration with the Instructional Services librarian and faculty
  • Help to create instructional videos, in collaboration with the Instructional Services librarian
  • Help to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for the Library’s reference services – with special attention to the needs of distance learners
  • Collaborate with the Director of Archives & Special Collections to plan new digitization projects
  • Collaborate with the Instructional Services Librarian and the Director of Archives & Special Collections to create periodic displays of extraordinary or timely items from the Library’s collections
  • Stay current with bibliographic research in his or her subject area and endeavors to make a contribution to scholarship in the field
  • Maintain the Library’s pamphlet collection and vertical files
  • Prepare all reports, budgets and forms used by reference department
  • Attend continuing education events to stay current in field of reference work
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Required Knowledge and Skills: 

  • MLIS degree from an ALA accredited program, or in process of completing the MLIS/MLS
    Advanced degree in a theological discipline (practical or theoretical doctorate or ABD preferred)
  • Two years of professional library experience preferred, or equivalent university- or graduate-level teaching experience
  • Language competence in biblical Greek and Hebrew; modern languages as appropriate
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills for public service, faculty relations, instruction
  • Excellent working knowledge of key reference sources, both print and electronic
  • Excellent working knowledge of Windows, MS Office Suite, Internet, Blackboard or comparable course management system
  • Working knowledge of the history and background of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with frequent interruptions
  • Ability to embrace a rapidly changing information and service environment  

How to Apply

This is a full-time job of 37 ½ hours on the Richmond Campus with benefits and may, rarely, require some weekend and evening hours. Hours are generally 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Full-time support staff benefits. Salary is $48,000-$50,000/year.

Union Presbyterian Seminary is a graduate educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and an EO/AA employer committed to increasing the gender, racial-ethnic, and international and cultural diversity in its faculty and student body. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Candidates from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

The desired start date for this position is Monday, August 28, 2023, but a later start date is negotiable.

Letters of application, including a resume/CV and the names and contact information of three references, should be addressed to Tamora Droppa, Administrative Assistant, William Smith Morton Library, Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Road, Richmond, Virginia 23227, or emailed to [email protected]. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.