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Systems and Digital Services Librarian


The Styberg Library (formerly the United Library) is currently seeking a Systems and Digital Services librarian. Please see the job description below for complete details. Interested candidates should send a resume and three references to

The Organization:

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church. The school, founded in 1853, is the second oldest of the thirteen theological seminaries of The United Methodist Church in the United States. It is located a few miles north of Chicago on the beautiful Evanston campus of Northwestern University. Governed by a Board of Trustees, Garrett-Evangelical has an outstanding faculty, dedicated staff, and diverse student population.

The Styberg Library (formerly the United Library), located on the campus of Garrett-Evangelical, is one of the largest theological libraries in the nation. The library owns about 400,000 print volumes, subscribes to more than 500 periodicals, and provides access to numerous electronic resources in partnership with the Northwestern University Library. The Styberg Library is a member of the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), and Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS).

Qualifications required:

  • The successful candidate will be an experienced professional who has at least 2-3 years of previous work experience in a library setting.
  • Master’s Degree in Library Science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association.
  • Proficiency in standard software packages such as Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite as well as screen recording/editing software.
  • Experience managing technologies, including integrated library systems (Alma and Primo), websites (Drupal CMS), digital collection management systems (CONTENTdm), and OCR software (ABBYY FineReader).
  • Certification in Alma administration which can be obtained after hired.
  • Knowledge of web technologies and languages, such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Angular JS and XML.
  • Experience with training or instruction.

Qualifications preferred:

  • Knowledge of computer hardware and peripherals
  • Proficiency in metadata principles and practices such as those found in Dublin Core and other emerging metadata schemes for digital projects
  • Working knowledge of scholarly communication, intellectual property, and copyrights
  • Some experience in archives or record management

Essential functions and responsibilities:

  • Maintains the shared ExLibris ILS and discovery services, Alma and Primo, including the customization of the user interface and the testing of upgrade releases if necessary
  • Coordinates with Northwestern University Libraries on ILS management and upgrades by participating in NU’s working groups (e.g., Primo group and Alma administrators group)
  • Designs, maintains, and updates the library’s websites, plugins, LibGuides, and social media
  • Ensures and supports access to electronic resources from on and off campus
  • Develops integration between library systems and other campus systems such as LMS (currently Moodle) and Jenzabar
  • Coordinates interactions with vendor and IT technical support; investigates problems received from library users and/or staff; documents, troubleshoots, and resolves errors
  • Creates and maintains online guides (LibGuides) and online tutorials (Camtasia)
  • Plans and manages digital initiative projects
  • Develops, updates, and documents workflows, policies, and best practices
  • Keeps abreast of emerging technologies and makes recommendations for library technology solutions
  • Assists in developing short- and long-term library assessment plans and technological projects that ultimately support the mission, goals, and objectives of the Seminary
  • Provides technical advice, training, and assistance
  • Maintains and troubleshoots a variety of library equipment – security gates, scanners, RFID scanners, Alma slip printer, etc. – in collaboration with IT
  • Performs circulation and/or reference services as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Garrett-Evangelical, founded in 1853, is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from many denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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