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Employment Opportunities

Position Description: Technical Services Librarian
Location: Evanston, Illinois
Reports To: Library Director


Garrett-Evangelical is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church. The school 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 Evanston campus of Northwestern University. Garrett-Evangelical has an outstanding faculty, dedicated staff and is governed by a Board of Trustees.

This position is located on the campus of Garrett-Evangelical in The United Library of Garrett-Evangelical and Bexley Seabury Theological Seminaries. The United Library is one of the largest theological libraries in the nation, with over 400,000 volumes, subscribes to more than 500 periodicals, and provides access to numerous electronic resources in partnership with the Northwestern University Library.


Plans, organizes, and supervises the services and activities in the technical services office of the library, including cataloging, classification, metadata, and maintenance of the library materials in all formats; develops and implements cataloging and metadata policies and procedures; and assists the Director in the acquisitions and collection development. The successful candidate will be an experienced professional who has at least 2-3 years of previous work in a library setting, with preference given to those who have experience in supporting theological education. This is a full-time position with a standard work week schedule of Monday – Friday from 8:30-4:30. Hours may vary when needed.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manages Technical Services in a manner that supports the overall goals of the Library
  • Recommends and implements appropriate changes in cataloging and metadata policies and procedures
  • Understands and is able to perform all jobs related to technical services, including but not limited to: cataloging and classifying library materials in all formats; physically processing items being added to and withdrawn from the collections; and creating metadata, particularly Dublin Core, for electronic and digital resources in the library collection
  • Maintains and updates the library’s online catalog
  • Selects new library materials monthly to be displayed on the New Arrivals shelf
  • Trains and supervises technical services student workers in copy cataloging, book repair, spine label, and security tagging
  • Maintains accurate lists of standing orders and continuing resources
  • Coordinates United Library cataloging/metadata operations with Northwestern University Libraries, including but not limited to, communicating with the NU’s MSOG (Metadata Services Operations Group) and attending its meetings regularly
  • Maintains statistics on collection inventory and technical services activity, and provides periodic reports of same, as directed

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Performs circulation and/or reference services as needed
  • Monitors the online chat services as needed
  • Attends professional meetings, workshops, and conferences as required
  • Participates in the staff meetings as required
  • Plans, organizes, and implements special technical services projects as needed, or as determined by Director
  • Participates in and contributes to the entire library team projects as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association
  • Two years of work experience in technical services in an academic library, preferably supporting theological education
  • Knowledge of the latest standard cataloging and classification rules including AACR-2, RDA, Library of Congress classification, and Dublin Core
  • Familiarity with the Integrated Library System (particularly, Voyager) and OCLC
  • Experience with standard computer applications (Microsoft Office Suite)
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and cooperatively with other library staff
  • Effective supervisory skills
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Physical requirements include ability to move around the library, kneel, carry and stoop, lift up to 25 lbs. or greater with assistance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Additional graduate degree in religion, theology, or related field
  • Some supervisory work experience
  • Some experience in archives or record management
  • Working knowledge of one or more languages used in theological studies research (e.g., Hebrew, Greek, Latin, German, French, or Spanish)
  • Technical proficiency and interest in using emerging technologies in the library environment
  • Familiarity with Alma (ILS) and Primo Central (discovery tool) is a plus

To be considered for this position applicants must meet the required qualifications, submit via email a cover letter, résumé, and three references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . No phone calls please.

The seminary is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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 400 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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