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Candler at Emory University provides an uncommonly rewarding work environment. People are drawn to work here to enrich and change lives. They are attracted by the opportunity to participate in the community life of a top-ranked university. Emory ranks as the third-largest private employer in the metro Atlanta area. Candler students may seek internships and part-time jobs on campus with various departments and research projects.

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Librarian, Pitts Theology Library

Candler School of Theology at Emory University invites nominations and applications for the position of Librarian, Pitts Theology Library. The Librarian reports to the Dean of Candler and is a voting member of the faculty, with the possibility of a named chair, the M. A. Pitts Professor of Theological Bibliography, for those with appropriate credentials.

The Librarian will set the course for the library’s future under the school’s strategic direction, promote the development of its collections (including special collections), create and curate digital collections, and embrace innovation that serves the evolving needs of the library’s users and the theological disciplines. The Librarian will advance the public visibility of the library as a center for scholarship, learning, and vibrant intellectual life. The Librarian will demonstrate effectiveness in leading the staff, supporting professional development, and empowering a creative work environment. The Librarian will build collaborative partnerships with faculty, information technology services, other libraries, and other institutions to promote collection development and open access to scholarly resources. The Librarian serves on the Emory Librarians Cabinet, representing Candler in the larger Emory University system. The Librarian also serves on the Dean’s Council, the senior staff leadership team at Candler.

The successful candidate will demonstrate understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing research libraries in the 21st century. The candidate will have excellent communication skills; strong commitment to customer service; proven ability to lead and work well with others in a highly collaborative and fast-paced environment; competency in collection development, including work with special collections; demonstrated ability to set priorities and implement strategic vision aligned with institutional priorities; and proven capacity to manage budgets, personnel, physical plant, and other resources. The candidate will have a proven record of building strategic programs and partnerships across organizational boundaries. A master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited program or equivalent training and experience is required, as is a master’s level degree in theology or religion. Academic expertise in a theological discipline, demonstrated by a PhD, or equivalent experience, is strongly preferred. Five years of administrative experience in a research library is strongly preferred.

Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply as are candidates in the Wesleyan tradition (e.g. UMC, AME. AMEZ, CME, Nazarene.

Applications for this position should include a letter of interest, curriculum vita, and official transcripts of the highest degrees earned in library science and theology or religion, and three confidential letters of reference.  

Candidates should apply online at:

by uploading the letter of interest and curriculum vitae. Transcripts from the granting institution and letters of recommendation, which may be sent as PDF or Word documents, should be directed to:  Search Committee PITTS Theology Librarian, c/o Deborah van der Lande, Faculty Development and Support Services, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322, Direct any questions about the position to Dr. Karen Scheib, Search Chair, at 

Review of applications will begin April 30, 2017.

About Pitts Theology Library

Pitts Theology Library is one of the leading theological libraries in North America and 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 over 610,000 volumes, the library provides unusually rich resources for the Candler School of Theology and Emory University and has attracted international attention for some of its collections.

The primary emphasis in collection development is on materials related to the development of Christian history and thought. The library also acquires materials in contiguous areas that are related to:

  • the interpretation of Jewish and Christian scriptures
  • the history of Christianity
  • Early Judaism
  • the development of Christian theology
  • the practice of Christian life and ministry (e.g., music, sociology, psychology).
  • the history of other religious traditions

While most materials collected are in English, German, French, and Latin, materials in other languages are also acquired as necessary.

The Pitts Library subscribes to more than 1,100 periodicals, with special strength in titles from sub-Saharan Africa, and typically adds over 7,000 volumes to its collections annually. The Special Collections of the library are extensive, including over 130,000 rare or special books and nearly 2,500 linear feet of unpublished archival materials. These collections include:

  • over 3,500 books and several rare manuscripts documenting the history of the Protestant Reformation in Germany to 1570,
  • about 11,000 early North European theological dissertations,
  • about 15,000 works of English and American hymnody and psalmody,
  • over 35,000 books and extensive archival materials related to English religious history from 1660 to 1920, and
  • extensive institutional records of Methodist organizations and of organizations concerned with pastoral care and theological education.

About Candler School of Theology

Candler School of Theology at Emory University prepares real people to make a real difference in the real world. An intellectually vital, internationally distinguished, and intentionally diverse university-based school of theology, its mission is to educate faithful and creative leaders for the church’s ministries throughout the world. Candler is dedicated to expanding knowledge of religion and theology, deepening spiritual life, strengthening the public witness of the churches, and building upon the breadth of Christian traditions, particularly the Wesleyan heritage, for the positive transformation of the church and the world. It is one of 13 seminaries of The United Methodist Church, with an enrollment of nearly 500 students representing 39 denominations and more than 8,000 alumni worldwide.

About Emory University

Emory University is known for its demanding academics, outstanding undergraduate experience, highly ranked professional schools and state-of-the-art research facilities. Emory encompasses nine academic divisions as well as The Carter Center, the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, the Michael C. Carlos Museum, and Emory Healthcare, Georgia’s largest and most comprehensive health care system.

Emory University is an EEO/AA/Disability/Veteran Employer.

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