The seminary where I teach—Memphis Theological Seminary—has just opened up a search for Library Director. If you are interested in this position or know someone who is, please feel free to pass this information along.

You can find a description of the position at the job board of the American Theological Library Association. Here’s the direct link. I’ll also reprint the text of the job announcement at the bottom of this post.

I can say from personal experience that the MTS library has been a real highlight of my time teaching on the faculty here. Our collection is larger than I would have expected from a freestanding seminary. We have a very strong collection of periodicals as well, which I hope will be augmented by an increased subscription to online databases in the coming years. The tradition at MTS has also been for the library director to be an administrative faculty position. So there is the possibility of teaching added to what I would regard as the very interesting challenge of carrying our library fully into the digital age in the years ahead.

For more information about Memphis Theological Seminary, click here. The job announcement is below.


Position Opening: Library Director

MEMPHIS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY seeks qualified applicants for the position of Library Director.


Qualifications include an M.L.S. with professional experience. A theological degree such as the M.Div (or equivalent) with experience in theological bibliography is preferred. Ph.D. or other terminal degree is desirable. The rank of administrative faculty will be considered for candidates who have the appropriate degree and/or experience. Applicants should show a willingness to work in the setting of an ecumenical Christian seminary with a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Applications from traditionally under-represented populations are encouraged. The position is set to begin in the summer of 2015.

Responsibilities for the position include:

  • Oversight of the existing collection
  • Strategic planning for acquisitions of texts and periodicals in both print and digital formats
  • Managing staff (both full-time and part-time)
  • Managing an annual budget
  • Visioning for the library’s continuing transition into a multiplatform learning commons in the digital era
  • Ability to teach writing and research skills with reference to the theological disciplines
  • Primary leadership in coordinating/providing research assistance for faculty and students in the library’s collection and digital resources

Applicants should send a letter of application, CV, graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to Dean Stan Wood, Memphis Theological Seminary, 168 E Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2014.

Memphis Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer.  It actively seeks and encourages nominations and expressions of interest from members of underrepresented populations.