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Collection Development Librarian - Covenant Theological Seminary - Saint Louis, MO


The J. Oliver Buswell Jr. Library at Covenant Theological Seminary is seeking a service-oriented and collaborative professional to serve as full-time Collection Development Librarian. The Collection Development Librarian is responsible for providing leadership in the selection and assessment of materials in the library's collections, including print books, e-books, serials, electronic resources, and other materials. This includes the primary routine functions of acquisitions and interlibrary loan.
  • Select, acquire, and process materials for the Library’s collections in accordance with the Library’s collection development policy, and in collaboration with other library staff and the faculty.
  • Manage serials subscriptions and electronic resource licensing.
  • Maintain acquisition records in the library system.
  • Evaluate and assess the Library’s collections and identify materials for de-acquisition.
  • Work with other staff to coordinate collection development, cataloging, and public services.
  • Manage and fulfill interlibrary loan requests.
  • Help maintain a welcoming and professional environment.
  • Assist, as needed, with circulation and reference duties.


Required Qualifications

  • MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited school; or a master’s-level seminary degree with interest in pursuing a library degree.
  • Subject knowledge in theology, biblical studies, and related disciplines, and familiarity with authors and publishers in those fields.
  • Ability to build and sustain effective interpersonal relationships with library staff, students, faculty, and visitors.
  • Analytical, organizational, and time management skills, and ability to set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Proficiency with personal computers, the Internet, and library-related applications. Working knowledge of standard office applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Capacity to adapt to a changing environment and to respond effectively to new needs and priorities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience in an academic library environment, preferably in technical services.
  • Experience with Innovative Interfaces, Inc.’s Sierra ILS.
  • Experience with OCLC WorldShare ILL.


Qualified applicants should send a resume and cover letter to by Saturday, July 25, 2020.