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Library Director - Prairie College - Three Hills, Alberta CAN


This full-time position exists to support the mission of Prairie College “to establish God’s kingdom by equipping and mentoring individuals through biblically integrated education for life and careers that will meet the greatest needs of the world”. This specific role is to provide excellent leadership in the College Library, the T.S. Rendall Library.

Prairie College has a one-hundred-year heritage of excellent biblical, theological, and missional training. Maintaining an excellent theological library is therefore critical to our mission, as the library provides textbooks, research material, and student supports necessary for achieving the College’s overall mission. The library, in many ways, is the academic heart of the College. The library director is a co-curricular faculty position.


Overall library administration:

  • Personnel management of all library staff
  • Policy and procedure development and evaluation
  • Implementing policies and procedures using the automated library system—this includes some systems administration functions
  • Planning short and long-term goals for the library that are aligned with the vision and mission of Prairie College
  • Working collegially with faculty and administration to advance library excellence
  • Direct daily operations of the library
  • Maintain library usage statistics necessary for Prairie’s ABHE accreditation
  • Communicates relevant and accurate information to faculty, staff, and students regarding library policies and operations


  • Recommendations to administration on library budget amounts and distribution of amounts
  • Responsible for purchasing books and materials
  • Responsible for other library expenditures
  • Responsible to maintain supporting budgetary paperwork

Collection management:

  • In consultation with faculty expertise, provides strategic guidance for the library collection, which includes the selection of books, periodicals, and other library materials to meet the needs of its primary clientele
  • Withdrawing library materials
  • Placement and accessibility of materials in the library
  • Ensures the security and safety of the collection

Archives—Institutional and Missions Archive:

  • Administration of budget
  • Selection and retention of suitable materials
  • Oversee processing of and access to materials
  • Recommends policy and procedures


  • Maintain files and provide information regarding Prairie copyrights
  • Serves as a copyright officer to be a source of information on Canadian copyright law and its application, to inform students and faculty, and to ensure institutional compliance.


  • Determine number of books to purchase to sell, working with both the faculty to determine textbook need, and with distributors to determine textbook availability.
  •  Administer all invoices and deposits
  • Keep all records of financial transactions
  • Maintain an inventory of textbook holdings.

External Liaison:

  • Maintains the College’s registration in various groups
  • Represents the College to external organizations of which the library or archives are institutional members



  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Highly organized.
  • Enthusiastic endorsement of Prairie’s focus and approach to teaching the whole Bible.
  • Passionate about preparing college students enrolled in a broad span of biblical, ministry and vocational programs for ministry and work.
  • Understanding of academic rigor appropriate to post-secondary education.
  • Ability and skill to relate well to college-age students as well as community members.


  • Mission: Knowledge of and adherence to Prairie’s mission, vision, core values, statement of faith, and Community Covenant.
  • Church: Understanding of and commitment to the local church.
  • Education: A minimum level of a Masters degree in Library and Information Science with preference for Bible/Theology at either the graduate or undergraduate level.
  • Experience: Two or more years of library administration experience preferred. Experience in library services including circulation, cataloging and classification, library research methods, and supervisory experience.
  • English Language: Excellent knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including composition and grammar.
  • Team attitude: Must have the ability to work in and contribute to a team.


In accordance with the standards of the government, preference given to qualified applicants who hold Canadian citizenship or are a permanent resident of Canada.
Prairie’s goal is to begin review of applicants by February 15, 2021 and to complete the hiring by April 1, 2021. However, applications will be received until the position is filled by a qualified person.
Resumes should be submitted to Nicolle Ioanidis at