Job Posting

Director of Library Services – Canadian Baptist Theological Seminary & College – Cochrane, Alberta, Canada

Job Summary

The Access Services & Acquisitions Librarian is responsible for the operation of the library circulation desk and related functions including student employee supervision, overdue materials processing, stacks maintenance, and the management of library printing services. This position is also responsible for library back office processes including the acquisition of library materials and financial transactions. This position is also responsible for managing the library’s interlibrary loan and mail services.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provides instruction in library resources to students, faculty, and staff in formats suitable to class, groups, and individuals.
  • Ensures that reference services are available and circulation activities and other library functions are effectively performed during the hours of library operation.
  • Selects resources for purchase and addition to the library collection. Works with faculty to ensure library purchases reflect the needs of faculty and support of the curriculum.
  • Responsible for ensuring the optimal functioning of the integrated automation system; ensures appropriate preservation of essential data and records.
  • Supervises the timely and accurate processing, cataloguing, and circulation of library resources.
  • Supervises library staff, coordinates activities and absences, arranges for appropriate training, and provides communication to staff regarding actions and decisions of the administration.
  • Ensures that required reports are completed accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Maintains knowledge of trends in library science, requests appropriate personal professional development.
  • Maintains communications and membership as appropriate with professional associations, other librarians, and library consortia.
  • The Library Director is a full member of the faculty and works under the supervision of the Academic Dean.

Educational/Experiential Requirements

  • MLS or equivalent from an ALA or CLA accredited institution required. Candidates working toward an MLS or equivalent degree may be considered.
  • Experience in an academic library, or combination of education and experience commensurate with the requirements of the position.
  • Experience with post-secondary instruction is desirable.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Ability to effectively supervise and direct skilled professionals and semi-skilled assistants.
  • Awareness of theological and biblical literature, preferably an additional relevant master’s degree.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who possess the qualifications to teach in our college and/or seminary.

JOB DIMENSIONS – Knowledge of work standards, technical/professional development, teamwork, written and oral communications, delegation, performance results, negotiation, initiative, attention to details, sound judgment. The Director of Library Services must possess the highest standards of personal integrity, a strong work ethic, and a positive outlook. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate strong Christian character and will be able to affirm the school’s doctrinal statement. (CBT has the same Statement of Faith as its parent denomination, the Canadian Baptist National Convention.)

Job Application Instructions

CBT does not discriminate in its hiring practices but values diversity in ethnicity, gender, nationality, as well as connections to Canada and its diverse culture.
All interested candidates should submit their resume/CV and cover letter to:

This position will remain open until January 31, 2024, at which time we will begin selection for the interview process.

We welcome all interested applicants, but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.