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Assistant Seminary Librarian 

Open Date 12/1/2022  
Classification Administrative  
Department Seminary  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
System Job Title Assistant Librarian  



LOCATION: Lancaster Theological Seminary, with occasional travel to Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, PA.

POSITION SUMMARY: Delivers professional library services using multiple modes to a mixed population of students, faculty, alumni/ae, and the public. Shares responsibility with the Seminary Librarian to provide information literacy instruction and library services supporting courses taught at Lancaster Theological Seminary and Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, PA. Participates in maintaining the library's print and electronic collections. Assists with all aspects of library operation in cooperation with the Seminary Librarian and coordinated with other library staff members.


  • Provide and foster excellent reference services to patrons
    • Provide reference assistance in multiple modes
    • Create and maintain library guides
    • Track and evaluate reference queries to further develop tutorials and other library service offerings based on emerging needs and trending topics
  • Plan, develop, implement, evaluate, and promote information literacy instruction
    • Build effective collegial relationships with seminary faculty
    • Collaborate with seminary faculty to create course guides
    • Deliver information literacy instruction in classroom and small group settings
    • Assist faculty with integrating information literacy instruction into their syllabi
    • Collaborate with the Seminary Librarian on mapping and assessing information literacy skill development across all seminary degree programs
  • Support the Seminary Librarian
    • Participate in collection development activities for print theological collections housed at Lancaster Theological Seminary Library and Reeves Library at Moravian University
    • Monitor and help maintain electronic resource discoverability and access for seminary students, faculty, and alumni/ae
    • Contribute to the management of the Seminary Archives, the library's Digital Archive, and the seminary's records management program
    • Collaborate on future innovations through gathering data about patron information behavior, assessing patron needs, and evaluating the usability of the library's physical and virtual spaces
    • Help oversee student workers
  • Participate in a collegial teamwork environment and assist with overall library operation
    • Attend to opening and closing procedures as needed
    • Receive serials and new acquisitions as needed
    • Catalog library materials and update bibliographic records as needed
    • Contribute to interlibrary loan, course reserves, special projects, and library communication initiatives

Secondary Job Functions:

  • Participate in seminary committees as required
  • Attend library and seminary staff meetings
  • Participate in professional development activities
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS: ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information science is required and graduate theological education from an ATS-accredited school is strongly preferred; demonstrated organizational skills; high level proficiency with computers and technology; ability to manage multiple projects and priorities; ability to maintain focus with frequent interruptions; careful attention to detail; strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills; adept at working flexibly in a team environment; ability to interact positively with wide constituency; ability to work in a multicultural and diverse environment.

DESIRABLE SKILLS: Experience working in an academic library in one or more of the following areas: reference and user services, metadata and cataloging, rare books and special collections, archives, electronic resources, digital initiatives, or collection development; experience partnering with faculty on library instruction and information literacy initiatives; knowledge of pedagogical strategies and methodological approaches in theological education; experience with social media campaigns or other library communication and marketing strategies.

TO APPLY: Qualified candidates should attach their cover letter and resume to the online application by clicking "Apply Now". Please attach documents as a PDF file.

Review of applications will begin on January 17, 2023.

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Deep respect for others is fundamental to the Moravian University community. Moravian University does not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, student, or applicant for admission on the basis of actual or perceived race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, familial status, marital status, citizenship status, veteran/military status, disability status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state, or federal laws.

Concerns regarding all forms of discrimination, including sexual harassment and/or sex discrimination in employment:

Leah M. Naso

Executive Director for Equity & Compliance (Title IX Coordinator)

314 Colonial Hall

Moravian University

1200 Main St.

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018

(610) 861-1529

Concerns regarding gender and equity in athletics:

Rebecca May

Assistant Athletic Director (Deputy Title IX Coordinator)

109 Johnston Hall

Moravian University

1200 Main St.

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018

(610) 625-7791

Concerns regarding the application of Title IX:

U.S. Department of Education

Office of Civil Rights

100 Penn Square East, Suite 515

Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323

(215) 656-8541

Report sexual harassment/sex discrimination online anytime (can be anonymous) at Grievance procedures can be found in the institutional Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Non-Discrimination Policy at

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WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those encountered while performing the essential functions of this job.

The individual is routinely exposed to indoor conditions and outdoor weather and temperature extremes, and moderate noise level.

Pursuant to the ADA, Moravian University will provide reasonable services and accommodation(s) to employees with qualified disabilities in order to perform the essential functions of their employment, except when doing so would be unduly disruptive and/or result in undue hardship to the University. Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis through documentation review and an interactive interview process that includes the employee's supervisor. Requests for accommodation or questions about this process should be directed to Human Resources at or 610.861.1527. View the standard physical demands for positions at Moravian University. If this position requires additional or different demands, a Human Resources team member will notify you.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform the job.

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About the Organization Moravian University offers students a private education they will not find anywhere else: personal attention and preparation for life with a record of success longer than our nation's history. Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and offering undergraduate and graduate degrees that blend liberal arts with professional programs, Moravian University has been preparing students for reflective lives, fulfilling careers, and transformative leadership in a world of change since 1742. Moravian University is a member of The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U), a national consortium of selective, small to mid-size independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. Visit to learn more about how the Moravian University focus on education for all prepares its students for life-long success.  
EOE Statement Moravian University is an equal opportunity employer valuing diversity and encouraging individuals from under-represented populations to apply. EOE  

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