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Theological Librarian


Grand Rapids, MI
ID: 525-625


Hekman Library, serving Calvin Theological Seminary and Calvin University, welcomes applications for a theological librarian to lead the library’s theological research instruction, reference, and resources needs of students (on-site and distance) and faculty of the seminary and university. Collegially, the theological librarian teams with other librarians to support and develop the library’s instruction programs and collections, equipping all library users to confidently access and use thousands of print and electronic resources through various catalogs, databases, and e-resources.


Position Summary

The Theological Librarian has lead responsibility for the theological collections and services of Hekman Library and oversees a part-time theological librarian as they serve the university and seminary to provide reference and research services, research and information literacy instruction, assists with the development of the theological collection, and other library support services as assigned. The Theological Librarian functions as the assistant library dean for seminary-related matters, and performs administrative functions which are assigned by the dean, and may serve as acting dean in the dean's absence. For a detailed job description and position requirements, visit



  • Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Theological astuteness with an advanced degree in theology and/or biblical studies and languages.
  • Professional competence, initiative, productivity, creativity, and problem-solving ability within a technologically-rich environment.
  • Experience in research instruction, reference, and collection development.
  • Flexibility and ability to work comfortably in a collaborative and complex organizational structure across multiple supporting institutions.
  • Effective communication abilities.
  • Proven ability to work with a minimum of supervision.



  • Applicants must be committed to the Reformed Confessional tradition of Christianity and to the integration of faith, learning, and student development.
  • Applicants must be committed to the educational missions of Calvin University and Calvin Theological Seminary as institutions of Christian higher education affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church.
  • All Applicants are required to include their CV and a cover letter which should highlight why they are interested in this position.


Calvin University and Seminary are building traditions of diversity and accessibility and welcomes applications from persons who will further that commitment. Calvin University and Seminary do not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex, or age. Calvin University and Seminary are educational agencies of the Christian Reformed Church and, in compliance with Title VII and other applicable law, reserve the right to give preference in employment based upon religion.