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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Stacks and Circulation Specialist-Pitts Theology Library in Atlanta, Georgia


Theology Library Job Description

Reporting to the Head of Research and Access Services, the Stacks and Circulation Specialist coordinates the Pitts inventory and stacks maintenance operations. In this role, the specialist will have primary responsibility for maintaining the physical location of circulating and reference materials, maintaining statistics on stacks utilization and coordinating the shifting of library materials when necessary. The specialist will serve as the library’s primary liaison with the Library Service Center and coordinate the transfer of Pitts materials to that offsite location. This person will also oversee the ongoing inventory of the library’s circulating and reference collections, implementing, reviewing, and maintaining protocols for insuring library materials are where they are supposed to be. The specialist will also coordinate the identification of circulation and reference materials that need repair or replacement and coordinate with third party vendors to repair or replace bindings. The specialist is also part of the Pitts circulation team, charged with providing superb service to the diverse patron base of the library. Success in this role will entail providing excellent circulation service to library patrons, supervising circulation student assistants, following documented circulation processes, and working with the public services team to ensure policies and procedures are serving patrons well. The person in this position will work with others in the department on hiring and training circulation student assistants, evaluating student work, providing feedback, and offering ongoing training. This person will also provide routine library information to patrons and make reference referrals as needed, as well as participate on internal library task forces and complete other duties as assigned. The specialist will serve on relevant University library committees and communities of practice.

The specialist may work up to 20 hours on evenings and weekends during academic terms, with adjusted hours during other periods.

Review of applications will begin immediately.


  • Experience in a work environment that demonstrates responsibility and reliability

  • Ability to work without continuous supervision and to supervise student assistants.

  • Strong attention to detail and superb organization skills

  • Demonstrated experience overseeing long-term projects, with appropriate scheduling and metrics for success

  • Familiarity with the work processes of an academic library

  • Strong computer skills, including the use of cloud storage and productivity tools like Word and Excel

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both in person and in writing

  • Experience in a library setting

  • Demonstrated commitment to providing excellent client care


  • Experience working in an academic library, including strong familiarity with the Library of Congress call number system

  • Familiarity with the literature of theology and religious studies

Library Environment

Pitts Theology Library, one of the premier theological libraries in North America, is one of Emory University’s six instructional libraries. It holds a distinguished collection of theological materials in a beautiful new 60,000 square-foot facility. With active instructional and outreach programs and over 610,000 volumes, including over 150,000 volumes in its Special Collections, the library provides rich resources and services for the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and the broader community.


Provides complex library user services and research assistance to the university and external communities. Provides access to information, resources, and materials by using a specialized knowledge of electronic databases, microcomputer applications, complex reference tools, and/or foreign languages; these may include the Internet, CD-ROMs, and on-line databases. May create bibliographic access to research materials (government documents, manuscripts, and other resources) using a specialized knowledge of national standards, electronic reference sources, and complex reference tools. May provide physical access to materials employing specialized techniques relating to conservation, binding, reproduction, and/or reformatting. May verify bibliographic information on-line and prepare requests for borrowing and lending of library materials through Interlibrary loan or other means. May hire, train and supervise student staff. Performs related responsibilities as required.


Bachelor's degree in a related field and two years of related work experience, OR equivalent combination of experience, education, and training. Positions in this classification may require computer skills, proficiency in a foreign language or other special skills.

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Job Number 36248

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Candler School Of Theology

Department Candler School Of Theology

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Job Category Admissions & Student Life