Librarian, School of Continuing Studies

Washington D.C.
Mar 29, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Librarian, School of Continuing Studies

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The Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies inspires you to reimagine what's possible. The School of Continuing Studies is a dynamic enterprise with a widely distributed student body coming from broadly varied backgrounds. The Librarian works directly with students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty, visiting researchers, Library staff in all departments, Facilities staff, Department of Public Safety staff, other university staff and administrators, University alumni, and members of the public. The incumbent will work an afternoon and evening schedule with occasional weekend hours.

The Librarian, School of Continuing Studies will be versed in providing research and reference assistance through traditional and virtual service points. Duties include but are not limited to:

Reference and Research Consultation
  • Answers reference and research questions posed by students, faculty, and other library users at designated service points and via virtual reference systems.
  • Determines users' research needs and identifies and locates appropriate information sources.
  • Instructs patrons in the use of online and print sources to identify relevant research material.
  • Recommends alternative approaches and as necessary, directs patrons to subject specialists within or sources beyond the library.
  • Conducts personalized in-depth research consultations for writers of dissertations, capstones, theses, major papers, or term projects.
  • Keeps up with trends and developments in the assigned areas regardless of format and provenance.
  • Continually acquires know ledge of new reference resources and updates skills through self-education, continuing education opportunities, and professional development activities.

Library Research Instruction
  • Participates in the library research instruction program by promoting instruction in the use of sources in all assigned areas: prepares for and teaches course-specific and other types of instruction sessions both individually and in partnership with faculty or other librarians.
  • Collaborates with faculty to plan sessions and create teaching materials related to course assignments and the library research instruction program's curricular objectives.
  • Communicates effectively with students and faculty, facilitates in-class discussion, and encourages active learning. Assesses student understanding of instruction sessions.
  • Teaches by writing research guides and other instructional materials, creating and revising web pages on resources in all assigned areas for research. Uses a variety of means to create and deliver instructional materials, e.g. CMS/LMS, presentations and web-authoring software.
  • Understands key issues, trends, and ideas in library pedagogy.
  • Conducts related training as indicated in support of other SCS departments and initiatives.
Access Services
  • The incumbent will be responsible for the SCS Library on-ground service point by opening and closing the Library.
  • Trains the Library Access Specialist as needed.
  • Oversees some duties of the Library Access Specialist in their absence.

Library Contributions and Professional Development
  • Serves on library and university-wide committees and task forces; participates in local consortia and regional and national associations.
  • Contributes to the profession through writing for publication, presentation, and/or active involvement in professional associations at the national or regional level.
  • Continually acquires new knowledge and updates skills to enhance professional performance in all areas of responsibility.
  • Keeps abreast of developments, trends and issues in the library field.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Masters in Library Science (MLS) accredited by the American Library Association , or equivalent
  • Classroom teaching experience at the college level
  • Experience providing reference and research services

Preferred Qualifications
  • Active knowledge of research resources in business, communications, real estate, law, policy studies, social sciences, and/or technology
  • Experience with teaching and/or academic support in an online learning environment
  • Experience working with data resources in a research environment
  • Experience using unified library services platforms
  • A second subject Masters

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