Empirical Research Services Librarian - Georgetown University Law Center

Empirical Research Services Librarian - Georgetown University Law Center

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Empirical Research Services Librarian - Georgetown University Law Center

The Empirical Research Services Librarian is part of the Library Research Services Department (LRS), the primary library department for the law center's research and document delivery needs. S/he participates in managing and training the Research Services Student Assistants, who may assist the librarian with specific projects. The Empirical Research Services Librarian also participates in the general functioning of the research activities of the library, currently centered in the Reference, International, and Library Research departments. Reporting directly to the Head of Library Research Services, the Empirical Research Services Librarian has additional duties that include but are not limited to:

Research Service
  • Meets requests of Georgetown Law faculty members or administrators for research support and negotiates completion dates of a memo or other deliverable, coordinating the accomplishment of the project by assigning projects to student employees or completing the project personally, as appropriate.
  • Analyzes and evaluates legal and interdisciplinary materials, synthesizes factual findings, and composes memoranda to faculty to communicate research results.
  • Provides empirical research support, including developing research designs, acquiring data sets, and performing statistical analysis.
  • Works with the department's document delivery service, troubleshooting problems that arise and personally performing document delivery tasks when appropriate.
  • Works with other members of the library liaison program to manage completion of research projects received through the liaison program.

Research Services Students Management
  • Takes responsibility, with other departmental librarians, for coordinating and overseeing a team of student research assistants for assistance with projects, particularly advanced student assistance with statistical, econometric, or other data.
  • Supervises students who may be at the graduate level and would be working with statistical software or programs.
  • Reviews the work product of others in the department and provides each with constructive feedback focusing on research methodologies and strategies.
  • Upon requested, supervises the other members of the library research services staff.

Faculty Liaison and Professional Activities
  • Participates in the activities of the law library, law center, university, and professional associations by serving as a committee member or volunteer.
  • Serves as a liaison to designated faculty members and law center institutes, functioning as the primary point of library contact for these designated faculty members.
  • Manages the regular meetings with assigned faculty members to assess these faculty members' research and scholarship needs, and to develop proactive services for these faculty members.
  • Understands these patrons' areas of teaching and research, providing advanced and refresher online training sessions.

Training of Research Student Assistants
  • Participates in developing and administering a thorough research training program for students employed as research assistants, focusing on departmental policies and procedures, advanced research techniques, legal reference bibliography, online database skills, research methodology, and topical research instruction.
  • Provides training when required to library colleagues or faculty personal research assistants in specialized statistical or econometric software in which the incumbent is proficient.
  • Identifies additional training opportunities to meet needs in empirical research.

Reference and Collection Development
  • Provides reference and research assistance through scheduled reference desk rotations and assigned consultations for students.
  • Shares knowledge of both legal and interdisciplinary research sources and methods including international, foreign, and comparative law.
  • Provides service on scheduled evenings and weekends as well as during normal business hours.
  • Serves as a subject specialist in assigned subject areas, particularly social science and other empirically driven subject areas, and evaluates collections and makes collection recommendations in these areas, when neccessary.
  • Collaborates with the library's selection team to develop collection policies and selection decisions affecting purchases, retention, weeding, storage, serials and electronic information databases.

  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school; J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school or a Master's degree in Economics or Statistics preferred (a related field may be substituted for the JD with other relevant experience)
  • One to three years academic law library experience, reference, teaching and supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated experience in empirical research and quantitative data analysis, particularly econometrics and statistical software use in employment and/or coursework
  • Proven ability to use various database tools to provide faculty, students, and staff with reports and information as requested, including using queries and scripting tools to display reports in web interfaces
  • Demonstrated ability working with statistics or using software for statistical and spatial data analysis (GIS)
  • Demonstrated skill navigating and utilizing online and network-based information systems
  • Skills in locating locally and externally available datasets and statistical material
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills wit ha record of strong service orientation
  • Successful record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion

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EEO Statement:
Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Georgetown University offers a wide variety of comprehensive and competitive benefits. Benefits packages include comprehensive health, dental and vision plans, disability and life insurance coverage, retirement savings programs, tuition assistance, voluntary insurance options (including group legal, accident, and critical illness), and much more. Whatever your need, the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits will be standing by to support you. You can learn more about the benefits offered to eligible faculty and staff at https://benefits.georgetown.edu or view the online interactive benefits guide for more information.

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