Reference Librarian - Georgetown University Law Center

Washington D.C.
Sep 18, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Reference Librarian - Georgetown University Law Center

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The Reference Librarian provides extensive reference service to the Law Center's faculty and students by participating in the reference desk rotation, conducting individual research consultations, writing research guides, and participating in other law library instructional programs as needed. S/he participates in basic and advanced legal research instruction, Legal Research and Writing liaison program, journal liaison program, faculty liaison program, library tours, and other educational programs. Advancing library goals and values as articulated in library planning documents and values statement, the Reference Librarian has additional responsibilities that include but are not limited to:

Reference Service and Instruction & Communication
  • Participates in the reference desk rotation and meets individually with students to advise them on research sources and strategies.
  • Works scheduled evening and weekend hours and some holidays when necessary, offering a wide variety of research guides and providing research classes throughout the year.
  • Stays actively involved in the teaching of legal research skills and online searching techniques to first-year students in the Legal Research and Writing program, designing, developing, and teaching specialized legal research classes to upper-class students.
  • Conducts research in appropriate disciplines to prepare for classes on specific topics (environmental law, health law, or tax law), identifying key materials in the subject area.

Faculty Services & Selection
  • Serves as a faculty liaison to designated faculty members and as the primary point of library contact for these designated faculty members, meeting regularly with them to assess their research and scholarship needs.
  • Understands designated faculty members' areas of teaching and scholarship and develops proactive services, as desired, for these faculty members.
  • In coordination with the Head of Library Research Services and the Head of Reference, responds effectively to specialized research requests from faculty.
  • Works with the Head of Library Research Services to assign faculty research projects to the Library Research Services Department's students and staff.
  • Provides advanced and refresher online training sessions to these faculty members and collaborates with others in the library to develop marketing and outreach initiatives to introduce and educate faculty about library services.
  • Manages the development of the library's collection in assigned subject areas, selecting materials for the collection and assessing the quality of the collections, making decisions on the addition, transfer, withdrawal, or preservation of individual titles.
  • Contributes to the library's collection development policies by participating in relevant meetings and training's.

Presentations,Tours, and Professional Activities
  • Develops, plans, and/or teaches programs on various aspects of legal research to specialized groups outside the library's primary patrons and conducts tours of the library for visitors.
  • Participates as a member of Library and Law Center committees, and in the activities of professional associations (both library- and law-related).

Requirements and Qualifications
  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school or non- U.S. J.D. equivalent
  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited school of library and/or information studies or non-U.S. Master's degree equivalent
  • Expert knowledge of both legal and interdisciplinary research sources and methods, including international, foreign, and comparative law
  • Excellent communications skills with expert knowledge of both legal and interdisciplinary research sources and methods, including international, foreign, and comparative law
  • Experience with legal research materials, including online legal databases
  • Awareness of current trends in legal research, library automation, and library instructional programs
  • One to three years of professional experience in a law or academic library, and experience with teaching legal research preferred

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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 or view the online interactive benefits guide for more information.

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