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Research Services Librarian for Library Research Services Georgetown University Law Center

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Research Services Librarian for Library Research Services Georgetown University Law Center

Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation's capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.


Research Services Librarian for Library Research Services - Georgetown University Law Center

Tradition. Innovation. A superb faculty, hundreds of course offerings — and all of this just steps away from the Capitol and Supreme Court. Georgetown Law is an exceptional institution in an enviable location.

The Research Services Librarian, a member the primary library department for the Law Center's research and document delivery needs, participates in the planning, development, implementation and administration toward research services, focusing on the individual scholarly and educational pursuits of the law faculty, administration, and student body. They participate in managing and training of the Research Services Student Assistants, as well as in the general functioning of the Patron Services Section; and serve as a subject-matter specialist as assigned and/or called on to evaluate and select materials for the library's collection in those assigned subject areas.

Reporting to the Head of Library Research Services, and when directed, reviewing the work of other members of the Library Research Services staff, the Research Services Librarian has significant responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Research Service
  • Participate in implementing and coordinating the delivery of legal research services to Law Center faculty, staff, and students
  • Negotiate completion dates and coordinate the accomplishment of the project by assigning projects to student employees or completing the project personally, as appropriate; and work with other members of the library liaison program to manage completion of research projects received through the liaison program
  • Toward filling the Law Center community's information by identifying and obtaining materials and other factual information using resources from several disciplines, analyze and evaluate legal and interdisciplinary materials, synthesize factual findings, and compose memoranda to faculty to communicate research results
  • Toward the department's document delivery service, train students and staff about the department's procedures; troubleshoot problems that arise; and personally perform document delivery tasks when appropriate

Management of Research Services Students
  • Coordinate and oversee a team of student research assistants and - if designated - supervise other members of the library research services staff
  • As assigned, review the work product of others in the department and provide each with constructive feedback focusing on research methodologies and strategies

Faculty Liaison
  • In direct support of the Law Center's curriculum and the scholarly pursuits of faculty, serve as a liaison to designated faculty members and Law Center Institutes, meeting regularly with assigned faculty members to assess these faculty members' research and scholarship needs, and to develop proactive services for these faculty members
  • Respond to faculty research requests and, as appropriate, work with the Library Research Services staff to gain needed assistance to complete assignments
  • Understand the patrons' areas of teaching and research
  • As assigned, provide advanced and refresher online training sessions through the liaison program

Training of Research Student Assistants

Participate in developing and administering a thorough research training program, focusing on departmental policies and procedures, advanced research techniques, legal reference bibliography, online database skills, research methodology, and topical research instruction

  • Provide point-of-need reference and research assistance through scheduled reference desk rotations and assigned consultations for students
  • To meet the Law Center faculty and students' wide-ranging interests in law and related disciplines, employ expert knowledge of both legal and interdisciplinary research sources and methods, including international, foreign, and comparative law

Collection Development
  • As designated by the Head of Reference, serve as a subject specialist in assigned subject areas, evaluating collections and making collection recommendations
  • Collaborate with the library's selection team to develop collection policies and selection decisions affecting purchases, retention, weeding, storage, serials and electronic information databases

Professional Activities and Institutional Advancement
  • Participate as a member of University, Law Center, and Law Library committees, as well as in the activities of professional associations (both library and law-related)
  • Advance library goals and values as articulated in library planning documents and values statement

  • Master's in Library or Information Science - Juris Doctorate preferred - from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent
  • 1 to 3 years of academic law library experience, as well as reference, teaching and supervisory experience
  • Expert knowledge of both legal and interdisciplinary research sources and methods
  • Ability to work under pressure and to set priorities
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Skilled and proficient in using print sources, online sources and various other subscription and bibliographic databases in multiple disciplines
  • Willingness and availability to work scheduled hours on evenings and weekends

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Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at Georgetown University you must submit a cover letter and resume for each position of interest for which you believe you are qualified. These documents are not kept on file for future positions.

Need Assistance:

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Need some assistance with the application process? Please call 202-687-2500. For more information about the suite of benefits, professional development and community involvement opportunities that make up Georgetown's commitment to its employees, please visit the Georgetown Works website.

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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