Education Librarian

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education, professional experience, and rank (if applicable); see ad text for anti
May 22, 2023
Jun 27, 2023
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Education LibrarianThe George Mason University Libraries is seeking to fill the position of the Education Librarian. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment. Purpose and Understanding of the Organization:The University Libraries form an intellectual nexus for George Mason University. The Libraries foster innovation, creativity, and imagination by facilitating access to scholarship and information, providing expert consultation in the research process, and actively teaching the effective and critical use of information. The Libraries also fulfill a critical role in the creation, dissemination, and preservation of knowledge.The Learning, Research, and Engagement Division (LRE) of the University Libraries has primary responsibility for the spectrum of services and programs related to the outward-focused, direct engagement with undergraduate and graduate students and faculty pertaining to teaching, learning, and research, including the assessment (in conjunction with the Libraries' Assessment and Planning Office) of such services and programs.Through the three disciplinary teams of subject specialist librarians (Arts & Humanities, STEM, and Social Sciences, the latter two based at - and inclusive of the staff of - the libraries at the Prince William and Arlington campuses, respectively), the LRE division works continuously with individual faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates on their individual learning and research needs by working closely with academic departments and colleges.About the Position:The Education Librarian is responsible for all subject instruction, reference assistance and consultations, outreach, and collection development for the College of Education and Human Development, the Department of Higher Education program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and other assigned departments and/or programs. The Education Librarian also serves as a subject resource to other librarians, contributes to the development and support of initiatives within the University Libraries, consults with and builds relationships with assigned School and department faculty, contributes to the provision of Libraries' general public services at Fenwick Library, and supports University and Libraries scholarly communication initiatives.The position reports to the Lead, Social Sciences Team, and Mason Square Library.Summary of Responsibilities:Serves as the subject librarian for the College of Education and Human Development, the Higher Education program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and other assigned subject areas, providing research and reference support, instruction, collection development, and outreach to those programs and subject areas;Develops strategies and tools to assess the effectiveness of instruction and outreach activities;Participates in collection development activities in assigned areas, including assessing existing collections, maintaining deep subject knowledge of assigned collection development areas, and spending allocated funds appropriately to build depth and breadth;Develops print and online format information and instruction materials for assigned subject areas;Engages with and contributes to the development and assessment of programs and services at Fenwick and throughout the Libraries as a whole;Provides face-to-face, telephone, e-mail, online, and other forms of reference service;Participates and serves on committees, task forces, projects, etc., within the Mason University Libraries, the campus, the university, and as appropriate, the community;Contributes to Social Sciences team shared activities and projects;Seeks, considers, and communicates diverse perspectives and ideas; andParticipates in professional development and/or scholarly activities to enhance professional skills and contribute to the profession and body of knowledge.Required Qualifications / Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:The following education and/or skill sets are required:ALA-accredited MLS or ALA-recognized foreign equivalent;Masters degree in education, or equivalent training and experience providing library services to users in one or all of those areas;Demonstrated professional experience as a librarian (generally two or more years);Experience in providing responsive and quality reference, instruction, digital and collaborative library research services, as well as practical understanding of the changing research needs of students and faculty; experience in developing, building, and sustaining working relationships with teaching faculty, researchers, and students;Experience with collection development;Ability to advocate and promote library resources and services to a variety of constituents;Understanding of emerging trends and technologies in education librarianship through research, practice, and/or other professional development activities;Ability to use current technologies for delivering and developing library services;Ability to work within a collaborative team environment in a distributed university setting;Commitment to professional development and growth;Excellent communication skills, both oral and written; andMust be able to meet requirements for reappointment and promotion ( / Benefits / Salary: 12-month professional faculty appointment with rank; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; tuition waiver for self. Salary is commensurate with professional experience and academic qualifications. Salary at appointment is dependent upon rank: Librarian I (not less than $65,000), Librarian II (not less than $70,000), Librarian III (not less than $75,000), and Librarian IV (not less than $80,000). The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and three other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. Serving an R1 University, the Mason Libraries pursues an ambitious programmatic agenda in all areas that are key to a contemporary academic research library-innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, digital scholarship, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. For more information, visit us at

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and three current professional references. References must include name, address, phone number and email address.Questions should be directed to Brian Royer (, Office of the Dean of Libraries.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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