Instructional Technology and Assessment Librarian for Collections, Research, & Instruction - Main C

Washington D.C.
Mar 08, 2017
Jul 07, 2017
Analyst, Research
Full Time
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Instructional Technology and Assessment Librarian for Collections, Research, & Instruction - Main Campus Libraries

The Instructional Technology and Assessment Librarian supports the teaching, learning, and research endeavors of Georgetown University faculty, students, and staff by enhancing library instruction with sophisticated technology and assessment practices.  In an innovative and collaborative role, the Librarian draws on new technologies to enhance reference and instruction services in an increasingly online environment.   Significant qualifications/requirements include:

  • ALA-Accredited Master's Degree in Library & Information Science
  • 2+ years of professional (post MLS) experience in an academic or research library environment
  • Experience with the creation of content for online tutorials, instructional videos, and/or asynchronous learning modules and the software to create the same
  • Ability to design surveys and perform basic statistical analysis on datasets and to work with large data sets and practice secure and reliable data management techniques

Reporting to the Department Head, the Instructional Technology and Assessment Librarian has duties that include but are not limited to:

Instruction and Instructional Technology

  • Serves as a leader in the department and the library in the development and implementation of tools for asynchronous learning modules.
  • Collaborates on the creation and maintenance of standards for the content in and technical specifications of online tutorials and other asynchronous learning modules.
  • With colleagues, coordinates the library research instruction program in assigned areas; actively promotes the service; teaches course-specific and other types of instruction sessions, including with Special Collections where appropriate, and develops instructional materials.
  • Collaborates with faculty when possible to plan sessions and create teaching materials related to course assignments and the library research instruction program's curricular objectives.
  • Assesses student understanding of instruction sessions.
  • Communicates effectively with students and faculty, facilitates in-class discussion, and encourages active learning. Uses a variety of means to deliver instructional materials within and outside of class, e.g., Blackboard, course guides, and learning objects.
  • Conducts personalized reference conferences for students doing research projects.
    Understands key issues, trends, and ideas in instruction and conducts in-house training and workshops.

Library Assessment

  • Provides support for assessment liaison activities between library staff and the Department, maintaining a culture of assessment that promotes transparency, communication, and continuous improvement.
  • Works collaboratively across the library to help plan assessment projects that meet the needs of library departments and divisions.
  • Applies survey design best practices to create targeted and purposeful survey instruments, using a variety of survey design tools (e.g., Qualtrics and Google Forms).
  • Applies basic statistical analysis and data management skills to clean data sets and prepare descriptive statistics, using a variety of data management tools (e.g., Excel, LibAnalytics, and Google Sheets).
  • Applies data visualization best practices to display and communicate assessment results digitally and in print for internal and external audiences.
  • Helps communicate assessment results by maintaining the library's data dashboard and preparing brief written reports.
  • Provides support and training to other library staff members to promote and facilitate reliable data collection and accurate data interpretation.
  • Maintains proficiency in the data management policies and procedures of the department, the library, and the University, and exercises good judgment in communicating and applying them to a variety of situations.


  • Answers research questions of students, faculty, and other library users at the reference desk, by phone, e-mail, virtual reference software, or by appointment. Determines patron's research need and identifies and locates appropriate information services.
  • Works scheduled hours at the reference desk including evenings, weekends, and holidays in rotation with other staff, as needed.
  • Provides individual research consultations in assigned areas and instructs patrons in the use of online and print sources to identify relevant research material.
  • Recommends alternative approaches and directs patrons to sources outside the library as necessary.
  • Develops and maintains research guides and other instructional material in all assigned areas as needed.
  • Continually acquires knowledge of new reference resources and updates skills through self-education, continuing education opportunities, and professional development activities.
  • Works closely with other departments such as Gelardin New Media Center, Woodstock Library,
  • Access Services and Special Collections to promote a holistic approach to services.


  • Selects material in assigned discipline(s) to support the pedagogical and research needs of Georgetown's various constituents.
  • Selects material in all formats, including but not limited to: electronic journals, databases, datasets, print monographic materials, print serials, audiovisual materials, microformats, media, and occasionally assists with subject expertise for Special Collections.
  • Develops an awareness of publishing trends for selection areas. Works with faculty and graduate students in selected subject areas to learn more about their research and curricular needs, to keep them informed of the library's activities, and to integrate library resources into their research and curricular activities.
  • Provides services to support the pedagogical and research needs of Georgetown's various constituents.
  • Conducts regular and ongoing assessments in the areas of subject responsibility. Contributes to Library Impact Statements, which assess the effect of new University programs on the need for Library resources.
  • Assesses and makes determinations on the disposition of gift materials in designated subject areas.
  • Participates in retrospective collection development as appropriate.
  • Participates in collection management related projects (for example, weeding, projects related to storage, and electronic resource evaluation).
  • Recommends changes in current collecting policy and keeps subject conspectus current.
  • Evaluates and effectively uses statistical information (including usage data) to make well-informed collection development decisions.
  • Contributes to the development of cooperative collection development programs with other libraries and library consortia.
  • Maintains awareness of University-created scholarly resources and intellectual assets.


  • Actively engages with faculty, students, and staff in assigned areas, developing strong relationships and promoting the Library's relevant services and collections.
  • Works closely with faculty members and students to learn the structure, size, and scope of academic programs as well as associated values, interests, research tools, and methodologies, and applies them to collection development decisions and reference and instruction services.
  • Maintains currency with changing workflows and patterns of scholarly communications in the disciplines.
    Supports the integration of information literacy skills into the curriculum.

Additional Requirements

  • Familiarity with the role of academic libraries meeting the information needs of students, faculty, and staff
  • Strong public service orientation; demonstrated successful experience working with the public; demonstrated ability to make consistently good decisions when interpreting policies and explaining procedures; ability to work with little supervision  
  • Demonstrated expertise in use of web-authoring applications
  • Knowledge of current instructional and multimedia technologies, as well as survey design, data analysis, and data visualization tools
  • Computer literacy in Windows desktop, word processing, Excel, and e-mail software - preference for familiarity with integrated library management systems, bibliographic databases, and internet resources and tools
  • Evidence of superior analytical, problem-solving, and verbal and written communication skills
  • Record of participation and/or contribution in library professional organizations  
  • strong commitment to service, and the ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic environment with all levels of staff and users
  • Reliability. flexibility, attention to detail, and the ability to organize and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work as part of a team in a complex, changing environment, and to be diplomatic and negotiate disputes
  • Experience with the creation of content for online tutorials, instructional videos, and/or asynchronous learning modules and the software to create the same
  • Ability to design surveys and perform basic statistical analysis on datasets and to work with large data sets and practice secure and reliable data management techniques

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