Reference Librarian - Georgetown Law Library

Washington D.C.
Jul 13, 2017
Aug 28, 2017
Full Time
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Reference Librarian - Georgetown Law Library

Georgetown Law Library is one of the country's premier legal research institutions, with a dynamic staff of over 50 people and a collection exceeding one million volumes. We strive to live up to our motto: “Supporting Scholarship, Excelling in Service, Leading in Technology.”  Located in the nation's capital, and within walking distance of the U.S. Congress and the Supreme Court, Georgetown University Law Center is recognized for the quality of scholarship, its renowned faculty, and for its exceptionally talented and diverse student body. Focused on service excellence and innovation, it is among the largest academic law libraries in the nation and includes a comprehensive collection in U.S., international, foreign, and comparative law materials.

The Reference Librarian is a member of a diverse reference and research services staff of 14 librarians from different professional backgrounds and with wide ranging interests and areas of expertise.  S/he provides extensive legal reference services in a fast-paced, dynamic environment - participating in the reference desk rotation (including evenings and weekends), conducting individual research consultations, and writing research guides.  Under the direct supervision of the Head of Reference, the Reference Librarian has duties that include but are not limited limited to:

Reference Service

  • Participates in the reference desk rotation and meets individually with students to advise them on research sources and strategies.
  • In coordination with the Head of Library Research Services and the Head of Reference, responds effectively to specialized research requests from faculty. 
  • Performs reference service as scheduled, to include normal business hours, evenings and weekends.

Instruction & Communication

  • Actively engages in the teaching of legal research skills and online searching techniques.
  • Designs, develops, and teaches specialized legal research classes to upper class students. 
  • Conducts research in appropriate disciplines to prepare for classes on specific topics - for example, environmental law, health law, or communications law; and identifies key materials in the subject area.

Faculty Services

  • Serves as the primary point of library contact for designated faculty members and meets 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. 
  • Responds to faculty research requests and, as appropriate, 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. 
  • Collaborates with others in the library to develop marketing and outreach initiatives to introduce and educate faculty about library services.


  • Develops the Library's collection in assigned subject areas.
  • Selects materials for the collection and assesses 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 meetings of the bibliographers

Other Presentations and Tours

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.

Professional Activities

The Reference Librarian participates as a member of Library and Law Center committees, as well as in the activities of professional associations (both library and law-related).  

Institutional Advancement

Through work and actions, advances library goals and values as articulated in library planning documents and values statement.


  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school or non-U.S. J.D. equivalent or Master's degree from an ALA-accredited school of library and/or information studies or non-U.S. Master's degree equivalent.
  • Experience with legal research materials, including online legal databases
  • Knowledge of legal materials and excellent communication skills
  • Awareness of current trends in legal research, library automation and library instructional programs
  • Expert knowledge of both legal and interdisciplinary research sources and methods, including international, foreign, and comparative law. 
  • Availability and willingness to work as scheduled during normal business hours, weekend hours, and evening hours.

Preferred qualification

Professional experience in a law or academic library, and experience teaching legal research or leading instructional design

The Reference Librarian position receives annual funding and leave for professional development and training.  As well, the Law Library supports administrative leave for scholarly research and writing, and full-time librarians may apply for up to two weeks of administrative leave after one year of continuous service. Reference Librarians are encouraged to participate as a member of Law Library and Law Center committees to grow and contribute to community life.

Reference Librarians hold Academic & Administrative Professionals (AAP) appointments.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Experienced librarians are encouraged to apply. Georgetown provides a comprehensive and highly competitive benefits package to help provide employees with work-life balance, including child care through professional, licensed on-site day care; tuition assistance for employees and their dependent children; retirement savings in which the university contributes up to 10 percent of an employee's gross pay; and alternative work schedules (for example, telework).

Reference Librarians hold Academic & Administrative Professionals (AAP) appointments.

Applications must include - recommend submitting as a single document - both a current resume and a cover letter that include the names and contact information for 3 references.

Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled. The start date is negotiable. Priority will be given to applications received by July 17, 2017.

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Submission Guidelines:

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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, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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