Engineering Librarian

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education, professional experience, and rank: see ad text for anticipated appointm
Jan 08, 2022
Apr 27, 2022
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
Engineering LibrarianThe George Mason University Libraries seeks an Engineering Librarian. This position serves the College of Engineering and Computing located in the heart of one of the East Coast's most active tech corridors. This position requires an independent, outgoing self-starter who is attentive to detail, and who is dedicated to meeting the engineering and technology-related information needs of Mason faculty, staff and students. 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. About the Position:This position is responsible for providing library services in the areas of reference, research, and instruction in support of faculty and students in the Volgenau School of Engineering division of the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC); and developing corresponding library collections and outreach initiatives. The position, part of the Science and Technology Team, reports to the Lead, Science and Technology Team and Mercer Library, and works in a dynamic public service environment.Responsibilities:Provides liaison services to several programs principally in the Volgenau School of Engineering division of the CEC;Provides library instruction and support for face-to-face and online/distance education classes in assigned departments and programs;Develops academic department-based relationships and serves on academic department task forces, committees, work groups, etc., as requested or assigned;Provides general and specialized reference and research assistance, as well as email and virtual reference; assists patrons in use of the research resources; participates with service desk coordination, including: library system knowledge, providing reference training for classified staff, and providing input regarding workflow or projects;Provides instructional services (including curriculum-based instruction, online learning instruction, library orientations, and individual student appointments); prepares and maintains online learning instructional materials, online research guides, etc. as necessary;Works closely with the faculty contacts from each assigned department in the identification, monitoring, and selection of research materials and purchases to develop collections in support of programs;Works closely with the Digital Scholarship Center to support the data-related needs of designated departments: finding and using relevant datasets as well as instruction and assistance with relevant computational technologies;Follows trends in scholarship in assigned departments and programs in order to respond to student and faculty needs;Participates in the selection and training of Science and Technology Graduate Professional Assistants (GPAs); participates in the training and supervision of GPAs, wage assistants, and classified staff members for reference transactions and on assigned projects;In the absence of the Lead, Science and Technology Team, may be asked to fulfill senior librarian supervisor role and mediates and resolves issues as necessary;Provides backup to other subject librarian positions as appropriate or as needed;Participates on committees, task forces, projects, etc. within the Mason University Libraries, the Science and Technology Campus, the University, and, as appropriate, the community;Participates in the work of the Science and Technology Team; team responsibilities include attending group meetings, participating in team-based projects, and collaborating and communicating with other team members; andPerforms other duties as requested, which fall within the scope of a member of the University Libraries' Professional faculty.Required Qualifications:ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library or Information Science OR an equivalent certified foreign degree;Undergraduate degree in engineering or the sciences or equivalent training and experience;Demonstrated post-MLS academic liaison library experience in supporting science teaching, learning, and research activities (at least 2-3 years preferred);Demonstrated experience in providing instruction, responsive and quality reference, digital, and collaborative library research services including consultations;Ability to build collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationships with people of varying backgrounds; work effectively with faculty, students, professional colleagues and diverse academic groups; ability to advocate and promote library resources and services to a variety of constituents;Collection development experience, including fund management; wide exposure to relevant databases, collections, and publishers/vendors;Experience developing and evaluating service initiatives; demonstrated ability to use current technologies for delivering and developing library services, including course management systems and social media; andUnderstanding of research trends and applications in e-science; excellent communication skills, both oral and written; demonstrated understanding of scholarly communication issues.Preferred Qualifications:Second Master's degree in subject relevant to the position; andDemonstrated knowledge of and professional-level experience with engineering or science research and teaching.Appointment/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 academic qualifications, professional experience, and rank, with anticipated appointment salary ranges as follows...Librarian I: $62.5 - $65K; Librarian II: $65 - $70K; Librarian III: $70 - $75K; and Librarian IV: $75K+.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. One of Virginia's leading academic research libraries, the Mason Libraries continues to gain steadily in national stature as it transforms in all areas that are key to a 21st century research library-innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. Visit us at for more information.

All applications for this position (FA192z) MUST be submitted online at George Mason's employment page ( Applicants must submit letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three current references. Questions should be directed to Debra Hogan (, Office of the Dean of Libraries. Review of applications will begin February 14, 2022.

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