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Reference Librarian - Georgetown University 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.”


Reference Librarian

Georgetown University Law Library


Due to a retirement, Georgetown University Law Library is seeking applications for a Reference Librarian in the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library.


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.


This position joins a diverse reference and research services staff of 14 librarians from different professional backgrounds and with wide ranging interests and areas of expertise. Under the direct supervision of the Head of Reference, this position is an essential member of the Reference team, which provides extensive legal reference services in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. Responsibilities include participating in the reference desk rotation (including evenings and weekends), conducting individual research consultations, and writing research guides.


The Reference Librarian participates in basic and advanced legal research instruction (e.g., first-year legal research and writing program, specialized courses, clinics, law journals) for one of the largest law schools in the nation. The Reference Librarian is the primary contact for designated faculty members in a liaison program to meet research and scholarship needs, and works with the Library Research Services team to coordinate in-depth faculty research projects. The Reference Librarian participates in the library’s collection development in assigned subject areas.


The position receives annual funding and leave for professional development and training. The Law Library also 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.


Required: J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school or non-U.S. J.D. equivalent; Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited school of library and/or information studies or non-U.S. Master’s degree equivalent; knowledge of legal materials; excellent communication skills. Experience with legal research materials, including online legal databases. Awareness of current trends in legal research, library automation and library instructional programs.


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


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 (e.g., telework). Reference Librarians hold Academic & Administrative Professionals (AAP) appointments. The start date is negotiable.


To apply for this position, please submit applications via the Georgetown University Careers portal (https://careers.georgetown.edu) by using Job Number JR02021, or via this link. Address applications to Joe Thomas, Deputy Director of the Law Library, and include a cover letter, a current resume, and the names and contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled.


Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



Reference and Outreach Services Librarian - George Mason University Law Library


The George Mason University Law Library invites applicants for the position of Reference and Outreach Services Librarian located on the Arlington, Va., campus. 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. 




The incumbent is responsible for providing library services to students, staff, faculty, alumni, attorneys and public patrons. Duties include reference and research services, law student instruction, outreach to law students and other patrons, serving as a library liaison to law faculty, collection development, Web site editing, social media, and other duties as assigned. 


1. Provide reference services by e-mail, telephone and in-person to faculty, students, staff, alumni, attorneys and other public patrons. 

2. Prepare guides, handouts and other materials (both print and Web-based) to assist students, faculty and other patrons with the library collection and services. 

3. Serve on the Collection Development Committee to evaluate, update and implement collection development policies; and identify titles for selection, cancellation and weeding. 

4. Provide liaison support to Law School faculty and adjunct faculty, including training in the use of print and electronic resources, preparation of bibliographies, and facilitation of interlibrary and document delivery. 

5. Teach legal research as part of the LRWA (Legal Research, Writing and Analysis) I and II programs, including instruction in both print and electronic resources. Participate in other research instruction classes, including substantive law classes; Career and Academic Services Office (CAS) presentations; orientation; and library tours. 

6. Under the supervision of the Head of Reference and Instructional Services, take primary responsibility for developing the teaching materials, presenting the materials to the librarians, and scheduling instruction in the LRWA III and IV courses. 

7. Take primary responsibility for maintaining the Law Library’s Library and Technology blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed. 

8. Provide backup, as needed, to the Reference and Faculty Services Librarian reviewing and uploading Social Science Research Network (SSRN) papers and making edits to the Law School and Law Library Web sites. 

9. Work with the Circulation Department to provide backup coverage at the Circulation Desk when necessary, and assist in collection management decisions. 

10. Participate in professional development activities, library committees, and Law School and university activities. 

11. Perform other duties as assigned. 


Required Qualifications:


  • J.D. from an American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited law school, and MLS or equivalent from an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited library program;
  • Thorough knowledge of legal bibliography, both in print and electronic formats;
  • Academic law library experience providing services to law faculty;
  • Strong service orientation and organizational abilities;
  • Teaching experience; and
  • Experience using, or ability to quickly learn to use, Web editing software for Web page maintenance. 


Preferred Qualifications:


Experience working with The West Education Network (TWEN), Web page editing software, and social media software such as WordPress blogs, Facebook and Twitter.


To Apply:


Applicants must apply for position number FA329z at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Review of applications will begin immediately. 


For full consideration, apply by July 21, 2017.



Part-Time Reference Librarian - George Mason University Law Library



The George Mason University Law Library invites applications for a part-time reference librarian vacancy.

1. Provide reference assistance to faculty, students, alumni, and public patrons in the library reference office via in-person, telephone, and email consultation.
2. Assist students who are engaged in researching and writing a note or comment of publishable quality for their Scholarly Writing class by reviewing and commenting on research outlines, meeting with students by appointment, and assisting those who stop by the Reference Office without an appointment.
3. Provide teaching assistance in the Legal Research Writing and Analysis program (“LRWA”), including occasional evening teaching.
4. Assist with keeping research guides up-to-date and well maintained.
5. Perform faculty and project research as assigned by and to assist the full-time Reference Librarians.
6. Other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Required—J.D. and an ALA-approved MLS (or equivalent degree) with law library reference experience. A J.D. with library reference experience and enrollment in an MLS program may substitute for the MLS degree requirement. Teaching or training experience is preferred.

Hours: 20 hours per week, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., plus some evening teaching.

Location: On-site in the Law Library.

Position begins: July 31, 2017 (some flexibility on start date).

Reports to: Head of Reference and Instructional Services.

Compensation: Hourly wage, commensurate with experience.

Parking/Metro/Bicycle: Parking is not provided by employer and is on-street at metered parking spaces, or in a pay-for garage. The Law Library is a five-minute walk from the Metro Orange and Silver lines’ Virginia Square/GMU station. Metro fare is not provided by employer. The campus is equipped with bicycle racks, both outside and covered inside the parking garage.

To apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Ellen Feldman, Head of Administrative and Access Services, at efeldma3@gmu.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

George Mason University Law Library
Antonin Scalia School of Law, George Mason University
3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 993-8020