Reference Librarian -  Georgetown University Law Library 

The Georgetown Law Library seeks an energetic, self-driven Reference Librarian who is highly service- oriented and able to adapt to an evolving environment. With a dynamic staff of over 50 people, the Law Library welcomes and encourages initiative. Collaboration across departments is the norm, leadership and growth opportunities abound, and learning never ends. 

The Reference Librarian is a member of a diverse reference and research services staff of 15 librarians from different professional backgrounds and with wide ranging interests and areas of expertise. The Reference Librarian provides extensive legal reference services in a fast-paced, dynamic environment by participating in the reference desk rotation, conducting individual research consultations, writing research guides, and participating in instructional programs. Under the direct supervision of the Head of

Reference, the Reference Librarian has duties that include but are not limited to: 

Reference Service 

  • Participates in the reference desk rotation (including evenings, weekends, and some holidays), and meets individually with students to advise them on research sources and strategies. 

Instruction & Communication 

     Actively involved in the teaching of legal research skills and online searching techniques to first- year students in the Legal Research and Writing program.

     Designs, develops, and teaches specialized legal research classes to upper-class students.

     Conducts research in appropriate disciplines to prepare for classes on specific topics (e.g., environmental law, health law, or tax law) and identifies key materials in the subject area. 

Faculty Services

     Serves as the primary point of library contact for designated faculty members and is responsible for meeting 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.

     In coordination with the Head of Library Research Services and the Head of Reference, responds effectively to specialized research requests from faculty, 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 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 relevant meetings and trainings. 

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

             Participates as a member of Library and Law Center committees, as well as in 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.

     Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited school of library and/or information studies or non-U.S. Master’s degree equivalent.

     Expert knowledge of both legal and interdisciplinary research sources and methods.

     Experience with legal research materials, including online legal databases.

     Awareness of current trends in legal research, library automation, and library instructional programs.

     Excellent communications skills.

     Availability and willingness to work as scheduled during normal business hours, evening hours, weekend hours, and holiday hours.


Preferred Qualifications

     One to three years of professional experience in a law or academic library.

     Experience with teaching legal research.


The Reference Librarian position receives annual funding and leave for professional development and training. 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. Entry-level applicants are encouraged to apply. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. 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; and retirement savings in which the university contributes up to 10 percent of an employee’s gross pay. 

To apply for this position, please submit applications via the Georgetown University Careers portal

( by using Job Number JR06733 or via this link. Applications must include a cover letter, current resume, and the names and contact information for 3 references (submission of a single document is preferred). Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled.

The start date is negotiable. Priority will be given to applications received by June 26, 2019.