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Reference Librarian, Georgetown Law Library, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC

Georgetown Law Library is seeking applications for a Reference Librarian, based 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. Georgetown Law Library is one of the country's premier legal research institutions, with a dynamic staff of more than 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."

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The Reference Librarian provides extensive reference service to the Law Center's faculty and students by participating in the reference desk rotation, individual research consultations, writing research guides, and participating in other law library instructional programs as needed. Librarian instruction directly supports the curriculum of the Law School. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provides extensive reference services to the Law Center's faculty and students by participating in reference desk rotation, individual research consultations, writing research guides, and participating in other law library programs as needed.
  • Serves as a liaison to approximately for designated faculty, training their research assistants, providing customized research tools, and performing more complex research requests.
  • Understands designated faculty members' area of teaching and scholarship and for developing proactive services; and provides advanced and refresher online training to faculty members.
  • Collaborates with others in the library to develop marketing and outreach initiatives to introduce and educate faculty about library services.
  • Responds effectively to specialized research questions from faculty ranging from law and related disciplines (e.g., international, foreign and comparative law).
  • Participates in basic and advanced legal research instruction, online training, clinical research instruction, Legal Practice Faculty liaison program for instruction in legal research and writing, journal liaison program, library tours, and other educational programs.
  • Evaluates and selects materials for the library's collection in assigned subject areas.
  • Conducts research in appropriate disciplines to prepare for classes in specific topics (e.g., environmental law, health law or communications law). Identifies key materials in the subject areas.
  • Evaluates and selects materials for the library's collection in assigned subject areas.  
  • Delivers timely, accurate information to faculty or students which is vital to the accuracy of briefs or other court documents, the validity of litigation, mediation and other procedures involving our faculty and students, particularly students in clinical programs.
  • Shares responsibility with other reference librarians for research assistance at the Reference Desk (at this time, the Reference Department handles approximately 11,000 reference questions each year).
  • Meets with students on a regular basis to provide individualized research advice and instruction.
  • Shares responsibility with other reference librarians for the formal classroom instruction of approximately 5,000 students (at this time the reference department offers more than 150 classes each year).
  • Develops, plans and/or teaches programs on various aspects of legal research to groups outside the library's primary patrons, and conducts tours of the library for visitors.
  • Participates as a member of Library and Law center committees, as well as professional associations (both library and law related).
  • Through work and action, advances library goals and values as articulated in library planning documents and values statement.


  • Juris Doctorate degree 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
  • Preference for 1 to 3 years of professional experience in a law or academic library, and experience with teaching legal research
  • Knowledge of legal materials
  • Experience with legal research materials, including online legal databases
  • Awareness of current trends in legal research, library automation and library instructional programs
  • Ability to integrate different but relatively similar bodies of knowledge and/or functions, as well as some analytical ability
  • Excellent communications skills

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Applications must include both a resume and a cover letter, which includes the names and contact information for three references. To receive full consideration, application materials should be received by September 7, 2018.

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Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at Georgetown University you must submit a cover letter and resume  for each position of interest for which you believe you are qualified. These documents are not kept on file for future positions.

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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 (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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