Science Liaison and Reference Librarian – Georgetown University Library
The Science Liaison and Reference Librarian
supports the teaching and research activities of the University by providing research, reference, and instructional services; by developing and managing—in all relevant formats—the Library’s collection in Science disciplines, as assigned; and by coordinating the content and organization of appropriate web pages.
Research and Instruction:
This position serves as the expert for all services related to sources for research in assigned science departments, and provides general reference and information for the following science disciplines: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, and Environmental Science. Addresses the information needs of students, faculty, and other library users. Recommends and directs users to appropriate sources of information including those in the Special Collections Research Center and digital collections. Teaches library research sessions in subject areas congruent with collection responsibilities and creates research guides and other instructional materials. Employs new technologies to enhance reference and instruction services—e.g., social networking tools, multimedia, and learning management systems—in order to reach users in an increasingly online environment. In addition, the Science Liaison and Reference Librarian is responsible for identifying, creating, managing, and maintaining the content of the web pages and other online resources related to their field(s).
Collection Development : This position serves as the Library’s principal liaison to faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in the sciences and with a focus on those using the Blommer Science Library and constituents in the assigned departments. For the assigned subject areas, the librarian will develop collections in line with the pedagogical and research needs of the University; work closely with faculty to understand and be responsive to their research and curricular needs; keep them informed of the Library’s activities; and integrate the Library’s collections and services into faculty research and curricular activities. Additionally, the librarian contributes to the development of cooperative collection development initiatives with other libraries and library consortia, recommends annual allocations, manages vendor approval plans in assigned disciplines, and assists in monitoring the relevant library materials budget.
The Science Liaison and Reference Librarian reports to the Head of the Research Services Department, along with seven other subject liaisons and reference librarians. This position works closely with other department colleagues and with the department’s gifts unit, with the Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian, the librarians, archivists, and curators in the Booth Family Center for Special Collections, and with Technical Services staff in the ordering and receiving of materials.
Required qualificationsAn ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library or Information Science and/or an advanced degreeMinimum of two years of professional or paraprofessional experience working with students, faculty, and staff in a public service capacity (outreach and instruction)A bachelor’s degree in a science field or extensive experience with science collections and research methodsAbility to communicate effectively orally and in writing, and work collaboratively with a range of individualsExpertise in or familiarity with current instructional and multimedia technologiesExpertise in or familiarity with web-authoring applicationsDemonstrated interest in the application of information technologies in the sciencesStrong service commitment to working with students, faculty, staff, and other communitiesCommitment to fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace, and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population
Preferred qualificationsSecond graduate degree in a relevant field of study, or equivalent years of work and/or other equivalent expertiseDemonstrated experience in or knowledge of science research methodologiesRecord of participation or interest in professional development activities (presentations, participation in professional organizations, etc.)
Work Mode: Hybrid
Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University. Such review may necessitate a change to a position’s mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University’s mode of work designations for staff positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources
Mode of Work Designation
The anticipated hiring salary range for this position is $68,000 - $70,000.
The Georgetown University Library is an agile organization located in the nation’s capital, committed to advancing Georgetown University’s global leadership in academics and research, while also addressing the requirements of the changing landscape of higher education and the evolving nature of scholarly communication. By providing preeminent services, collections and spaces, the Library contributes to the creation, dissemination and preservation of knowledge, aswell as the transformation of learning and research.
The Georgetown University Library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse staff dedicated to excellence in service, continuous learning, and leadership within the library profession. With diversity as one of its Library’s core values, the Library not only seeks to actively recruit and retain a diverse workforce, but also ensures the acquisition of adiverse collection of materials and a climate of openness and respect for all traditions, cultures, and ideas.
The Georgetown University Library actively promotes its values - lifelong learning, collaboration, leadership, quality, integrity, and diversity in its daily tasks. Whenever possible, the Library offers flexible work schedules and telework options, and supports continuous learning opportunities in order to achieve the highest quality of service that can beoffered.
The safety and well-being of our colleagues and applicants is our first priority. For this position, the Georgetown University Library anticipates conducting on-site interviews for candidates in the final round. Please note that changes to the university and local health and safety guidelines may require modifications to the interview process, including a shift from in-person to virtual interviews, if warranted.
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