Five Positions: Washington, DC

Position: Middle Eastern Studies Liaison & Reference Librarian, Research Services
Location: Georgetown University Library
Salary: $44,000 – $78,557

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation’s capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.

Requirements

The Middle Eastern Studies Liaison and Reference Librarian supports the teaching and research activities of the University by developing and managing—in all relevant formats—the Library’s collection in Middle Eastern and Arabic Studies and other subject areas as assigned; by providing research, reference, and instructional services; 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 study of the Middle East and Arabic language and culture, and provides general reference and information services in the social sciences, business, and the humanities. Interprets and analyzes 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 Middle Eastern Studies Liaison and Reference Librarian is responsible for identifying, creating, managing, and maintaining the content of the Web pages and other online resources related to his/her field.

Collection Development

This position serves as the Library’s principal liaison to faculty, graduate and undergraduate students engaged in the study of the Middle East and Arabic speaking world. 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 collection and service resources 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, and assists in monitoring the library materials budget in assigned disciplines.

Work Interactions

The Middle Eastern Studies Liaison and Reference Librarian reports to the Head of Research Services, along with ten other subject liaisons and reference librarians. This position works closely with other department colleagues and with the department’s gifts unit, with the Director of Copyright & Scholarly Communication, the curators in the Booth Family Center for Special Collections, and with staff of the ordering, receiving, and electronic resources & serials units of the Technical Services Department. The Middle Eastern Studies Liaison and Reference Librarian also engages with faculty, students, and staff in assigned areas, developing strong relationships and promoting the Library’s relevant services and collections. Work is performed primarily in an office environment.

Requirements and Qualifications

Degree requirement: Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience.

Required Qualifications

  • A minimum of two years of experience working with students, faculty, and staff in a public service capacity in an academic library or research environment
  • Experience with core print and electronic collections relevant to the Middle East, in an academic or research library
  • Experience with collection development in an academic or research library, including familiarity with core print and e-resources relevant to the Middle East
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, and work collaboratively with a range of individuals
  • Expertise in or familiarity with current instructional and multimedia technologies
  • Expertise in or familiarity with web-authoring applications
  • Demonstrated interest in the application of information technologies in the social sciences
  • Strong service commitment to working with students, faculty, staff, and other communities
  • Commitment to fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace, and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population

Preferred Qualifications

  • Second graduate degree in Middle Eastern studies, Arabic studies or a related field, equivalent years of work, and/or other equivalent expertise
  • Knowledge of scholarly publishing and research dissemination practices, ideally in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Record of participation or interest in professional development activities (presentations, participation in professional organizations, etc.)
  • Reading fluency in Turkish.

Position: Head of Archival Processing
Location: Georgetown University Library

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation’s capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.

Requirements

Head of Archival Processing – Georgetown University Library

The Georgetown University Library is seeking to hire an innovative and experienced archivist to lead and manage the archival processing team at the Booth Family Center for Special Collections (BFCSC). The Head of Archival Processing supervises two full-time manuscripts archivists, leads the accessioning and processing of analog and digital collections, oversees the crafting of finding aids, and assists with the selection of collections for digitization.

Reporting to the Director of the BFCSC and working closely with the department’s Curators and University Archivist, the Head of Archival Processing contributes to Booth’s reference and research services, instructional program, and outreach initiatives. Primary duties are centered on five major areas of responsibilities – special collections processing; collections management; reference and outreach; leadership, management, and planning; along with professional contributions and development. These responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Special Collections Processing

  • Leads the manuscripts processing team efforts and participates in arranging and describing collections, ensuring the consistent implementation of processing standards, as well as adopting new archival best practices when appropriate.
  • Provides oversight for and participates in the accessioning, preparation of processing plans, arrangement and description, and preservation of analog and digital materials in accordance with accepted standards and practices.
  • Develops an annual processing priorities plan with assigned team responsibilities, processing rates, and timelines.
  • Coordinates the transfer of all new manuscript donations and acquisitions as well as the assigning of accession records to these items.
  • Participates in the department’s annual planning by creating work plans, developing budgets, identifying digitization projects, and writing proposals and progress reports.
  • Trains and supervises student workers, interns, and term positions in archival processing.

Collection Management

  • Oversees the management of storage and access schemes for the department’s archival collections, including transfers and retrievals to and from the Washington Research Libraries Consortium’s (WRLC) shared collections storage facility.
  • Collaborates with BFCSC staff and Library colleagues in the development of a comprehensive digital preservation strategy for born-digital collections as well as digitized content.
  • Coordinates and assists in prioritizing the preservation, conservation, and security needs of analog and digital collections in consultation with the Director, Curators, and University Archivist.
  • Supports the BFCSC Director’s efforts in the acquisition of collections and in the evaluation of possible new collecting areas.
  • Collaborates with colleagues throughout the Library to develop and implement digitization projects to enhance online access to collections.

Reference and Outreach

  • Works scheduled shifts at the BFCSC reception desk and reading room, assisting researchers in registering using Aeon, in the appropriate use of a public scanner, and in the proper care and use of materials.
  • Answers manuscript-related reference questions from Georgetown faculty, students, administrators, alumni, the media, and other researchers at the reception desk, and by chat, email, or phone.
  • Collaborates with BFCSC colleagues and Georgetown faculty in providing instructional support.
  • Contributes content to the department’s blog and the Library’s social media program.

Leadership, Contributions, and Development

  • Provides leadership and supervision of the day-to-day operations of the manuscripts unit.
  • Directs, coordinates, and contributes to the activities and projects in the manuscripts unit; provides leadership in formulating unit goals and ensuring that the goals are met.
  • Responsible for hiring and managing staff, assigning work, setting goals and expectations, conducting performance evaluations, and providing constructive feedback to staff.
  • Works with Curators and University Archivist to develop and implement policies and procedures to improve workflows, adopt and apply new technologies, and evaluate departmental operations and services to align with Library initiatives and services.

Professional Contributions and Development

  • Participates actively in professional organizations at the regional, national, and/or international level.
  • Stays current by closely following trends and issues in archives and special collections
  • Pursues opportunities for continued professional growth.

Qualifications

  • An ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library or Information Science and/or an advanced degree in a relevant discipline with archival management and special collections training, or equivalent education and experience
  • 5+ years of professional experience as an archivist, at least three of which include progressive responsibility managing professional staff
  • Experience preparing DACS-compliant finding aids in an archival content management system, such as ArchivesSpace, Archivist Toolkit, or Archon
  • Demonstrated experience in managing the description, access, and preservation of analog, hybrid, and born-digital collections
  • Excellent planning and project management skills, accuracy, and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
  • Commitment to fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace, and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience using ArchivesSpace
  • Experience with digitization and digital curation projects
  • Familiarity with relevant standards such as AACR2, RDA, MARC, Dublin Core, and LCSH
  • Experience in supervising and training student workers, interns, and/or term employees.
  • Record of professional presentation, publication, or leadership in national or regional professional organizations, including SAA, RBMS, and/or ALA
  • Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language

Work Mode: Hybrid 4 Days on site. 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 and AAP positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources Mode of Work Designation.

Position: Curator of Rare Books
Location: Georgetown University Library

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation’s capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.

Requirements

Curator of Rare Books – Georgetown University Library

The Georgetown University Library seeks a knowledgeable, creative, and dynamic special collections librarian to curate and advance the scholarly use of the rare books collections at the Booth Family Center for Special Collections (BFCSC). Reporting to the BFCSC Director and working collaboratively with the Center’s other unit heads, the Curator of Rare Books contributes to the department’s instructional program, reference and research services, and outreach initiatives. They also engage Georgetown’s faculty and students, donors, and booksellers to ensure that the development of the Booth holdings will support teaching, learning, and research. Primary duties are centered on five major areas of responsibilities – collection development; research, instruction, and outreach; collection management; leadership, management, and planning; and professional contributions and development – and include but are not limited to:

Research, Instruction, and Outreach

  • Supports the department’s instructional services program through faculty outreach and teaching instructional sessions that support primary source literacy and research
  • Coordinates with faculty and colleagues in designing online research guides that highlight Booth holdings
  • Provides patron support by offering individual research consultation sessions
  • Answers rare books-related reference questions from Georgetown faculty, students, administrators, alumni, the media, and other researchers by email, chat, or phone
  • Works scheduled shifts at the Booth reading room, assisting researchers in the appropriate care and use of materials
  • Initiates and engages in outreach activities, such as curating exhibitions, developing public programs, and crafting social media posts
  • Identifies collections to be digitized to support instruction and research

Collection Development

  • Develops rare books collections by both purchase and gift, in line with the pedagogical and research needs of the University, as well as its existing collection strengths
  • Reviews and updates collection development policies and sets collecting priorities
  • Consults with faculty to learn about their research and instructional needs
  • Monitors collection development and scholarly publishing trends in research libraries
  • Serves on the department’s Acquisitions Committee to consider purchases and scan for new collecting opportunities
  • Monitors the rare books budget and documents all purchases in the assigned areas of responsibility
  • Works closely with the Booth Director in the cultivation and stewardship of library supporters, donors, and gifts

Collection Management

  • Advises on cataloging projects with the Library’s Metadata Services Unit
  • Monitors collection maintenance to provide access to holdings
  • Assists with environmental monitoring of collection storage areas to ensure long-term preservation of materials
  • Recommends items for conservation on an annual basis

Leadership, Management, and Planning

  • Provides leadership and supervision of the day-to-day operations of the rare books unit
  • Directs and coordinates activities and projects in the rare books unit; and provides leadership in formulating unit goals and ensuring that the goals are met.
  • Hires and manages staff, assigns work, sets goals and expectations, conducts performance evaluations, and provides constructive feedback to staff
  • Liaises with other Library departments

Professional Contributions and Development

  • Collaborates with Booth curators and staff, technologists, and digitization staff in an array of activities that will create strong, meaningful, and interdisciplinary opportunities for professional development and hands-on skills
  • Participates actively in professional organizations at the regional, national, and/or international level
  • Pursues opportunities for continued professional growth

Qualifications

  • An ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library or Information Science and/or an advanced degree in a relevant discipline with special collections training, or equivalent education and experience
  • 3+ years of professional experience working with rare books
  • Experience in evaluating gifts and purchasing items through book dealers
  • Demonstrated teaching experience and a familiarity with the pedagogical skills required to provide effective Special Collections instruction
  • Ability to articulate clearly the importance of primary source materials in the classroom and in scholarly communications across a broad range of researchers including students
  • Experience providing effective reference assistance to patrons of a research-oriented academic library
  • Knowledge of the history of books and printing and the principles of bibliography
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the description, access, and preservation of rare books collections
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills, accuracy, and attention to detail
  • Ability to undertake and sustain self-directed work on multiple projects at the same time
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
  • Commitment to fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace, and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated familiarity in managing a collections budget and individual collection funds
  • Experience in working with donors
  • Knowledge of digital humanities resources, and the integration of scholarly research material within the digital environment in support of innovative scholarship and discovery
  • Proven ability in supervising and training student workers, interns, and/or term employees

Work Mode: Hybrid 4 Days on site. 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 and AAP positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources Mode of Work Designation.

Position: Assistant Director for Public Services
Location: George Washington University Law School

Full vacancy announcement available on AALL Career Center.

Established in 1865, The George Washington University Law School is the oldest law school in Washington, DC. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. The law school is located on the GW campus in the downtown neighborhood familiarly known as Foggy Bottom. The main GW Law complex is located at 2000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052.

The George Washington University Law Library supports the curricular and teaching requirements of the Law School, the research and publication needs of the law faculty, and the study and research needs of the law students; and provides to the scholarly community at large access to a research collection of material about the law and its history. Additional information about the Law Library can be found at, https://www.law.gwu.edu/library .

The Law Library seeks a qualified librarian for its Assistant Director for Public Services position to begin as early as May 2, 2022. The librarian in this position oversees the Law Library’s Public Services operations, which includes circulation, library access, stacks maintenance, interlibrary resource sharing and document delivery services, and reference and research services.

Please note that initially the librarian in this position will be required to work at the university’s Foggy Bottom campus in Washington, DC; the ability to work remotely in the future will be assessed and determined by the supervisor in accordance with Law School and University policies.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supervises the Public Services Division, which includes coordinating workflow, training and evaluation of staff, and oversight of personnel issues within the division
  • With the other assistant directors and under the supervision of the director, manages ongoing daily activities of the library
  • Coordinates with the director and other assistant directors in short- and long- range planning for the library, and takes a leading role in creating and implementing library guidelines and procedures
  • Acts in the stead of the director in his absence, either alone or in cooperation with the other assistant directors
  • Coordinates with other library divisions regarding Public Services activities that affect those divisions
  • Develops, plans, and coordinates faculty, student and alumni services within Public Services and with other library divisions
  • Develops, plans and coordinates customer service initiatives within Public Services
  • Handles special access requests and coordinates library tours and orientation activities
  • Assists at the circulation, document delivery, and/or reference desks
  • Performs reference duties, including participation in the faculty liaison program
  • Composes and delivers lectures on legal research to law students and other groups
  • Performs other duties as assigned

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Graduate degree in library or information science (e.g., MLS) from an ALA-accredited institution or completion of degree requirements by the time of appointment
  • JD, LLB, or LLM from an ABA-accredited institution or completion of degree requirements by the time of appointment, and
  • A minimum of five years of post-graduate degree experience in a law library with a history of increasing responsibility that includes knowledge of legal information sources, research methodologies, and related technologies; and strong managerial, problem-solving, project management, and communication skills

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Leadership skills including ability to mentor and develop team members and to work effectively in a diverse workforce
  • Demonstrated broad vision, strategic thinking, collaborative decision-making, and coherent planning as a leader and manager in a rapidly changing environment
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience in selecting materials using a collection development policy/or plan
  • Experience in managing circulation/fulfillment functions in an integrated library system
  • Demonstrated superior customer service skills
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrated attentiveness to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please complete an online application at https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/90755 to include uploading a resume and cover letter and providing contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin March 28, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.

Please note that the University has mandated that all personnel be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to accessing campus for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.