One Position: Virginia

Position: Policy and Government Librarian
Location: George Mason University
Salary: $67,500 – $77,500+

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Policy and Government Librarian

George Mason University Libraries seeks an experienced, creative, dynamic, collaborative, and both teaching- and research-oriented Policy and Government Librarian to serve all of the Schar School of Policy and Government programs.

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.

About the Position:

As a member of the Social Sciences Team & Mason Square Library, incumbent’s duties include: collection development, instruction, reference, research consultations and support, outreach, and information management. The Policy and Government Librarian serves as the primary contact/liaison for the Schar School’s undergraduate and graduate programs; collaborates with faculty and students to provide instructional, project, and program support and assistance; provides general and specialized reference and research support in person, via email and phone; and oversees the maintenance of in-house and electronic publications and research resources. Incumbent also serves as the Libraries’ Government Documents Coordinator. Position reports to the Lead, Social Sciences Team & Mason Square Library.


  • Provides holistic liaison services to the Schar School;
  • Works closely with the Schar School faculty in collection development matters and oversees expenditure of associated allocated funds;
  • Assists faculty and students in all areas of research—both general reference and in-depth research consultations and assistance, online and in person;
  • Prepares and presents library instruction sessions for faculty and students in Schar School undergraduate and graduate programs, both in-class and in library drop-in workshops;
  • Provides support for information problem solving, retrieval, and management;
  • Provides general and specialized reference and research assistance, as well as email and virtual reference. Provides instructional services (including curriculum-based instruction, walk-in instructional sessions, web-based tutorials, library orientations, and individual student appointments). Prepares and maintains web-based instructional materials and online research guides within the scope of the position;
  • Serves as the University Libraries Government Documents Coordinator;
  • Works closely with the Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center to support the data-related needs of designated departments: finding and using relevant datasets as well as instruction and assistance with relevant computational technologies;
  • Participates in the work of the Social Sciences Team, including contributing to team projects, providing coverage for other subject areas as needed, and assisting in the selection, training, and supervision of Classified staff and Graduate Assistants;
  • Develops and sustains academic program-based relationships and serves on academic department task forces, committees, work groups, etc. as requested or assigned;
  • Prepares activity and action reports for Supervisor as requested (including identification of issues and trends); and
  • Performs other duties as requested, which fall within the scope of a member of the University Libraries’ professional faculty.


12-month Professional Faculty appointment; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; tuition waiver for self. Salary is commensurate with professional experience and academic qualifications. This is not a beginning professional-level position, and, as such, salary at appointment dependent on rank: Librarian II ($67,500 – $72,500); Librarian III ($72,500 – $77,500); Librarian IV ($77,500+).

The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and three other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. Serving an R1 university, the Mason Libraries pursues an ambitious programmatic agenda in all areas that are key to a contemporary academic research library – innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, digital scholarship, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. For more information, visit us at

Special Instructions to Applicants

All applications for this position (FA002z) MUST be submitted online at George Mason’s employment page ( Applicants must submit application, cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three current references.

Questions should be directed to Diana Tippett ( or Della Patrick (, Office of the Dean of Libraries.