Reference Librarian, Georgetown Law Library Georgetown University Law Center

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Reference Librarian, Georgetown Law Library – Georgetown University Law Center

The Reference Librarian provides extensive reference service to the Law Center’s faculty and students by participating in the reference desk rotation, conducting individual research consultations, writing research guides, and participating in other law library instructional programs as needed. They participate in basic and advanced legal research instruction, Legal Research and Writing liaison program, journal liaison program, faculty liaison program, library tours, and other educational programs; and evaluate and select materials for the library’s collection in assigned subject areas.

Under very general supervision, the Reference Librarian – along with other librarians – works directly with students and faculty on a nearly constant basis and is essential to supporting the research needs of the students and faculty at the Law Center in activities that include but are not limited to:

Student activity

Shares responsibility with other librarians for research assistance at the reference desk, which this time handles approximately 6,000 reference questions each year
Meets with students on a regular basis to provide individualized research advice and instruction.

Teaching Activity

Shares responsibility with other librarians for the formal classroom instruction of approximately 5,000 students in more than 150 classes each year.


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 – including international, foreign, and comparative law
Excellent communications skills
Experience with legal research materials, including online legal databases
Awareness of current trends in legal research, library automation, and library instructional programs
Some integration of different but relatively similar bodies of knowledge and/or functions
Some analytical ability

Preferred qualification

1 to 3 years of professional experience in a law or academic library, and with teaching legal research

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