Special Collections Technician, Law Library Georgetown University Law Center

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Special Collections Technician, Law Library – Georgetown University Law Center

Job Overview

Georgetown Law Library maintains a robust special collections department which features a large collection of rare legal material. The Special Collections Technician plays a crucial role in supporting the needs of the Law Library, the Law Center faculty and administrative offices, the broader University, and the greater scholarly community.

The Special Collections Technician uses archival best practices to process manuscript and archive collections for the purposes of establishing order and intellectual control over the material – including creating inventories, indexes, and finding aids. They also use established library practices to catalog rare books and faculty publications, ensuring that bibliographic records are accurate.

The Special Collections Technician provides access and reference support to all patrons using historical materials; and coordinates and carries out special projects or other duties as assigned to adapt to the changing needs of the department and the library, such as inventory projects, local large-scale shifting projects, etc..

Work Interactions

Reporting directly to the Special Collections Librarian, the Special Collections Technician performs duties according to priorities set by the Special Collections Librarian and within guidelines and procedures established for the department. They play a key role in the success of the Department by maintaining collections and the public access records for the Department, ensuring accurate description to facilitate patron access.

Within the department, the Special Collections Technician also works directly with the Law Center Archivist, the Associate Director for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, and the Conservation Technician; and interacts with staff from other library departments, as well as students, faculty, alumni and external patrons.


Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and a minimum of 3 to 5 years of library experience
Attention to detail.
Flexibility to take on new responsibilities and projects.
Analytical and problem-solving skills.
Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team in a complex and changing environment.
Experience working with historical and archival materials

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with DACS archival standard
Experience with MARC bibliographic records
Familiarity with Library of Congress subject headings

Physical Environment

The Special Collections Technician works primarily in an office environment, spends their time working on a computer and with physical materials, and as needed, retrieves and/or re-shelves materials, uses push carts, and shifts books from one stack area to another.

Work Mode:¬†On Campus. 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 .

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