Research Services Librarian, Law Library - Georgetown University Law Center
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Research Services Librarian, Law Library - Georgetown University Law Center
The Research Services Librarian - a member of the Library Research Services Department, the primary library department for the Law Center's research and document delivery needs - participates in the planning, development, implementation and administration of the library's research services, focusing on the individual scholarly and educational pursuits of the law faculty, administration, and student body. Reporting to the Head of Library Research Services, the Research Services Librarian has duties that include but are not limited to:
Directly supports law center initiatives, the curriculum and the scholarly pursuits of faculty.
Negotiates completion dates and coordinates the accomplishment of the project by assigning projects to student employees or completing the project personally, as appropriate; and works with other members of the library liaison program to manage completion of research projects received through the liaison program.
Identifies and obtains materials and other factual information using resources from several disciplines; and analyzes and evaluates legal and interdisciplinary materials, synthesizes factual findings, and composes memoranda to faculty to communicate research results.
Administers the operation of the department's document delivery service - training students and staff about the department's procedures, troubleshooting problems that arise, and performing document delivery tasks when appropriate.
Employs skill and proficiency in using print sources, online sources, and various other subscription and bibliographic databases in multiple disciplines.
Management of Research Services Students
Handles primary responsibility for coordinating and overseeing a team of student research assistants, and may supervise the other members of the Library Research Services staff.
As needed, reviews the work product of others in the department and provides each with constructive feedback focusing on research methodologies and strategies.
Liaison to Designated Faculty Members and Law Center Institutes
Meets regularly with assigned faculty members to assess research and scholarship needs and to develop related proactive services.
Responds to faculty research requests and, as appropriate, works with the Library Research Services staff to gain needed assistance to complete assignments.
Understands patrons' areas of teaching and research and may provide advanced and refresher online training sessions through the liaison program.
Training of Research Student Assistants
Participates in developing and administering a thorough research training program, focusing on departmental policies and procedures, advanced research techniques, legal reference bibliography, online database skills, research methodology, and topical research instruction, including such topics as legal bibliography, and research in all related fields of study.
Provides reference and research assistance through scheduled reference desk rotations and assigned consultations for students, ensuring that library users can successfully locate and use the information and materials they need to conduct research for publication, administrative duties, class-work, clinics, and independent study.
Employs expert knowledge of both legal and interdisciplinary research sources and methods - including international, foreign, and comparative law - to support the faculty and student wide-ranging interests in law and related disciplines.
Provides reference service during normal business hours, and on evenings and weekends as assigned.
Serves as a subject specialist in assigned subject areas - evaluating collections and making collection recommendations when requested.
Collaborates with the library's selection team to develop collection policies and selection decisions affecting purchases, retention, weeding, storage, serials and electronic information databases.
Professional Activities and Institutional Advancement
Participates as a member of University, Law Center, and Law Library committees, as well as in the activities of professional associations (both library and law-related).
Advances library goals and values as articulated in library planning documents and values statement.
Master's degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent - preference for Juris Doctor from an ABA-accredited law school
1 to 3 years of academic law library experience, reference, teaching and supervisory experience
Expert knowledge of both legal and interdisciplinary research sources and methods
Ability to work under pressure and to set priorities
Excellent communications skills
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