The George Mason University Law Library invites well-qualified applicants for the position of Reference Librarian located on the Arlington campus. 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.
The Reference Librarian is responsible for providing library services to students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Duties include reference and research services, law student instruction, outreach to law students and other patrons, serving as a library liaison to law faculty, collection development, web page editing, social media, and other duties as assigned.
Responsibilities: 1.Provide legal reference and research services to faculty, students, staff, and alumni. 2.Provide legal research instruction to law students in the first-year Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis (LRWA) program in coordination with the other librarians and the LRWA faculty; assist in the preparation of teaching materials, tutorials, and student exercises for the first-year LRWA program. 3.Provide other research classes for law students, such as Prepare-to-Practice, Writing for Seminar Papers, etc., on an as needed basis. 4. Provide liaison support to law school faculty, including training in the use of print and electronic resources, TWEN support, preparation of bibliographies, and facilitation of interlibrary loan and document delivery. 5. Coordinate with the Reference and Outreach Services Librarian to assist with and participate in the provision of instruction in the second year LRWA program. 6. In coordination with the other law librarians and the Scholarly Writing Faculty, ensure effective planning and provision of legal research instruction and assistance to students enrolled in Scholarly Writing. 7. Provide back-up for other reference staff duties such as SSRN support and outreach via social media. 8. Develop and maintain both print and web-based guides to legal research. 9. Provide library tours to faculty, staff, students, and visitors as needed. 10. Contribute to the collection of reference statistics. 11. Serve on the Collection Development Committee and participate in collection development with other librarians to evaluate, update and implement collection development policies, and identify titles for selection, cancellation, and weeding. 12. Provide back-up for Circulation desk staff as needed. 13. Perform other duties as required. 14. Other professional activities:
Attend professional meetings and conferences.
Participate in Mason committee meetings and work with Mason libraries and librarians, as applicable.
Serve on Search Committees as needed.
Juris Doctor degree from an ABA-accredited law school and an M.L.S. or equivalent degree from an American Library Association accredited library school (expected completion of an M.L.S. within one year from time of application is acceptable).
Relevant legal reference and research experience;
Knowledge of legal bibliography and legal research techniques in both print and electronic formats;
Reference experience as well as teaching experience in a law library (academic, government, or private);
Ability to quickly learn new technological skills;
Knowledge of or ability to learn web content management systems;
Knowledge of or ability to learn web content management skills;
Excellent written and oral communication skills; and
Strong interpersonal, organizational, and time-management skills, with a service orientation and ability to work effectively with a variety of individuals and groups within an academic community.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Arlington, VA
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George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.
Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA86FZ at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
Internal Number: 45195
About George Mason University
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public university located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, public policy, economics, visual and performing arts, life sciences and biotechnology, Mason prepares its alumni to succeed in the workforce and meet the needs of the region and the world.