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Public Policy Liaison and Reference Librarian, Collections, Research, & Instruction – Georgetown University Library
The Georgetown University Library is an agile organization that respects the heritage of the past while anticipating the requirements of the 21st century. By providing preeminent services, collections and spaces, the Library shapes the creation of knowledge, conserves culture for posterity, and transforms learning and research.
The Public Policy Liaison and Reference Librarian supports the teaching and research endeavors of the University community by providing research, reference, and instructional services, coordinating the organization and content of web pages, and developing and managing—in all relevant formats—the Library's collection for public policy, government information, and other social science disciplines as assigned. S/he serves as the Library's lead staff member for Geographic Information System (GIS) and geospatial information. Reporting to the Head of the Department of Collections, Research and Instruction, the Public Policy and Reference Librarian's significant duties include but are not limited to:
Serves as the expert for all services related to public policy and other assigned social sciences, statistical sources and government information; and provides reference and information services in the social sciences, business, and the humanities.
Interprets and analyzes information needs of students, faculty, and other users of Lauinger Library.
Recommends and directs users to appropriate sources of information.
Teaches Library Research sessions in subject areas congruent with collection responsibilities, and creates bibliographic guides and other instructional materials.
Employs new technologies to enhance reference and instruction services - e.g., social networking tools, multimedia, and learning management systems - in order to reach users in an increasingly online environment.
Identifies, creates, manages, and maintains the content of related web pages.
Collection Development and Liaison
Serves as the principal liaison, in coordination with other bibliographers, to the McCourt School of Public Policy and other assigned departments and programs of Georgetown University for collection development from many sources, including the federal government and other governmental entities.
Develops collections in line with the pedagogical and research needs of the University.
Works closely with faculty to understand and be responsive to their research and curricular needs, to keep them informed of the Library's activities, and to integrate the Library's collection and service resources into faculty research and curricular activities.
Contributes to the development of cooperative collection development initiatives with other libraries and library consortia.
Maintains awareness of collection development and scholarly publishing trends in research, libraries, and the commercial sector.
Monitors federal depository selections in collaboration with key colleagues, recommends annual allocations, manages vendor approval plans, and assists in monitoring the library materials budget in assigned areas of responsibility.
Participates in library instruction programs by promoting these services in assigned areas, and by preparing and teaching course-specific and other types of reference and instruction sessions in a variety of formats.
Collaborates with faculty when possible to plan sessions and creates teaching materials related to course assignments and the library research and instruction program's curricular objectives.
Team-teaches sessions with faculty and collaborates with librarians.
Communicates effectively with students and faculty, and assesses user understanding.
Uses a variety of means and the appropriate mix of tools, and adopts best practices to provide and deliver reference and instructional materials.
Conducts in-house trainings and workshops, and participates in those given by others.
Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution
Preference for second graduate degree in Public Policy or a related field of study, but equivalent years of work and/or other equivalent expertise will be considered
2 years of experience working with public policy collections in an academic or research library – preference for collection development experience
Demonstrated experience in research methodologies, instruction and public services
Demonstrated experience in working with statistical and data resources in a research environment
Demonstrated expertise in use of web-authoring applications
Knowledge of current instructional and multimedia technologies
High degree of computer literacy and demonstrated interest in the application of information technologies in the social sciences and humanities
Evidence of superior verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
Superior analytical and problem-solving skills
Record of participation and/or contribution in library professional organizations
Strong commitment to service, and the ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic environment with all levels of patrons and staff
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