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Librarian-United States Institute of Peace

  • 24 May 2021 3:31 PM
    Message # 10545809
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Position Title:

    United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Librarian

    Position Description:

    This is a part-time (20 hours/week), Librarian I/II limited-term appointment. Continued employment, beyond June 30, 2022, and future salary is dependent on grant funded availability.


    The George Washington University is the largest research university in the nation’s capital and is located in the heart of Washington, D.C. GW offers undergraduate and graduate programs in many disciplines and currently enrolls approximately 25,000 students in ten colleges and schools at three campuses in the District of Columbia and Virginia. GW Libraries supports the teaching, learning, and research goals of the GW university community, and is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), the Chesapeake Information and Research Library Alliance, and the Northeast Research Libraries Consortium. For more information on the university and GW Libraries, visit


    Located a few blocks from GW’s Foggy Bottom campus, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) “is a national, nonpartisan, independent institute, founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical, and essential for U.S. and global security. In conflict zones abroad, the Institute works with local partners to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict. To reduce future crises and the need for costly interventions, USIP works with governments and civil societies to build local capacities to manage conflict peacefully. The Institute pursues its mission by linking research, policy, training, analysis, and direct action to support those who are working to build a more peaceful, inclusive world.” For more information on USIP, visit

    Under the supervision of a Director of Research Services, the USIP Librarian is a member of the GWLAI’s Research and User Services division. The USIP Librarian serves as GWLAI’s primary liaison and point of contact for Visiting Research Scholars from USIP. The incumbent will provide a variety of services and support to USIP’s Visiting Research Scholars and other members of the GW university community, including, but not limited to:

    --Facilitate access to the library and the library’s resources for USIP’s Visiting Research Scholars.

    --Provide basic research and reference assistance (online and in-person).

    --Develop and offer training and other instruction sessions on library resources and research.

    --Hold individual, in-depth research consultations.

    --Develop and maintain research guides and other web-based research and instruction tools.

    --Conduct outreach and distribute relevant information about library resources and services to USIP.

    --Advise and support collection development as needed in subjects relevant to USIP research.

    The USIP Librarian may begin working remotely, but will eventually work at the Gelman Library at the university’s Foggy Bottom campus in Washington, D.C., once the university and library resume in-person operations. The incumbent may perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.


    --Enrolled in or have completed a Master's degree program in library and information science from an American Library Association-accredited program or equivalent.

    --Ability to work creatively and independently as well as collaboratively and as part of a team in an environment committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

    --Effective oral and written communication skills.

    --Effective interpersonal skills and service-orientation.

    --Excellent time management skills.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    --One-to-two years of library experience, including experience with research/reference and instruction.

    --Degree or background in political science, international affairs, or area studies.

    Salary and other benefits:

    Rank and salary are contingent upon qualifications and are competitive for DC-area academic libraries. The benefits package includes: (11) days/year paid annual leave; (12) days/year paid sick leave; paid winter break; (7) other paid holidays; medical, dental, and vision; 401(A) retirement plan, 4% base and GW will match 150% of the first 4% of employee 403(B) contributions, up to a maximum of 6% of eligible compensation; tuition assistance; and basic life insurance. For benefit details, please visit

    Application Process:

    To be considered, please complete an online application at, upload a cover letter that includes an assessment of skills related to basic qualifications, and a curriculum vitae. Only complete applications will be considered. Review of applications will begin on June 21, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.

    The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.



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