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Reference and Instruction Librarian-The Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library

  • 11 May 2023 6:40 PM
    Message # 13200211

    Position Title:

    Reference and Instruction Librarian

    Position Description Summary:

    The George Washington University (GW) is the largest research university in the nation’s capital and is located in the heart of Washington, DC. GW offers undergraduate and graduate programs in many disciplines including medicine, health sciences, public health, and nursing.

    Himmelfarb Library seeks applications for a collaborative and service-oriented Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library. This librarian supports reference, research, and instructional services to students, faculty, and staff of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, and School of Nursing with a focus on equitable impact to our users.

    This librarian is an embedded librarian in nursing and public health courses and acts as a librarian instructor for the Practice of Medicine course, Clinical Integration Sessions, in the MD curriculum. Himmelfarb Library invites interested information professionals of all backgrounds and depths of experience who have an interest in being part of a vibrant, collaborative, mission-driven academic service organization to apply to work with us. This position reports to the Associate Director, Reference, Instruction, and Access.

    Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

    1. Provides support for academic, research, and clinical missions via reference and research information services at the reference desk in the library and via remote reference service points.

    2. Participates in and designs formal and informal instruction and orientation programs for students, staff, and faculty, as well as community health patrons; contributes to the evaluation of instructional materials.

    3. Provides support and training to users for the library’s online resources including databases, citation management, and research tools.

    4. Provides support to faculty in creating and maintaining courses in GW’s course management system, as well as other educational technologies that facilitate online and distance education, and investigate new technologies and software to support faculty education and research

    5. Acts as library liaison for the CIS/POM course – this includes timely distribution of course materials to fellow librarian instructors, regular review of course materials, attending course committee meetings, managing the grading of assignments/quizzes, etc.

    6. Develops and maintains research guides and other online materials to support student and faculty educational and research activities.

    7. Contributes to library marketing and communication activities.

    8. Participates in collection development activities for the reference collection and liaison departments.

    9. Assists in management of student listservs and library e-mail accounts.

    10. Performs other duties as assigned.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • MLS or a combination of a graduate degree and professional experience in libraries.

    • Coursework or experience searching literature and full-text databases.

    • Coursework or experience teaching information literacy skills and providing reference services or educational technology support.

    • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with others in an environment committed to equity, diversity and inclusion; may include experiences in education, mentoring, consulting, outreach, or another form of engagement.

    Other Information:

    Preferred qualifications:

    • Minimum of 1-2 years experience teaching information literacy skills and/or providing reference service, or 2-3 years experience providing educational technology support in a library environment.

    • Demonstrated knowledge of biomedical literature databases such as PubMed.

    • Experience supporting systematic review projects or teaching about systematic review methodology.

    Advertised Salary: Rank and salary are contingent upon qualifications and are competitive for DC-area academic health sciences libraries however there is an anticipated annual salary of $65,000-75,000.

    Other Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package includes 22 days/year paid annual leave; 12 days/year paid sick leave; paid winter break and 7 other holidays; medical, dental, and vision; 401(A) retirement plan, 4% base, and GW will match 150% of the first 4% of your 403(B) contributions, up to a maximum of 6% of your eligible compensation; tuition assistance; and paid parental leave. For benefits details, please visit GW Benefits. This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule of two (2) days/week of remote work and three (3) days/week of on-site work however GW will not sponsor for employment visa status. 

    Application Process:

    To be considered for this position, please complete an online application at and upload a cover letter that highlights your experiences, including transferable skills, that address the job responsibilities, and demonstrate your ability to thrive in this position, a current CV, or a resume, and provide the names and complete contact information for at least three (3) professional references. Review of applications will begin on June 9, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. 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 based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.



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