Head of Reference, Georgetown Univ. Law Library

Head of Reference

Georgetown University Law Library

Georgetown Law Library is one of the country’s premier legal research institutions, with a dynamic staff of over 50 people and a collection exceeding one million volumes.

We strive to live up to our motto: “Supporting Scholarship, Excelling in Service, Leading in Technology.”

Georgetown University Law Library is seeking applications for a Head of Reference, based in the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library.

Located in the nation’s capital, and within walking distance of the U.S. Congress and the Supreme Court, Georgetown University Law Center is recognized for the quality of scholarship, its renowned faculty, and for its exceptionally talented and diverse student body. Focused on service excellence and innovation, it is among the largest academic law libraries in the nation and includes a comprehensive collection in U.S., international, foreign, and comparative law materials.

The Head of Reference manages all aspects of the library’s reference department to ensure that the library provides high-quality professional research and information services to Law Center faculty, staff, students, and other patrons.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating reference desk coverage provided by 15-20 librarians covering weekday, evening, and weekend hours

  • Supervising legal research instructional programs

  • Oversees development of guides and other research aids for the library website

  • Participating in collection development with a focus on U.S. law

  • Leading reference service initiatives and outreach programs

The position directly supervises 6 full-time librarians and coordinates both the library’s faculty liaison program and one full-time paraprofessional in consultation with Heads of the International and Foreign Law Department and Library Research Services.


  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school or non-U.S. J.D. equivalent

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited school of library and/or information studies or non-U.S. Master’s degree equivalent

  • 3 or more years of library experience

  • Supervisory experience

  • Experience teaching

  • Experience with legal research materials, including online legal databases

  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills

  • Evidence of teamwork, strong service and work ethic, creativity, initiative, and flexibility

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply for this position, please submit applications via the Georgetown Career Opportunities Portal. Address applications to Joseph W. Thomas, Acting Director of the Law Library, and include a cover letter, a current resume, and the names and contact information for three references. To receive full consideration, application materials should be received by October 3, 2018.

Georgetown University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
This entry was posted in Jobs, MLIS Required. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.