Job Posting: Acquisitions & Resource Sharing Librarian, Washington DC



Position Description:  Acquisitions and Resource Sharing Librarian


Position Summary:  The Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library seeks a Librarian with knowledge of print books and all types of non-book materials to create a strong collection of print and electronic materials in the health sciences, nursing and public health.  The Librarian will serve as Chair of the Collection Development Committee, coordinate the development of an overall collection in all formats and provide analyses of the book budget and the book collection. The Librarian must be able to work with faculty to maximize the print collection. The Librarian reports to the Associate Director for Collections and Access Services.

 Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Facilitates the selection and ordering of all print monographs, audiovisuals, and software purchased for the Library, including the Bloedorn Technology Center, by collaborating with faculty and internal representatives as well as through external sources required to identify the best resources
  2. Conducts reconciliation, approval and payment of all invoices for the above materials and coordinates collection purchases made on the departmental credit card.
  3. Manages the budget accounts for all materials listed above, keeping accurate records in Sierra and other systems as needed and produces all budget analyses as required or requested.
  4. Manages currency of all print book collections within the library (monographic, Professional, Reference, etc).
  5. Coordinates the Library’s approval plan program.
  6. Communicates and works collaboratively with the Serials & Systems Librarian to assure the currency of all serial standing orders within the Reference collection.  Collaborates with Reference librarians to maintain the Reference collection.
  7. Participates in the Library’s Liaison Program, working with one or more departments as assigned within the guidelines and expectations of the program.
  8. Works with Circulation to resolve lost, claims returned, damaged and assumed lost book items.
  9. Participates in the Library’s instructional program as an Informatics Tutor.
  10. Serves as Chair, Collection Development Committee to coordinate and maximize all formats of library resources.  Participates as a member in other library committees.
  11. Coordinates collection of and manages annual statistics reports to organizations such as AAHSL and ARL.
  12. Maintains knowledge of current trends in librarianship and their implementation in the area.
  13. Maintains an updated procedures and position manual accessible and ensures its availability to all within the library.





  • Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) from an ALA-accredited school.
  • Two years’ experience working within a library setting– specifically involving acquisitions, collection development, and/or institutional repository duties.
  • Demonstrated oral, written and analytical communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems and to work collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of Microsoft Office and ability to maximize use of Microsoft Office Excel spreadsheets in analysis.



  • Knowledge of, and experience specifically with, health sciences, nursing and public health information resources and non-book materials.
  • Knowledge of the Sierra integrated library system.
  • Experience working with an institutional repository.
  • 4+ years’ experience with acquisitions and collection development.



Application Procedure:


To be considered, applicants should complete an online faculty application at and upload a letter of interest and a current CV. Review of applications will begin on 3/15/16 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. For a complete position description, go to


The George Washington University and the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates are 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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