Job posting: Reference and Instruction, Washington, DC

Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library

The George Washington University

Position Description:  Reference and Instruction Librarian

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 program in many disciplines including medicine, health sciences, public health, and nursing.  The Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library is an important member of the Information, Instruction, and Reference team. This position assists in the provision of information and instructional services to students, staff, and faculty of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, and School of Nursing. Other duties include reference consultations, online education student support, attendance at morning report, and membership on various library committees. This position reports to the Associate Director, Reference and Instruction.

Duties and responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:
1. Provides reference and information services to patrons at the reference desk in the library, and remote reference service points.
2. Performs online database search services and research consultations upon request.
3. Participates in and designs formal and informal instruction and orientation programs for students, staff, and faculty, as well as community health patrons.
4. Participates in curricular activities for the three schools served.
5. Serves as an embedded librarian in nursing and public health courses. Acts as a librarian facilitator for the Practice of Medicine course, Clinical Integration Sessions, in the medical curriculum.
6.  Regularly attends morning report or other clinical activities to provide reference report and maintains reading lists for residents.
7. Participates in the departmental Library Liaison program providing instruction and informational services to various departments (both academic and clinical).
8. Participates in the provision of educational courses, workshops and seminars for various patron groups within the library throughout the academic year.
9. Contributes to the development and evaluation of web-delivered courses and instructional materials.
10. Provides support to faculty in creating and maintaining courses in Blackboard, as well as other educational technologies that facilitate online and distance education.
11. Creates research guides to support student and faculty educational and research activities.
12. Investigates new technologies and software to support faculty education and research.
13. Contributes to library marketing and communication activities.
14. Participates in collection development activities for the reference collection and liaison departments.
15. Assists in management of student listservs and library e-mail accounts.
16. Other duties as assigned.



Requirements: MLS from an ALA-accredited school. Coursework or experience searching literature and full-text databases. Experience with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel. Experience with course management software.  Coursework or experience teaching information literacy skills and providing reference services or educational technology support. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with all levels of library staff and patrons.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Preferred: Minimum of 1-2 years experience teaching information literacy skills and providing reference service or 2-3 years providing educational technology support in a library environment. Demonstrated knowledge of biomedical literature databases, such as PubMed.

Application Procedure:


To be considered, applicants should complete an online faculty application at and upload a letter of interest, a current resume, and include 3 references. Review of applications will begin on November 22, 2021 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 George Washington 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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