Job Posting: Reference Librarian, GWU Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library

Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library

The George Washington University

Position Description:  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.  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.
  5. Develops and maintains research guides to support student and faculty educational and research activities.
  6. Investigates new technologies and software to support faculty education and research.
  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 combination of 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.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • 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. Anticipated salary for Librarian I: $65,000

Other Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package includes 22 days/year of paid annual leave; 12 days/year of 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.

Special Instructions to Applicants: To be considered, please complete an online application at, and upload a letter of interest, and a CV. Review of applications will begin on September 12, 2022 and will 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. Please note that the University has mandated that all personnel be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to accessing campus.



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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