Two Associate University Librarian positions, The George Washington University

The George Washington University Libraries (GW Libraries) is seeking nominations and applications for two Associate University Librarians (AULs) to provide leadership to a vibrant and responsive organization. GW Libraries has embarked on an exciting path, serving as a catalyst to spark innovation and new ideas throughout the George Washington University community. Fundamental to our vision is the proactive role that GW Libraries play in sustaining and expanding our intellectual partnerships with faculty and students across the university. This requires an empowered, agile and highly collaborative staff that is willing to provide leadership and ensure growth in responding to an ever-changing information landscape.

The two new AULs, along with another current AUL and senior staff members, will provide vision and leadership to librarians and staff of the GW Libraries, which include the main library (Gelman) and the libraries of the Mount Vernon (Eckles) and Virginia campuses. The AULs will work together as a team to consider the most effective approaches for providing services and solutions, and engaging students, faculty and staff to understand their information needs. Projects and activities will be viewed from a total GW Libraries perspective, with librarians and staff performing together based on requirements and skills rather than reporting structures. The end result will be a healthy, vibrant organization that addresses faculty and student needs effectively. As members of the senior management team, they will participate in planning, budget, operations, and personnel decisions for GW Libraries.

We invite applicants who have demonstrated dynamic, innovative and creative approaches to empowering and mentoring staff, leading projects, solving problems, and initiating new services designed to meet user needs. Candidates must understand the broad landscape of current trends in research libraries and have a demonstrated track record of successfully implementing new technologies and methods in an operational setting. The AULs will have a proven record of strength in multiple operational areas and flexibility to work towards library-wide goals. This will enable shifts of management responsibility as needed to support an efficient and agile organization that changes and adapts to the university’s needs over time. Areas of oversight could include access services, support for teaching and research, collections, scholarly technology, technical services or other units. As the libraries continue to grow and change, so, too, will the organization. Portfolios of responsibility are likely to shift as areas of focus are realigned. The AULs will serve on Library, University, and consortium committees, as well as represent the Libraries and the University in a variety of groups and forums.

Basic Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited MLS in library or information science or advanced degree with relevant experience and continuing education.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience as a professional librarian or archivist in increasingly responsible positions.
  • At least five years of experience in a managerial or supervisory role in libraries or library-related organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage others in collaborative planning and delivery of user-centered services.
  • Demonstrated awareness of current trends and ability to assess these trends for implementation in an operational setting.
  • Demonstrated excellence in leadership, communication, interpersonal and collaborative skills

Experience, Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Preferred

  • Experience in supporting research activities and leading new investigations into innovative information technologies.
  • Strong project planning and management, with a successful track record of defining and meeting schedules with the resources that are available.
  • Demonstrated experience with program development and collaboration.
  • Experience with initiating grant opportunities and working on grant-funded projects.
  • Involvement with scholarly communications issues, including open access, copyright and publishing.
  • Experience in working with publication licenses and negotiations.
  • Technology skills and experience with its application in knowledge management and support of teaching and scholarship.
  • Commitment to and support for an inclusive, diverse environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain deep collaborative relationships to deliver effective services to users.
  • Understanding of digital library issues and opportunities, particularly as they impact faculty and student productivity.
  • Understanding of teaching and learning practices and innovations in higher education.

Appointment Rank & Salary

Salary and appointment at the rank of Librarian III/IV dependent upon qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package includes 22 days/year paid annual leave plus 12 days per year paid sick leave; medical; TIAA/CREF; tuition assistance.

Application Procedure

To be considered, please complete an online faculty application at and upload a CV and a cover letter that includes an assessment of skills related to basic qualifications. Review of applications will begin on February 27, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. Employment offers are contingent upon the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.

The University and department have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among librarians and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position.

The 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.

About The George Washington University and GW Libraries

The George Washington University is the largest research university in the nation’s capital, located blocks from the White House, the State Department, the Federal Reserve, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. GW currently enrolls approximately 25,000 students, including 10,000 undergraduates, in ten colleges and schools at three campuses in the District of Columbia and Virginia. Over the past twenty years, the university has made remarkable strides, including consolidation of the main campus at Foggy Bottom; the establishment of a wide variety of new degree programs, both on-campus and off; the construction of a Northern Virginia campus devoted to graduate study and research in science and technology; and the acquisition of the beautiful Mount Vernon Campus in Georgetown with a focus on specialized undergraduate programs. Thanks to these developments, GW has attracted an increasingly high caliber of faculty and students. With faculty at the top of their fields, and partnerships with organizations locally and around the globe, GW remains a first-choice among students of political science, public policy, international relations, public health, and other disciplines. Under its current leadership, the university has magnified its support for science and engineering, including the construction of a new research facility and the recruitment of nationally recognized research faculty.

As the largest research university in the District of Columbia and a rising institution of higher education in this country, GWU has two obligations: to collect and create knowledge and make it available to the world, and to produce a steady stream of critical thinkers who know how to utilize knowledge to become leaders in whatever field they enter. These two obligations merge in the GW Libraries.

The George Washington University Libraries have launched a variety of innovative programs and services. In support of an increased emphasis on undergraduate education, librarians work closely with faculty in the University Writing Program, helping to teach academic research and writing to all incoming freshmen. With a rigorous and critical approach to pedagogy, this collaboration remains unique among library instruction programs around the country, and it sets the stage for students’ work both within their majors and across the disciplines. GW’s librarians have launched new technology programs to help faculty and students harness social media in support of their scholarly research and are working in collaboration with research libraries across the country to create and support open source and open access programs. GW Libraries belong to the Association of Research Libraries, the Washington Research Library Consortium, the Northeast Research Libraries Consortium and other leading library organizations.

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