History Liaison Librarian-George Mason University, VA

History Liaison Librarian (FA403z)


George Mason University Libraries seek a creative, dedicated, and collegial librarian for the position of History Liaison Librarian. This position communicates with, provides services to, and develops collections for the department of History (historyarthistory.gmu.edu/).


Reporting to the Head, Fenwick Library Reference Department, the History Liaison Librarian • creates, delivers and provides responsive and innovative research, information and outreach services via in-person and virtual reference assistance; general reference service as scheduled; office hours; one-on-one research consultations; embedded courses; course management system; social media, etc., in assigned department(s) • instructs users in disciplinary research and integrates library resources into curricula and research projects • collaborates in developing a robust online service environment to link and engage users with library services, personnel, collections and programs • assesses and analyzes trends in assigned departmental teaching and research programs • understands and follows trends in scholarship in assigned discipline(s) to respond to departmental needs • engages and collaborates with faculty on assignments, course design, and pedagogical strategies • develops and manages subject-area collections in all formats • promotes library services to faculty and students and keeps current on trends, tools, issues and needs in digital humanities • understands, explains and responds to changes in reference and research service provision, publishing, information organization, management and dissemination, higher education, scholarly communication and research librarianship • uses and incorporates available technologies into the processes of teaching, learning, and research • collaborates in the design, implementation, and maintenance of relevant online tools and services to better meet user needs • discovers and obtains institutional scholarly output, research data, and other content for inclusion in MARS (Mason’s institutional repository) as well as other library digital initiatives (e.g., Open Access)


Qualifications. REQUIRED: ALA-accredited MLS or ALA-recognized foreign equivalent. Undergraduate degree in subject field(s) relevant to the position, or equivalent training and experience; demonstrated academic research library experience (3-5 years preferred), including reference, instruction, and collections work; wide exposure to relevant databases, collections, and publishers/vendors; demonstrated provision of responsive and quality library services; experience in developing working partnerships with academic departments; commitment to research literacy and a record of rapport and collaboration with faculty on assignments, course design, and pedagogical strategies; experience developing and evaluating service initiatives; experience working with primary sources and data collections; demonstrated ability to use available technologies for delivering and developing library services; understanding of research trends and applications in digital humanities; excellent communication skills, both oral and written; ability to work effectively with diverse academic groups; able to advocate and promote library resources and services to a variety of constituents; ability to build and sustain key relationships with faculty, students and professional colleagues; excellent understanding of trends affecting academic librarianship including scholarly communication issues.

PREFERRED: Second Master’s degree in subject relevant to Mason’s History program. Demonstrated knowledge of/experience with digital history research and teaching.


Appointment/Benefits/Application Information: 12-month professional faculty appointment with rank dependent on qualifications and experience. Salary: competitive and commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank. Benefits information and application instructions are available at hr.gmu.edu/. All applications for this position (FA403z) MUST be submitted online at jobs.gmu.edu/. Review of applications will begin on September 3, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions should be directed to Debra Hogan, Executive Assistant to the University Librarian, at dhogan1@gmu.edu.


George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution—located in the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C. area—with national distinction in a range of academic fields. Enrollment is over 32,000, with students studying in over 198 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William. The university is a member of the Washington Research Library Consortium, the Virtual Library of Virginia, the Center for Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. For more information please visit library.gmu.edu or www.gmu.edu.


George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.