THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
THE GELMAN LIBRARY SYSTEM
ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT LIBRARIAN
Library Assignment: Gelman Library System
Primary Location: Gelman Library
The Gelman Library System (GLS) seeks applications and nominations for
the position of Engineering and Physical Sciences Collection Development
Librarian. The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and
innovative librarian able to effectively grow and shape the collections
in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Civil & Environmental
Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science,
Transportation Safety & Security, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics &
For the past five years, the George Washington University has been
engaged in a substantial enhancement to its science and engineering
programs and curricula. Plans to build a major new science and
engineering facility are well underway. The Gelman Library System has
responded to this growing need by increasing its science and
engineering-related collection development positions from one to two
full-time collection development librarians, including this position.
Responsible for defining and implementing the collection development
efforts for engineering and the physical sciences, in all formats, in
consultation with the Associate University Librarian for Collections and
Scholarly Communication as appropriate, to meet the research and
curricular needs of the George Washington University. Acts as primary
liaison between the Gelman Library System and the various departments
related to engineering and physical sciences. Collaborates with other
collection development librarians of the Gelman Library System as
appropriate to ensure that collections in overlapping areas of subject
specialization are adequately covered. Collaborates with colleagues in
Public Services and in Special Collections to develop outreach programs
and public services supporting research and teaching at the University
in the areas of engineering and physical sciences. Interacts with
colleagues in Content Management to insure timely and accurate firm
ordering and maintenance of the Library's approval plans, and to consult
on processes of description and access. In collaboration with
appropriate colleagues in the Gelman Library System, identifies funding
and gift opportunities, prepares proposals and grant applications, and
manages funded projects relating to engineering and the physical
sciences Actively identifies scholarly content in engineering and
physical sciences generated in electronic format by researchers at the
George Washington University as well as content which might be
appropriate for digitization and inclusion in the Gelman Library Digital
repository, and negotiates the inclusion of that content in the
repository. The position reports to the Associate University Librarian
for Collections and Scholarly Communications.
ALA-accredited MLS; undergraduate or higher coursework in Engineering,
Physics, or other comparable subject.
Additional Selection Criteria:
● Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
● Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
● Ability to take initiative and work both independently and
collaboratively throughout the Library System.
● Ability to work effectively and creatively in a culturally
diverse, rapidly changing, and technologically complex environment.
● Commitment to learn and use emerging technologies in the
provision of library collections and services.
Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred:
● Undergraduate or higher degree in Engineering, Physics, or other
● Minimum of 1 year post-MLS experience in an academic library
● Documented record of professional involvement, such as committee
membership, working group participation, delivery of professional papers
at conferences, etc. at the regional or national level and/or
professional publication relating to engineering or the physical
● Familiarity with Dspace, Greenstone, or other digital repository
● Record of successful fund raising and donor cultivation.
● Record of grant writing and grant administration.
● Ability to create positive relations with donors and support
● Creative programming (donor events, exhibit openings, etc.)
● Ability to apply systems thinking and use teamwork in
problem-solving and decision-making.
Appointment Rank and Salary:
Appointment at the rank of Librarian I (minimum salary $47,000),
Librarian II (minimum salary $50,600), or Librarian III (minimum salary
$61,000). Rank and salary based on qualifications and experience.
To be considered please send a letter containing a brief statement of
interest, submit an assessment of skills related to qualification in the
basic qualification, a curriculum vitae and complete contact information
for at least three references to:
Manager, Gelman Library System Administrative Services
The Gelman Library Administration Office
The George Washington University
The Melvin Gelman Library
2130 H St. NW, Room 201
Washington, DC 20052
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
The George Washington University is an equal opportunity/affirmative
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