Access and Education Librarian, Department Head


Department Heads, in collaboration with the University Librarian (UL), provide leadership and supervision to a Department, its members, and its teams within Library & Learning Services.  The Department Head guides the operation, quality, and development of the services, programs, resources, and personnel within the Department. The Department Heads also collaborate with the UL in providing leadership, guidance, strategic planning, and vision for L&LS.

The Access & Education (A&E) Department Head ensures physical access to resources, provides support for research, and informs through instruction services that promotes the integration of information literacy throughout the curriculum to the Marymount University community.  In collaboration with Team Coordinators, the A&E Department Head provides leadership and vision for services such as circulation, resource sharing, outreach, open and affordable educational resources, reference, and instruction services. A&E services are provided at both Reinsch Library and Ballston Coakley Library Extension.

As a faculty member, this librarian position serves as subject liaison to faculty and students in assigned programs and provides instruction, research support, and collection development for those programs. In addition, participates as a member of the faculty in accordance with the Marymount University Faculty Handbook, including expectations for teaching, scholarship, and service.

The position holds a renewable 12-month contract, as a non-tenure-track faculty with rank, and may have flexibility for some hybrid work.  Successful candidates will have demonstrated teaching and reference experience as well as supervisory experience relevant to guiding the services, programs, resources, and personnel within the Access & Education Department.  Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of commitment to work with diverse populations, in support of the library and university's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.  The starting salary for the position is $85,000 annually plus benefits.

In addition to a current curriculum vitae, applications should include a cover letter that matches strengths to the position and includes a statement on diversity. The committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and accept applications until the position is filled.


Title: Access and Education Librarian, Department Head

Direct Supervisor: University Librarian

Status: Full-Time, Exempt

Division: Academic Affairs

Department: Library & Learning Services

Target Weekly Hours: 40

Location: 2807 N Glebe (Main Campus), Ballston Center

Benefits Eligibility: Yes


  • Works collaboratively to coordinate, improve, and assess services, programs, and resources and to efficiently carry out the functions of the Department and Teams.
    • Develops, implements, and assesses initiatives and operations within the Department and its Teams
    • Stays abreast of and regularly shares current knowledge relevant to the work of the Department and its Teams
    • Guides Team Coordinators in developing, prioritizing, and maintaining Team service standards, projects, and operations
  • Oversees operations of the Department
    • Guides the assessment process within the Department and L&LS
    • Convenes and leads regular Department meetings and ensures that Teams are meeting regularly
    • Maintains Department documents and statistics, and compiles and submits annual report content to the UL's office
    • Coordinates Departmental objectives in support of the L&LS strategic plan, monitors progress on goals and objectives, and reports on these at monthly L&LS faculty meetings
    • Prepares budget requests on behalf of the Department
  • Manages and leads Department personnel
  • In collaboration with three Team Coordinators, monitors trends, develops long-term projects, and leads implementation of services:
    • Circulation - Access services workflows using library services systems
    • Instruction - Information literacy instruction as guided by professional standards and best practices
    • Reference - Research support services in multiple modalities for Marymount students, staff, and faculty
  • Oversees outreach and publicity services, operations, and events for L&LS, including developing success metrics.
  • Coordinates library faculty liaison newsletters, liaison reports, and faculty orientations to L&LS.
  • Engages with relevant Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) committees and collaborations.
  • Participates in designing, implementing, delivering, and assessing a comprehensive information literacy and library instruction program in person and online; works with assigned school directors to achieve information literacy objectives; creates and maintains research guides and other digital learning objects in assigned subject areas.
  • Serves as subject liaison to faculty and students in assigned programs; provides instruction and research support for those programs; selects resources to support those instructional and research needs; manages collection in assigned subjects.
  • Provides reference and research assistance to users at all service locations through a variety of communication modes including in-person, phone, email, and virtual reference; participates in an evening and weekend reference desk coverage rotation.


  • Participates as a member of the faculty in accordance with the Marymount University Faculty Handbook, including expectations for teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Collaborates on or leads a variety of teams, task forces, and committees within L&LS, across the University, and within consortia.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Education: ALA accredited Master’s degree in library science required; second graduate degree preferred for hire and is required for promotion in faculty rank.

Experience: At least five years of relevant library work experience required, with a minimum of two years of progressive supervisory responsibility. 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily.  Must be able to work independently with limited supervision and must be able to work collaboratively on teams.  Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, analytical, and time management skills.  Computing skills including Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, and database searching required.  The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Licenses or Certifications: None.

Financial Responsibility: None.

Supervision: Supervises library faculty librarians, part-time librarians, staff, and/or Graduate Assistants.

Special Knowledge: Ability to use and administer the library integrated system, specifically circulation modules.  Familiarity with contemporary academic library outreach and engagement initiatives.

Demonstrated teaching skills and an understanding of trends in information literacy instruction and instructional technologies.  Excellent customer service skills and ability to work effectively with diverse groups.  Commitment to collaboration in a dynamic work environment.


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