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Librarian Positions

Although we are still accepting applications, a hiring freeze has paused hiring of some positions until further notice.

Search open librarian and staff positions.


GW Libraries and Academic Innovation (GWLAI) enriches the academic experience of scholars and students and sparks innovation at GW. Our people, programs, partnerships, and services enable research and teaching through access to the latest scholarship as well as rich archival resources; tailored support for researchers at all levels; guidance for faculty who want to explore new teaching methods and technologies in the classroom; and robust support for online education. 

Through innovative partnerships, dynamic workshops, and team-based approaches to project management and problem solving, GWLAI fosters collaboration and provides leadership across the university to support the shared mission of generating, making accessible, and preserving new knowledge.

Librarians at GW work closely with faculty, students, and a broad range of partners on and off campus to achieve GW’s aspirations to excellence as a comprehensive global research university. Librarians support the research lifecycle by providing leadership across functions:

  • Serve as active instruction partners across disciplines
  • Advise on technical strategies for data analysis
  • Steward resources
  • Manage, develop, describe, and digitize collections
  • Illuminate GW’s specialized, unique, and archival content
  • Develop software and teach programming languages
  • Advocate for equal access and affordability in higher education
  • Design curricula
  • Advise on strategies for navigating the scholarly publishing landscape
  • Partner with other libraries across our region to provide comprehensive access to research materials

Successful candidates will demonstrate a collaborative spirit; a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; creativity, flexibility, and a willingness to contribute to the core functions of the library while exercising expertise in a particular area of practice. 

Basic Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library or information science, computer science, or other advanced degree with relevant experience.
  • Demonstrate the ability to partner with academic departments to advance scholarship in the disciplines. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with others in an environment committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. 
  • Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.

Appointment Rank and Salary

Librarian I/II/III/IV, full-time appointment. Rank and salary are contingent upon qualifications and are competitive for DC-area academic libraries. Comprehensive benefits package includes 22 days/year paid annual leave; 12 days/year 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; generous ongoing support for professional development; and paid parental leave. Librarians are eligible to apply for research leave after a defined period of service. For benefit details, please visit GW Benefits.