The Librarian for Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation Collections and Initiatives takes the lead within the Library to develop collections, instruction, and programming to support the process to engage the historical role of Georgetown University in the institution of slavery. This is a three-year term position. The incumbent also collaborates with individuals, departments, and centers to address contemporary issues related to the legacies of slavery, such as our nation’s system of mass incarceration, unlawful discrimination, unfair housing, unemployment, workers’ rights, and health disparities. S/he directly engages with faculty in a wide variety of disciplines who wish to incorporate topics related to slaveholding and its legacies into their course curricula as well as with students, visiting scholars, descendants of those who were enslaved, and the broader community. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources and Services, the Librarian has additional duties that include but are not limited to:
- Engages Georgetown faculty and students and supports the development of curriculum and instruction, using collections at Georgetown related to slavery and its direct and indirect legacies.
- Publicizes the Maryland Province Archive and related collections to the University and broader community who can use the collection in their research, teaching, learning, and genealogical research.
- Creates and supports programming on issues relating to slavery and related topics.
- Collaborates with and supports the work of Georgetown’s forthcoming Institute for Racial Justice.
- Promotes collections through publications (articles, blog posts), presentations, and exhibitions.
- Fosters relationships and collaborates with the wider community of universities, studying slavery and the libraries and archives that support them.
- Collaborates and partners with others within and outside the University to pursue grant opportunities for expanding outreach in the relevant areas.
- Collaborates with reference librarians, curators, archivists, and faculty in their work on developing collections in disciplines relating to slavery and its legacies.
- Provides reference and information services to faculty, students, administrators, the media, and other researchers about the relevant collections.
- Creates and maintains webpages, LibGuides, and other research tools for students and researchers on topics relating to slavery and its legacies.
Professional Contributions & Development
- Participates in committee, department, division, and Library staff meetings.
- Serves on Library and University-wide committees and task forces.
- Contributes to the profession through active involvement in local, regional and national professional associations and bibliophilic organizations.
- Represents the Library to local and national groups interested in issues relating to universities and slave-holding.
- Frequently acquires new knowledge and updates skills to enhance professional performance in all areas of responsibility.
- Keeps abreast of developments, trends and issues in the library and archives fields, participating in strategic planning.
- Suggests revisions to policies and enhancements to services, participating in achieving Library-wide goals, preparing statistics, and writing reports as needed.
- Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution required; Advanced degree in a related field of study strongly preferred
- Minimum three years of experience working on slavery, racial justice, or related issues, preferably in a university environment
- Knowledge of African American history, particularly with regard to slavery and its historical ramifications
- Demonstrated ability to work individually and collaboratively in a team environment
- Excellent organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to detail
- Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
- Ability to meet strict deadlines
- Knowledge of digitization and digital humanities projects
- Experience working on or managing grant-funded projects
- Knowledge of the history of the Catholic Church, with an emphasis on the Society of Jesus and its history in America
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