Feb 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Duties: Biddle Law Library has an opening for a talented Reference Librarian to help the Library provide outstanding reference, research, and teaching support at a law school that prides itself on cross-disciplinary studies.

As part of the reference team, the reference librarian will provide research services to a highly productive faculty, supporting their research and teaching needs using legal and non-legal resources; teach legal research in formal and informal settings; provide reference and chat assistance to law school and university patrons; contribute to webpage projects; create bibliographies, research guides, and faculty course portal materials; and participate in other public service duties as needed. The librarian will contribute to the library's teams and strategic initiatives, including identifying innovative outreach efforts and applying new technologies to the department's and library's work. This position reports to the Head of Reference Services.

Under the general direction of the Head of Reference Services, the Reference Librarian will be expected to do the following:
* Participate in Reference and Chat rotation, helping patrons in a wide variety of ways such as: identifying possible research sources in all formats, suggesting research strategies, giving 'over the shoulder' guidance in the use of online databases, assisting in the use of library equipment, exercising discretion and tact in representing the library in the best possible light to the walk-in, email, chat or call-in patron.
* Participate in Biddle's Faculty Liaison Program by meeting regularly with assigned faculty about their research interests, attending their workshop presentations, developing faculty course portal materials, making recommendations on their behalf to the Collection Development Committee, bringing new acquisitions to their attention with their research interests in mind, doing everything possible to make faculty feel that librarians support them proactively.
* Teach legal research in formal and informal settings, including but not limited to, first year legal research instruction, upper-level law students in classes and tutorials, LLM classes in an intensive August program, 'one-on-one' consultations with students writing research papers and with non-law university patrons.
* Enhance the library's contribution to the mission of the Law School by producing bibliographies for the Faculty Appointments Committee, supplying specialized information for administrators, and providing assistance to all administrative units of the Law School as appropriate.
* Write library guides, handouts, bibliographies, etc., and contribute to webpage projects.
* Contribute to the Library's teams and strategic initiatives, including identifying innovative outreach efforts and applying new technologies to Reference and the Library's work.
* Foster contacts with other professionals and libraries by participating in the activities of professional organizations.

Qualifications: Highly advanced professional discipline. M.D., Ph. D., Law degree or equivalent doctoral degree and 3 to 5 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
ABA-accredited JD and ALA-accredited MLS degrees.

* A thorough knowledge of basic legal sources and skill in using print and electronic materials.

* A strong service orientation toward all library patrons with special attention to law faculty and students.

* Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.

* Ability to work with initiative and flexibility in order to respond effectively to changing information needs.

* Collegiality which fosters team building among librarians and staff so as to constantly improve service.

* Active participation in the intellectual and administrative life of the Law School.

Preferred: Additional degrees or training in non-legal fields; instructional experience; facility with webpage development, statistics software, Excel and web 2.0 technologies (blogs, wikis, social media apps).

Reference Number: 56-25082

Salary Grade: 027

Employment Type: Exempt

Org: Biddle Law Library

Special Requirements: Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

Job Family: N-Museum/Library/Archival

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