Reference Research Librarian-500493

USA, Richmond, Virginia
Apr 14, 2017
Broadbean Poster
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Reference Research Librarian-500493


The Reference and Research Services Librarian provides reference, research, and instructional services to law faculty and law students, University faculty and students, and other library users. The position teaches the Legal Research component of the first-year Lawyering Skills program and upper-level legal research instruction. The librarian monitors law-related print and electronic resources and notifies faculty and others about relevant resources and specific items and creates library publications, including regular library news, online research guides, and promotion of faculty scholarship.


Teaching Legal Research

  • Teach legal research to assigned sections of the first-year Lawyering Skills program
  • Teach upper-level legal research classes as assigned
  • Promote students' legal research skills in doctrinal courses through lectures and research guides
  • Prepare students for practice by coordinating and teaching in the Library's supplemental legal research instruction
  • Develop and present legal research training for Law School faculty and staff
  • Provide library information and instructional tours

Reference Assistance

  • Provide reference assistance, including assistance with library materials and databases, and staff the reference desk as scheduled
  • Provide reference and research assistance to faculty
  • Promote awareness and use of library resources, including both print and digital materials
  • Develop and maintain research guides to assist faculty, students, and other patrons
  • Supervise and coordinate faculty research projects, working with research assistants and directly with faculty, including though the Library's pool of research assistants

Promote Library Awareness and Scholarship

  • Promote awareness of library services by preparing and editing guides, library news, and displays
  • Promote awareness of faculty scholarship by tracking publications, developing and maintaining displays, and coordinating Library events celebrating faculty scholarship

Collection Development

  • Evaluate library print and electronic resources to advise the Collection Development committee and to support special collections
  • Support access to Library resources by coordinating digitization projects

University Service

  • Serve as a member of Law Library, Law School, and University committees, as appointed and assigned
  • Serve as a faculty advisor to students, as assigned
  • Assume an active role in the law school community by participating in faculty workshops, colloquies and related events
  • Recommend reference and public service policies and procedures to the Head of Reference, Research & Instructional Services and the Associate Dean for Library & Information Services

Professional Service

  • Participate actively in local, state, and national law library and library organizations and associations by attending professional meetings and activities
  • Write articles and/or presentations for various law and library related publications and associations.

Other Duties as Assigned


  • Knowledge of legal resources, print and electronic, and computer-assisted legal research systems
  • Organizational ability
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to interact positively with students, faculty, and other users
  • Strong teaching skills and demonstrated effectiveness in conveying legal information in classroom and other instructional settings
  • Basic knowledge of foreign, comparative, and international law resources (preferred)


  • J.D. from ABA-accredited law school
  • Master's degree in Library and/or Information Science from ALA-accredited institution
  • Reference or public services library experience required
  • Law library experience preferred


  • Full-time, exempt position
  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 7.75 hrs./day; 38.75 hrs./week
  • Occasional evening and weekend work; will be required on a rotating basis


Pay Grade 6
To see more detailed salary information please review the University of Richmond's Compensation Structure.