Reference Librarian

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Advertised Title:

Reference Librarian




School of Law


Law Library

Advertised Salary Range:

Commensurate upon experience

Part/Full Time:

Full Time

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Position Category:

Full-time Equivalent (FTE)

Basis :

12 months

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About UofSC:

The University of South Carolina System is comprised of the state’s flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 “Best Colleges” according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses (USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University). Together, the USC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state’s educational, cultural, health and research needs. The System employs nearly 14,000 people who work daily to improve the lives of students, fellow South Carolinians and the world. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

Advertised Job Summary:

The Reference Librarian participates in staffing the reference desk; teaches introductory legal research in a required first-year integrated research and writing course, and may participate in the teaching of an advanced legal research course; contributes to the development and updating of curricular materials; conducts library orientation tours and delivers bibliographic lectures and resource consultations; participates in collection development; creates research guides, tutorials, displays, and other resources in furtherance of the Law Library’s mission to support the educational activities of the Law School and the University, and to facilitate public access to legal information; and engages in other special duties and projects, as assigned. This position reports to the Associate Director for Library Operations and works as a team member within the reference department, as well as within the legal research instruction program. Successful applicants will have the following: strong teamwork and service orientation; ability to work with all library patrons and colleagues in a friendly, courteous, and professional manner; self-motivation with the ability to work collaboratively and independently; ability to exercise sound professional judgment; strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to locate and disseminate legal information in print and electronic formats; interest in teaching and ability to make effective presentations to groups.

Specialized duties: This position will focus on the library’s efforts in the area and support of access to justice and social justice. The librarian’s duties may include: being the point of contact for research training for the Clinics, Pro Bono Program, and Children’s Law Center; providing research support for law school projects involving access to justice and social justice; continuing the management and development of the Circuit Riders legal research outreach project; developing and implementing outreach initiatives for the library’s public patrons; and collaborating with the state and local bar associations on projects to serve the legal information needs of the public.

Required Education and Experience:

J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school and M.L.S. or equivalent degree from ALA-accredited school.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in classroom teaching. One or more years of public service/reference experience, preferably dealing with the general public. Interest in access to justice and social justice issues.

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Special Instructions to Applicant:

Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.

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EEO Statement:

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.




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Posted: 4/13/2021
Application Due: 6/12/2021
Work Type: Full Time