Reference Librarian/Assistant Professor

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, NE

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Reference Librarian/Assistant Professor


College of Law-0899

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Description of Work:

The University of Nebraska College of Law invites applications for the position of Reference Librarian/Assistant Professor at the Schmid Law Library.
The Reference Librarian is part of a team who support student learning and faculty scholarship and otherwise contribute to the mission of the College of Law. All library faculty work closely with individual law and clinical faculty members and interact with law students, undergraduate and graduate students, and members of the public.

Members of the law library faculty are expected to engage in scholarship; participate in the first-year research course and additional instructional and outreach activities; provide reference assistance to students and other visitors; and contribute to the many activities undertaken at the College of Law. Over time and as interests and needs are assessed, librarians take responsibility for specific aspects of library services. We encourage initiative and innovation among library faculty and staff; we encourage independence in developing projects; and we expect professionals to contribute to the mission of the College of Law and the law library on a variety of levels. The Law Library is committed to being inclusive and open and to supporting the success of all students.

This is a tenure-track law library faculty position.

The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.
As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

This position requires a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school and a master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited college or university; however, applicants who (i) have a JD degree and have been accepted to an ALA-accredited library or information science master’s degree program, have already completed significant coursework toward completion of the degree, and can complete the degree within 18 months of hiring, or (ii) are enrolled in joint degree programs and who will complete the degrees within six months from the date of hire, will also be considered.

How to Apply:

Click “Apply for this Job” and complete the Faculty/Academic Administrative information form. Attach a letter of interest, current vita, and names and contact information for three professional references.

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Leiter, Chair, Director of the Schmid Law Library, University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, NE 68583-0902, or send an email to [email protected].

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Rich Leiter
[email protected]

Job Category (old):

Faculty Tenure/Tenure Leading

Job Type:

12 Month (Faculty Only)

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Planned Hire Date:

October/November 2021


Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

Diversity and Inclusion
In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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