Digital Acquisitions Coordinator and Reference Librarian

Seattle University
Seattle, WA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Digital Acquisitions Coordinator and Reference Librarian

Position Description

Digital Acquisitions Coordinator and Reference Librarian: Twelve-month, non-tenure track position within the law school as an Assistant Law Librarian. At Seattle University librarians have faculty rank. The position reports directly to the Associate Director of Reference Services and Outreach in the Law Library. Preferred start date April 1, 2022.

Our faculty, students, and staff at Seattle University School of Law form a vibrant, diverse, and collaborative community that promotes leadership for a just and humane world. The law school’s commitment to academic distinction is grounded in our Jesuit Catholic tradition, one that encourages open inquiry, thoughtful reflection, and concern for personal growth. Innovation, creativity, and technological sophistication characterize our rigorous educational program, which prepares lawyers for a wide variety of successful careers in law, business, and public service.


Digital Acquisitions: Identifies and coordinates consideration of electronic resources and establishes product trials for evaluation. Conducts analysis of print and electronic collections in support of digital acquisitions and advises on the continuation or cancellation of electronic resources. Strategically acquires content that will meet the needs of Seattle University faculty, students, and staff within budgetary constraints. Negotiates and manages license and contract terms related to electronic resources.

Reference: Provides research, reference assistance, and instruction to law students, law faculty, and other law library patrons. Participates in developing and implementing research instruction and outreach through orientations, workshops, research guides, and engagement with law school programs. Provides in-class research presentations for externships, clinics, legal writing courses, and other courses and programs as requested. Creates online and print research guides and collaborates in library projects. Provides research support and liaison services for faculty, programs, and student organizations. Participates in acquisitions and collection development. Serves on committees and performs other duties as assigned. Works scheduled hours as required.


Requires an ABA-accredited, an ALA-accredited MLS degree, knowledge of Anglo-American legalbibliography, legal research databases, and multi-disciplinary online resources.Proficiency in online research and instructional technology, MS Office, Excel, andsimilar applications. Knowledge of library acquisitions, resource licensing,and budget management. Outstanding written and verbal communication skillsare required and must be comfortable in situations that require publicpresentations in front of small or large groups .Ability to establishand maintain effective relationships with a diverse constituency of lawstudents, law faculty, alumni, and staff. Strong service orientation isessential. Law library or other related work is desirable. Familiarity withExLibris ILS is desirable.

Founded in 1891, Seattle University is a JesuitCatholic university located on a beautiful campus of more than 50 acres in thedynamic heart of Seattle. Our diverse and driven population is made up of morethan 7,200 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs withineight schools and colleges. Seattle University is an equalopportunity employer.

In support of itspursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committedto creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that isdedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment ineducation and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity,national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation,or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominationsof, individuals who will further enrich the diversity of our educationalcommunity.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit materials online at Please submit cover letter, CV and three professional references. Preferred application deadline March 21, 2022.

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