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Legal Research Svcs Librarian - Faculty Services and Scholarly Communication Librarian - 515933

The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL

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Pay Grade/Pay Range: 59 Monthly (exempt): - Minimum - $ 47590.44 Midpoint - $ 68993.64

Department/Organization: 218161 - Law Library

Normal Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:45pm

Job Summary: The Legal Research Services Librarian will assist in providing an enhanced level of legal research assistance to the Law School's faculty as well as to other members of the Law School community.

Additional Department Summary: The Bounds Law Library at the University of Alabama School of Law seeks collaborative and service-orientated candidates for a new Faculty Services and Scholarly Communications Librarian position. Reporting to the Associate Director for Public Services, the successful candidate will coordinate, implement, and enhance the Law Library’s faculty support initiatives, including helping to establish a formal library liaison program. Responsibilities will include directly supporting faculty research and scholarship, coordinating and managing complex research projects, and participating in the library’s reference desk rotation. This position will also lead the law library’s initiatives and services related to scholarly communications. Other duties will including actively participating in the law library’s formal and informal instructional initiatives, including teaching in the first-year legal research program, participating in collection development, and engaging in relevant professional, scholarly, and service activities.

Core Duties and Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Associate Director for Public Services, coordinates faculty services and support initiatives and provides high-quality research and reference services to library patrons; Under the supervision of the Associate Director for Public Services, helps establish and participates in a formal faculty liaison program; Conducts regular and ongoing assessment of faculty service, and recommends and implements policies and procedures to ensure consistent, prompt, and high-quality services and support; Collaborates with others in the law library and Law School to collect, manage, and curate scholarly publications, institutional content, and related materials in the institutional digital repository; Advises faculty, librarians, and staff on scholarly communication and copyright compliance; Participates collaboratively in formal and informal instructional and teaching initiatives, including teaching in the first-year legal research program, as well as trainings, workshops, and tours; Participates in collection development; Participates in relevant professional, scholarly, and service activities.

Required Minimum Qualifications: Law degree (J.D. or LL.B.) from an ABA accredited school and a master's degree (M.L.S., M.S. in L.S., etc.) from an ALA accredited program and some experience where service orientation and reference skills were utilized. Experience requirement can be satisfied by student, graduate assistant, or intern experience where research or reference skills were obtained. To be considered student experience, it must be clearly detailed on the application. Applications from persons currently enrolled in M.L.S or equivalent programs will be accepted if all necessary coursework is anticipated to be completed by specified time.

Skills and Knowledge: Strong commitment to service and dedication to supporting faculty scholarship and student learning. Ability to coordinate and manage multiple projects, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and meet deadlines. Excellent analytical, problem solving, and oral and written communication skills. Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact courteously with others in a diverse academic environment.

Preferred Qualifications: Substantial knowledge and proficiency with legal research resources, tools, and technologies. Demonstrated familiarity or experience with scholarly communication, scholarly impact, and related tools, technologies, and best practices. Experience working with institutional repositories and related aspects of scholarly communication, impact, or promotion. Prior public services experience in an academic law library.

Background Investigation Statement: Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment or volunteer status without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law" Poster


The University of Alabama embodies an academic community that demands excellence in teaching, research and service and provides an inclusive, nurturing environment for the discovery of knowledge and the development of well-rounded leaders. Founded in 1831 as Alabama's first public college and known as the Capstone of Higher Education, UA provides a premier undergraduate and graduate education built upon global engagement, high-quality scholarship, outstanding teaching, and diversity and inclusivity throughout the community.

Our Mission

The University of Alabama will advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the state, the nation and the world through the creation, translation and dissemination of knowledge with an emphasis on quality programs in the areas of teaching, research and service.

Our Vision

The University of Alabama will be known as the university of choice for the best and brightest students in Alabama, and all students who seek exceptional educational opportunities. The University of Alabama will be a student-centered research university and an academic community united in its commitment to enhance the quality of life for all Alabamians and the citizens of the nation and the world.

Our Core Values

The University of Alabama is committed to:

  • Undergraduate education that produces socially-conscious, ethical and well-rounded leaders who are grounded in their subject matter and capable of controlling their own destinies.
  • Graduate education that is deeply vested in subject matter knowledge, professional content, research skills and creative activity.
  • Public outreach and service that is held in the highest regard and fosters impactful public engagement to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Alabama, the nation and the world.
  • Campus life that embodies collaboration, collegiality, respect and a culture of inclusivity.

Our Strategic Goals

  • Provide a premier undergraduate and graduate education that offers a global perspective and is characterized by outstanding teaching, high-quality scholarship and distinctive curricular and co-curricular programs. Increase the University’s productivity and innovation in research, scholarship and creative activities that impact economic and societal development.
  • Enrich our learning and work environment by providing an accepting, inclusive community that attracts and supports a diverse faculty, staff and student body.
  • Provide opportunities and resources that facilitate work-life balance and enhance the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty and staff.
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