Senior Law Librarian, UNT Dallas College of Law

UNT Dallas
Dallas, Dallas County
Feb 11, 2014

UNT Dallas - the first public institution of higher education in the city - offers faculty and staff the unique opportunity to help shape the character of the 21st century, learner-focused, urban comprehensive university.

Senior Law Librarian, UNT Dallas College of Law

Job Description Summary:

The UNT Dallas College of Law invites applications for Senior Law Librarian. The UNT Dallas College of Law is a new public law school that will enroll its first class in Fall 2014. The College of Law will strive to provide a legal education that is affordable and accessible, and that incorporates best practices in educating legal professionals. Located within a major metropolitan area that currently lacks a public law school, the UNT Dallas College of Law will increase opportunities for local college graduates to attend law school without the costs associated with relocation or private tuition.

The Senior Law Librarian assists the Assistant Dean for Law Library with administrative responsibilities, including budget management, long and short-range planning, personnel supervision, facilities management, and technology initiatives. He or she will be a leader in the development and implementation of the library’s research instruction program, which will include a one-credit research course in the first year, a required two-credit advanced legal research course, and such other labs and workshops as needed. The position also takes part in access service, reference services, liaison work, research guide development, and collection development. The Senior Law Librarian assumes responsibility for the Law Library in the Assistant Dean’s absence.

Job duties include, but not limited to:

  • Teach legal research in the first-year program

  • Teach advanced legal research

  • Conduct legal research labs and workshops

  • Develop library instructional materials, including class guides, subject guides and print handouts

  • Staff the library’s service desk

  • Provide basic and in-depth reference services via various media and in-person

  • Develop library instructional materials

  • Create and maintain web pages

  • Develop online content for distance students

  • Participate in library outreach activities

  • Participate in collection development

  • Stay abreast of current trends in reference and instruction librarianship

  • Supervise the work of other librarians and staff as well as student assistants

  • Other responsibilities as assigned

  • Is active professionally and contributes to developments in law librarianship

    UNT Dallas College of Law is an AA/ADA/EOE

Minimum Qualifications:

  • JD or equivalent from ABA-accredited school

  • MLS or equivalent from ALA-accredited institution

  • Extensive knowledge of electronic databases

  • Experience providing reference services in an academic library, including within a virtual environment

  • Demonstrate effective communication skills

  • Evidence of participation in professional organizations appropriate to the level of appointment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MA in instructional design

  • Two or more years of experience teaching legal research

  • Instructional design experience

  • Supervisory or management experience in a library

  • Experience with classroom technology (i.e. lecture capture), academic technology (i.e. course management) and/or distance education.

  • Strong knowledge of legal information and research techniques in all formats.

  • Knowledge of law librarianship trends.

  • Strong service orientation and communication skills.

  • Ability to coordinate activities, develop new services, and handle multiply projects.

Physical Demands:

Work is primarily sedentary. Sits comfortably to do the work; however, there may be some walking, standing, bending, or lifting items weighing up to 15 pounds.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Position is located Downtown at the UNT Dallas College of Law

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Founded in 2000, UNT Dallas has grown from 230 students to 2300 students and is projected to reach 16,000 by 2030. UNT Dallas, already among the most diverse universities in the nation, accepted its first freshman class in Fall 2010. For more information about the university, go to

University of North Texas is an AA/ADA/EOE