The Law Library Fellow supports reference, collections, and instructional activities in the law library, under the guidance of the Director and the law library staff. The fellow participates in the provision of general and legal reference assistance to law faculty, law students, and other library patrons, with a focus on law students. The fellow also offers research instruction in the use of library resources (both in print and electronic formats) and will have an opportunity to teach legal research courses for law students (in the J.D., LL.M., and MLS degree programs). The fellow also participates in other library projects such as the development of instructional guides and collection development. In addition to general responsibilities, the fellow will also have the opportunity to lead a project in an area of interest to be determined with the Director, such as digitization of valuable and unusual state or institutional materials, or managing and overseeing a major shift in print materials in the library to create space for new initiatives.
Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Provides reference services to faculty, students, alumni and public as part of the library team. May require working one evening per week and occasional weekends.
- Develops expertise in all research databases to which the library subscribes and provides assistance and training to all library users.
- Teaches legal research in the first-year Legal Research & Writing program, Advanced Legal Research and other legal-research-related courses.
- Provides in-depth research assistance to law faculty.
- Provides research instruction and assistance to law students, including law review and other student journal editors.
- Participates in collection development work as part of the library team.
- Develops marketing strategies and tools to inform and aid library users of relevant resources and services.
- Performs other library-related tasks and coordinates projects as assigned by the Director.
- Any combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
- J.D. from an ABA-approved law school, as well as a Master's degree in library science from an ALA-accredited library school. Current graduate students of an accredited library science or information science program will also be considered.
- Proficiency with internet and web-based information tools, desktop computing, and legal research systems such as Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg and others is required.
- Familiarity with emerging technologies in legal research instruction, online learning, classroom instruction and other technologies that may be used in legal education.
- Competence in delivering legal research and reference services to faculty, students, and alumni.
- Ability to teach legal research skills in both large and small group settings, provide individualized instruction to students, and use a wide range of educational technologies inside and outside of the classroom.
- Outstanding oral and written communication skills and demonstrate the ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a team, and to prioritize projects as needed.
- 1 year experience or coursework in law librarianship is preferred.
- Classroom teaching experience
- Instructional design skills and experience with educational technologies.
Typical Work Schedule
Full time; 40 hours per week, as determined in consultation with Library Director. With the occasional exception to meet reference desk needs during high demand periods (as determined in consultation with the Library Director), generally no earlier than 8am and no later than 5pm.
Physical Demands & Working Conditions
Typical work is performed indoors in a normal office environment.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as received and will continue until the position is filled.