Law and Public Policy Librarian

Law and Public Policy Librarian

Librarian II, III or IV

UMass Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.

As a gateway to knowledge, the UMass Amherst Libraries are key partners in teaching, learning, and research at UMass Amherst and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Supporting freedom of inquiry, the Libraries foster a diverse and inclusive environment in which to engage with ideas and acquire the critical skills necessary for lifelong learning.

The UMass Amherst Libraries is seeking a highly experienced, enthusiastic and engaged librarian to serve as the Libraries’ subject specialist in legal research, public policy, and government information.  Actively support the teaching and research endeavors of the University, especially with assigned constituencies, by providing research, instructional, and consultation services.  Teach library research sessions in areas congruent to expertise and collection responsibility. Create research guides and other learning objects. Select materials in all formats for assigned subject areas. Interpret and analyze information needs of students, faculty, and other users of legal and government information and recommend changes to service based on analyses.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree in library science or equivalent degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or its equivalent in librarianship from another country, or have appropriate equivalent experience.
  2. J.D. from an American Bar Association accredited Law School or equivalent.
  1. Minimum of two (2) years of experience in this or a comparable research library.
  2. Familiarity with all formats of core library legal and government information sources.
  3. Significant knowledge of methods and tools used in performing library research, especially legal research methods.
  4. Strong service orientation and the ability to meet the public graciously and tactfully.  Strong customer service attitude and initiative.
  5. Knowledge of key issues, trends and concepts used in information literacy.
  6. Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.
  7. Proficiency in teaching or public speaking in large audience settings.
  8. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively, work productively and maintain harmonious working relationships.
  9. Demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities in a positive, constructive, flexible, and cooperative manner.
  10. Ability to respond effectively to changing user and organizational needs and priorities, showing initiative and flexibility.
  11. Ability to prioritize, organize, and accomplish assigned work within established timeliness.
  12. Ability to contribute toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity and collaboration.
  13. Demonstrated ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within the Libraries and the campus.
  14. Understands responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behaves in ways consistent both with law and with university policy.
  15. Understands and contributes to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity.
  16. Uses access to sensitive and/or not-yet-public university-related information only in the performance of the responsibilities of position and exercises care to prevent unnecessary disclosures to others.



Application Instructions: Please apply on line at and submit a letter of application, resume, and contact information (phone and email) for three professional references by August 26, 2016 for priority consideration.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is strongly committed to excellence and actively supports cultural diversity.  As part of a commitment to its own multicultural community, the Library seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace University initiatives and aspirations.  The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members

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