The Reference Librarian provides extensive reference service to the Law Center’s faculty and students by participating in the reference desk rotation, conducting individual research consultations, writing research guides, and participating in other law library instructional programs as needed.
The Reference Librarian participates in basic and advanced legal research instruction, Legal Research and Writing liaison program, journal liaison program, faculty liaison program, library tours, and other educational programs.
Student activity: Shared responsibility with other reference librarians for research assistance at the Reference Desk. At this time the reference department handles approximately 6,000 reference questions each year. Meets with students on a regular basis to provide individualized research advice and instruction.
Requirements and Qualifications
- Degree Program (list): Required: J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school or non-U.S. J.D. equivalent. Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited school of library and/or information studies or non-U.S. Master’s degree equivalent. Expert knowledge of both legal and interdisciplinary research sources and methods including international, foreign, and comparative law. Excellent communications skills.
- Practical Experience (years needed and type required):
- Experience with legal research materials, including online legal databases. Awareness of current trends in legal research, library automation and library instructional programs. Preferably one to three years of professional experience in a law or academic library, and experience with teaching legal research.
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