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This position is part of the reference team that provides reference services to all law library users and also leads academic outreach activities to students, faculty, and staff. The Reference and Academic Outreach Librarian prepares library guides and other research tools for the school’s online and residential communities. This position manages the faculty liaison program, selects, and evaluates portions of the library’s collection. Instructional responsibilities include conducting research classes and library orientation sessions.
Essential Functions and Principal Accountabilities:
- Provides legal research guidance to the school’s faculty, staff, students, and the public including regular rotations for walk-in and email reference questions.
- Develops and maintains research guides to assist users and facilitate library engagement.
- Manages and develops content for the library website.
- Coordinates and maintains library engagement with the school’s online students.
- Leads the faculty liaison program.
- Monitors faculty scholarship trends.
- Develops and implements promotional activities and events in conjunction with the Electronic Resources and Technology Librarian.
- Develops and participates in library’s marketing activities.
- Conducts library research sessions, and may teach legal research courses.
- Provides library tours and orientation sessions.
- Selects, de-selects, and evaluates strengths and weaknesses of assigned collection areas in conjunction with VLS’s research and curricular needs.
- Participates in library assessment and statistics activities.
- Creates and maintains documentation on workflows and procedures.
- Participates in library cross training activities and serves as backup for the library website.
- Participates in professional development at the local, regional, and national level.
- Other duties as assigned.
Required Education, Skills and Experience:
- Master’s in Library Science degree, or equivalent, from an accredited library school required, JD preferred.
- Demonstrated reference and instruction ability required, preferably in an academic or legal environment.
- Knowledge of collection development practices.
- Understanding of, appreciation for, and commitment to inclusion, including the ability to work with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds, identities, and viewpoints.
- Proficiency in a Microsoft Office (365) environment.
- Ability to adapt to emerging technology as established and communicated by the school.
- Excellent English-language communication skills, both oral and written.
- Strong service philosophy.
- Excellent attention to detail and follow through.
- Excellent skills in planning, prioritizing, and evaluation.
- Ability to work independently and as a part of a team.
- Willingness to adapt to changing priorities and workflows as needed.
- Ability to work across organizational boundaries to affect a productive, collegial working environment.
- Experience with online education.
- Experience in law libraries.
- Knowledge of and familiarity with legal materials and research methods.
- Experience with marketing practices.
- Knowledge of assessment and survey techniques.
- Knowledge of collection development practices.
- Must be able to work legally within the United States without sponsorship.
- Physical ability to perform all essential functions of the job with or without basic accommodations.
- Willingness and ability to follow any current or future health and safety policies or protocols laid out by the school.
Note: All job requirements are subject to possible revision to reflect changes in the position requirements or to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a threat or risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to which will be required in this position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor/manager (within guidelines and compliance with Federal and State Laws). Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis.