Position Summary:Oklahoma City University School of Law (recently recognized as a 2017 Chronicle of Higher Education Great Colleges to Work For) is seeking applications for a Reference Librarian. The OCU law library is seeking a candidate who is innovative, interested in law practice technology, passionate about teaching, and committed to service and leadership. This librarian will provide research instruction and services to students, faculty, and staff; participates in instruction for upper-division legal research courses, the Norick Municipal Law Research Clinic, the Legal Research Award courses, and Legal Research and Writing courses. With the Access Services Librarian, the Reference Librarian provides the day-to-day management and training all law library student workers.
About Us: Oklahoma City University is a Methodist-affiliated private, liberal arts university. The law school is located in a recently renovated and modernized historic building in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City is a growing and energetic metropolitan area that has garnered national recognition including being named by Forbes as one of the fastest growing cities in the country and by U.S. News as a great place to live. Oklahoma City University School of Law is engaged with the local legal, business, and arts community. The law librarians are integrated into the life of the law school, leading student groups and serving on staff and faculty committees. The law school offers unique clinics and centers, including the Oklahoma Innocence Project, the Norick Municipal Law Research Clinic, the American Indian Wills Clinic, and the Center for Homeland Security.
Law Library Mission: The mission of the law library is to support the teaching, scholarship, research, and service endeavors of the students and faculty. In fulfilling this mission, the law library provides professional service, access to a high quality and thoughtfully organized collection in a variety of formats, and instructional programs that develop the legal research expertise of students. The law library is also a resource center for the legal profession and local community. In providing resources and services, the law library embraces the principles of diversity, equality, and inclusion.
For additional questions contact:
Jennifer S. Prilliman Interim Director and Law Library Professor Chickasaw Nation Law Library Oklahoma City University School of Law 800 N. Harvey Oklahoma City, OK 73102-2813 405.208.5174 firstname.lastname@example.org
Demonstrates an attitude and behavior that reflects the values and mission of the department and University.
Provides legal and general reference and research assistance to all law library users
Locates, disseminates, and provides training on information to users in both print and electronic format.
Participates in a rotating Sunday reference schedule with other members of the reference department
Assists patrons in the use of electronic databases and is familiar with a variety of electronic resources and quickly adapts to change in the information environment.
Participates in teaching upper-division legal research courses, Legal Research Award trainings, guest lecturer in the Legal Research and Writing courses, guest lecturer in substantive law courses, and develops and teaches other courses.
Participates in the faculty liaison program and, with the Access Services Librarians, supervises the work of law library student workers conducting faculty research projects.
Provides trainings, presentations and bibliographic guides for student groups and organizations upon request, including the OCU Law Review and Competition teams.
Assists Head of Reference Services with projects and tasks assigned to the reference department.
Compiles LibGuides and other research training materials.
Participates in implementing the Law Library Marketing schedule and promoting faculty scholarship.
Assists in the law library's public relations effort through the library social media accounts and community outreach.
Serves on various committees within the law library, law school, and university.
Participates in overall planning and implementation of new programs and procedures in the department and law library.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Head of Reference Services, Associate Director, or Director.
Oversees the preparation and completion of long term faculty research projects assigned to the reference department.
Attends seminars, conferences, and participates in local regional and/or national professional associations and activities and maintains an active interest in the profession of librarianship.
Monitors current events, reads professional publications and, as time permits, contributes to scholarly discussions through writing articles, making presentations, and other means.
Participates in the life of the law school and university by attending events and volunteering for projects and serving on law faculty committees.
Manages the law library electronic databases, including distributing passwords, maintaining statistics and coordinating trainings with vendors.
Participates in the work of the Collection Development Committee in the selection of print and electronic resources. Participates in the collection management of the law library through weeding and policy adherence creation.
Develops new programs and initiatives as the need arises.
Other duties as assigned.
Must be able to bend, stoop, and reach high enough to place and remove items from shelves eight feet off the floor.
Manual dexterity to efficiently operate a computer keyboard and other business machines.
Near vision sufficient to read written communications, computer printouts, CRT display screens, and department forms.
Adequate hearing to communicate effectively in person and by phone.
Work is primarily indoors, but requires the incumbent to be in an outdoor environment when traveling between campus locations or off campus.
Incumbent will be expected to work a variety of office hours and will participate in a rotating Sunday reference schedule. Hours are revised as library schedule and needs change.
Attendance at evening and week-end events may be required.
Incumbent will be exposed to frequent noise caused by telephones and office machines.
The Oklahoma City University Law Library primarily serves the faculty and students of Oklahoma City University and Oklahoma City University Law School. The Library staff includes 8 full time librarians, support staff, and law student reference assistants.