The Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library seeks an enthusiastic, experienced, and self-directed librarian to join our Research Services team.
Supporting the work of the University of Washington School of Lawone of the top ten public law schools in the countrythe Gallagher Law Library is an active force in the life of the School of Law.
The School of Law has 65 full-time and 160 part-time faculty, 541 JD students, and 150 LL.M. and 25 Ph.D. students. It hosts several student publications and numerous visiting scholars. Graduate programs include Asian and Comparative Law, Health Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Tax.
The Law Library serves the School of Law faculty, students, staff, and visiting scholars, as well as other members of the university community, the bar, and the general public. The collection includes over 700,000 volumes and volume equivalents, and licensed access to thousands of databases. The Library is a selective federal depository. The Library has 27 FTE employees. The Gallagher Law Library has a strong tradition of service to all users. Law Library staff also provide on-the-job training to students in the Information School's top-ranked law librarianship program. The Law Library has a strong online presence, including a robust website (with more than 170 legal research guides) and an active blog.
The University of Washington's Gallagher Law Library is centrally located in Seattle, a beautiful, vibrant city on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest.
Review of applications will begin March 1, 2017.
General description: Research Services Librarian, full-time, permanent position. Rank is Assistant Librarian.
The candidate selected will join a team of research services librarians who provide high-quality, wide-ranging services to all library users. Core duties include front-line reference, research projects for faculty, instructional presentations to law school classes and other groups, and the preparation of materials that enhance access to legal information. This position reports to the Head of Research Services.
Each research services librarian also has some administrative duties for instance, serving as liaison to online vendors, leading marketing efforts, or coordinating teaching and training. Librarians are encouraged to be professionally active. We look forward to hiring a research services librarian who is a self-starter, has a sense of humor, and enjoys collaborating on a wide variety of projects.
Responsibilities and duties:
- Provides reference service to library patrons, including members of the UW Law and university communities, the bar, and the public; uses online and print sources to answer general and legal reference questions
- Conducts, organizes, and writes reports on research for UW Law faculty and staff
- Prepares materials for and gives research presentations to UW Law courses and other groups
- Writes and updates legal research guides, blog posts, and other material
- Manages multiple projects
- Continually improves reference and research skills
- Coaches and trains law librarianship students
- Handles administrative projects and other duties as assigned
- MLIS (or equivalent degree) from an ALA-accredited institution, or substantial coursework towards a MLIS degree (or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited institution (degree must be earned no later than July 2017)
- JD from ABA-accredited institution
- Professional academic law library experience
- Excellent legal research skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Strong commitment to outstanding service
- Experience providing instruction and training
- Experience as a reference librarian in an academic law library
Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 26 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax.
All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.
To apply for this position, please submit the following information to email@example.com :
- Cover letter (addressed to Jonathan Franklin, Associate Dean for Library and Information Services)
- Curriculum resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, and email address) including three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses)
- Please use Research Services Librarian Application in the subject heading of your email
- Please submit both components in a single, multi-page PDF document. All submissions will be maintained in a secure, password protected online file space until interviews are conducted. Then, some application materials will be circulated.
For questions about this position, or questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Jonathan Franklin, firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.