The first priority of all members of the Law Library team is to serve the Law Library and Law School students, faculty and patrons. Therefore, team members will not be limited to this job description in an effort to assist our constituency, but will perform whatever tasks are assigned by supervisor(s). Team members will be readily available and visible to students, faculty and patrons. Every effort will be made to answer patron inquiries. If unable to answer an inquiry, the team member will insure that the customer is assisted by another member of the Law Library team or staff.
Public Services Duties
• Directly supervise the Head of Circulation/Access Services Librarian or equivalent.
• Work closely with reference services staff including evening and weekend Circulation and Reference Assistants in order to implement successful reference services for law school students and faculty.
• Cover Reference and Circulation Desk and assist in the scheduling of the access services department as needed.
• Provide statistical information for ABA purposes as requested by the Associate Director, Director, Associate Dean, or Dean.
• Directly supervise the Audiovisual Services Administrator, and, in conjunction with the Library Director and Audiovisual Services Administrator, ensure delivery of audiovisual support services to the Law School community.
• Work collaboratively across the Law School to develop, identify, and promote digital tools to enhance research and teaching.
• Provide reference services as needed.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
Faculty and Student Services Duties
• Develop and implement training programs for research assistants in the effective use of library databases and other resources.
• Develop coordinated research assistant program to provide faculty with “on-demand” research assistance.
• Prepare instructional material and training sessions and participate in legal research instructional programs as requested or needed by law school faculty or student organizations.
• Assist with collection development with emphasis on non-print material.
• Keep statistics on special project and assignments.
• Provide direct support to the Law School faculty for research, materials, and training requests including Canvas, Westlaw/TWEN, LexisNexis/Lexis Classroom, Bloomberg Law and other law school technologies and resources.
• Assist faculty with their research needs and scholarship using SSRN, ExpressO, and Scholastica. Keep apprised of new and upcoming faculty publications.
• Collect all Law School course syllabi each semester and coordinate with the Law School webmaster to make syllabi available to the STU Law School community. Collect past exams from willing faculty and likewise make available to the law school community.
Scholarly Communications Duties
• Promote and manage the development and growth of a formalized scholarly communications program.
• Promote STU Law faculty publications and facilitate delivery to a larger audience using tools such as digital commons or similar.
• Build and maintain collaborative partnerships related to digital initiatives with faculty, researchers, and other campus units
• Monitor advancements in scholarly communication, OA, IRs, and related areas and communicate implications to Law School and campus stakeholders
• Provide guidance and training on scholarly communication/digital scholarship for the Library, Law School faculty, and students.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL Duties)
• Work closely with the Access Services Librarian to ensure proper and timely delivery of Interlibrary Loan materials requested by faculty.
• Represent the Law Library in local, regional and national meetings as requested.
• Serve on University and/or Law School Committees and participate in University and Law School events as requested.
• Keep informed of new trends in access services and the law profession.
• Recommend materials and services to Library Administration based upon current trends in use amongst faculty and students.
• Strong and effective communication skills, both oral and written.
• Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to work effectively with students and faculty from a wide diversity of background and educational experiences.
• Organizational, planning and administrative skills including the ability to work effectively on broad as well as detailed projects.
• Ability to work in a network environment including working with an integrated library system.
• Knowledge and ability to work with legal databases and common law school and educational technologies, and the ability to design library instructional tools.
• Strong technical skills, interest in technology, and the ability to troubleshoot simple technology problems, failures, or deficiencies- expertise with law school technologies such as TWEN, Lexis Classroom, Canvas, is essential
• Ability to understand library system technology that can be used to improve services, instruction efforts and workflows.
• Strong service orientation and effective problem solving skills.
• Be flexible with work assignments and work hours.
• Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS web-editing standards.
This position has direct supervision of reference librarians, and heads of other public services departments, such as the Head of Circulation or Audiovisual Services Administrator. This position indirectly supervises any staff, including work-study students, engaged by these departments.
Work Environment/Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; push library carts full of books; climb on stands to shelf books. The employee must occasionally lift or move library materials and supplies, up to 30 pounds.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This position occasionally requires schedule changes with weekend/evening hours.
Travel is primarily for Professional Development. The employee will be asked to represent the Law Library in local, regional and national meetings as requested by the Library Director.
Education and Experience
M.L.S. from an A.L.A. accredited library school program is required.
J.D. from an accredited ABA institution is required.
Three or more years of experience in law libraries is preferred.
Three or more years of supervisory experience is required.
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