Reference & Interlibrary Loan Librarian, University of San Diego Legal Research Center (LRC)
Description of Position
As a member of the public services reference team, provides general research and reference services to all LRC patrons using both traditional and computer-assisted legal resources. Provides training and instruction in the use of legal research tools in all formats. Manages interlibrary loan operations. As assigned, produces bibliographies and research, orientation, and informational guides for the use of LRC patrons; assists in development, evaluation, implementation, and revision of public services research tools, policies and procedures. Gives tours of the LRC. Assists in collection development. Supervises part-time student assistants. Takes on and oversees projects as assigned. Reports to the head of reference services.
General supervision of circulation staff and part-time student assistants, in the absence of the circulation supervisors, head of reference services, and head of public services and especially with regard to interlibrary loan processing.
The responsibilities described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- Offer general and in-depth reference service during regularly scheduled reference desk hours and during evening and weekend reference service rotation; follow up on responses to inquiries that cannot be completed during shifts at the desk.
- Provide assistance in traditional legal research methods and computer-assisted legal research skills to faculty and students; assist patrons in the use of Internet resources, especially reliable web sites such as U.S. and foreign government agencies.
- Conduct searches of online databases and other bibliographic materials to assist with patron research requests.
- Produce research and informational guides and bibliographies for general patron use.
- Serve as the selection consultant for new reference and other collection material, especially for those within a bibliographic specialty which will be assigned.
- Serve as research consultant to law school students, faculty teaching in various fields, student edited journals, paralegal students, and non-law programs.
Interlibrary Loan Services
- Provide teaching support for LRC instructional programming, classroom lectures on general legal bibliography and research methods, and develop paper and electronic course materials.
- Give LRC tours, emphasizing the correct use of research tools.
- Keep abreast of developments in the law and new legal research resources; selectively publicize new and relevant legal research sources as appropriate to faculty, students and colleagues.
- Works in consultation with circulation staff to administer all aspects of interlibrary loan services.
- Maintain an awareness of interlibrary loan-specific software/hardware platforms.
- Monitor statistical and evaluative data and develop initiatives to assess and improve interlibrary loan services.
- Provide knowledge of copyright law as applicable to interlibrary loan services.
- Maintain interlibrary loan policies and procedures in response to copyright law and student and faculty needs.
- Maintain a working knowledge of best practices in interlibrary loan services.
- Assist in circulation services and support as needed; supervise circulation workers in the absence of other professional staff.
- Communicate library policies and procedures to patrons, deal with patron problems or disputes.
- Work with the public services and reference teams to develop, evaluate, implement and revise research guides and training materials, and policies and procedures.
- Represent the LRC through campus committee service, professional involvement in local and national organizations, and by writing for publication.
- J.D. degree from ABA-accredited law school
- Masters degree from ALA-accredited library school
- Bachelors degree
- Law library experience (academic setting strongly preferred)
- Knowledge of traditional legal research methods and legal reference work
- Knowledge of all forms of information technology used in legal research and instruction, including but not limited to computer assisted legal research, bibliographic utilities, integrated library automation systems, CD-ROM, Internet and other computer technology
- Knowledge of legal research methods as taught in U.S. law schools
- Knowledge of Internet resources
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Strong problem-solving ability
- Excellent organizational skills
- Excellent verbal and writing skills
- Demonstrated teaching ability
- Initiative and aptitude for planning and development
- Supervisory experience
- Public services experience
- Knowledge of U.S. and California tax materials, databases and web sites
- OCLC, ILLiad, WorldCat, and related interlibrary loan services
- Understanding of educational methods, goals and mission of higher education as they apply to public services in an ABA-accredited law school library
- Knowledge of Innovative Interfaces library automation system
- Knowledge of software applications such as Word, Excel, Email
- Knowledge of web creation and maintenance applications, especially Dreamweaver
- Knowledge of LRC collection
- Knowledge of LRC policies and procedures
- Knowledge and implementation of LRC mission and goals
- Knowledge of campus departments
- Knowledge of law school staff and operations involving library work
Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. Serious candidates are encouraged to request official transcripts to help expedite the hiring process.
Salary: Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.
The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Closing date: Open Until Filled.
How To Apply
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