Research Services Librarian; Pepperdine University School of Law; Malibu

Pepperdine University School of Law Library is seeking an outgoing, friendly, creative, customer service-oriented individual for the position of Research Services Librarian.

Job Duties: As a member of the reference department team, the Research Services Librarian will provide outstanding service at the reference desk, and partner with law faculty and administrators to assist with research requests. Assist with collection and database development to meet faculty research needs. Develop online and print training materials, library pathfinders, and brochures. Participate in library orientation programs, legal research workshops, and one-on-one training sessions throughout the year. Work with student law reviews and assist with cite-checking and other research needs. Participate in first-year legal research instruction. Supervise student research assistants. Participate in regular evening and weekend reference rotation. Participate in library initiatives and projects and perform other work as assigned. This position reports to the Head of Reference.

Qualifications: Required: M.L.S. or equivalent graduate degree from an ALA-accredited library school and a J.D. from an ABA-approved law school. Thorough knowledge of legal bibliography and scholarly research, including online services and resources. Experience in lecturing effectively in both large- and small-group settings. Ability to respond creatively and quickly to research requests. Must be self-motivated, and able to work independently as well as in a team environment. This is a service-oriented position and the successful candidate must have the demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with all library users and staff, in a friendly, courteous, and professional fashion. At least two years library or related experience strongly preferred. An interest in dispute resolution and/or in foreign, international and comparative legal research is also preferred.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply: The position is available immediately, and will remain open until filled. Please apply online at Select the “Staff Positions” option, and find position number 241, “Reference Librarian.” You may send a cover letter and resume directly to Katie Kerr, Associate Director for Library Services, Pepperdine Law Library, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90263, or via email at, but you will also need to fill out the basic application online.

About Us: Pepperdine University, named “the most beautiful campus” in the nation by The Princeton Review in 2006, is situated on an 830-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California. The School of Law has approximately 680 students, 36 full-time faculty, and 60 law school staff. It provides a balanced curriculum, a scholarly faculty, an award-winning trial advocacy program, several law reviews, and an extensive clinical and externship program. The School supports several distinct institutes and centers, including the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics, the Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law, and the William Matthew Byrne, Jr. Judicial Clerkship Institute. For more information about the School of Law, please see

The University is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law. Pepperdine is a private, medium-sized university, religiously affiliated with the Churches of Christ. It is the purpose of Pepperdine to pursue the very highest employment and academic standards within a context that celebrates and extends the spiritual and ethical ideals of the Christian faith.

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