Reference Librarian; UCLA School of Law; Los Angeles

Reference Librarian Position
UCLA School of Law
Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library

Position Duties

Under the general direction of the Director, Reference & Research Services, Reference Librarians provide a high level of in-depth research assistance to the UCLA Law faculty, staff, and students, including Law School departments and deans. This level of commitment offers the librarian an opportunity to work closely with a number of different individuals and units within the Law School.

In addition, Reference Librarians supervise faculty research assistants, provide reference desk services, prepare research guides, and actively participate in the teaching of legal research sessions throughout the year. Reference Librarians may be assigned an area of concentration or to a project that varies according to library needs and the Librarian's individual talents and interests.

To effectively perform the above duties, Reference Librarians must possess a vast, in-depth knowledge of complex legal resources, covering a variety of jurisdictions in a variety of formats, in addition to a general understanding of and familiarity with research tools and applications in non-law academic disciplines. This position may serve as a liaison to selected deans, department heads, and/or faculty members.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences OR significant graduate-level coursework toward such a degree OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with professional library education and/or experience).
  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Minimum two years’ experience working in an academic law library.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of legal information sources, research methodologies, and related technologies.
  • Demonstrated competence in delivering legal research services and knowledge of legal bibliography and scholarly research.
  • Firm commitment to law librarianship and to a high level of service for faculty and students in a demanding academic environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to making the library hospitable and responsive to the needs of the Law School community, including excellent interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills and the ability to work effectively with library colleagues, faculty, students, and other library users.
  • Ability to teach in large and small group settings, provide individualized instruction, participate in curriculum development, and use a wide range of educational technologies inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer applications for legal research and ability to contribute to the development of instructional services for faculty, students, and library staff.
  • Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion of librarians.

To Apply

Applications must include:

  • a cover letter describing qualifications and experience;
  • a current resume/vitae detailing education and relevant experience; and
  • names and contact information for three professional references, including a current or previous supervisor.

Candidates applying by February 6, 2015 will be given first consideration for this position. For the full position announcement, and information on how to apply online, please visit:

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