Duties & Responsibilities Under the general direction of the Manager for Research Services, the person in this position works as a team member providing reference and research services in law and law-related disciplines, via print and electronic formats, to faculty and students of Harvard Law School, and to a broader research community. Serves as a liaison to specific faculty members, clinics, programs and student groups, coordinating their library and research services. Responsible for interpreting and implementing policies and procedures with regard to the level of research service provided to various patrons, deciding how best to approach and carry out a research project and the like.
Provide coordinated research services to Harvard law faculty members, including preparation of bibliographies, facilitation of current awareness services, fact-checking, identifying relevant books and articles, preparing faculty research portals, etc.
Work closely with the school's students, including helping with orientation support and acting as a liaison to J.D. student sections, LL.M. writing workshops, and/or S.J.D students
Teach legal research concepts and skills to law students including J.D.s, LL.Ms and S.J.Ds
Participate in the development of instructional materials in legal research, including print and/or web-based tutorials, course sites and research guides
Serve as liaison to selected HLS journals, providing training, resources and article-specific advice; coordinate research services for journal groups
Serve as liaison to selected clinics and programs, coordinating research services and providing training and resources
Provide individual research consultations by appointment to faculty ,students and other patrons
Manage research inquiries by phone, email and in-person
Participate in orientation and training for new reference department staff
Participate in library outreach, communications and social media
May be responsible for selection for one or more jurisdictions as needed.
May contribute 20% time to other functional areas of the Library
Actively continues ongoing professional development, including maintaining a high degree of expertise in many facets of research service including information technology, knowledge of legal and law-related information sources, sources for business and corporate information, and instructional methods
Serves on local and University-wide committees, and participates in the intellectual life of the School
Basic Qualifications Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution required. ABA accredited JD or equivalent foreign degree required. Additional Qualifications
Masters degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution required
ABA accredited JD or equivalent foreign degree required
Teaching or presentation experience in a classroom or formal training setting required.
Strong information technology skills.
Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.
Strong customer service orientation.
Demonstrated ability to contribute as a member of a team and work independently in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to exercise sound judgment in the implementation of library policies, practices, and priorities.
Preferred qualifications include:
Reading knowledge of a non-English language, and an interest in learning additional language(s).
Experience or interest in foreign, comparative and international law research Familiarity with technology tools, for example, experience with web publishing tools, developing content for the web, research platforms, and knowledge management platforms and tools.
Demonstrated experience successfully managing complex projects and deadlines
1-3 years legal reference experience
Job Function Library
Location USA - MA - Cambridge
Department Harvard Law Library
Time Status Full-time
Salary Grade 057
Pre-Employment Screening Education, Identity
Schedule Monday through Friday, 9 to 5, occasional evenings and weekends
EEO Statement We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.