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 service, prepare and maintain research guides, and actively participate in the teaching of legal research courses and workshops throughout the year. Reference Librarians may be assigned to an area of concentration or to projects that vary according to library needs and the Librarian's individual talents and interests. This position may also serve as a liaison to selected deans, department heads, clinics, and/or faculty members.
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 familiarity with research tools and applications in non-law academic disciplines.
Specific duties may include:
• Provides in-depth research assistance to Law faculty, departments, committees, and students. • Prepares research memos and provides cite checking and editing services to support faculty research and scholarly projects. • Serves as library research liaison to selected Law School deans, departments, clinics, and faculty. • Assists in the training of research assistants. • Provides ongoing support and supervision to a group of research assistants. • Participates in library orientation programs. • Prepares and maintain research guides. • Performs reference desk service. • Teaches legal research classes as needed, including Advanced Legal Research, 1L instruction, LLM training, research refreshers, and other workshops, clinics, and seminars. • Works on outreach efforts such as marketing reference and research services to the law school community and overseeing the social media presence of the reference and research services group. • Contributes to the profession and represents the UCLA Law Library in the academic, scholarly, and professional community. • Serves as a member of the Law Library team and works to further the overall goals of the Law Library.
• 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 or as a legal practitioner. • Demonstrated knowledge of legal information sources and related technologies. • Demonstrated proficiency in computer applications for legal research. • 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. • Teaching experience. • Ability to teach in large and small group settings, provide individualized instruction, participate in curriculum development, use a wide range of educational technologies, and 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.
About UCLA Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library
The Law Library is one of the larger professional school libraries on campus. It currently has a staff of 17 librarians and 13 staff personnel, as well as many part-time student employees. It contains over 600,000 bound volumes and documents and over 30,000 microforms. The administration of the Law Library is headed by the Law Library Director, who reports to the Dean of the School of Law. The day-to-day functions of the Library have been divided into four sections: Reference and Research Services, Scholarship Support and Research Assistant Program, Bibliographic Services and Collection Management, and Access and Information Services. The Bibliographic Services department staff have extensive interaction with the other departments of the Law Library, and also interact with faculty, students and other Law School personnel. In cooperation with the University Library system, the Law Library is heavily involved in automation with acquisitions and cataloging functions handled through the Voyager system. The Law Library has a beautiful facility that opened in the fall of 1998.