The primary role of the Research, Instruction, and Acquisitions Librarian is to manage the library’s selection, acquisition, renewal, and retention of resources, and provides reference services and bibliographic instruction to the law school community.
Essential Job Functions
Evaluates and assesses existing collection’s ability to support curriculum and research needs.
Oversees acquisition of new material in support of the law school’s curriculum and research needs
Coordinates trials of potential resources, gathers feedback, and communicates with vendors regarding purchasing decisions.
Monitors and helps coordinate the library’s collections budget.
Maintains subject specific LibGuides (research guides) on library’s portal. Manages and ensures access to the library’s electronic resources and troubleshoots technical problems.
Collaborates with Technical Services staff on orders, claims, cancellations, and matters related to circulation and stack maintenance.
Provides reference and research services.
Participates in the library’s faculty liaison program.
Provides bibliographic instruction to groups and classes.
Participates in law library management.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Director.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of library management systems, electronic resource licensing and budgeting.
Ability to manage multiple responsibilities and work collaboratively with others in a team environment.
Strong service ethic and excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to successfully interact with constituencies within the law school at various levels of authority and responsibility, as well as members of the public.
Flexibility to embrace and adapt to change.
Excellent planning, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
Knowledge of and familiarity with legal materials.
Knowledge of and familiarity with various online databases including library related systems.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Willingness to work at least two evenings each week.
ALA accredited MLS or equivalent degree required.
ABA accredited JD degree required.
Experience managing law library collections strongly preferred.
Albany Law School is a private, independent, American Bar Association-accredited law school founded in 1851 in Albany, New York making it the oldest law school in New York. It has an affiliation agreement with University at Albany that includes shared programs. The school is located near New York's highest court, federal courts, the executive branch and the state legislature.