The Jerene Appleby Harnish Law Library will soon be posting a position for an energetic, detail-oriented, service-minded professional librarian to join our team as Head of Reference and Access Services. The position oversees and manages reference and research training, all access services functions, and works collaboratively with other members of the library team on general collection management.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Oversees and provides reference service to School of Law students, staff, members of the University community, and general public. Provides in-depth research support for faculty and RA/TAs. Organizes and provides instructional research training of all types, from teaching research courses to one-off trainings.
Oversees the circulation and reserve functions of the Law Library in coordination with the Associate Director, Law Library. Determines, implements and reviews circulation and reserve policies and procedures. Communicates policies to students, faculty, and library patrons and resolves problems related to library policies and procedures. Initiates, coordinates, promotes and publicizes library services and programs that support faculty and students. Takes a leading role in the outreach, events, and communication activities of the library. Maintains and enhances the library’s social media presence to reach students, faculty and the broader University community.
In collaboration with the Associate Director, Law Library, monitors and enhances the physical arrangement, appearance and organization of the library and library collection. Oversees stack maintenance functions as well as activities related to the microform collection, including shelving, filing, and record-keeping.
Supervision and Reporting
Supervises one professional reference librarian, two paraprofessionals, and 2-4 student workers. Reports to the Associate Director, Law Library.
Keeps informed of new trends in access services and the law profession, and continues ongoing professional development. Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Background and Education:
M.L.S. (or equivalent) from an ALA accredited school and a J.D. (or equivalent degree) from an ABA accredited law school. Minimum three years of experience working as a librarian in an academic law library. Meaningful supervisory experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Competencies:
Advanced knowledge of and familiarity with legal resources in all formats
Demonstrated knowledge of legal research strategies
Demonstrated ability, knowledge and skill to teach legal research
Strong professional presentation skills for classroom teaching and training
Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in using commercial databases, the Internet and other electronic resources for legal and non-legal research
Superior organizational, planning and administrative skills including the ability to work effectively on the broad picture as well as on the detail level
Strong service orientation
Strong problem-solving skills
Commitment to high level outreach services
Excellent advanced written and oral communication skills
Demonstrated ability to work independently and exercise considerable independent judgment
Multi-task and maintain professionalism and collegiality while addressing numerous people-problems daily
Work and lead in an atmosphere of collaboration
Understand library systems and be able to translate processes into effective workflow
Be flexible with work assignments
About Pepperdine University Law Library
The Harnish Law Library at Pepperdine University supports the teaching, research and scholarship activities of the students and faculty of Pepperdine University School of Law. The library houses over 386,000 volumes and volume equivalents and provides access to more than 450,000 electronic titles.
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