This job is not currently open for recruiting. We are conducting informational interviews only. We expect to post the position in March 2020. A part-time (20 hrs/week), temporary version of this position is available immediately.
As a member of the public services and reference teams, provides research and reference services to all LRC patrons. Presents training and instruction in the use of legal research tools in all formats, including teaching legal research in the first year Legal Writing and Research (LWR) classes, seminars, clinics, and advanced legal research courses. Creates and updates training materials, tracks new developments in legal education and practical skills training, and actively participates in the reference team’s efforts to provide excellent legal research instruction. Assists in the development, implementation, evaluation, and revision of research and reference services, policies, and procedures. Participates in collection development including the assessment of subscription databases. Supervises circulation staff and student assistants in the absence of other professional staff. Takes on and oversees projects as assigned.
This position reports directly to the Associate Director & Head of Public Services, and supervises circulation staff and student assistants in the absence of other professional staff.
Oversees management of the LRC’s website
Serves as point of contact for Lexis, Westlaw, & Bloomberg Law
Troubleshoots database access issues in conjunction with vendors and other LRC and campus departments
Keeps abreast of emerging technologies and informs colleagues about legal technology issues
Manages the LRC’s social media accounts
Conducts student outreach
Organizes LRC events to improve student engagement
Offers reference service during regularly scheduled reference desk hours and during the weekend reference service rotation; follows up on responses to inquiries that cannot be completed during shifts at the desk.
Provides assistance in traditional legal research methods and computer-assisted legal research skills to faculty and students; assists patrons in the use of internet resources.
Serves in rotation on professional development committee and campus library committees.
Conducts searches of online databases and other bibliographic materials to respond to patron research requests.
Produces research and informational guides and bibliographies.
Provides research expertise in select subject areas as needed.
Serves as a selection consultant.
Presents training and instruction in the use of legal research tools in all formats, including teaching legal research in first year LWR courses, seminars, and clinics. Teaches advanced legal research classes as assigned.
Creates and updates training materials,
Tracks new developments in legal education and practical skills training
Actively participates in the reference team’s efforts to provide excellent legal research instruction
Assists in circulation services and support as needed; supervises circulation workers in the absence of other professional staff.
Oversees electronic services technician’s management of the LRC’s website
Serves as back-up to the Associate Director & Head of Public Services for communication of library policies and procedures to patrons; deals with patron problems or disputes.
Works with the public services and reference teams to develop, evaluate, implement and revise research guides and training materials, policies and procedures; with the Associate Director & Head of Public Services, plans and implements new services for outreach and education.
Represents the LRC through professional involvement in local and national organizations, and by writing for publication.
Required (required for permanent position; preferred for temporary position)
J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school
M.L.S. degree from an ALA-accredited library school, to be completed no later than 6 months after hire date
Law library experience
Expertise in all forms of information technology used in legal research and instruction, including but not limited to CALR, bibliographic utilities, integrated library automation systems, document delivery systems, and other computer technology and software systems.
Knowledge of legal research methods as taught in U.S. law schools
Knowledge of Internet resources, searching, and web page creation
Expert knowledge, use of, and ability to train in Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law
Strong interpersonal skills and team-building orientation
Strong problem-solving ability, initiative to take appropriate action independently
Excellent organizational skills
Excellent verbal and writing skills
Demonstrated teaching ability
Initiative and aptitude for planning and development
Basic knowledge of network technology and telecommunications
Public services experience
Understanding of educational methods, goals and mission of higher education as they apply to public services in an ABA-accredited law school library
Knowledge of LANs (local area networks)
Knowledge of the Innovative Interfaces library automation system
Knowledge of software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
Knowledge of and familiarity with Web site creation and maintenance applications
Knowledge and familiarity with blog creation and maintenance
Knowledge of LRC collection
Knowledge of LRC policies and procedures
Knowledge and implementation of LRC mission and goals
Knowledge of campus departments
Knowledge of law school staff and operations involving library work
Internal Number: not an official posting
About University of San Diego Legal Research Center
The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.
The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.
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