Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Reference / Research Law Librarian Opening


Quick link to view position details:  http://www.dujobs.org/postings/15975


The Westminster Law Library in the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver seeks a creative, enthusiastic, highly productive law librarian to serve as a Reference / Research Law Librarian to work as part of a reference, research, and instruction team that interacts with law students, faculty, staff, alumni, the practicing bar, and the legal community. This individual should be proficient in both legal and general research strategies, resources, and new and emerging information technologies as they apply to law libraries and legal research. The Reference / Research Law Librarian will have an opportunity to teach legal research and library instruction. An awareness of developments in law librarianship will enable the Reference / Research Law Librarian to play a key role in enhancing services that support the five Centers of Excellence and the strategic plan of the Sturm College of Law.

Responsibilities:  Reporting to the Library Director, the Reference / Research Law Librarian will perform the following duties (subject to change based on operational needs):

-The position develops and maintains guides to legal research, web-based tutorials, and instructional materials, and participates in selecting books and other materials for the library’s collections.
- Provides specialized legal research consultations to law students, faculty, staff, alumni, the practicing bar, and the legal community.
- Serves as a member of the law library’s reference services team, providing excellent and responsive general information and legal reference services through regular shifts (day, evening, and weekends) at the Reference Desk.
- Contributes to the law library’s collection development efforts, representing a Center of Excellence and assigned content areas, including selection, assessment, and management of resources.
- Works closely with the Faculty Research Liaison and participates in the Law Library’s outstanding faculty services program, including performing legal and interdisciplinary research.
- Collaborates with law librarians to design, develop, and maintain the research web pages on the law library website (bibliographies, handouts, tutorials, Lib Guides, Internet research links, etc.).
- Leads and manages special projects that further the law library’s reference, research, instruction, teaching, and marketing efforts.
- Delivers basic and advanced legal research instruction to law library patrons.
- Prepares and presents library instruction sessions, lectures, workshops, and tours to students from the law school, other academic units at the University, and non-university affiliated groups.
- Represents the law library on law school, campus-wide, and law library community committees and at various meetings and other functions (as appropriate).
- Participates in and contributes to law librarianship through professional activities outside of the law library, including University and public service, and/or research and other creative activities that relate to and enhance performance of the primary position responsibilities.
- Develops and maintains awareness of current developments in the fields of law, library science, and legal research to enhance performance of primary position responsibilities.

Required Qualifications:
-MLIS & JD required.
-Demonstrated awareness of current trends in legal research instruction and technologies.
-Knowledge of the legal bibliography and legal research techniques in multiple formats. Familiarity with legal bibliography, legal research methods, and online legal and interdisciplinary research systems and sources.
-Demonstrated ability to conduct scholarly research and write articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
-Successful experience, skills and service-oriented approach in providing reference services.
-Innovative, flexible, and enthusiastic team player. Strong initiative and ability to work both independently and in a collaborative, collegial environment. Outstanding organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
-Demonstrated knowledge of Lexis, West law, and Lib Guide software. Proficiency using standard MS Office applications.

Preferred Qualifications:
-Practice experience as an attorney and/or in a law library.
-Demonstrated experience shepherding ideas & projects through an organization without a formal leadership role.
-Ability to conceptualize & implement processes & programs, both independently & in a team, in a dynamically changing environment.
-Experience in assessing & selecting collections in law.

The Sturm College of Law
The Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver opened its doors to its first class in October 1892. Recognized for its Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers: Putting Knowledge into Practice initiative, the Sturm College of Law has a current enrollment of approximately 1,000 students in day and evening programs and a faculty of 80 members. The Sturm College of Law features a Modern Learning Initiative and offers specializations in five areas: Environmental and Natural Resources Law, International and Comparative Law, Workplace Law, Constitutional Rights and Remedies, and Business and Commercial Law (http://law.du.edu/).

The University of Denver
The University of Denver, the oldest and largest independent university in the Rocky Mountain Region, is located in the city of Denver which is quickly becoming one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the U.S.  Situated in this vibrant metropolitan community, the University is committed to building and sustaining a culturally diverse faculty, staff, and student body. DU is research University with a high research activity and enrolls approximately 11,500 students in its undergraduate, graduate, and professional preparation programs (http://www.du.edu).  

Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Denver offers a wide range of benefit choices.  Please see the 2012-2013 enrollment guide for details:  (http://www.du.edu/hr/benefits/2012_2013_benefits_enrollment_guide.pdf).

Deadline for Applications: Applications received by June 8, 2012, will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.  The start date of this position is expected to be August 1, 2012.

To Apply: You can view a position description and apply on-line by going directly to:  http://www.dujobs.org/postings/15975.  To be considered an applicant, you must submit your application, resume, cover letter and a list of references (please include the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references, with a statement of each reference's professional relationship to the applicant) online.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans. DU is an EEO/AA employer.