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Reference Librarian

Reference Librarian

UCLA Job Location: California Apply By: 06/23/2021 Date Created: 05-27-2021

Reference Librarian

Department: Law Library

Rank and Salary: Associate Librarian to Full Librarian ($75,964 – $116,341)

Position Availability: July 1, 2021

Application deadline for first consideration: June 23, 2021 

Functional Title: Reference Librarian, Law Library 

The UCLA Law Library seeks a Reference Librarian to join a team that provides reference and research services at the Law Library, which serves the Law School faculty and students as their basic library and study resource for instruction and research. Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California and key components of the University’s commitment to excellence.  

Position Duties

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 many 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. There is the potential for the Librarian to lead the Reference Department’s outreach efforts. 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 and responsibilities may include:

  • Provide in-depth research assistance to Law faculty, departments, committees, and students,
  • Prepare research memos and provide cite checking and editing services to support faculty research and scholarly projects,
  • Serve as library research liaison to selected Law School deans, departments, clinics, programs, and/or faculty,
  • Assist in the training of research assistants,
  • Provide ongoing support and supervision to a group of research assistants,
  • Participate in library orientation programs,
  • Prepare and maintain research guides,
  • Perform reference desk service,
  • Teach legal research classes as needed, including Advanced Legal Research, 1L instruction, undergraduate instruction, LLM/MLS training, journal editor training, research refreshers, and other workshops, clinics, and seminars,
  • Work 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,
  • Contribute to the profession and represent the UCLA Law Library in the academic, scholarly, and professional community,
  • Serve as a member of the Law Library team and work to further the overall goals of the Law Library, and
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Description of Library Unit

The UCLA School of Law has approximately 1,100 law students, 100 full- and part-time faculty, and more than 150 law school staff. The School has a varied and demanding curriculum, highly productive faculty, an extensive clinical and externship program, more than a dozen research centers and programs, and 15 law journals. The Law Library serves the Law School faculty and students as their basic library and study resource for instruction and research. The Law Library also supplies legal resources for other UCLA faculty, students, and staff. The Law Library is one of the larger professional school libraries on campus and has 18 librarians and 13 staff members. The library offers users an impressive collection that contains more than 600,000 bound volumes, more than 20,000 microform titles, and access to more than 1,000 databases. The day-to-day functions of the Library are divided into five sections, each headed by a Director: Access and Information Services; Bibliographic Services and Collection Management; Empirical Research Group; Research Assistant Program; and Reference and Research Services. The Law Library has a beautiful facility that opened in the fall of 1998. Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should apply here: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF06488

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