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Reference Librarian for International & Foreign Law

Reference Librarian for International & Foreign Law

New York University School of Law Job Location: New York Date Created: 08-16-2021

This position is one member of a two-person team responsible for collection development, in-depth reference services, and training relating to the Law Library’s world-renowned collection of foreign, comparative and international law (FCIL). The FCIL librarians are also a part of the larger department of Research & Reference Services and will report to the head of that department. The new librarian will work alongside an experienced FCIL colleague. Responsibilities:
  • Supporting and contributing to an equitable, inclusive, empathetic, kind, efficient, respectful, communicative, and collaborative work community.
  • Developing and managing the FCIL law collection in print and electronic formats, with a focus on public international law, private international law, international sales law, and international trade law.
  • Collaborating with the acquisitions department to further develop and manage the FCIL collection in concert with budget projections.
  • Evaluating new websites and databases for foreign, comparative, and international law and sharing in the maintenance of public webpages that list these resources.
  • Cooperating with counterparts at other research libraries to share information about FCIL resources.
  • Serving as a library liaison to constituents throughout the Law School, including faculty, students, centers and clinics.
  • Providing specialized legal research instruction to meet the needs of those constituents; teaching formats may include live lectures, online presentations, individual instruction, research guides and a range of other written materials; topics may include public international law, international sales law, and other specialized topics as requested.
  • Serving as a member of the Law Library’s general reference team. As such, the candidate is expected to be able to:
    • provide high-caliber Anglo-American and FCIL legal reference service to Law School faculty and students;
    • serve as a library liaison and provide proactive and personalized library services for faculty, including complex research, research assistant training and the tracking of faculty scholarship;
    • assist in the staffing of the in-person and virtual reference desk, a task that entails some evening and weekend hours;
    • author and update research guides, bibliographies, and other types of instructional material; and
    • perform other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications & Experience:
  • M.L.S. (or equivalent) and J.D. from accredited institutions. Candidates who are within one year of graduation and actively engaged in the completion of course work required for graduation will be afforded consideration.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide in-depth and complex legal research and reference support.
  • A thorough knowledge of traditional and new legal and non-legal resources and techniques and an aptitude to stay current with emerging trends.
  • A self-starter who is comfortable working independently and within a collegial team environment.
  • The ability to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse student body and staff, as well as a commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion.
  • A strong customer-service orientation.
  • A history of involvement in professional activities and/or a history of scholarly work (e.g., professional publications).
Preferred Qualifications & Experience:
  • 1-3 years of professional law library experience, with academic library experience strongly preferred.
  • Reading proficiency in German, Chinese and/or other languages.
Salary: Highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Excellent benefits package (https://www.nyu.edu/faculty/benefits/full-time.html). Classification: This is a renewable contract position (Assistant Librarian of Practice) as a member of the Law Library Faculty. Diversity & Inclusion: The NYU Law Library is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community, and to bringing new voices into the field. We strongly welcome applications from underrepresented groups. Application Instructions
Please submit a cover letter, a resume and the names and contact information for three professional references. Applications are accepted through Interfolio.com via https://apply.interfolio.com/91968
Additional Information  NYU Law is an intellectual powerhouse and innovator in legal education, known for its focus on leadership, global issues, and public service. As part of this diverse and accomplished community, you’ll work with top faculty, support learning and research, and have regular opportunities to develop professionally. Located in Greenwich Village, one of New York’s most inviting neighborhoods, the Law School offers highly competitive benefits and perks, notably tuition remission. NYU aims to be among the greenest urban campuses in the country and carbon neutral by 2040. Learn more at nyu.edu/nyugreen.

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