Open Position: Instructional Services Librarian

May 20, 2016

Instructional Services Librarian

Lillian Goldman Law Library

Yale University

Please Apply at:

STARS Req No. 37814BR

Position Focus

Reporting to the Head of Instructional Services within the Reference and Instructional Services Department, the Instructional Services Librarian at the Lillian Goldman Law Library is responsible for significant instructional, research, and reference tasks to further the innovative and excellent service of the Anglo-American and foreign and international reference and instructional services team in a dynamic and challenging environment. This position provides unparalleled learning experiences amongst a diverse community of scholars and world-class collection of print and digital materials.

The successful candidate will be creative and innovative. Works closely in a team setting with all members of the Law Library: Reference and Instructional Services, Collections and Access, Technical Services, and Administration. Provides superior instruction, research support, and other library services to our students, faculty, staff, and community of scholars. Will have opportunities to develop and implement new courses and services in consultation with supervisor and team.

Develops and participates in classroom and online instruction. Teaches in the formalized legal research program as well as in a variety of classroom and electronic settings. Provides reference services and research support to faculty and students in a variety of venues. Develops print and electronic research guides, video tutorials, and other technology-based tools to educate and assist patrons in conducting legal research and using library resources. Participates in developing the Library’s online presence via the web site and other electronic means. There may also be opportunities to participate in collection development, work on digitization projects, write, create exhibits, and develop other law library activities according to abilities, aptitude, and desire. Strong emphasis on teamwork, individual growth, and professional development. 

Participates in library planning committees, working groups, and task forces within the Law Library and the University Library. Seeks opportunities for professional growth and involvement. Engages in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and collaborative activities. Expected to be professionally active and represent the Library and the University in the academic, scholarly, and professional community.

Qualified individuals new to the library profession are welcome to apply.

Required Education

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree.

J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school.

Required Skills and Abilities

  1. Demonstrated ability teaching within a formal classroom setting, litigating in court, or presenting in another learning environment.
  2. Demonstrated ability providing superior research support in complex areas of legal research.
  3. Demonstrated ability with current information technologies, publishing formats, databases, and basic legal research sources and techniques.
  4. Demonstrated ability to function in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment that emphasizes customer service and delivery of exemplary library reference and research services.
  5. Strong public services orientation and the ability to work with a diverse population. Culturally competent.
  6. Strong communication and interpersonal skills; emotionally intelligent; positive attitude.
  7. Demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively across units.
  8. Demonstrated ability to think independently, consult appropriately, and solve problems.
  9. Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to conclusion in a timely fashion; ability to coordinate, lead, and direct such projects.
  10. Self-motivated, superior attention to detail, excellent organizational skills. Strong analytical ability, creative, and agile. 

Preferred Education, Experience, Skills

  • Two years as an instructional and reference librarian in an academic law library.
  • Demonstrated experience using innovative instructional techniques and technologies in the classroom.
  • Demonstrated experience with Drupal or similar content management system.
  • Knowledge and experience with foreign, comparative, and international law resources.
  • Working knowledge of a foreign language.
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