Reference Librarian & Assistant Professor, Law Library

  • Barry University
  • Orlando, FL
  • Jul 18, 2022
Full time Law & Criminal Justice

Job Description

The Reference Librarian & Assistant Professor of Law Library is responsible for the legal research method education of all Barry law students.  This librarian teaches classes and workshops and meets in small groups and one-on-one instructing in any topic of legal research education.  Additionally, this librarian assists law faculty with educational technology and identifies research resources for them.  The reference librarian provides both traditional and virtual reference and research instruction to all library patrons, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the bar.

Essential Functions

Provides reference and research assistance to library patrons:
  • consults with patrons in person or via telephone, email, or video conferencing
  • conducts reference interview to determine the exact nature of the question
  • advises the patron about useful resources to answer the question
  • teaches the patron how to use the resources, if necessary
  • responsible for specific reference shifts assigned by the Associate Director
Provides legal research and legal information literacy education to the Barry Law community:
  • prepares lesson plans and conducts guest presentations in the first year Legal Research & Writing classes
  • prepares lesson plans and conducts guest presentations for other classes and group sessions
  • teaches graduate-level for-credit classes in the LLM program
  • plans and conducts workshops
  • creates research lessons on video
  • continually updates lesson plans for freshness
  • provides one-on-one instruction to students and faculty
  • creates instructional materials to aid in research education, such as libguides
  • tracks legal research systems, tools and processes, and informs students and faculty about new developments and updates in the legal research industry
Engages in outreach efforts and professional development:
  • participates in Law Library outreach efforts around campus and in the law library community
  • contributes to the Law Library displays and social media
  • contributes to digital library brochures
  • participates in new student programs such as orientation and A2O
  • participates in associations relevant to Law Libraries and attends professional development programs
  • supports Law School scholarship by assisting with digital publication and distribution through channels such as SSRN and Digital Commons.
Participates in Law Library collection development by recommending purchases of books, digital resources, other media, and emerging technologies that will further the library mission of public service to all patrons:
  • evaluate and recommend resources to purchase
  • participate in monthly selection from an approval plan
  • evaluate items in the collection for retention or replacement
  • participate in collection development policymaking
Participates in Faculty Liaison Program:
  • serves as point-of-contact to the library for assigned faculty members
  • assists and instructs faculty members with the use of Canvas
  • assists and instructs faculty members with the use of video conferencing
  • Assists and instructs faculty members with other instructional technology
  • consults with faculty members about research resources
  • consults with and trains faculty RAs about research resources
Other duties as assigned by the Associate Director & Head of Public Services. 

This position requires a comprehensive knowledge of legal research and resources, expert skill level with Westlaw and Lexis, and an expert ability to learn and teach other legal information technologies, such as HeinOnline and ProQuest.

  • Master's degree required in Library/Information Science
  • JD also required.
  • 1-3 years of related experience required
  • Must be able to consult with patrons, analyze advanced problems and determine most appropriate resources to solve such problems.
  • Must be able to complete projects independently.
  • Must be highly proficient in the use of digital research and educational technology resources.  Must have expert skills in Lexis and Westlaw.
  • Must be skilled in word processing, spreadsheets, power point, email, and database management.
  • Must be able to operate basic library equipment, such as computers, printer/copiers, and monitors.
  • Must be able to converse and correspond comfortably with highly educated students and faculty.
  • Must demonstrate outstanding customer service skills when consulting with library patrons, including patience and friendliness.
  • Must be able to maintain calm when dealing with challenging patrons or situations.
Benefits: Barry University offers a comprehensive benefits package to full-time employees that includes health, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement, tuition assistance, paid time off and work/life balance initiatives such as wellness programs, spirituality in the workplace, and training and development.

Barry University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.

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