Reference/Virtual Access Librarian for Law

The University of Chicago invites applicants for the Reference/Virtual Access Librarian at D'Angelo Law Library (DLL).


Under the general direction of the Associate Law Librarian for Public Services, the Reference/Virtual Access Librarian works to provide outstanding reference and research services to the Law School and university communities. The Librarian coordinates, maintains, monitors, assesses and improves upon all aspects of the users' experience with the DLL online presence. Maintains a subject expertise in United States federal, state and local government agencies and provides management, monitoring and advisory services to the DLL with respect to the federal depository program, and other government documents and quasi-government material selection.


Participates in rotating reference desk schedule including some evening/weekend reference service; Coordinates and evaluates successful virtual access to DLL collections and services including the catalog and other collection access interfaces, article search tools and link resolvers, service request systems, licensed databases, and online learning resources; Works closely with DLL librarians and other campus libraries on issues related to virtual access to collections and services through DLL's web site and online tools; Focuses on effective patron use of DLL's web site and virtual resources via computer and mobile devices.


Monitors government document issues and trends and informs of those developments: Manages DLL's participation in the federal depository library program, including maintaining/revising the selection criteria for the collection, and weeding and claiming depository items; Consults with colleagues in other campus libraries on issues related to government documents; Maintains statistics and reports related to federal depository program.


Creates web-based and print research guides, bibliographies and tutorials; Collaborates on the development of legal research instruction for law students and students in other campus programs; Participates in legal research training for JD and LLM students.


Serves on DLL and Library-wide committees; Participates in local, regional, and national organizations; Attends conferences and workshops to maintain knowledge of changing technologies and developments in law school education, law libraries, and legal publishing, and gov docs.


Required qualifications: Graduate library degree from an ALA accredited library school; Significant experience working as a librarian in an academic law library; Extensive experience with legal research materials, techniques and strategies; Substantial knowledge of WESTLAW, LexisNexis, other legal research web-based subscription services/resources; Significant experience with government documents and the U.S. federal depository library program; Significant experience using library catalog and resources access tools; Familiarity with internet-based communication tools such as blogs, wikis, instant messaging, RSS feeds; Familiarity with Blackboard or other course management software; Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills; strong organizational and planning skills; Ability to work with and support a demanding patron group; the ability to establish and maintain a good working relationship with colleagues and work effectively in a team-oriented environment; Strong public service philosophy and a commitment to continuous improvement and innovation.

Preferred: Teaching or training experience; Knowledge of one or more foreign languages; Experience with desktop publishing software; Experience with database design using Microsoft Access; Knowledge of HTML and web-authoring tools; Experience with creating and maintaining web pages.


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Application Deadline: December 14, 2012
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

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