The Research and Emerging Technologies Librarian is responsible for providing reference and research services to law school faculty, students, staff, and library card holders. This position places particular emphasis on technology based-services for both research and law office use, and maintains web-based content for the library while spearheading digital initiatives and services.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Research and Reference Support (40%) 1. Provides reference services to law school faculty, students and staff as well as attorney patrons; involves working weekend, holiday, and evening hours. 2. Assists in the creation of subject-specific research guides, pathfinders, and library user guides. 3. Serves as a Library Liaison for assigned faculty members; assisting faculty with online/electronic research, inter-library loans and other research as needed, maintains bibliographies of faculty materials. 4. Assists in the online promotion of faculty scholarship, student symposia, and student journals. 5. Conducts library tours as requested. 6. Provides individual bibliographic instruction as required.
Teaching and Instruction (20%) 1. Develop and teach a law technology course and if interested advanced legal research courses in rotation with the other research librarians. 2. Create assignments and course development. 3. Evaluate student performance and class effectiveness. 4. Market classes to law students.
Technology Based Projects (20%) 1. Develops and maintains the content, styling, and electronic services provided by the law library's website. 2. Develops computer-based tutorials, screen casts, and presentations for classroom, and online, usage. 3. Maintains the law school's institutional repository; including collecting archival materials, uploading student journals, faculty scholarship, events/symposia, historical materials, and other collections. 4. Develops digital initiatives and Library 2.0 projects. 5. Works extensively with student journal editors; assists in the promotion of online journals, works to increase citation rate and overall journal rankings. 6. Maintains the library's chat and instant-messaging reference services.
Collection Management and Assessment (15%) 1. Identifies new titles for acquisition, based on assigned subject areas. 2. Collects, records, and makes data-driven decisions related to holdings and use of collections within given subject areas. 3. Collaborates with other law librarians to assess usefulness and quality of library collections. 4. Consults with staff in technical services and information services regarding collection problems.
Service and Scholarship (5%) 1. Serves on and/or chairs law school, university, and joint library committees, working groups, and task forces. 2. Participation in local, regional, and national professional organizations. 3. Works with local and national service organizations. 4. Conducts research, and produces scholarship, related to legal research; presents at conferences; publishes research and other scholarly materials.
1. Recommends initiatives and implements changes to improve quality and services. 2. Identifies and determines cause of problems; develops and presents recommendations for improvement of established processes and practices. 3. Maintains contact with customers and solicits feedback for improved services. 4. Maximizes productivity through use of appropriate tools; planned training and performance initiatives. 5. Researches and develops resources that create timely and efficient workflow. 6. Prepares progress reports; informs supervisor of project status; and deviation from goals. Ensures completeness, accuracy and timeliness of all operational functions. 7. Prepares and submits reports as requested and required
Provides Work Direction
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.
This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.
The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal.
May be required to travel to other buildings on the campus.
May be required to attend conference and training sessions within Bay Area or in- or out-of-state locations.
May be required to occasionally travel to outside customers, vendors or suppliers.
The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
Typical office environment.
Mostly indoor office environment with windows.
Offices with equipment noise.
Offices with frequent interruptions.
1. Knowledge of emerging issues and technologies in legal research. 2. Knowledge of scholarly communication issues. 3. Knowledge of information technology tools, including those used in library initiatives and law office technologies. 4. Experience providing in-person and virtual reference services. 5. Knowledge of law school curriculum and resources 6. Knowledge of core legal collections, legal databases, and legal publishers. 7. Knowledge of basic word processing, spreadsheet and email systems.
1. Demonstrated competency in both in-person and virtual reference work, preferably in an academic law library. 2. Demonstrated ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively, as a team member and independently. 3. Excellent organization and time management skills. 4. Excellent interpersonal, oral, written, and presentation skills for communicating in multiple formats with a wide range of constituencies.
1. Ability to speak in front of groups of people. 2. Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
Education and/or Experience
1. MLS or equivalent from an ALA accredited program 2. J.D. from an ABA accredited law school.
Years of Experience
Two years in an academic law library required. Some law firm experience preferred.
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's, Ph.D., and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the fourth-highest graduation rate among all U.S. master's universities, California's oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice.