June 22, 2005
Opening: Reference Librarians, USC
POSITION: LAW LIBRARIAN - RESEARCH SERVICES - University of Southern California (USC) Law School Gabriel and Matilda Barnett Information Technology Center and The Asa V. Call Law Library
The University of Southern California Law Library's primary mission is to support the teaching and research activities of the USC Law School community, which consists of approximately 620 J.D. students, 50 foreign LL.M. students, and 40 full time faculty members, many of whom have interdisciplinary research interests. The USC law faculty is recognized as one of the most productive in the country. The Law Library also serves the USC community as a whole as well as the general public. Currently, the Law Library is in the process of a major renovation project designed to improve and modernize the library's public services and staff areas. The renovation is projected to be completed by August 2005.
There are nine professional law librarians at the USC Law Library. The Associate Dean for the Law Library is the Chief Information Officer of the Law School, with responsibility for both the Law Library as well as all of the information technology and computing services for the Law School.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Report to the Head of Research Services. Provide in-depth research and reference service to the USC Law School faculty. Assist all Law Library patrons in the use of the library's collection and computer databases. Actively participate in teaching the legal research courses for the J.D. and LL.M. students as well as special workshops, classes, and tours given throughout the year. Prepare instructional materials and exercises for these classes and other written materials to help facilitate the use of the library and encourage the utilization of available resources. Participate in collection development, including selecting foreign and international materials for the library collection. Assist with updating the Law Library's Web page. Help train and provide direction to the library's student Research Assistants. Work one evening a week during the regular school year.
QUALIFICATIONS: M.L.S. or equivalent graduate degree from an ALA-accredited library school and a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school. Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Ability to work collegially and in a team environment with a strong commitment to service. High level of knowledge of both print and electronic legal resources, including LexisNexis, Westlaw, and other web resources, and ability to effectively instruct others on their use. Some relevant experience in an academic law library is preferred.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: The salary is highly competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include 24 vacation days, health care, dental, and optical benefits, and TIAA/CREF and other retirement plans (employee contributes 5% and the university contributes 10% of salary). Eligible for semester's paid leave every 6 years.
TO APPLY: To be considered for the Law Librarian - Research Services position, please send a letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references whom we can contact. Please send these materials to: Brian Raphael, Assistant Director, University of Southern California Law Library, MC0072, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0072.
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