July 20, 2005
Opening: Reference Librarian, Stanford
The Stanford Law Library is seeking a friendly, motivated, and hard-working reference librarian.
Stanford Law School has approximately 550 JD students, 34 LL.M and JSM students, 33 JSD students, and a faculty of over forty permanent members. The Robert Crown Law Library is one of the most complete legal research centers in the nation, containing computer-based legal information systems, facilities for online data retrieval, wireless Internet access, an online CourseWork database, and a very popular digital reserves collection. As a member of the Research Libraries Group, the Robert Crown Library provides access to the holdings of other leading universities as well. The library holds almost 500,000 books, 408,000 microform and audiovisual items, and more than 8,000 current serial subscriptions. The Robert Crown Law Library has an annual budget in excess of $3 million, 8 professional library staff members, and 18 support staff members.
The reference librarians provide premier level reference desk service, and librarians receive a flood of requests for assistance from an accomplished faculty and student body. Because our reference team is small and without subject specialists, a reference librarian will have the opportunity to answer a wide range of questions from across the disciplines. In addition, the reference team must have the good humor to deal with interrupted interruptions and to smile while solving problems as mundane as jammed printers. The reference team collaborates on a wide range of academic projects and instructional resources.
The reference librarians are actively engaged in teaching and comprise the core of the legal research instruction to first year students. The librarian instructions provide in-class lectures, library small group instruction, and create and develop legal research exercises.
Reference librarians at Stanford also have an opportunity to formally teach advanced legal research and receive Lecturer in Law status.
Reference librarians are also involved with a wide variety of publication and on-line resource creation -- from traditional bibliographies and pathfinders to Web resources. Our motto here is that we are a little library that does a lot.
Reference librarians are encouraged and supported to seek opportunities for professional growth and education evolvement, both here in the education-rich Bay Area and nationally.
Candidates must have a knowledge of basic legal research sources and be skilled at using print and electronic materials. Qualified applicants should have a JD and/or MLS degree, or equivalent law and/or library degree or a related advanced degree, and candidates with two graduate degrees are preferred, but this is not required. The ideal candidate will have a very strong service ethic, and the ability to blend harmoniously with his or her colleagues and the law school and university communities. A commitment to continuous service improvement and innovation is important -- we are always looking for ways to provide even better service than before.
This is a full time position. Schedule and hours are somewhat negotiable. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Stanford University offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package. All librarians are eligible for continuing term appointments.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to:
Stanford Law Library
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8612
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