July 10, 2008
Opening: Web Resources/Reference Librarian, University of Florida Law Library
The Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center at the University of Florida Levin College of Law seeks a Reference/Web Resources Librarian. The ideal candidate will be creative, dynamic, and forward-thinking, with a sincere love of teaching. The normal work schedule for this position will include an evening shift or a weekend work day.
The Legal Information Center (LIC) is one of the largest law libraries in the Southeast. It is administratively autonomous from the University of Florida Smathers Libraries. The LIC serves approximately 65 faculty and over 1,200 law students. In addition, the LIC’s user community includes students in other Colleges at the University of Florida, members of the Florida Bar, and the general public.
The primary goal of this position will be to transform the library’s presence on the Internet from a mere web site into an information resource that will serve all our constituencies. To accomplish this goal, the Reference/Web Resources Librarian will do the following:
1. Work closely with the College of Law’s Webmaster and Communications Office to keep the library’s web site correct and up-to-date.
2. Optimize and maintain the usability and functionality of the library’s web site.
3. Work closely with the Instructional Services Librarian to improve Internet support services to faculty and to new distance education programs.
4. Act as public services liaison to vendors of electronic resources.
5. Identify relevant projects for digitization.
6. Assist the Legal Information Center’s Archivist in maintaining an online history of the Levin College of Law.
The Reference/Web Resources Librarian will also perform traditional Reference duties as a member of the Public Services team. Additional responsibilities include the following:
7. Participate in the library’s education program:
- Teach advanced legal research once a year via traditional and non-traditional (i.e., hybrid and distance learning) classes, and design and prepare instructional materials.
- Provide in-library instruction to law and non-law students.
- Keep abreast of trends in adult education, bibliographic instruction and electronic media by reviewing the academic literature and through attendance at conferences.
8. Perform liaison services to College of Law faculty, centers and programs.
9. Actively participate in collection management and collection development, with assigned duties as a selector for one or more subject areas.
10. Contribute to the University of Florida Libraries, the University of Florida, and the profession through substantive involvement in such activities as committee work, research, publishing, and participation in professional organizations.
1. J.D. and Masters in Library Science from accredited institutions.
2. Web design skills and experience, including understanding of and experience with usability testing.
3. Skill in the use of electronic legal research tools, especially LexisNexis and Westlaw.
4. Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
5. Ability to be a “team player” and to work with people from many different departments, backgrounds, generations, working styles, and skill sets.
1. Recent graduate of JD or MLS program with latest knowledge of web tools and technologies.
2. Teaching experience and ability to communicate with a variety of academic audiences.
3. Instructional design skills and experience with technology applications in support of multiple education platforms.
4. Foreign language skills (reading proficiency in another language).
Minimum salary: $50,000. This is a full-time, 40-hour week, tenure track position.
1. Twenty-two vacation days and 13 sick leave days annually.
2. Health, disability, and life insurance benefits, in addition to retirement benefits. Details at http://www.hr.ufl.edu/benefits/
3. No state or local income tax.
To apply: Visit http://jobs.ufl.edu/ and Search Positions using Requisition # 0800039. Submit an application using the online system. Deadline for applications will be July 31, 2008.
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