Job Opportunity – Law Library Assistant – Berkshire Law Library

Law Library Assistant, Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries (Pittsfield)

The Law Library Assistant assists the Head Law Librarian in providing reference service, implementing circulation and interlibrary loan policies, utilizing knowledge of judges, court personnel, and the general public. Performs major duties under the direction of the Head Law Librarian. Law Library Assistants will be required to occasionally travel within a designated county to provide services at another law library as needed. The position title above the entry-level performs more complex and varied work. Employees are hired at the entry-level position title and are eligible for reclassification to the higher level position title within this series consistent with the specifications for the higher-level position title. The position title reverts to the entry-level when there is a vacancy. 

Qualifications

Law Library Assistant I Requirements:

High school diploma and two (2) years of clerical experience in a library or an Associate’s degree or paralegal degree and one (1) year of clerical experience in a library or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge of library procedures, interlibrary cooperation, and the types of resources and services available to librarians and library users.

Demonstrated knowledge of personal computers including MS-DOS and Window environments, and proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, and CD-ROM use is preferable.

Ability to perform Trial Court fiscal procedures in accordance with MMARS accounting system.

Ability to travel to multiple court locations.

Ability to reach with hands and arms, bend, climb, crouch, and lift materials weighing up to 30 pounds.

Ability to gather, analyze, and report information.

Ability to communicate well both orally and in writing.

Ability to deal effectively with judges, court personnel, and the general public.

Ability to work independently.

Massachusetts residency.

Full/Part-Time

Full Time

Education

NA

Salary

$51,193.42/Yr.

Closing Date

5/22/2020

How to Apply

Please visit https://careers-trialcourtsofmass.icims.com/jobs/4944/law-library-assistant—berkshire—00102670/job to apply for this position.

Job Opportunity – Circuit Law Librarian

Circuit Law Librarian, Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries (Worcester)

Working within the Trial Court Law Libraries of the Department of Support Services, the Circuit Law Librarian performs professional library duties over a defined geographic area in the following areas: legal research and reference, cataloging, inter­library loan, bibliographic services, and acquisitions; assists Head Law Librarians in library operation; and may perform specific functions for the Trial Court Law Library system such invoice processing, collection development and maintaining a federal depository collection; performs related work as required.  The Circuit Law Librarian will be based at the Worcester Law Library and will also provide coverage at the Norfolk Law Library, Middlesex Law Library, and Lowell Law Library when necessary.

Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Library Science from an accredited library school and 1 full year of full-time experience in a professional capacity in a law library;

Knowledge of theory, principles, and practices of library science and law library administration, including current methods and procedures in such areas as collection development, cataloging, and legal research and reference;

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal effectively and respectfully with people;

Ability to work with judges, attorneys, court personnel;

Ability to use computer applications such as MS Office spreadsheets, text editing, and publisher programs;

Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both oral and written form;

Ability to reach with hands and arms, bend, crouch, lift materials weighing up to 30 pounds, and climb stairs;

Ability to travel within the Commonwealth and work at other Trial Court Law Library locations when necessary.

Massachusetts residency is required.

Full/Part Time

Full Time

Education

MLS/Masters

Salary

$69,160.59/Yr.

Closing Date

5/22/2020

How to Apply

Please visit https://careers-trialcourtsofmass.icims.com/jobs/4943/circuit-law-librarian—worcester%2c-middlesex-%26-norfolk/job to apply for this position online.

Open Position: Head Law Librarian

The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries has an opening for a Head Law Librarian in our Lowell Law Library. More information on this position can be found at https://employees-trialcourtsofmass.icims.com/jobs/4856/head-law-librarian—lowell-law-library/job. The closing date for applications is March 9th.

POSITION SUMMARY

Working within the Trial Court Law Libraries of Department of Support Services, the Head Law Librarian administers all activities of a public law library within the Trial Court; is responsible for the planning and management of a Trial Court library collection; performs professional library duties including acquisition, cataloging, and reference; ensures that the legal information needs of the library users are met, including the judiciary, court staff, members of the bar, self-represented litigants and the public;  supervises Law Librarians and Law Library Assistant(s), participates in system-wide activities such as long-range planning, electronic library services, special projects, and other library and court services related work as required.

Mass. Trial Court Law Libraries Job Opportunities

The Mass. Trial Court Law Libraries are excited to post the following three full-time job opportunities:

Head Law Librarian – Hampshire County (Northampton), https://employees-trialcourtsofmass.icims.com/jobs/4642/head-law-librarian—hampshire-county/job

Law Library Assistant – Middlesex County (Woburn), https://employees-trialcourtsofmass.icims.com/jobs/4640/law-library-assistant—middlesex-county/job

Law Library Assistant – Worcester County (Worcester), https://employees-trialcourtsofmass.icims.com/jobs/4639/law-library-assistant—worcester-county/job

The closing date for these postings is 10/17/19.

Job Posting – Head Law Librarian

The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries has just posted an opening in the Worcester Law Library for a Head Law Librarian. To view the posting and apply go to https://careers-trialcourtsofmass.icims.com/jobs/4365/head-law-librarian—worcester-law-library/job. Please note that the posting is open until 5/14/19. This is a great opportunity to work for anyone interested in providing a valuable service to the public, bar and courts.

Hold the Date – LLNE Listening Tour – Boston, MA

Your opinion is important to LLNE.

Bob DeFabrizio, LLNE’s V.P./President-Elect, will be facilitating a chat with members about…

·       What’s working

·       What’s not working or could work better

·       Education, professional development, and social programs (topics, format, scheduling, location)

·       How to enhance the value of membership

·       Overall engagement and involvement

When: (Attend either of the following times.)

  • Friday, March 22nd, 9 – 10 a.m.                                            
  • Friday, March 29th, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.            

Where: Social Law Library

              John Adams Courthouse, Suite 4100

              One Pemberton Square

              Boston, MA 02108

Please RSVP to rdefabrizio@gmail on or before Wednesday, March 20th.   Directions can be found at https://www.socialaw.com/directions

Cannot make the meeting?  Feel free to forward your comments and questions.

Thank you to Kirsten Leary, Director of Library Operations and Member Services, for graciously agreeing to host the meeting.

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – 30 Articles

Beginning on January 1, 2019, Massachusetts Law Updates has been presenting a daily series of blog posts showcasing the 30 Articles in the Declaration of Rights in the Massachusetts Constitution.

Each post will follow the same format. The post will begin with an identification of the subject of the Article, assigned for the purpose of this series, followed by the article itself. If the Article has been amended or replaced entirely, the new text follows with the date of the amendment or change. Finally, “Precedents, Following Law, and Quotations” relevant to each particular Article complete the post.

All of the Articles in the Declaration of Rights, with the notable exception of Article 3, which deals with responsibilities regarding the “public worship of God”, were drafted by John Adams. Precedents were chosen keeping in mind what may have been in John Adams’ head as he drafted the Articles. The writings of Enlightenment thinkers, men like John Locke, Algernon Sidney, and Montesquieu, influenced men like John Adams, George Mason (author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights), and James Madison (author of the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution). These men had the opportunity to create governments where there had only been colonies before. The Magna Carta, the English Bill of Rights, and Nathaniel Ward’s Body of Liberties had precedential value to eighteenth century men schooled in law, philosophy and political theory. In some cases, John Adams copied text directly from other state constitutions, which had been drafted only a few years earlier. There is an abundance of secondary source literature which gives us clues, and points to these possible sources.

To put the Articles in the Declaration of Rights into context, Following Law and Quotations point to documents and commentary since 1780 that might give us a chance to better understand what the words in the Articles mean. The Bill of Rights amending the U.S. Constitution in 1791 includes cognate provisions which echo articles or sections in states’ constitutions. Presidents, judges, scholars and passionate advocates have pointed to the need to expand the provision of rights to disenfranchised groups, and given us a chance to more fully understand the implications of what John Adams wrote so long ago.

Italics indicate where text has been added to clarify why particular quotations may have been chosen.

On January 31, there will be an index providing hot links to the blog posts about the 30 Articles. A post with acknowledgments on February 1, 2019 and a list of selected secondary sources on February 2, 2019 will conclude the series.

For more information people should contact Barbara Schneider, Head Law Librarian, Berkshire Law Library (bershirelawlib@hotmail.com).

Bob DeFabrizio
Manager of Law Libraries
Massachusetts Trial Court
Office of Court Management
robert.defabrizio@jud.state.ma.us
“Serving the bench, bar, and public”