The Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School has an opening for an Experienced Research and Instructional Services Librarian. Details are available at Reference & Instruction Librarian – Yale University – Job Details and below. Please feel free to contact Jordan Jefferson at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
to the Associate Director for Research and Instructional Services, the Research
and Instructional Services Librarian at the Lillian Goldman Law Library is
responsible for providing significant research, reference, and instructional
service in a dynamic and challenging environment. This position provides an
unparalleled working experience amongst a diverse community of scholars and
access to a world-class collection of print and digital materials. A successful
candidate will be creative, thoughtful, agile, culturally competent, and
display emotional intelligence.
librarian in this position will provide superior research and reference
services to students, faculty, staff, and the Yale community in a variety of
venues. In addition, this position participates in formal instruction in
for-credit legal research courses as well as informal instruction in the first
year and clinical programs, guest lectures, and other workshops. This position
works collaboratively in a team setting with all members of the Law Library.
librarian in this position may develop print and electronic research guides,
video tutorials, and other technology-based tools to educate and assist patrons
in conducting legal research and using library resources. This position also
participates in developing the Library’s online presence via the web site and
other electronic means. There may be opportunities to participate in collection
development, engage in scholarship, create exhibits, and develop other law
library activities according to abilities, aptitude, and desire. Strong
emphasis on teamwork, individual growth, and professional development.
professional librarians will participate in library planning committees,
working groups, and task forces within the Law Library and the University Library.
There are also opportunities for professional growth and involvement including
engaging in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and
collaborative activities. A successful candidate will be expected to be
professionally active and represent the Library and the University in the
academic, scholarly, and professional community.
position will be assigned a rank of Librarian 2 to 5 based on a combination of
professional experience and accomplishments. Librarian ranking information can
be found at bit.ly/YULRanksPromotions .
- Provides research service to students, faculty,
clinics, centers, staff, and members of the Yale community through
consultations, formal and informal instruction, and in-person and virtual
- Teaches in formalized legal research program as well as
in a variety of classroom and electronic settings.
- Engages in outreach to support research, instructional
offerings, and information resources of the Law Library.
- Creates and maintains research support tools and online
guides. Collaborates with librarians, GIS specialists, archivists, and
other providers of information resources to provide superior research and
- Works closely with collections, acquisitions, and
cataloging librarians, and staff on selecting, acquiring, and receiving
resources in all formats (print, databases, datasets, images, a/v, etc.)
and preparing them for availability to users.
- Participates in departmental research support and
collections program planning.
- Participates in library planning committees, working
groups, and task forces within the Law and University Libraries. Engages
in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and
- Seeks opportunities for professional growth and
involvement. Expected to be professionally active and represent the
Library and University in the academic, scholarly, and professional
- Monitors developments and best practices to help
ensure the excellence of the Law Library’s research and instructional
- May be required to assist with disaster recovery
- May perform other duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience
degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science and a
J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school (or foreign equivalent).
Required Skill/Ability 1:
minimum of 2 years of professional experience. Demonstrated ability providing
research and reference support in complex areas of legal research.
Required Skill/Ability 2:
ability teaching within a formal classroom setting, litigating in court, or
presenting in another learning environment. Demonstrated ability with current
legal information technologies, publishing formats, databases, and legal
research sources and techniques.
Required Skill/Ability 3:
ability to function in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment that emphasizes
customer service and delivery of exemplary research and instructional services.
Strong public services orientation.
Required Skill/Ability 4:
communication and interpersonal skills. Emotionally intelligent with positive
attitude. Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively across
units. Demonstrated ability to think independently, consult appropriately, and
Required Skill/Ability 5:
record of designing projects and bringing them to conclusion in a timely
fashion. Ability to coordinate, lead and direct such projects. Self-motivated,
superior attention to detail, excellent organizational skills. Strong
analytical ability, creative, and agile.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:
- At least three years’ experience providing research and
instructional services in an academic, public, or private law library.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience researching in a
specialized area or topic.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience with web
development tools, web based tools, or other technologies beyond
traditional online research databases.
Background Check Requirements
candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background
screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT
certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description
and job requirements. All offers are
contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/screening/faqs.html for additional information on the
background check requirements and process.
intent of this job description is to provide a
representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the
position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and
responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned
specific job-related duties
through their hiring departments.
Affirmative Action Statement:
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