Job Opening – Head Law Librarian – Lowell Law Library

Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Closing on: Feb 5, 2024, at 23:55 EST

Title: Head Law Librarian – Lowell
Pay Grade: Grade 19
Starting Pay: $94,222.68

Departmental Mission Statement:
The Court Services and Law Libraries Department is responsible for providing key court services to support the administration of justice and advance access to justice in the Trial Court. These services include the Court Service Centers, the Trial Court Law Libraries, and the Judicial Response System.

The Trial Court Law Libraries provides timely, efficient access to current and historical law-related information in an impartial and respectful manner to anyone in need of legal information.

Notes: This position is designated as a union position and is covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement with O.P.E.I.U., Local 6.
This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants who apply within the first 14 days.

Position Summary:
The Head Law Librarian administers all activities of a public law library within the Trial Court; is responsible for the fiscal planning and management of a library budget; performs professional library duties such as acquisition, cataloging and reference; performs the duties of a division manager (managerial duties) with emphasis on financial management and personnel supervision; 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, group purchasing and vendor negotiation, electronic library services, and special projects; acts as the Court Consolidated Law Book program’s liaison to assigned courts; and performs related work as required.
Supervision Received:
Work is performed under the direction of the Senior Manager of Law Libraries and is evaluated for professional soundness and conformity to policy.


  • Responsible for administering the day-to-day operations of the library;
  • Develops, recommends, and implements policies and procedures necessary to operate the library;
  • Provides reference and information services to those seeking legal information by responding to questions in person, by telephone or through e-reference; locating and retrieving materials; legal research; uses comprehensive knowledge of legal bibliography and general and legal reference sources;
  • Participates in the selection, design, and delivery of electronic reference services;
  • Utilizes full knowledge of electronic databases and interlibrary sources, both legal and non-legal, to assist library users in retrieving needed information;
  • Selects and de-selects library collection materials in all available formats through monitoring library user research needs and maintaining current awareness of resources available from legal publishers and others that meet those research needs;
  • Contributes to the development and maintenance of content on the Trial Court Law Libraries= website;
  • Adapts professional principles of cataloging, classification, and indexing to the various components of the library’s collection utilizing a national database;
  • Manages and oversees local cataloging, classification, and maintenance of the integrated library system;
  • Prepares annual budget requests for the library and has fiscal responsibility for library expenditures, including signature approval of fiscal documents and oversight of budgetary spreadsheet;
  • Plans and makes accommodations for budget fluctuations;
  • Negotiates with vendors to secure discounts and ensure the efficient use of funds;
  • Interviews, selects, and recommends personnel for staff positions;
  • Trains and supervises staff in all aspects of library operation;
  • Arranges the physical library, paying attention to ADA guidelines, so that library users can access materials quickly and safely and receive prompt personal assistance from staff
  • Provides for the security, protection, and preservation of information resources in both paper and electronic formats;
  • Makes annual visits to assigned courts to respond to questions and information requests as the Court Consolidation Law Book program’s liaison;
  • Responsible for the library’s computer network(s);
  • Maintains proficiency in the current state of professional library theory and legal research and practice by attending and participating in meetings, conferences, seminars, and training sessions in professional library management and legal reference skills;
  • Participates with other librarians and staff on system-wide projects, such as grants, collection development, and program planning;
  • Provides workshops and seminars to promote the use and maintenance of library materials, services, and databases;
  • Develops and implements promotional ideas to bring library resources and services to the attention of current and potential library users;
  • Keeps the Senior Manager of Law Libraries informed about recommendations on the renovation of a current library or the
    construction of a new library;
  • Implements directives of the Office of Court Management and
  • Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Requirements:
These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for the position of Head Law Librarian:
Master’s Degree in Library Science from an accredited library school and a minimum of three years full-time experience in a professional capacity in a law library;
or Juris Doctor degree and four years in a Trial Court Law Library position;
or an equivalent combination of completed graduate-level education and professional experience;

  • Knowledge of theory, principles, and practices of library science and law library administration, including current methods and procedures in such areas as acquisition, cataloging, and reference;
  • Knowledge of legal bibliography and terminology and the use of complex legal resources and indexes;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal effectively and respectfully with people;
  • Knowledge of the Massachusetts court system;
  • Knowledge of libraries, interlibrary cooperation, government and private organizations, and the types of resources and services available to librarians and library users;
  • Knowledge of space planning, including the physical layout of and the technical and operational requirements for equipment and furniture used in libraries;
  • Ability to analyze and solve complex problems relating to library practices and procedures;
  • Ability to gather, analyze, and report information;
  • Ability to use an integrated library system and other online systems and the ability to learn and implement new technologies as they emerge;
  • 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 supervise subordinate personnel;
  • Ability to train library staff on the integrated library systems and fiscal procedures in accordance with MMARS accounting system and to train library and court staff in the use of electronic databases;
  • Ability to reason clearly and make sound judgments;
  • Ability to work well independently and with groups;
  • 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 to work at other Trial Court Law Libraries when necessary.

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