Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Associate Law Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, and International Law: Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School (New Haven, CT)

Rank: Librarian III-V


Schedule: Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30 – 5:00)

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.


In support of Yale Law School's outstanding legal scholarship and lawyer training, the Lillian Goldman Law Library is dedicated to acquiring and preserving a superb collection of resources in all formats, furnishing access to information wherever it exists, providing the most highly competent assistance to use information resources, and maintaining a welcoming, comfortable facility. The Lillian Goldman Law Library provides services which exceed the expectations of users by its leadership in the innovative use of technology and the continuing development of its most highly valued asset, its staff. To learn more about the Lillian Goldman Law Library and its collections and services, visit http://www.law.yale.edu/library .

The Lillian Goldman Law Library is located within the heart of the Yale Law School complex, providing the Law School community with ready access to one of the world's finest collections of printed legal materials. These collections are complemented by access to a growing array of online sources as well as the strong interdisciplinary collections housed nearby at more than twenty other campus libraries, including Sterling Memorial Library and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Utilizing these resources combined with our excellent, service-oriented staff, we strive daily to be the best academic law library in the world.


Under the general guidance of the Law Librarian and collaborating closely with the Curator for Foreign, Comparative, and International Law, the Associate Law Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, and International Law develops and implements programs, services, and policies to support the provision of unparalleled foreign, comparative, and international legal reference and research services to law school students, faculty, and visiting scholars.

In addition, oversees and co-ordinates the work of a busy, research-oriented, complex, and technologically-advanced Reference department. Will be charged to expand a library-faculty liaison initiative, set policy directions for the coherence and effectiveness of reference services, and maintain ongoing evaluation of services to support the reference needs of the Library’s constituents.

Other responsibilities include the selection of foreign, comparative, and international law materials, in both traditional and digital formats, as well as the development of print and electronic guides, bibliographies and instructional materials in foreign, comparative, and international law, and the provision of instructional services in the areas of foreign, comparative, and international law.

Participates in library-wide policy development as a member of the Library Executive Committee and will represent the Library locally, regionally, and nationally in the professional community.


Showcases and promotes the unique and extensive foreign, comparative, and international holdings of the Law Library. Establishes programs and activities to highlight the foreign and international law collection. Prepares and teaches research classes and seminars in Foreign, International, and Comparative Law. Manages general reference services and provides leadership and direction to an extensive staff of reference librarians in the execution of excellent research and reference services.

Supervises the work of professional librarians, staff, and students.

Coordinates with the Head of Instructional Services in the provision of instruction in American legal research skills for international students. Prepares and updates research guides, web pages, blogs, and other appropriate social media for foreign and international law topics. Collaborates with the Curator for Foreign, Comparative, and International Law in the evaluation and selection of foreign and international legal materials in all formats. Undertakes responsibility for specific jurisdictions and for recommending acquisitions procedures and policies for foreign and international materials.

Participates in library planning committees and task forces and engages in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and collaborative activities. Expected to be professionally active and represents the Library and the University in the academic, scholarly, and professional community. May be required to assist in disaster recovery efforts.


Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science and JD from an ABA-accredited program (or foreign equivalent), and at least five years of professional experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank. Appointment to the rank of Librarian IV requires at least eight years of professional experience and professional achievements. Appointment to the rank of Librarian V requires at least twelve years of relevant professional experience and professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank.

Working knowledge of at least two foreign languages. Demonstrated success in collection building and promoting digital initiatives. Demonstrated proficiency in foreign, international, and comparative law literature and research techniques. A record of initiative, leadership, collegiality, and enthusiasm for cooperative endeavors involving librarians, faculty, and students. Demonstrated evidence of superior supervisory skills. Ability to function in a collegial, fast-paced teamwork-oriented environment which emphasizes customer service. Self-motivated, superior attention to detail, and strong organizational and analytical skills. Ability to think independently, solve problems, and develop cost effective strategies. Strong communication and interpersonal skills; ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and professionally in a timely manner. Commitment to providing excellent customer service and the ability to work with diverse groups and individuals. Ability to work effectively in a virtual electronic environment. Demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.


We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at http://www.yale.edu/jobs for immediate consideration - the STARS req ID for this position is 13221BR. Please be sure to reference #13221BR in your cover letter.


All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of a background check. Please visit http://www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/screening/faqs.html for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.