Friday, September 16, 2011

Research Services Librarian, Cornell Law Library

Cornell University is located in scenic Ithaca on a hill above Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The town and University offer a unique cosmopolitan and international atmosphere in a beautiful natural setting of waterfalls, gorges, and lakes. The Law School has approximately 620 J.D. students, 75 LL.M. students, 25 J.S.D. students, and 52 full-time faculty, and is the home of the Legal Information Institute. The Law Library houses over 700,000 volumes and disseminates extensive legal information through its web site. The Library promotes a challenging environment which supports the use of new technologies with a tradition of excellent services. Professionals and support staff work closely with the Law School and the University Library. The Law Library is part of the Cornell University Library system, and advancement is through the CUL promotion process.

Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 11 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Professional travel funding available.

Responsibilities: The Research Services Librarian provides extensive reference and research service to the law school and university communities in Anglo-American, international, and foreign law. Service to faculty is a priority, with an active liaison program. The Research Services Librarian is an instructor in a variety of courses and workshops, including the first year lawyering course and various research courses for upper level credit. This position also carries the title of Lecturer in Law. The Research Services Librarian works with technology for research and teaching; creates and selects the content for research web pages and guides; is responsible for content development of the Library’s web site with other professionals; and prepares bibliographies, library exhibits, and other current awareness services. In addition to regularly scheduled reference shifts during the week, there are periodic Saturday reference hours. The Law Library promotes an environment where creativity and innovation are highly valued. The Research Services Librarian participates in library planning committees and task forces; engages in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and collaborative activities; and is expected to be professionally active, representing the Library and the University in the academic, scholarly, and professional community. Salary is competitive. Position is available immediately. Applications will be reviewed as received, and the posting will close on October 14, 2011.

Requirements: M.L.I.S. or equivalent graduate degree; J.D. from ABA accredited school; strong service orientation; knowledge of legal research strategies; proficiency in online searching; demonstrable teaching skills; experience with current information technologies and use of social media in an academic environment; excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and function in a collegial, teamwork-oriented environment which emphasizes customer service and delivery of exemplary library reference and research services.

Preferred: A minimum of two to three years professional academic law library or related experience; teaching experience; ability to assist faculty and students with technology. Working or reading knowledge of one or two foreign languages is highly desirable.

Application: To apply for this position go to:, search under the job category of Librarians, select job posting 15888 and follow the instructions for online submission. Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For more information, contact Pat Court, Associate Law Librarian, 607.255.5853,