Friday, December 16, 2011

Job posting: Acquisitions Specialist (Albany Law School)

Albany Law School seeks a Library Technical Assistant - Acquisitions Specialist. Responsibilities include placing orders for new library material, receiving new titles, creating and maintaining acquisitions records in an integrated library system (SirsiDynix Symphony), selecting and importing MARC records from OCLC WorldCat database, corresponding with vendors and publishers, preparing invoices for payment, and maintaining the library's financial records. The successful candidate will have excellent communication, organizational, and problem solving skills. Meticulous attention to detail is essential, as is the ability to accomplish multiple tasks in a busy environment. 

Qualifications include:  Bachelor's Degree and one year of related library experience; Associate's Degree with more extensive experience considered. Familiarity with cataloging methods and MARC bibliographic coding. Familiarity with bookkeeping/accounting methods preferred. Excellent communication skills. Experience with personal computers and MS Windows. Experience with MS Excel desirable. Ability to lift boxes up to 25 lbs and move loaded book trucks. 

Albany Law School offers competitive pay and a comprehensive benefit package. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to: 

Albany Law School
Attn: Director of Human Resources
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, New York 12208-3494

Fax:  (518) 445-3262

Albany Law School is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Friday, December 2, 2011

ALLUNY Newsletter, Volume 36, Issue 3, Winter 2011


The Winter 2011 issue of the ALLUNY newsletter is now available:

Updated web page:
This is my last issue as editor, although I will remain a part of the Newsletter Team. It's been a wonderful couple of years serving as your editor, thank you everyone in ALLUNY for providing me with such an incredible learning experience, especially Nancy Babb, who brought me into the adventure. And thanks once again, as always, to everyone for all of your hard work on this issue.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Digital Resources Librarian at Cornell Law Library

Digital Resources Librarian at 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.

Responsibilities: The Digital Resources Librarian is responsible for overseeing electronic subscriptions: trials, authentications, passwords and licenses. The Librarian works together with the library’s research and technology coordinator to maintain and add content to the library’s website. He or she will also assist in implementing and providing instruction in the use of new technologies for library staff and law school faculty.

In addition, the Librarian provides extensive reference and research service to the law school and university communities in Anglo-American, international, and foreign law. The Library has an active faculty liaison program, in which this position participates by offering current awareness, student research training, and assistance with scholarship. The 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, and has the title of Lecturer in Law.

The Law Library promotes an environment where creativity and innovation are highly valued. The Digital Resources 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.

Requirements: M.L.I.S., and J.D. from ABA accredited school; strong service orientation; experience with creating and maintaining websites; implementing current information technologies, including social media; knowledge of legal research strategies; proficiency in online searching; teaching ability; 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 Qualifications: A minimum of two years professional academic law library or related experience; teaching experience; ability to assist faculty and students with technology.

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.

To apply, please visit Cornell University’s job opportunities and application web site at and see job number 16483. Review of applications will begin immediately, and the posting will close on December 14, 2011. Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references. Salary is competitive. Position is available immediately.

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

Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.