Friday, March 9, 2012

Job Posting: Faculty Services/Reference Librarian

The University at Buffalo Libraries is seeking applicants for the position of Faculty Services and Reference Librarian in the Law Library. This is a faculty appointment with rank leading to tenure in an academic research-oriented environment. The Charles B. Sears Law Library has a collection of close to 600,000 volumes and volume equivalents and serves the research needs of the SUNY at Buffalo Law School, the University community, surrounding colleges, the local bar and bench, and the general public. The Law School, with approximately 700 JD and LLM students and 50 full-time faculty members, has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary scholarship. The position reports to the Director of the Law Library. The incumbent provides expert reference services in all areas of law and interdisciplinary subjects to the Law School community, the University at Buffalo community, attorneys, and other patrons. He or she plans and coordinates enhanced library services assisting Law School faculty with their research and teaching needs and participates in the faculty-librarian liaison program. The individual maintains the faculty publications database and the Law School and Law Library Archives. He or she trains Law School faculty research assistants in the efficient use of legal information resources. The incumbent teaches legal research in the first year research and writing program and provides support for teaching legal research in support of upper class courses. He or she participates in collection management, creates and updates legal bibliographies, and provides content for the Law Library's reference web pages. The incumbent develops and implements Web 2.0 applications for library use. The individual coordinates Law Library exhibits. Active participation in library and university committees, task forces, special projects, and initiatives is expected. The incumbent supports the Libraries’ mission which values open communication, respect for diverse perspectives, and good working relationships.

Minimum Qualifications:

A J.D. from an accredited ABA Law School or equivalent and a Master's degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent are required. Both degrees must be completed by the start of employment. Sound knowledge of legal systems and legal bibliography, strong legal research skills, and experience working in a law library are required. Group instruction experience is required. Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with diverse groups of patrons and staff at all levels is required. Creativity and adaptability in the face of multiple simultaneous demands is desirable. Evidence of professional scholarly interest and potential to meet the University Libraries' promotion and tenure requirements is essential. The incumbent must have excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills and a strong service orientation. Must be able to work evenings and weekends on a rotating basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

Interest in and skills to apply Web 2.0 technologies in a professional setting. Experience working in an academic law library is preferred.

Salary Range: $58,000 - $60,000

To apply: Visit and search for posting number 1200140.

All applicants must apply via the UBJobs website listed above. Please include contact information for three professional references (names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses) at the end of your cover letter. Review of applicants is currently underway. The anticipated date to fill this position is July 1, 2012. Candidates invited to interview for the position will be expected to give a short presentation to an intended audience of first-year Law students.

The University at Buffalo is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic University community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.