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Head of Reference Services and Access Services

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Work type: Regular
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: School of Law, Director/Executive/Management, Research, Other, Libraries

The position oversees and manages all law library reference and research training, all access services functions (i.e., circulation, reserves), and works collaboratively with other members of the library team on general collection management. The position contributes to the University’s mission, strategic plan, and Christian values by supporting Law School student learning, faculty scholarship, and staff research efforts with excellent customer service.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reference - Oversees and provides reference service to School of Law students, staff, members of the University community, and general public.  Provides in-depth research support for faculty and RA/TAs.  Organizes and provides instructional research training of all types, from teaching research courses to one-off trainings.

  • Access Services - Oversees the circulation and reserve functions of the Law Library in coordination with the Associate Director, Law Library.  Determines, implements and reviews circulation and reserve policies and procedures.  Communicates policies to students, faculty, and library patrons and resolves problems related to library policies and procedures.  Initiates, coordinates, promotes and publicizes library services and programs that support faculty and students.  Takes a leading role in the outreach, events, and communication activities of the library.  Maintains and enhances the library’s social media presence to reach students, faculty and the broader University community.

  • Collection Management - In collaboration with the Associate Director, Law Library, monitors and enhances the physical arrangement, appearance and organization of the library and library collection.  Oversees stack maintenance functions as well as activities related to the microform collection, including shelving, filing, and record-keeping.

  • Supervision and Reporting - Supervises one professional reference librarian, two paraprofessionals, and 2-4 student workers.  Reports to the Associate Director, Law Library.

  • Additional Responsibilities - Keeps informed of new trends in access services and the law profession, and continues ongoing professional development.  Performs other duties as assigned.  Uphold University mission through work performed.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: M.L.S. (or equivalent) from an ALA accredited school and a J.D. (or equivalent degree) from an ABA accredited law school. Minimum three years of experience working as a librarian in an academic law library. Meaningful supervisory experience. Advanced knowledge of and familiarity with legal resources in all formats. Demonstrated knowledge of legal research strategies. Demonstrated ability, knowledge and skill to teach legal research. Strong professional presentation skills for classroom teaching and training. Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in using commercial databases, the Internet and other electronic resources for legal and non-legal research. Superior organizational, planning and administrative skills including the ability to work effectively on the broad picture as well as on the detail level. Strong service orientation. Strong problem-solving skills. Commitment to high level outreach services. Excellent advanced written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work independently and exercise considerable independent judgment. Ability to multi-task and maintain professionalism and collegiality while addressing numerous people-problems daily, work and lead in an atmosphere of collaboration, understand library systems and be able to translate processes into effective workflow, be flexible with work assignments. Proficiency with legal research platforms and databases – Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg, etc.; Microsoft Office Suite – Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point; Google Suite – email, documents; standard office equipment: copiers, printers, fax, telephones

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds. Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with all applicable laws.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening.

This is a regular, exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Salary: Commensurate with experience


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