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Asst./Assoc./Full Professor Reference Librarian (Position LAW 101)

Southern Illinois University School of Law seeks to hire a Reference Librarian. This is a tenure track position in the School of Law Library.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Reference Librarian is responsible for providing reference, research, and instructional assistance to faculty, students, and staff of the School of Law, the University community, and the general public. The Reference Librarian also serves as part of the library team that teaches legal research in the law school’s first-year, two-semester Lawyering Skills Program and participates in other direct instructional activities covering traditional and electronic research.

RELATIONSHIPS: The Reference Librarian reports to the Director of Public Services.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required: M.L.S., M.L.I.S., M.I.S., or equivalent degree from ALA-accredited school by date of hire; J.D. degree from ABA-accredited school by date of hire, although substantial or significant relevant experience may be substituted; knowledge of legal bibliography and legal research techniques, including the use of Westlaw, LexisNexis, the Internet, and other electronic legal information resources; excellent interpersonal skills and proficiency in oral and written communication; ability to work effectively both in a team setting and independently; and strong service orientation. Preferred: Professional reference experience in an academic law library; teaching experience.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Chiefly responsible for providing reference, research, and instructional assistance to faculty, students, and staff of the School of Law, the University community, and the general public. The Reference Librarian also serves as part of the library team that teaches legal research in the law school’s first-year, two-semester Lawyering Skills Program and participates in other direct instructional activities covering traditional and electronic research.

INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES: This position participates in the Lawyering Skills program and, compatible with the interests and experience of the Reference Librarian and the needs of the School of Law, teaches other courses and programs offered to students in the School of Law; provides instruction to School of Law students and faculty by conducting or participating in legal research lectures and specialized topical research seminars; provides instruction in the use of the library and its materials to students enrolled in courses from other University departments through orientation tours and direct individual assistance; and participates in the reference work of the Department through direct patron assistance and related activities.

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES: Compatible with the interests and experience of the person in this position and the library’s needs, participates in the library’s collection development program, including but not limited to review of new serial titles and subscription renewals; engages in original research and publishing as described in the Law Library Promotion and Tenure Guidelines; serves the law school by participating in school wide activities, including but not limited to service on standing or special committees as requested by the Dean; and serves the library and legal professions by actively participating on the local, regional, or national level, including but not limited to service for associations, attendance at professional conferences and continuing education programs, and delivering presentations at professional meetings.

AVAILABLE:  until filled

SALARY:  Competitive and commensurate with qualifications

TO APPLY:  Deadline for applications is July 31, 2012 or until filled.  A letter of application and résumé should be provided to:

Douglas Lind
Library Director and Associate Professor of Law
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
School of Law
Mailcode 6804
1150 Douglas Drive
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
Email: dlind@siu.edu

SIU Carbondale is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.