Two Librarian Positions Available: Clinical Services Law Librarian & Special Collections, Digitization and Archival Services Librarian

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

http://www.law.northwestern.edu/library

Position Title

Clinical Services Law Librarian

Position Description

The Clinical Services Librarian focuses on providing dynamic and proactive research, teaching, and reference support to the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s faculty, students and staff. The Bluhm Clinic provides unique challenges in that the Clinic operates in a variety of domestic and international disciplines, including juvenile and adult criminal law, appellate and exoneration practice, business law with an emphasis on entrepreneurial support, trial advocacy, negotiation and mediation, and international human rights.  With both live-client and simulation programs, the Clinic as an important part of the experiential learning opportunities and obligations that are a critical and required part of a student’s legal education, while providing a valuable and critical service to under-served members of society.  The Clinic operates along lines similar to that of a practicing law firm, while also remaining fully engaged in the Law School’s mission of teaching, research and service.  For more in  formation, see the Clinic’s website at http://www.law.northwestern.edu/legalclinic/

Specific duties of this position include the following:

The Clinical Services Law Librarian provides research and reference services to faculty, students and staff of the Bluhm Legal Clinic, encompassing both programmatic and scholarly support; meets proactively with clinic faculty to ascertain research and reference support needs including scholarly, project or client oriented activities; collaborates with other librarians to address and respond to those needs as required; develops methods and processes to actively and effectively promote library resources and services to clinical faculty, staff and students; and performs in-depth, detailed research requiring substantive legal analysis.

Engages in non-legal research support, including social science, political and governmental resources, historic and archival research as needed.

Engages in proactive, formal and informal instruction with and to students in the Clinical programs, including training sessions, in-class presentations, webinars or other asynchronous learning, and other formats as required; engages with other teaching librarians as required.

While serving as the primary Faculty Liaison to the Clinical faculty, the CSLL will also collaborate with librarian colleagues and others in identifying and providing services to Clinical faculty, while sharing information about the Clinic’s research needs with librarian colleagues.

Assist Clinical faculty, staff and students in utilizing law practice technologies including knowledge and case management and organizational tools, time and billing resources, and other software and services.

Participates in the collection development process with particular emphasis on identifying current and out-of-print resources, and practice-oriented resources that address needs identified by the Clinic’s faculty and program needs.

Establishes and fosters contacts with other professionals and libraries by participating in committee work and activities of Law School, University, and professional organizations.

While the focus of this position is on providing support to the Bluhm Legal Clinic, will also provide support to the broader Northwestern Law and Northwestern University communities, through scheduled and back-up Reference Desk support.

Participates in library staff development activities.

Special projects and miscellaneous duties as assigned.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

This position requires an M.L.S or equivalent from an accredited institution. A J.D. or additional master’s degree in a related discipline is preferred but not required.

The successful candidate will have experience working with practicing attorneys in a challenging multi-disciplinary environment.  Must be able to demonstrate proficiency with non-legal and interdisciplinary research resources, particularly in the social sciences area, and in working with government and non-government scientific and technical research, in addition to an expected proficiency with legal research tools.

Must have experience working with law practice technologies including knowledge and case management tools, records capture and retention, analytics, and similar resources.

Must also demonstrate a strong service orientation, ability to respond creatively and effectively to faculty and other patron needs, and ability to work as part of a team and with minimal supervision and direction.

Excellent organizational, teaching, and oral and written communication skills are required.

Salary:  Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Environment: Located in the heart of the Gold Coast on Northwestern’s Chicago campus, the Pritzker Legal Research Center supports the research and instructional needs of more than 900 J.D. and LL.M. students and 90 residential faculty of the Northwestern University School of Law.  The library has a collection of more than 700,000 volumes and equivalents and subscribes to a wide array of electronic information resources.  Further information about the Pritzker Legal Research Center is available at the Library’s website http://www.law.northwestern.edu/library.

To apply:  Candidates should submit a letter of application, current resume, and the names of three references with addresses and telephone numbers (electronic applications are encouraged) to:

Daurina Gregory

Program Assistant to the Search Committee Research and Instructional Services Librarian Pritzker Legal Research Center Northwestern University School of Law

375 East Chicago, Avenue

Chicago, IL  60611-3069

daurina.gregory@law.northwestern.edu

Position is available June 1, 2016.  Applications received by May 15, 2016 will receive first consideration.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

http://www.law.northwestern.edu/library

Position Title

Special Collections, Digitization and Archival Services Librarian

Position Description

The Pritzker Legal Research Center of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law seeks applications from highly motivated individuals for the full-time position of Special Collections, Digitization and Archival Services Librarian. Northwestern Law has a world-class Rare Law Books and Documents collection consisting of several thousand unique titles dating back to the 15th century, along with documents and manuscripts from the 13th through the 20th centuries. Information about the Center’s Rare Book collections can be found on the Library’s web site and at http://law.alumni.northwestern.edu/s/1479/images/gid4/editor_documents/connect-news/reporter-2-1.pdf . The successful applicant will join an energetic and experienced library staff that provides the highest level of service and support to meet the multifaceted needs of the faculty and students of Northwestern Law and the broader research and scholarly communities. We seek someone who is creative, flexible, capable of working in a dynamic environment, and is committed to excellence.

Specific duties of this position include the following:

  • Manages and curates the Pritzker Legal Research Center’s Rare Books collection; develops strategies for development and promotion of the collection; works to ensure that the value of the collection as a research and scholarly resource to both internal and external audiences is maximized.
  • Collaborates with Access and Bibliographic Services Staff to ensure safe handling of materials and strategies for preserving damaged or at-risk items.
  • Coordinates and curates digitization projects; helps develop and implement strategies for large-scale digitization projects using Special Collections and related materials in all formats.
  • Works to determine relevant, curriculum-related materials for digitization projects; collaborates with relevant entities to ensure that the highest standards are used to select, process, and digitize materials.
  • Collaborates with Law School, Law Library and University Archives staff to identify, manage and preserve Northwestern Law School archival material.
  • Coordinates the cataloging and metadata workflow for Rare Book and other Special Collections with the Catalog Librarian and Associate Director for Collection and Bibliographic Services.
  • Collaborates with the Selection Team and the Director in the acquisition, sourcing, and negotiating, for purchase of specialized materials.  Includes working with the Director, the Dean’s Office and Development staff to identify grant and fundraising opportunities to support strategic investments in specialized materials.
  • Develops effective relationships with Law School faculty and staff users to help assess their instructional and research needs as pertinent to Special Collections; offers course-related, specialized education sessions when requested by individuals or groups. Collaborates with other Law School and University Departments and in the wider legal and academic community to develop outreach and promotion of Special Collections resources.
  • Prepares bibliographies and guides as well as other instructional and research tools to enhance access to and use of Special Collections materials.
  • Networks, collaborates and actively participates in local, regional, national, or international organizations regarding related issues.
  • Participates in library staff development activities.
  • Special projects and miscellaneous duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • ALA-accredited graduate degree in library science or equivalent.
  • Formal coursework or training in rare books, archives, analytical bibliography, and/or special collections librarianship.
  • Demonstrated understanding of appropriate preservation practices for rare books and other special collections materials.
  • Demonstrated experience in digitization processes and project management including knowledge of the operation and management of archival-quality digitization scanning equipment and related software.
  • Familiarity with new and emerging standards and technologies relevant to the bibliographic control of digital collections, including familiarity with metadata standards.
  • Reading knowledge of at least one modern non-English language, preferably French, German, Chinese or Japanese.  Working familiarity with Latin and its use in 15th through 17th century printed works.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, prioritizing work to ensure that departmental and library goals are realized.
  • Aptitude for complex, analytical work with attention to detail, demonstrated problem-solving skills, flexibility, and creativity.
  • Demonstrated commitment to user-centered library service, and the ability to work flexibly and creatively in a changing and fast-paced environment with a culturally diverse population.
  • Demonstrated strength in written, verbal, analytical, and interpersonal skills.

Desired:

  • Additional advanced academic degree, particularly in law and/or history.
  • Significant and demonstrated experience providing reference/research assistance and instruction sessions in an academic or law library, or archives environment.
  • Knowledge of early printing and the history of the book.
  • Successful experience with donors in a special collections environment.
  • Experience with planning, seeking, or administering grant-funded projects in a special collections environment.
  • Demonstrated innovative use of technology to advance teaching and learning with special collections materials.
  • Knowledge of and/or working experience with current cataloging rules and standards, particularly for rare books.

Salary and Reporting:  Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position reports to the Associate Director for Collection and Bibliographic Services.

Environment: Located in the heart of the Gold Coast on Northwestern’s Chicago campus, the Pritzker Legal Research Center supports the research and instructional needs of more than 900 J.D. and LL.M. students and 90 residential faculty of the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.  The library has a collection of more than 700,000 volumes and equivalents and subscribes to a wide array of electronic information resources. Further information about the Pritzker Legal Research Center is available at the Library’s website http://www.law.northwestern.edu/library.

To Apply: Candidates should submit a letter of application, current resume, and the names of three references with addresses and telephone numbers (electronic applications are encouraged) to:

Daurina Gregory, Program Assistant to the Search Committee Special Collections, Digitization and Archival Services Law Librarian Pritzker Legal Research Center Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

375 East Chicago, Avenue

Chicago, IL  60611-3069

daurina.gregory@law.northwestern.edu

The position is available June 1, 2016. Applications received by May 15, 2016 will receive first consideration.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

 

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