Friday, March 21, 2008

Research and Instructional Services Librarian

The Pritzker Legal Research Center of Northwestern University School of Law solicits applications from highly motivated individuals for the position of Research and Instructional Services Librarian. The successful applicant will join an energetic and experienced reference department that provides the highest level of reference assistance, research instruction, and support to meet the multifaceted information needs of faculty and students. We seek someone who is creative, flexible, capable of working in a dynamic environment, and committed to excellence.

The successful applicant will participate with other reference librarians in assisting faculty through our active liaison program; developing instructional materials, handouts, and research guides (including web-based materials); teaching research in the first-year program and a variety of advanced legal research courses; developing and offering informal research instruction sessions for faculty and students; providing reference assistance to a faculty and student body with increasingly interdisciplinary research interests; assisting in other public services activities; and working on team-based projects with other members of the Pritzker Legal Research Center. Participation in professional development activities is encouraged and supported. Some evening/weekend work may be required.

Required Qualifications: M.L.S. from an A.L.A.-accredited institution coupled with a strong service orientation and a demonstrated ability to work effectively and creatively in a collaborative environment. Substantial progress toward completion of the M.L.S. degree with law library reference experience may substitute. Applicants must have an excellent knowledge of print and electronic legal resources as well as successful teaching or training experience or a demonstrated aptitude for and interest in teaching. Must be self-directed, able to meet deadlines, and committed to providing the highest level of responsive and innovative service to a demanding patron base in a variety of settings. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential.

Preferred Qualifications: J.D. from an A.B.A.-accredited law school. One to three years law library experience. Familiarity with social science and business research resources. Experience with course management systems (CMS), such as Blackboard; experience or interest in educational technologies, and ability to support faculty and students using such systems.

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

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

Heidi Frostestad Kuehl
Chair, Search Committee Pritzker Legal Research Center Northwestern University School of Law 357 E. Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by April 18, 2008. This is a full-time position.

Northwestern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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