Reference Librarian, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University

Reference Librarian
Lillian Goldman Law Library
Yale Law School
New Haven, CT
Rank:A� Librarian 1-2

Schedule:A� Full-time (37.5 hours); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00); evening and weekend hours may be required.Please Note: Position may open to external application after September 19, 2012.

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.A� Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

A�The Lillian Goldman Law Library

In support of Yale Law School’s outstanding legal scholarship and lawyer training, the Lillian Goldman Law Library is dedicated to acquiring and preserving a superb collection of resources in all formats, furnishing access to information wherever it exists, providing the most highly competent assistance to use information resources and maintaining a welcoming, comfortable facility. The Lillian Goldman Law Library provides services that exceed the expectations of users by its leadership in the innovative use of technology and the continuing development of its most highly valued asset, its staff.A� The Law Library serves the faculty and students of this research-oriented law school with a strong tradition of interdisciplinary scholarship, as well as other researchers from larger scholarly and legal communities.A� To learn more about the Lillian Goldman Law Library and its collections and services, visit

The Lillian Goldman Law Library is located within the heart of the Yale Law School complex, providing the Law School community with ready access to one of the world’s finest collections of printed legal materials. These collections are complemented by access to a growing array of online sources as well as the strong interdisciplinary collections housed nearby at more than twenty-two other campus libraries, including Sterling Memorial Library and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Utilizing these resources combined with our excellent, service-oriented staff, we strive daily to be the best academic law library in the world.


Reporting to the Head of Reference within the Reference and Instructional Services Department, the Reference Librarian at the Lillian Goldman Law Library is responsible for significant research, reference, and instructional tasks to further the excellent service of the Anglo-American and foreign and international reference team in a dynamic and challenging environment.A� Provides excellent reference service to the members of the Yale Law School community, Yale University community, and others. Participate in teaching members of the law school community about legal research. There may also be opportunities to participate in collection development.


Yale University librarians work in libraries across the Central, West, Medical, and Science campuses, to build, manage, and provide access to a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. They demonstrate flexibility, creativity, and imagination in their work and adapt to and help shape a continuously evolving work environment.A� Yale librarians provide consistently high quality service to the University, and help meet the needs of the local, national, and international teaching and research communities.


1.A�A�A�A�A�A� The Librarian 1 is the beginning rank and is expected to demonstrate excellence in meeting the position responsibilities, as defined by the job description and annual goals.

2.A�A�A�A�A�A� Begin to fulfill the criteria for service to the library, university, and/or community.

3.A�A�A�A�A�A� Begin to fulfill the criteria for professional contributions.

4.A�A�A�A�A�A� For a complete description of the position and department, please see the department URL.


1.A�A�A�A�A�A� Provides reference and research support.

2.A�A�A�A�A�A� Teaches in the legal research program which includes a variety of classroom and electronic settings.

3.A�A�A�A�A�A� A�Participates in the development of print and electronic research guides, video tutorials, and other technology-based tools to educate and assist patrons in conducting legal research and using library resources.

4.A�A�A�A�A�A� Participates in developing the Librarya��s online presence via the web site and other electronic means.

5.A�A�A�A�A�A� Participates in library planning committees, working groups, and task forces within the Law Library and the University Library.

6.A�A�A�A�A�A� Seeks opportunities for professional growth and involvement.

7.A�A�A�A�A�A� Engages in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and collaborative activities.

8.A�A�A�A�A�A� A�Expected to be professionally active and represent the Library and the University in the academic, scholarly, and professional community.

A�Required Education and Experience

Mastera��s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited Library school. In selected instances, a post-graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or substituted for an MLS. Appointment to this rank is limited to two years at which time it is expected that the individual will develop necessary requirements to meet expectations of performance at the Librarian 2 level.

Required Skills/Abilities

1.A�A�A�A�A�A� J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school (or foreign equivalent), in addition to MLS.A� Appointment to the rank of Librarian 2 requires at least two years of professional experience in a law library and professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank.

2.A�A�A�A�A�A� Demonstrated interest in providing reference service in a legal setting and in developing and teaching legal research in an academic or legal setting.A� Aptitude exploring, learning, applying, and teaching educational tools and technologies.

3.A�A�A�A�A�A� Ability to function in a collegial, diverse, fast-paced teamwork-oriented environment with a diverse patron base which emphasizes customer service and delivery of exemplary library reference and research services.

4.A�A�A�A�A�A� Strong communication and interpersonal skills.A� Self-motivated, superior attention to detail, excellent organizational skills.A� Strong analytical ability, creativity, and flexibility.A�A� Ability to think independently, solve problems, and develop cost effective strategies.

5.A�A�A�A�A�A� Demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.A� Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion; ability to coordinate, lead, and direct such projects.


Preferred Education, Experience and Skills

1.A�A�A�A�A�A� Working knowledge of a foreign language.A� Knowledge and experience with foreign, comparative, and international law resources.

2.A�A�A�A�A�A� Two yearsa�� experience as a public services, instructional, and/or reference librarian in a law library.

3.A�A�A�A�A�A� Some supervisory experience in current or previous employment.

4.A�A�A�A�A�A� Demonstrated use of innovative, instructional technologies in the classroom.

5.A�A�A�A�A�A� Experience with Drupal or similar content management system.

A�Salary and Benefits

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, and a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.


Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at for immediate consideration.A� The STARS req ID for this position is #18676BR.A� Please be sure to reference #18676BR in your cover letter.A�

A�Background Check Requirements

All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. A�All offers are contingent on successful completion of a background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.A� Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

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