Law Research, Instruction, and Liaison Librarian–Cornell University–Ithaca, NY

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The Law Library at Cornell University is seeking an early career Law Research, Instruction, and Liaison Librarian to join our dedicated team as a visionary and collaborative member of the Cornell Law Library, Cornell Law School, and Cornell University Library communities. We value and invite qualified candidates who can further advance our community’s diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences, and who will share a willingness to join our efforts to cultivate an environment of diversity, inclusion and belonging. Cornell Law Library is committed to stretching ourselves and one another to build inclusion into the way we do our work and in our services and resources. This position reports to a senior member of Law Library administration.

Key Responsibilities:
The Law Research, Instruction, and Liaison Librarian
• delivers instruction in topics related to legal information and research. The Librarian may deliver guest presentations in 1L legal research classes and may teach credit-bearing advanced legal research courses independently or with Law Library colleagues. Delivery, or collaboration in delivery, of courses and instruction modules to students and faculty is also expected. The Librarian may be appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Law.
• provides reference service and in-depth research consultations, both in person and virtually, in American, international, and foreign legal information and in other topics as part of a collaborative team.
• creates, improves, and maintains online research and course guides.
• participates in Law Library liaison and outreach programs.
• participates in materials selection and recommendations for the Law Library’s collection.
• contributes to the intellectual and community life of the Law School and Law Library through a range of activities, committees, and collaborative initiatives with Cornell University Library colleagues.

Required Qualifications:
We know that no single law research, instruction, and liaison librarian can specialize in everything. At Cornell University Library and in the Law Library we work together across teams, and across campus, to solve problems, learn new skills, and support each other’s work. If this position sounds good to you, please don’t allow fear of not having enough skills or credentials stop you from applying.

• JD from an accredited program, or equivalent; or, Master’s degree and combination of competencies such as are normally gained through a JD program. Degree may be completed or in progress but must be completed by May 31, 2022, or start date, whichever is earlier.
• Demonstrated ability to conduct US legal research using a variety of US legal information resources.
• Demonstrated understanding of the language of the law and legal terminology.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and explain ideas to various audiences.
• Demonstrated success in a collaborative work, study, or community environment.
• Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in an employment, educational, or community environment.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Some experience in a law or law-related library or with providing legal research and reference services.
• Some experience providing legal research instruction.
• M.L.I.S. or equivalent from an ALA-accredited school. The degree may be completed or in progress.

Diversity and Inclusion:
The Cornell Law Library embraces diversity and inclusion and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports and reflects our communities of law students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We believe in the power of representation and strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and historically excluded identities to apply.
Cornell University Library is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, which unites academic libraries who are committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

Cornell Law School is among the nation’s most inclusive top law schools and has been since its founding. Diversity at Cornell Law School is not a new concept, nor did it happen by chance. It’s part of what makes us who we are. Cornell Law’s diversity story is still being written. We believe the richest learning environment is one in which people from all backgrounds are encouraged to share their perspectives.

Benefits: Cornell University takes pride in offering generous benefits to support and enhance the health, wealth, and wellness of our employees. More information regarding Cornell’s generous benefits can be found at

• Appointment rank and salary range: The anticipated academic rank for this position is Assistant Librarian or Senior Assistant Librarian, with an anticipated salary range of $55,000-$65,000.

Relocation assistance may be provided.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

The safety and well-being of applicants and our team members is of the utmost importance. Because of campus closures and the likelihood of ongoing travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we may conduct virtual interviews with qualified candidates.

This position is located in Ithaca, New York. The successful applicant will be expected to work on the Ithaca campus. Relocation transition time may be available.

The New York Convenience of employer guidelines require New York State individual tax reporting and withholdings for this position. Additional individual state income tax filings may also be required if working temporarily outside New York State.

How to Apply: All candidates must apply online via the Cornell Careers site.
• Application link for internal (current Cornell employee) candidates.
• Application link for external candidates.

We ask that you include the following information in your application:
1. A cover letter that addresses your interest and why you are a good candidate for this position.
2. A Curriculum Vitae that outlines your skills, education, or experiences relevant to the position.
3. A brief statement about how your appointment would contribute to our efforts to further diversity, equity, and inclusion. We invite you to describe past or present activities or future aspirations, or a
combination of these, including lived experience, and to convey how you see these commitments continuing at Cornell. You may focus on teaching, research, or service in study, work, or community, or a combination of these. You may incorporate this statement into your cover letter OR present it as a separate short statement.
4. The names, and contact information for three references (and academic, employment, or community references are all welcome).

Incoming applications will be reviewed until a viable pool of applicants is identified; submission prior to January 19, 2022 is strongly encouraged.

Although we prefer to receive your application as one, multi-page pdf document, we will accept multiple documents in other formats.

Environment: One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library is a highly valued partner in teaching, research, and learning at the university. The Library’s world-class collections, expert librarians, and responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning.

The Law Library’s services, collections, and activities reach into the digital environment and to partners around the world. Innovative, high-quality, and technologically creative practice and a commitment to inclusion, equity, and high standards in our collections and our services to our students, faculty, and colleagues are among our priorities. With our extensive and carefully curated digital and print and digital collections, instructional programs, technological tools, our dedicated librarians and staff enable the Law Library to be a valuable partner of the Law School and collaborator of the rest of the Cornell University Library system.

The Law Library is a focal point of the vibrant spirit and intellectual community of Cornell Law School, which is a top-tier yet intimate and collegial school serving about 600 J.D. students, 90 LL.M. students, doctoral students, and other professional graduate degree students. Cornell Law School features an outstanding faculty; a strong and diverse curriculum and clinical program; visiting professors, scholars, and students from around the world; and international speakers and conferences.

The Ithaca campus sits on 2,300 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Ithaca, located roughly halfway between Manhattan and Toronto, offers a wealth of cultural activities while maintaining an eclectic college-town feel. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, hiking trails, and lakes offering countless outdoor activities. The city has been named one of the top 100 places to live, a top 10 recreation city, a best green place to live, and one of the “foodiest” towns in America.

Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York state, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ people, past and present, to these lands and waters. Learn more about its land acknowledgment.
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EEO Statement: Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.–Instruction–and-Liaison-Librarian–Cornell-University-Library_WDR-00029163-1