Cook County Law Library – Law Librarian

Position Description
Under the general direction of the Deputy Law Librarian, provides legal reference assistance to lawyers, judges, self-represented litigants and the public.  Assists Law Library Administration enforcing library policies and procedures.  Provides research instruction and database training for library users and staff.  Prepares and maintains print and web-based research guides for library users.  Facilitates and promotes the use of special collections within the Library.  Develops content for the Law Library website while contributing to collection development for print and electronic resources.  Participates in law library outreach for internal and external audiences.  Produces relevant marketing materials including newsletters and library displays.  Opens and closes library facilities, assists in other library service areas and enforces library procedures.  Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Graduation with a Master’s degree in Library Science or Information Science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association. (Must provide original college/university transcript at time of interview)*

One (1) year of full-time work experience providing reference services in a law library. is required.

Valid driver’s license is required.

Preferred Qualifications
Graduation from an accredited school of law with a Juris Doctorate Degree.

*Degrees awarded outside of the United States with the exception of those awarded in one of the United States’ territories and Canada must be credentialed by an approved U.S. credential evaluation service belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE).  Original credentialing documents must be presented at time of interview.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
Thorough knowledge of basic and advanced legal research sources and techniques using print and electronic sources.

Knowledge of library operations including an understanding of library practices, trends, integrated library systems (ILS), and emerging technologies.

Knowledge of print and electronic government documents including Federal, State and local documents and the ability to identify and locate such documents.

Knowledge of print and electronic foreign and international legal resources.

Skill utilizing technologies and electronic communication including Microsoft Office; Lexis Advance; Westlaw; Hein Online; web-based research; and online catalog and circulation ILS modules.

Skill planning and teaching classes on legal research or law-related topics.

Skill developing and creating legal research guides.

Ability to work independently and function in a collegial, team-oriented environment, which emphasizes customer service and delivery of exemplary library services.

Ability to work with diverse library users of varying levels of skill and understanding.

Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

Physical Requirements
Sedentary Work – Sedentary Work involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.  Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.

The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work.  They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee’s normal line of work.

*Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.

*This position requires successful completion of post-offer tests, which may include a background check, drug screen and medical examination.

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