University of Illinois Chicago – UIC Law – Reference Librarian and Law Library Instructor


Position Title
Reference Librarian and Law Library Instructor

Position Description
The UIC School of Law, Chicago’s only public law school, is seeking a Reference Librarian and Law Library Instructor.

Position Summary
The University of Illinois Chicago School of Law’s Louis L. Biro Law Library seeks a Reference Librarian to join its team of librarians in providing excellent services to students, faculty, and other patrons of the Law Library. The position will hold Instructor faculty rank within the Law School faculty and report to the Associate Director for Public Services. Entry level candidates are welcome to apply.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide reference services to students, faculty, and other patrons of the Law Library, both in-person at the reference desk and remotely via email, chat, phone, and videoconference
  • Perform legal and non-legal research for Law School faculty and support faculty scholarship through research assistant training and other initiatives
  • Conduct live and remote research instruction sessions and consultations for Law School classes, individual patrons, and groups of patrons
  • Create and update research guides, FAQs, video tutorials, and other information for patrons
  • Participate in Law Library strategic planning and collection development
  • May be asked to teach courses in the Law School curriculum as needed, including Advanced Legal Research and courses in the Lawyering Skills (legal writing) curriculum
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA accredited program or its foreign equivalent (or will have received the degree by the start date for the position)
  • J.D. from ABA accredited law school
  • Proficiency with basic legal research platforms (Westlaw and Lexis) and office software/technology


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Academic library experience
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Brings a positive attitude and innovative ideas to the role
  • Experience with institutional repositories, digital publishing, and scholarly communications a positive (but not required)


The salary range to $65,000 to $76,000.

For fullest consideration, apply online by the listed closing date. Include (upload) a .pdf copy of your letter of intent, current CV/resume, and the names of 3 references.

The University of Illinois Chicago and the State of Illinois offer competitive wages, benefit programs, and resources for employees. UIC is strongly committed to providing equitable benefit options throughout each stage of employment. Many benefits become effective on the first day of employment. Benefits offered by UIC include health care options, wellness programs, educational opportunities, tuition assistance, vacations, holidays and other leave benefits, and University retirement plans. Detailed information on specific employee benefits may be found on the Benefits website.

Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of any criminal background checks and other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position being offered. Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process.

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The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment.

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