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Faculty Services Librarian

Apply now Posting #: 4276
Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Administrator, School of Law

Position Title & Department:

 Faculty Services Librarian; School of Law - Legal Research Center Public Services
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Department Description:

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks in the top 20% (36th out of 204) among U.S. law schools in scholarly impact according to a 2018 study. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

As a member of the public services and reference teams, provides research and reference services to all LRC patrons. Presents training and instruction in the use of legal research tools in all formats, including teaching legal research in the first year Legal Writing and Research (LWR) classes, seminars, clinics, and advanced legal research courses. Creates and updates training materials, tracks new developments in legal education and practical skills training, and actively participates in the reference team’s efforts to provide excellent legal research instruction. Assists in the development, implementation, evaluation, and revision of research and reference services, policies, and procedures. Participates in collection development including the assessment of subscription databases. Oversees and coordinates student services and technology services. Supervises circulation staff and student assistants in the absence of other professional staff. Takes on and oversees projects as assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities

Faculty Services

  • Oversees and coordinates instructional support services for Law School and University faculty.
  • Oversees and coordinates the provision of research and reference services in support of faculty scholarly projects, including maintaining a system for tracking time spent on faculty projects.
  • Trains, supervises, and evaluates the LRC’s student research assistants.
  • Oversees and coordinates outreach to faculty, including: maintaining a system for tracking faculty research interests and preferences regarding research and reference services; periodically surveying faculty on how well the LRC is meeting scholarly and instructional needs and areas for improvement or growth; and regularly communicating with faculty about available LRC resources and services.
  • Keeps abreast of and disseminates information about new teaching techniques and tools that may be of use to faculty.

Reference Services

  • Offers reference service during regularly scheduled reference desk hours, including some evening and weekend hours; follows up on responses to inquiries that cannot be completed during shifts at the desk.  
  • Provides assistance in legal research methods to faculty and students; assists patrons in the use of resources in all formats.
  • Serves in rotation on LRC and campus committees as assigned.

Research Services

  • Conducts research to respond to patron research requests.
  • Produces research and informational guides and training materials.

Teaching/Training Services

  • Presents training and instruction in the use of legal research tools in all formats, including teaching legal research in the first year LWR courses, seminars, and clinics.
  • Teaches advanced legal research classes as assigned.
  • Creates and updates training materials.
  • Tracks new developments in legal education and practical skills training.
  • Actively participates in the reference team’s efforts to provide excellent legal research instruction.


  • Works closely with the LRC’s student research assistants on faculty projects, providing much of the day-to-day supervision of the student research assistant.
  • Assists in circulation services and support as needed; supervises circulation workers in the absence of other professional staff.

Management/Outreach Services

  • Serves as back-up to the Head of Reference for communication of library policies and procedures to patrons; deals with patron problems or disputes.
  • Assists in circulation services and support as needed
  • Works with the public services team to develop, evaluate, implement and revise research guides and training materials,
  • Works with the Head of Reference to plan and implement new policies, procedures, and services
  • Represents the LRC through professional involvement in local and national organizations, and by writing for publication.

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process. https://www.sandiego.edu/onward/ 

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school
  • M.L.S. degree from an ALA-accredited library school

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Law library experience (academic setting strongly preferred)
  • Public services experience
  • Reference experience
  • Interest in tax, serving one of the nation’s top tax LLM programs
  • Empirical research experience including collection, cleaning, and organization of datasets
  • Knowledge and familiarity with citation styles, including Bluebook and Chicago Manual of Style
  • Understanding of educational methods, goals and mission of higher education as they apply to public services in an ABA-accredited law school library

Performance Expectations: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated teaching ability
  • Knowledge of legal research methods and legal reference work
  • Knowledge of legal research methods as taught in U.S. law schools
  • Expert knowledge and skill in the use of and ability to train others in Westlaw and Lexis
  • Strong interpersonal skills and team-building orientation
  • Strong problem-solving ability, initiative to take appropriate action independently
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills
  • Initiative and aptitude for planning and development
  • Knowledge of the LRC collection
  • Knowledge of LRC policies and procedures
  • Knowledge and implementation of LRC mission and goals
  • Knowledge of campus departments
  • Knowledge of law school staff and operations involving library work
Posting Salary:

$5,364.17 - $6,162.00 per month; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:
Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu

Additional Details:

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: September 4, 2022

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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