Associate Law Librarian, Research Services – Emory Law Library

Department 881210: Law Library
Job Code: 72393BR


Job Description
The Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library at Emory University School of Law is seeking an experienced, energetic, and creative professional to join our team as Associate Law Librarian for Research Services.  This position is instrumental in enhancing and expanding the range and quality of research services offered to library users.  Anticipated start date is Fall 2017.

Under the general supervision of the Director of Library Services, the Associate Law Librarian for Research Services is responsible for planning, implementing, and reviewing all policies and programs related to research, instruction, and related services for all library user groups, participates directly in these programs, and teaches courses related to research. The incumbent will supervise the work of five professional staff members.  In addition, as part of the Law Library senior management team, the incumbent will work closely with the Library Director, the Associate Law Librarian for Collection Services, and Head of Access Services to develop policies and plans that guide overall library operations.


Reference and Information Literacy. Manages the operations of the reference desk, including scheduling, staff training, evaluation and policy development. Works with the faculty of the Law School to ensure that students receive the best possible training in research. Plans and directs information literacy programs for Law School students and other key user groups. Participates directly in reference and user instruction programs. Teaches courses in advanced legal research.

Faculty Research Support.  Plans, directs, and promotes the Library’s program for supporting Law School faculty information needs. Oversees the work of librarians in providing research support.   Evaluates the effectiveness of these services and implements beneficial changes.  Participates directly in faculty support.

User Technology.  Handles ongoing relations with Westlaw, LexisNexis, and other providers of online legal information resources.  Identifies, evaluates and implements current and emerging technologies to maximize usage of the Library’s electronic resources.  Consults with the other members of the Library senior management team on the public interface for the Law Library catalog. Evaluates and assesses emerging research, training, and communication technologies for the Law Library.

Service Promotion and Communications. Plans and coordinates the promotion of library services, communications, and outreach efforts of the Law Library. Directs and participates in the preparation of research guides, bibliographies, and other publications of the Law Library. Coordinates with the Head of Access Services and the Assistant Law Librarian for Outreach Services to organize and manage public events hosted by the Law Library.  Represents the Law Library on Law School and university library committees and in professional organizations.

Administration and Supervision.  Hires, trains, and supervises all professional staff members of the Research and Services department. Advises the Director of Library Services regarding departmental staffing and budgetary needs. As part of the Law Library senior management team, works closely with the Director of Library Services,  the Associate Law Librarian for Collection Services, and Head of Access Services to develop and implement policies and plans that guide overall library operations.


Education  J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school and MLS from an ALA-accredited institution, (or equivalent information sciences degree).

Experience  At least seven years of successful experience as a public services law librarian; with at least four years gained in an academic library setting. Experience in teaching legal research and significant supervisory experience are strongly preferred.

Technical Skills  Knowledge and experience with technology used in legal practice.  Knowledge of current and emerging trends and best practices in library technology and databases.

Administrative Skills  Well-developed ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines in an active department where priorities and workflow are subject to change.  Demonstrated ability to train, supervise, and motivate professional staff.

Reference and Instructional Skills Extensive knowledge of current and emerging trends in legal research, reference services, and information literacy. A strong commitment to the highest level of reference and instructional service.

Interpersonal Skills  Highly developed communication skills, both oral and written. The ability to work collegially and promote teamwork among colleagues. Aptitude for handling challenging service situations.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary will be based on education, qualifications, and experience.  Emory provides a highly competitive fringe benefit plan that includes personal leave, holiday pay, medical and dental plans, life insurance, courtesy scholarships, and tuition reimbursement.  For a full list of benefit programs, please go to

Interested candidates should apply online to the Emory University careers sites. When applying please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references.  Address the cover letter to Search Committee, Associate Law Librarian for Research Services.  Please refer to Job Code: 72393BR in your application materials.


We will begin accepting and reviewing application immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Applications received by July 7, 2017 will receive priority consideration.

For questions or additional information, please contact Mark Engsberg at