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St. John's University

Location: JamaicaNY 11439 Document ID: AD216-0B6U Posted on: 2019-08-2908/29/2019 Job Type: Full-time

Job Schedule:Full-time

Reference and Scholarly Services Librarian - School of Law

St. John's established in 1870, has three New York City campuses; a graduate center in Hauppauge, NY; international locations in Rome, Italy; Limerick, Ireland; and Paris, France; and study abroad locations around the world. The Princeton Review and other top rankings consistently recognize the University's outstanding academics, diverse student body, dynamic internship and volunteer opportunities, focus on student life, and diverse study abroad offerings. St. John's University offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations.

A dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of our mission. As a Catholic and Vincentian university, St. John's is committed to institutionalizing practices of inclusive excellence to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community. We will become an even stronger university as we enhance equity at every level of our institution. As noted in our Vision Statement, our graduates will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving world.

Reference and Scholarly Services Librarian

School of Law

The St. John's Law School Rittenberg Library seeks applications for the position of Reference & Scholarly Services Librarian. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Library Services, the Reference & Scholarly Services Librarian will join a service-centered team re-envisioning the role of the law library in a strong and vibrant law school community. The Librarian is responsible for planning and implementing services related to the support of scholarly initiatives throughout the law school and is a member of the Reference team, whose members collaborate closely to provide reference services and legal research instruction.


  • Provide extensive reference and research services to law faculty and students, both at the reference desk and through a liaison program.
  • Explore and develop services and documentation for scholarly initiatives, including scholarly impact efforts.
  • Train and supervise the Library's student research assistants to support the faculty and administration.
  • Participate in the preparation and delivery of legal research instruction.
  • Serve as one of the liaisons to the student-edited law journals.
  • Identify, evaluate, and recommend the purchase of new print and digital legal research resources.
  • Participate in administration of the institutional repository with specific emphasis on faculty scholarship.
  • Collaboratively evaluate and realign the government documents collection to meet the needs of the institution.
  • Manage projects and participate as a team member in projects managed by the Library Director and other Librarians.
  • Foster strong working relationships with colleagues both at St. John's and in other libraries.
  • Work together with all Library team members in carrying out the long and short-term goals and objectives of the Library and the Law School.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • J.D. from ABA approved law school; M.L.S. from ALA accredited library school.
  • Knowledge of legal materials and current research methods, along with strong legal analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • A strong work ethic and commitment to excellent service.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively, both independently and collaboratively, within a collegial environment.
  • Commitment to engage in professional development activities and opportunities.
  • Adept in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite and other standard business and academic applications.
  • Ability to combine the pursuit of excellence with a spirit of kindness and collaboration.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two or more years of experience in a law library reference department with demonstrated legal research and reference expertise.
  • Experience coordinating and managing faculty requests.
  • Experience working with new and emerging technologies or a strong interest in integrating appropriate technology into instruction.
  • Proficiency with Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law, other electronic research resources, and print legal materials.
  • Teaching experience.

St. John's offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John's performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events.

Any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John's University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education.

St. John's University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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