New Haven, CT: Head of Foreign and International Law – Yale University

Contact Name: Kelly Cronan

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Institution/Organization Name: Yale University

Job Location: New Haven, CT

Job Title: Head of Foreign and International Law

Application Deadline : Open until filled

Years of Experience Required: Two or more

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Job Description: Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

Position Focus: As a member of the Law Library’s Research Services team and reporting to the Associate Librarian for Research Services, the Head of Foreign and International Law at the Lillian Goldman Law Library specializes in foreign, comparative, and international law reference and instruction. Together with the Associate Librarian for Collections and Access, the Curator of Foreign and International Law, the Senior Librarian for Reference, Instruction and Collection Development, and other selectors of material for the law library, develops expertise in foreign, comparative, and international law collection development in all formats.

Together with the Associate Librarian for Research Services, leads the law library’s effort to support Yale Law School faculty and students in the areas of foreign and international law through reference, research, and instructional support. Consults with Yale Law School faculty, students, and staff, on research projects and issues related to foreign and international law. Coordinates foreign and international law focused outreach to law faculty, students, and staff via the library website, office hours, workshops, guest lectures, and other efforts. Teaches a for-credit class specializing in foreign and international law. Teaches legal research classes within the library’s for-credit and not-for-credit instructional program.

Works with the other members of the Research Services team to deliver Anglo-American and foreign, comparative, and international research support and instruction to law school faculty, students, and staff, and to other members of the university community, in a dynamic and challenging environment. Serves as a liaison to members of the faculty especially those interested in foreign, comparative, and international law as well as other members of the faculty as assigned. Develops research guides and other documentation, both print and electronic, to educate and assist patrons in conducting legal research and using library resources. Participates in developing the Library’s online presence via the web site and other electronic means.

Supervises at least one professional librarian. May supervise support staff and student workers. Participates in library planning committees, working groups, and task forces within the Law Library and the University Library. Seeks opportunities for professional growth and involvement. Engages in campus, regional, national, and international professional organizations and collaborative activities. Expected to be professionally active and represents the Library and the University in the academic, scholarly, and professional community.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:
• Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school. In selected instances, a post-graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or substituted for a master’s degree in library science. JD from an ABA-accredited law school, or foreign equivalent is required in addition to the MLS. A minimum of two years’ professional experience in a law library. Proficiency in at least one European foreign language. Demonstrated ability to provide Anglo-American and foreign, comparative, and international legal reference.
• Demonstrated ability teaching legal research in an academic law library or comparable setting. Demonstrated ability to function in a collegial, fast-paced, team-oriented environment which emphasizes customer service and delivery of exemplary library research services.
• Demonstrated skill using current information technologies and publishing formats, databases, Internet proficiencies, and a mastery of basic legal research sources and techniques in both print and electronic formats, and in domestic, foreign, and international sources.
• Demonstrated strong analytical ability, creativity, and flexibility; firm understanding of library services and work processes; strong public services orientation; strong oral and written communication, interpersonal, and listening skills; superior emotional intelligence and cultural competence.
• Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion.
• Demonstrated ability to think independently, solve problems, and develop cost effective strategies; self-motivated, superior attention to detail, excellent organizational skills. Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment.
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Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Two years’ experience as a public services librarian in an academic law library providing foreign, comparative, and international legal research support. Experience teaching foreign, comparative, and international legal research. Bibliographic knowledge of western European languages, especially German. Supervisory experience. Record of designing projects and bringing them to timely conclusion.

The University and the Library
The Yale University Library, as one of the world’s leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 12.8 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Center for Science and Social Science Information, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers. For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at

The Lillian Goldman Law Library
In support of Yale Law School’s outstanding legal scholarship and lawyer training, the Lillian Goldman Law Library is dedicated to acquiring and preserving a superb collection of resources in all formats, furnishing access to information wherever it exists, providing the most highly competent assistance to use information resources and maintaining a welcoming, comfortable facility. The Lillian Goldman Law Library provides services that exceed the expectations of users by its leadership in the innovative use of technology and the continuing development of its most highly valued asset, its staff. The Law Library serves the faculty and students of this research-oriented law school with a strong tradition of interdisciplinary scholarship, as well as other researchers from larger scholarly and legal communities. To learn more about the Lillian Goldman Law Library and its collections and services, visit

The Lillian Goldman Law Library is located within the heart of the Yale Law School complex, providing the Law School community with ready access to one of the world’s finest collections of printed legal materials. These collections are complemented by access to a growing array of online sources as well as the strong interdisciplinary collections housed nearby with eighteen other campus libraries, including Sterling Memorial Library and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Utilizing these resources combined with our excellent, service-oriented staff, we strive daily to be the best academic law library in the world.

Salary and Benefits
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

How to Apply
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at The STARS req. ID for this position is 39797BR.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.


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