Chicago, IL; Senior Law Reference Librarian, DePaul University Rinn Law Library

General Summary

Reporting to the Director of the Law Library, the Senior Reference Librarian provides general and in-depth reference and research services to law faculty and law students, University faculty and students, and other library users. The Senior Reference Librarian is committed to a culture of learning, combining strong organizational and supervisory skills with the enthusiasm to initiate and support innovation in the Reference Department through services. This position is primarily responsible for the development, coordination, management and implementation of the law library’s reference services and policies. More specifically, overseeing and managing the law library’s efforts to support faculty research and scholarship.

Responsibilities & Duties

Manage and oversee faculty support and reference services provided to all patrons of the law library

Coordinate and participate in the law library’s faculty liaison program and research instruction

Assist in the hiring, training and supervision of full and part-time reference support staff

Participate in team effort and quality of service towards the overall efficient operation of the law library and college of law

Prepare and provide research presentations in support of law school seminars and courses; and other other department activities, such as:

Authoring and editing print and electronic research guides (LibGuides)

Content for the law library website

A display of faculty publications

Performs other duties as assigned

Education & Experience

Minimum of five years of experience in the public services area of a law library with one year supervisory experience

Preferred Requirements

M.L.S. from accredited library school and J.D.

Managerial Responsibilities

This position directly supervises and coordinates the efforts of the law library’s professional librarians. This may include areas related to supervision, interviewing and selection, discipline, performance appraisal, training, and career development of personnel. In consultation with the Director of the Law Library, the person in this position is responsible for establishing policy and practice affecting the law library’s efforts to provide reference and support for faculty research.

Other Skills & Abilities Reqd

Aptitude for using computers in the delivery of information services

Familiarity with integrated library systems

Demonstrated oral and written communication skills

Ability to interact effectively with others

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Additional Information

Ability to work evenings and/or weekends as needed.

Salary & Benefits:
DePaul offers comprehensive and competitive pay and benefits to attract and retain talent to further the University’s mission. Please click on the following link to review the full Benefits Summary.
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Required Background Screening:
All final candidates extended an offer of employment will undergo background screening.

Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect:
Upon accepting an offer of employment with the university, you will also be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status at the time of hire. A mandated reporter is required to make a report to the Illinois DCFS Hotline whenever there is reasonable cause to believe that a child known to them in their professional or official capacity may be abused or neglected.

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DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.


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