Research & Instruction Law Librarian / Teaching Assistant Professor

Urbana, Illinois, United States

Job description

Albert E. Jenner, Jr., Memorial Law Library

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Albert E. Jenner, Jr., Memorial Law Library of the University of Illinois invites applications and nominations for the position of Research & Instruction Law Librarian at the rank of Teaching Assistant Professor (for one or possibly two positions). This is an exciting position for someone interested in working closely with faculty and students, teaching legal research courses, and joining a team of creative, dedicated colleagues.

Responsibilities include active participation in research support for law school faculty and students; providing reference to faculty, students, staff, the University community, and the public; teaching legal research courses; and assisting in supporting technology based-services for research, law library operations improvement, and content creation, such as digital initiatives and services.

Duties and Responsibilities

Research and Reference Support

Provides research and reference services to law school faculty, students and staff as well as the University community, bench and bar, and members of the public;

Assists in the creation of subject-specific research guides and library user guides; and

Assists in the online promotion of faculty scholarship, student symposia, and student journals.

Teaching and Instruction

Teaches legal research courses and potentially other courses;

Conducts training sessions and workshops for faculty and students on various research and technology topics; and

Participates in faculty and student outreach and special events to promote the law library and its services.

Technology Projects

Assists in developing law faculty support programs for data creation, preservation, curation, and presentation;

Assists in developing and maintaining the content, styling, and electronic services provided by the law library’s Lib-guides, lib-answers and other lib-suite products; and

Assists in developing digital initiatives and innovative library projects.

Collection Management

Participates in collection development by identifying new titles for acquisition;

Assists in maintaining budget statistics on types of resources both for the collection and the library’s other purchases; and

Collaborates with librarians and staff to assess usefulness and quality of library collections, and to resolve collection problems.

Training and Supervision

Participates in recruiting, hiring, training, and managing the library’s graduate assistants and circulation student assistants; and Collaborates with the library’s research assistant supervisor(s) to allocate project assignments.

Service and Scholarship

Serves on law school and library committees, working groups, and task forces; and

Participates in local, regional, and national professional organizations.


1. Excellent organization and time management skills.

2. Knowledge of emerging issues and technologies in legal research.

3. Knowledge of scholarly communication issues.

4. Knowledge of law school curriculum and resource needs.

5. Two years of experience in in-person reference in an academic law library preferred.


1. MLS (or equivalent) from an ALA accredited program and J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school.

2. Demonstrated ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively independently and as a team member.

3. Excellent interpersonal, oral, written, and presentation skills for communicating in multiple formats with a wide range of constituencies.

The Law Library Research & Instruction Law Librarian Teaching Professor is a full-time, 12 month non-tenure track Specialized Law Library Faculty position with the possibility of a long-term contract. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at and upload your curriculum vita, and names/contact information of three professional references as a singe PDF file by February 8, 2018. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. For further information regarding applicant procedures please contact Talisa Thompson at or at 217-333-2914. You may also visit for additional information.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

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