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Public Services Law Librarian


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Law Library (10000933)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

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Definition of Class

This position provides reference, research, and instructional services to law students, law faculty, and other law library patrons. The incumbent has the authority to exercise discretion and judgment in coordinating operational activities of the library including reference, circulation and interlibrary loan. They will instruct patrons in the use of research tools, print resources, and online databases. They will participate in the law library's faculty liaison program.


Examples of Work Performed

  • Assists patrons with research requests and answers reference inquires using print and electronic resources.
  • Instructs patrons in the use of research tools, print resources and online databases.
  • Supervises routine interlibrary loan transactions performed by the Senior Library Assistant and student assistants.
  • Handles complex interlibrary loan requests.
  • Services document delivery requests from attorneys and law firms and maintains loan documentation, including forms, manuals, records, and reports.
  • Supervises law library circulation and stack maintenance operations and staff.
  • Prepares and updates reference guides, forms and manuals in both print and digital formats.
  • Instructs the legal research component of the Legal Research and Writing course and the Advanced Legal Research course.
  • Collaborates with other librarians and instructors to design and revise content for the legal research component of the Legal Research and Writing course and the Advanced Legal Research course.
  • Prepares syllabus, selects assigned readings, and prepares assignments and grades tests.
  • Serves as law library liaison to law school faculty members.
  • Gives presentations on subject specific research techniques and resources for students in other law school courses.
  • Assists in maintaining law library's website and manages the law library’s social media presence.
  • Updates law library content on the law center's digital signage.
  • Identifies, evaluates, and demonstrates relevant new technologies, particularly law office and legal practice applications.
  • Performs similar or related duties as assigned or required.

Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be
identified and included by the hiring Department.
  1. Provides reference and research services to law students, law faculty, and other law library patrons in a variety of formats and settings.
  2. Hires, trains and supervises the work of student employees (law students), and the law library’s circulation and interlibrary loan staff.
  3. Teaches legal research and related subjects in law school courses, such as Legal Research and Writing, Advanced Legal Research and other similar courses.

Minimum Education/Experience

Juris Doctor Degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, or Master's Degree from an ALA accredited college or university in Library Science, or related field.
Two (2) years of experience related to the above described duties.

Salary/Wage Information

To learn more about our pay structure and view our salary ranges, click here to visit the Compensation page of our Human Resources website. This link is provided for general pay information. Hourly rate or salary may vary depending on qualifications, experience, and departmental budget. Note: Unclassified positions (faculty, executives, researchers and coaches) do not have established salary ranges.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi