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Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian – Northwestern University School of Law

The Pritzker Legal Research Center of Northwestern University School of Law invites applications for the full-time, permanent position of Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian.

The successful candidate will join a team of experienced reference librarians who provide research and instructional support services to the Northwestern University School of Law community, as well as to a broad range of library users throughout the University and beyond.  The Foreign, Comparative, and International Law librarian has particular responsibility for reference and instructional services and collection development for Foreign, Comparative, and International Legal Research.

Required qualifications:
Master’s degree in library science from an A.L.A.– accredited institution and J.D. from an A.B.A.-accredited program or foreign equivalent.  At least two years of reference experience with an emphasis in foreign, comparative, and international law in an academic law library.  Thorough knowledge of resources and methods for researching  foreign, comparative, and international law, as well as law of the United States.  Knowledge of research resources in the social sciences and humanities and international relations.  Successful experience teaching legal research in the classroom.  Excellent  interpersonal skills;  ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others in a collegial atmosphere; strong  service orientation; demonstrated initiative;  excellent communication, analytical, and organizational skills; and the ability to pay careful attention to detail.  Ability to work with resources in French, German, and Italian.  Experience with website development and LibGuides is also desirable.

Preferred qualifications:
Reading knowledge of French, German, Italian, or Spanish.  Ability to work skillfully with a wide variety of languages and with rare or medieval books.

Responsibilities:
•       Provide proactive foreign, comparative, and international legal research and consultation support to law faculty, students, and staff.

•       Reference and research consultation activities: participate in library’s reference program, e.g., respond to questions from library users, which may be presented at the library’s reference desk, by phone, email, office visit, or other means. Through individual or small group research consultations, help library users to develop effective strategies to research foreign, comparative, and international law topics.

•       Teaching and other instructional activities:  participate in librarian instruction of legal research in the Law School’s Communication and Legal Reasoning program.  Teach advanced legal research course, including one or more sessions on foreign, comparative, and international law research. On request, present subject-focused research sessions in substantive law courses.  Take initiative in developing opportunities for formal and informal instructional programming in areas relating to foreign, comparative, and international law, as well as United States legal research, as appropriate, in support of law school curriculum, journals, international competition teams, and organizations.

•       Provide content for library’s Web site and explore additional means for communicating information related to foreign, comparative, and international law research, and other library research topics.

•       Select materials for purchase and participate in collection development activities for foreign, comparative, and international law.  Serve as a collaborative member of library’s collection development committee.

•       Participate in other activities undertaken by reference librarians from time to time, as well as cross-departmental projects within the library, and on inter-University projects and committees.

•       Participate in professional organizations and activities; help colleagues and others to keep current with developments related to foreign, comparative, and international law research; and maintain and organize a large foreign, comparative, and international law research collection.

Salary:  Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Environment:  Located in the heart of the Gold Coast on Northwestern’s Chicago campus, the Pritzker Legal Research Center supports the research and instructional needs of more than 900 J.D. and LL.M. students and 90 residential faculty of the Northwestern University School of Law.  The library has a collection of more than 700,000 volumes and equivalents and subscribes to a wide array of electronic information resources.  Further information about the Pritzker Legal Research Center is available at the Library’s website http://www.law.northwestern.edu/library.

To Apply:  Candidates should submit a letter of application, current resume, and the names of three references with addresses and telephone numbers (electronic applications are encouraged) to:

Jamie Sommer
Chair, Search Committee
Foreign, Comparative and International Law Librarian
Pritzker Legal Research Center
Northwestern University School of Law

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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