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Assistant/Associate Librarian, UMass Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA


The Assistant/Associate Librarian provides general and in-depth legal reference and instruction service, while working as a member of the law library team. Delivers active and responsive service to law faculty, law students, the university community, members of the local bar, and the public at large. Assistance to law faculty will include liaison services, interlibrary loan, in-depth research, citation checking, and in-class instruction, when needed. Shares responsibility for provision of circulation services, including supervision and training of student staff. Interacts and cooperates in administrative functions supportive of law school activities, including the law review, career services, admissions, and the LEC. The Assistant/Associate Librarian will have primary responsibility for administrative supervision of one of the major legal research databases, (Lexis, or Westlaw). Follows the University’s best practices to build and/or support student academic success and retention, and assist in meeting strategic objectives for persistence and timely graduation of all the student population.

For more information about this position, including qualifications and how to apply, please navigate to our website at UMass Careers. All interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for at least three professional references.

Examples of Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts research projects for assigned faculty members and assists with library requests for materials or service.
  • Participates in evening and weekend service schedules.
  • Assists the library administration with planning and policy implementation.
  • Conducts library service assessments by meeting with faculty and surveying students.
  • Responsible for the collection of statistics on library usage, and reference questions.
  • Provides reference services to a variety of constituents including law faculty and students, the university community, members of the bar, and the members of the public.
  • Instructs law students in legal research methodology.
  • Assists CITS with the maintenance and evaluation of electronic equipment including printers, computers, and scanners.
  • Supervises and trains student staffers at the circulation desk.
  • Supervises student research assistants for faculty projects.
  • Incorporates new technologies into the library when and where it is appropriate to do so.
  • Pursues professional development opportunities.
  • Keeps current on library trends, practices, and products.
  • Participates in professional activities on local, regional, and national levels.
  • Participates in University committees, working groups and task forces.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution of higher education or equivalent.

Experience: Prior experience working in an academic, or public, or law library.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, Required:

  • Knowledge of library systems, procedures, and operations.
  • Knowledge of information organization and retrieval.
  • Knowledge of legal systems, operations and procedures.
  • Demonstrated and effective problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Skilled in use of Library Operating Systems.
  • Skilled in use of current office software for a Windows environment, e.g. Windows Word.
  • Skilled in operation of common library equipment, e.g. computers and printers.
  • Skilled in use of academic publications and communications.
  • Able to manage a variety of tasks and multiple priorities.
  • Able to communicate and work cooperatively with a diverse library constituency.
  • Able to assess and evaluate information sources.
  • Able to formulate, interpret, and apply, library policies.
  • Able to adapt to changes in environment, technology, and methods. 
  • Able to work independently and in concert with others.
  • Able to supervise graduate/professional students, or paraprofessional staff.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Juris Doctor from an ABA accredited law school
  • Strong service orientation, knowledge of reference, bibliographic instruction, and legal resources in print and electronic formats, especially Lexis, Westlaw, and Heinonline.

UMass Dartmouth offers exciting benefits such as:

75% Employer-Paid Health Insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts
Life Insurance
Long Term Disability
State Pension Retirement Plan
Optional Retirement Savings Plans
Tuition Credit (Employee, Spouse, & Dependents)
Twelve (12) paid holidays
Paid personal, vacation, and sick time
And More!

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Applicants must be authorized for employment in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship not available.

UMass Dartmouth requires COVID-19 vaccinations for all faculty, staff, and students who wish to work, live, learn or physically come to campus.  Read More.

How to Apply

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To apply please submit a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for three professional references.

The review of applications will be ongoing.