The Reference / Research Librarian provides reference service to faculty, students, and other library users, is responsible for hiring, training, and supervising student reference assistants, and manages the reference desk schedule. The Reference / Research Librarian provides research assistance to law faculty and coordinates library instructional services for law students.
M-F, 8:00 to 5:00; may include some evenings and weekends
Hours per Week
Months per Year
Temporary or Fixed-Term Assignment End Date
Depends on Experience
A. Reference and Research Duties
1. Provide reference service to students, faculty, and other library users at the reference desk up to 20 hours per week (including evening and weekend hours as needed) and upon request.
2. Develop and manage reference desk schedule to ensure coverage by librarians and student reference assistants approximately 70 hours per week.
3. Provide in-depth research assistance to faculty, maintain database of faculty research interests.
4. Create and maintain print and online publications to assist patrons in the use of the library and to promote awareness of library services and resources.
5. Evaluate and maintain reference collection materials.
6. Work closely with circulation and computer services staff in providing services to students and faculty.
B. Instructional Duties
1. Instruct law students in the use of the library and legal research methodology, including print and online resources and subject-specific research.
2. Serve as the library’s liaison to Legal Research and Writing ( LRW ) faculty to provide research training for first year law students each semester.
C. Administrative Duties
1. Develop and implement library services, policies, and procedures for the reference department.
2. Hire, train, and supervise student reference desk assistants in consultation with the Director of the library.
3. Serve as the library’s liaison to Westlaw, LexisNexis, CALI , and other online information providers in support of student instruction and curricular needs.
4. Participate in overall library planning.
D. Other Duties
1. Participate in collection development activities, including evaluating and selecting material and other projects as assigned.
2. Participate in law school committees and activities as assigned.
3. Attend librarian, library staff, and other law school meetings.
4. Perform other duties as assigned in support of Gonzaga’s mission.
1. Supervised by the Director of the library.
2. Supervise student reference desk assistants.
1. J.D. from an ABA accredited law school.
2. M.L.S. or within 6 months completion of M.L.S. from an ALA accredited institution.
3. Knowledge of print and electronic legal resources, strong teaching skills, and service orientation.
4. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
This position performs work in an office environment and is essentially a sedentary position. Most functions are performed sitting. There may be some standing, stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching or lifting (maximum of 25 pounds). This job requires wrist and hand movement for intensive computer use.