State Law Library reference librarians play a critical role in increasing access to justice for Texas residents. We connect patrons with information about their legal rights and refer them to resources for more assistance, allowing them to manage some legal problems without hiring an attorney. This position will serve the information needs of professional and self-represented patrons directly by phone, email, and in person. They will also provide information indirectly by assisting with the maintenance of the library’s website, where patrons can find additional self-help and research material. Neither experience in the legal field nor a law degree is required for this position, but a successful applicant should have a strong interest in learning about the legal field and its tools and resources.
In addition to providing legal reference services, this position will be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the library’s catalog by creating and updating bibliographic records. A partial telework schedule may be considered if certain conditions are met.
Note regarding salary: This position will receive a 5% or $3,000/year (whichever is greater) salary increase effective September 1, 2024.
General & Reference
Provides reference assistance in person, via email, and by telephone at scheduled hours.
Conducts in-depth research using primary and secondary sources.
Develops and maintains assigned sections of the library’s website.
Assists in developing online research aids and creates instructional materials (FAQs, videos) for patrons using library resources remotely.
Uses the Koha ILS circulation module to check materials in and out of the library.
Helps patrons troubleshoot library software such as OverDrive, Koha ILS, and legal databases.
Assists patrons with computers, printers, photocopiers, and scanners.
Participates in collection development activities.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Maintains accurate bibliographic records in the Koha ILS.
Performs batch edits to bibliographic records as needed using MarcEdit and Koha ILS.
Creates original and copy cataloging records for print and electronic materials using Z39.50 and .MRC file imports.
Collaborates with Web Administrator to enhance access points in the Koha ILS.
Coordinates with State Bar staff to receive and process electronic CLE course material.
Archives and withdraws out of date material from library collection.
Communicates with vendors to replace missing items.
Manages and advises library assistant(s) and technical services support duties of library
Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office software and practices.
Excellent communication skills with a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to communicate advanced information to patrons with low levels of literacy or legal experience.
Ability to multi-task and efficiently manage multiple duties at once.
Familiarity with cataloging rules, principles, and procedures.
Experience interpreting and enforcing written policies.
Experience with, interest in, or aptitude for developing online resources.
Basic knowledge of technologies common in a library environment such as scanners,
photocopiers, and public computers.
At least one year professional experience with cataloging or metadata creation.
Experience providing library reference or information services.
Experience supervising library support staff.
Knowledge of Texas legal resources and legal research.
Reference experience in a law library.
Experience creating new bibliographic records via Z39.50 or .MRC file imports.
Experience editing MARC records.
Experience editing and searching records in Koha ILS or other library management system.
Experience creating SQL reports or advanced Excel formulas.
Experience searching Westlaw and/or LexisNexis.
Submit a resume, State of Texas Application for Employment form (found on our web page, http://www.sll.texas.gov), and a statement of how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications. The State of Texas Application for Employment form and statement of
qualifications are REQUIRED.
Mail, e-mail or fax completed application to Heather DiChiara-Schilling.
The State Law Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, any request for reasonable
accommodations needed during the application process should be communicated by the applicant to Heather DiChiara-Schilling.
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