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Research Librarian (Represented Position)

Application Window

Open date: September 2nd, 2021

Next review date: Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Dec 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Mabie Law Library is an integral part of the UC Davis School of Law, and provides services that support the teaching, research, and scholarship of its students and faculty. The Library’s collection and staff are housed in King Hall on the Davis campus. The Library has access to more than 10,000 databases which are provided through its library licenses, campus, and UC-wide license agreements.

• Provides extensive legal research assistance to law students, faculty and other patrons
• Serves as library liaison to faculty members and provides complex legal research assistance in support of faculty scholarship and teaching.
• Provides legal research instruction to students in both the 1L Legal Research & Writing and 2L/3L elective Advanced Legal Research classes.
• Provides topical resource and research presentations to law school classes, clinic students, RA's, externs, Journal editors, etc. as needed.
• Assists with development and adaptation of new technologies and systems relevant to research services;
• Participates in library’s marketing and communications efforts;
• Actively participates in student outreach programs;
• Actively participates in developing and implementing law practice technology programs for students;
• Contributes to the development, implementation and evaluation of reference and public services policies, procedures and publications;
• Reports to the Law Library Director who may assign additional functions as necessary.
• Initial work hours are in-person M-F 8am-5pm, with several reference desk shifts. Some evening and an occasional weekend shift may be required.

Basic Qualifications:
• MLS or equivalent from an ALA accredited library school;
• JD or 2 or more years of experience as a legal research librarian
• Substantial knowledge of print-based and online legal research systems and resources, especially Lexis Advance and Westlaw;
• Strong service orientation;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills;
• Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment

Preferred Qualifications:
• Demonstrated experience as a legal research instructor.

Salary, Benefits, and Work Hours:
This is a career position and the salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining unit, University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.

UC Davis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    J.D. and library degree from an ALA-accredited school or equivalent
    Five or more years of increasingly responsible legal research work,
    Demonstrated deep and broad knowledge of legal research sources in both print and electronic formats
    Demonstrated understanding of trends in legal research methodologies and legal information management
    Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a collaborative team-oriented environment.
    User-focused and demonstrated commitment to high-quality customer service
    Relevant library technology skills involving discovery and access
    Strong written and oral communication skills

Preferred qualifications
    • Work experience preferably as an academic law librarian, working with law faculty and students.
    • Experience supporting faculty or others actively engaged in conducting legal research.
    • Experience working with California legal research resources.
    • Familiarity with interdisciplinary research tools.
    • Demonstrated experience as a legal research instructor.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Stating qualifications and interest.

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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