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Foreign, Comparative & International Law Research & Student Services Librarian, Harvard Law School (Cambridge)

The Harvard Law School Library (HLSL) aims to support the varied research needs of the Law School faculty and students through traditional and leading edge services. The Law Library is a community that values appreciation, inclusivity, transparency,¿teamwork, leadership and strives toward excellence. The Foreign, Comparative & International Law & Student Services Librarian (Librarian) is a member of the Student Services team within the broader Research Services department. The Librarian provides expert research support to students engaged in foreign, comparative and international research and writing projects, particularly LLM long and short paper writers and SJD students. The Librarian serves as the subject matter expert for in-depth patron questions related to FCIL. All members of the Student Services team also participate in general reference related activities, including research consults with students, participating in our reference desk rotation, and engaging in outreach efforts to students. Librarians are expected to actively participate in library, law school, university and relevant professional organization committees.

As the Foreign, Comparative & International Law Research & Student Services Librarian you will:

Actively engage with library patrons, with a focus on students, supporting student research in FCIL through research consults, research planning and research support in-person and online.
Develop, maintain, and provide instructional materials in a variety of formats on FCIL topics, in collaboration with the Instruction Services Librarian(s); provide research instruction sessions in law school classes and individual or group research consultations.
Provide subject matter expertise to library patrons and library staff on questions related to FCIL.
Participate in coordinated research services in all areas of law for all jurisdictions, as well as in non-law subject areas, through on-call reference service and direct research consultation in person and via other mediums with all library patrons.
Participate in Collection Development activities, including selection of FCIL materials and the evaluation of information resources.
Serve as selector for specific jurisdictions based on language skills, interests and Library needs.
Develop relationships with the Graduate Studies Program and its students.


Basic Qualifications
Master's Degree in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution.
2 or more years' experience conducting FCIL research in academic, court, or law firm setting.
Reading proficiency in one or more Western European language(s).

Additional Qualifications and Skills

We are looking for people who have:
Familiarity with American legal research.
ABA accredited JD or equivalent foreign degree preferred.
Strong problem solving and leadership skills required.
Strong customer service orientation.
Effective written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to work both independently and as a team member in a fast paced environment.
Interest in, and ability to gain, new skills such as legal analytics.

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$61,900.00 - $92,600.00  / year

Closing Date

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2021-07-12 |  Quick link to this job