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Head Law Librarian - Plymouth Law Library, Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries (Plymouth)

The Head Law Librarian administers all activities of a public law library within the Trial Court; is responsible for the fiscal planning and management of a library budget; performs professional library duties such as acquisition, cataloging, and reference; performs the duties of a division manager (managerial duties) with emphasis on financial management and personnel supervision; ensures that the legal information needs of the library users are met, including the judiciary, court staff, members of the bar, self-represented litigants and the public;  supervises Law Librarians and Law Library Assistant(s), participates in system-wide activities such as long-range planning, group purchasing and vendor negotiation, electronic library services, and special projects; acts as the Court Consolidated Law Book program's liaison to assigned courts; and performs related work as required.  


Master's Degree in Library Science from an accredited library school and a minimum of three years of full-time experience in a professional capacity in a law library;

or Juris Doctor degree and four years in a Trial Court Law Library position;

or an equivalent combination of completed graduate-level education and professional experience;

• Knowledge of theory, principles, and practices of library science and law library administration, including current methods and procedures in such areas as acquisition, cataloging, and reference;
• Knowledge of legal bibliography and terminology and the use of complex legal resources and indexes;
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal effectively and respectfully with people;
• Knowledge of the Massachusetts court system;
• Knowledge of libraries, interlibrary cooperation, government and private organizations, and the types of resources and services available to librarians and library users;
• Knowledge of space planning, including the physical layout of and the technical and operational requirements for equipment and furniture used in libraries;
• Ability to analyze and solve complex problems relating to library practices and procedures;
• Ability to gather, analyze, and report information;
• Ability to use an integrated library system and other online systems and the ability to learn and implement new technologies as they emerge;
• Ability to use computer applications such as MS Office spreadsheets, text editing and publisher programs;
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both oral and written form;
• Ability to supervise subordinate personnel;
• Ability to train library staff on the integrated library systems and fiscal procedures in accordance with the MMARS accounting system and to train library and court staff in the use of electronic databases;
• Ability to reason clearly and make sound judgments;
• Ability to work well independently and with groups;
• Ability to reach with hands and arms, bend, crouch, lift materials weighing up to 30 pounds, and climb stairs;
• Ability to travel within the Commonwealth and to work at other Trial Court Law Libraries when necessary.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




$94,222.68  / year

Closing Date

Friday, March 8, 2024 at 11:55 p.m.

How to Apply

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2024-02-12 |  Quick link to this job