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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Information Resources Associate Supervisor’s (IRAS) primary function is to manage and supervise either the Law Library Reading Room Desk or Entrance Station and the approximately 15 student assistants who staff the service point. The IRAS will use their problem solving skills and judgment to act as a night site supervisor overseeing Library functions, acting as a resource for patrons and student staff, and responding to facilities, access, and patron issues that arise at night.  The IRAS’s secondary function is to participate in Library Scholarly Communications work including institutional repository projects and digitization. The Information Resources Assistant Senior works within the context of departmental and library-wide goals under the supervision of the Head of Public Services and the Head of Scholarly Publishing.

During the academic year this person will work a schedule of 3pm - midnight.  During the Spring/Summer term and other interim periods, the schedule will adjust earlier to account for building hours.  A $1.00 per hour shift premium is paid for working the afternoon shift per the University's Shift Premium SPG 201.55

The University of Michigan Law School has 82 full-time and 57 part-time faculty, and approximately 1,000 J.D., 40 L.L.M., and 7 S.J.D. students. With over 1 million volumes, the Law Library has one of the world’s premier collections. The Law Library also has one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of foreign, comparative, and international law materials. The University of Michigan is located in Ann Arbor, which is considered among the best places in the United States to live and work.

At Michigan Law, we view our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as central to our mission as an educational institution and we seek to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment. We believe that diversity is key to individual flourishing, educational excellence, and the advancement of knowledge and we maintain a deep commitment to fostering a diverse community in which all students, staff, and faculty learn and work in an atmosphere of inclusion and respect.


  • Functional supervision is exercised over approximately 15 student assistants. 

  • Participate in Library Circulation functions, including creating and revising bibliographic and patron records to ensure the accurate display of circulation system information in the public catalog and the library management system.

  • Maintaining, revising, and updating Reading Room Desk or Entrance Station policies, in consultation with Library management.

  • Coordinating, researching, and resolving complex problems.

  • Participate in the operation of the Library access policy and policy making related to access.

  • Participate in Library patron ID checks.

  • Co-coordinating full-time and student staff in opening and closing of the Library.

  • Act as one of the Library liaisons with UM Police and Law School security guard on Library safety issues.

  • Resolving patron problems and complaints; referring as necessary.

  • Assigning carrels for use of Library materials therein.

  • Processing pages, pull, and recall requests.

  • Participate in Library projects to enhance the Law School Institutional Repository, as well as the Law School Research Paper series.

  • Preservation, institutional repository, or project-based scanning and digitization.

  • Support Library scholarly communications and faculty publications database projects.

  • Participate in Library shared tasks including office deliveries and printer and equipment checks.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Three to five years of progressively responsible experience in a library setting, working with collections, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

  • Ability to represent the library and interact with student staff and library users with a high level of integrity and professionalism, adhere to Law Library policies, and maintain confidentiality.

  • Demonstrated problem solving skills and the ability to use judgment in response to unforeseen circumstances.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Possess the flexibility and desire to work in a team environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively train and monitor the work of supervisees; scheduling experience.

  • Experience working with the public.

  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities quickly and effectively.

  • Demonstrated attention to detail, including accuracy working with numeric data.

  • Ability to work the scheduled evening/night and weekend hours.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience supervising students, including hiring, training, scheduling, and evaluating.

  • Experience using Innovative Interface’s Sierra LMS or other automated library system.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.