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  1. Cover letter

  2. Resume

  3. Names and contact information for three professional references, including at least one direct supervisor. Please indicate the nature of your professional relationship with each reference.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Law Library seeks a Reference Librarian to join our highly engaged and collaborative team of librarians dedicated to providing excellent and innovative services to law faculty and students and building one of the best collections of legal materials in the country. Spring/Summer 2021 graduates are encouraged to apply.

Who We Are

The University of Michigan Law School has approximately 100 full-time and 75 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, including extensive 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.


 Under the general direction of the Assistant Director for Reference & Research Services, the Reference Librarian will have the following responsibilities:

  • Work with the Assistant Director for Reference & Research Services to create and coordinate outreach initiatives for law students. 

  • Select materials for the collection in one or more jurisdictions under the direction of the Assistant Director for Collections & Access Services as a member of the Collection Development team.

  • Collaborate with the Law Library's social media team to develop social media strategy for marketing the library’s spaces, resources, services, and staff. Create and post content on the Law Library’s social media accounts in accordance with Library policy.

  • Provide reference service in all areas of law for all jurisdictions, as well as in non-law subject areas.

  • Participate in the evening and weekend rotation at the reference desk.

  • Provide ad hoc synchronous and asynchronous research instruction sessions for law school classes and individual or group research consultations.

  • Perform in-depth, expert legal and non-legal research for law faculty.

  • Create and update research guides, FAQs, and other information provided to patrons.

  • Fill in for other reference librarians and provide back-up supervision for unit functions during vacations and other absences, as needed.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • J.D. from ABA accredited law school.

  • Master’s degree from an A.L.A. accredited school of information or library science.

  • Knowledge of and proficiency with a wide range of legal information sources and research methods.

  • Some experience performing legal research in an academic, court or law firm setting.

  • Strong service orientation.

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team.

  • Creativity and adaptability in the face of multiple simultaneous demands.

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends at the reference desk on a rotating basis.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Licensed to practice law in one or more U.S. states.

  • Some experience performing reference work in an academic law library and/or experience in a large research library.

  • Ability to work with foreign language materials.

  • Strong problem-solving and leadership skills

  • Proven ability to work effectively with other decision-makers.

  • Experience using and familiarity with emerging technologies.

Additional Information

Salary: minimum $64,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications. The university offers an excellent benefits and wellness package. Additional support is available for professional development activities.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended. Applications accepted until October 31, 2021. Applications considered upon receipt. 

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


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