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Law Librarian – Do you have what it takes?: Ever think about applying for a job as a law librarian? Here’s a job description from a recent posting for a law school reference librarian (not supervisory, not managerial, not directorial, all of which would require additional skills).

Required: Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution is required. Demonstrated experience with legal research materials, techniques and strategies; especially electronic resources. Substantial knowledge of web-based subscription services, web-based instructional technology tools, and Internet resources. Knowledge of HTML and web-authoring tools; demonstrated experience with creating and maintaining web pages.. Strong service orientation, ability to work well independently, and with others. Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills. Strong organizational and planning skills. Ability to establish and maintain a good working relationship with colleagues. Strong public service philosophy.

Preferred: JD from an ABA-accredited institution is preferred, however relevant and directly related experience may be considered. Experience with database design and previous experience working in a law library is a plus. WESTLAW and LexisNexis knowledge is a plus. Demonstrated familiarity with library computer applications and internet based-communication tools such as blogs, wikis, and podcasting.

If you want to see more job law librarian job descriptions, visit the American Association of Law Libraries web site and click on the Job Hotline. Jobs as paraprofessionals in law libraries often require substantial skills too. I’ll talk more about those later, but don’t even think about asking “do you have any openings for jobs where I can sit at the desk and read?” That happens only in the movies, on TV, and maybe in libraries that are going to be in big trouble in a few years.

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