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So You Want to be a U.S. Supreme Court Law Librarian?


Did you ever wonder what a U.S. Supreme Court law librarian job description looks like? Here’s your chance – and it’s a part-time job too (well, at least you’ll be paid for only 30 hours a week).

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Provides complex, interdisciplinary reference and highly technical research support services; uses resources in newly emerging information sources in all formats; creates new methods and formats for assembling, organizing and delivering knowledge and information to Court constituencies; participates in the design, implementation, and maintenance of a complex relational database incorporating imaging, indexing, data migration and file transfer across the Court intranet and extranet; serves as an expert in all aspects of the evaluation, navigation, access and retrieval of worldwide online and Internet resources and services; works under great time pressures; performs collection development and related collections services duties; conducts tours, briefings and orientations; and undertakes broad programmatic responsibilities for long-term projects and programs which impact the overall effectiveness of the Research Department.


Master’s degree in library science (ALA approved) required. Law degree strongly preferred. Three years experience in legal research (traditional and electronic), with demonstrated expertise in general broad-based reference, legislative and historical research and computer applications (such as databases and their management and MS Windows proficiency) required. Experience in one of several non-legal subject areas, e.g. business, empirical or quantitative research or history, as well as foreign language skills desirable. Ability to prioritize and work under time pressure on many projects simultaneously and excellent oral and written communications skills required. Employment is subject to successful completion of a security background check.

Master’s degree in library science (ALA approved) required. Law degree strongly preferred.”

(Hmmm, I don’t see anything in that description that sounds like knows how to search databases that are just like Google — small mercies. Although, even the U.S. Supreme Court seem to find it ok to use the word “impact” as a verb (horrors!), but I suppose saying “affect the overall effectiveness” might have been a bit much. Of course one might say, “that will improve the overall effectiveness ….” Maybe they like the vagueness of “impact,” though don’t look at me if that “impact” turns out to be negative. And we won’t even talk about that “prioritizing!” (LOL!))

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