The Associate Law Librarian for Digital and Educational Services supervises the Digital and Educational Services Team, which consists of assigned Assistant Law Librarians. Under the direction and supervision of the Law Library Director, the Associate Law Librarian is primarily responsible for providing reference assistance to the library’s patrons, maintaining the Law Library’s digital presence, coordinating the Law Library’s educational offerings, and providing marketing and outreach for Law Library resources, services, programs, and events. The Associate Law Librarian performs such other duties and functions as may be assigned from time to time by the Director. In addition, the Associate Law Librarian carries out those administrative functions as delegated by the Director. The Associate Law Librarian works with the Director to recommend policies and procedures for the Law Library and provides advice on matters relating to the operation of the Law Library. The Associate Law Librarian works with minimal supervision. The position offers the Associate Law Librarian significant latitude for the use of independent judgment and initiative.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Although not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, the Associate Law Librarian performs all of the following tasks:
Manages the Law Library’s digital presence, including, but not limited to, contributing content for its website, blog, and social media platforms; overseeing the Law Library’s remote-access resources; creating and maintaining digital exhibits; and creating research guides and other helpful guidelines.
Oversees the Law Library’s events and educational offerings, which include Legal Tech Institute programs, vendor visits, self-help webinars, special CLE presentations, and presentations to various community and governmental entities. Provides outreach services for same.
Presents programs and conducts training sessions on Law Library resources and services, including research databases, legal technology, and services for attorneys and other legal professionals.
Develops and maintains relationships with community partners.
Proposes, designs, and implements digital and outreach initiatives.
Promotes the library’s services and events to relevant user communities, community partners, and stakeholders.
Records, analyzes, and reports statistics relating to the Law Library’s digital presence, including website usage, social media activities, and blog posts. Creates monthly reports for the Law Library Director based on same.
Supervises Assistant Law Librarians, Digital Outreach Law Librarian, and Education & Engagement Law Librarian.
Oversees creation, organization, and publication of video content for education and outreach, including on-demand CLE and digital signage.
Suggests library materials for acquisition, de-selection, and archiving.
Provides reference assistance for at least two hours per workday at the reference desk and via virtual presence devices.
Assists patrons with access to various electronic legal databases and print resources.
Coordinates reference schedules in conjunction with the Associate Law Librarian for Headquarters Services.
Assists patrons with copying, scanning, faxing, and other office-related tasks in the Law Library’s Copy Center as needed.
Follows cash handling and reporting procedures as necessary for Law Library Copy Center operations.
Enforces Law Library rules and drafts and submits violation reports as necessary.
Contributes to the overall organization of the Law Library as needed by following relevant opening and closing procedures, reshelving and updating materials, and generally maintaining the neat appearance of the Law Library.
Develops a professional development plan that encompasses at least 20 hours per year of professional development course work or other learning opportunities.
Assists patrons with Harris County Public Library collection at the Law Library, including registering new cards, helping with check in/out and holds, and processing public library materials.
Performs other functions and job-related duties as assigned.
This Job Description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this position.
Management may, at its discretion, assign, or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email ADACoordinator@bmd.hctx.net.
This position is subject to a criminal history check. Only relevant convictions will be considered and, even when considered, may not automatically disqualify the candidate.
Supporting Job Application Documents:
Applicants should provide a cover letter, resume, and three professional references with their application.
Education and Experience Requirements:
A Bachelor’s degree (in any field) plus five (5) years of experience in a public or private law library setting
A Master’s of Library Science degree or Master’s of Library and Information Science degree plus three (3) years of experience in a public or private law library setting
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must demonstrate strong customer service orientation and a demonstrated commitment to law librarianship through a combination of education and experience.
Ability to manage a growing team of law librarians in a dynamic public service setting.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Excellent legal research and reference skills
Excellent analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills are required.
Strong people skills in interacting both with patrons and staff are essential.
Project management experience or abilities
Knowledge of and experience with self-help legal research resources and Texas legal research materials
NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge, and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. “See Resume” will not be accepted for qualifications.
Knowledge of HTML, web-scripting languages, content management systems, and IT systems and applications preferred.
Supervisory experience preferred.
Knowledge of EOS.Web® Express integrated library system preferred.
Bilingual abilities, particularly English/Spanish, desired.
Located in downtown Houston, the Harris County Attorney’s Office represents Harris County government, the Harris County Flood Control District, the Harris County Toll Road Authority, and the Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network in all civil matters, including lawsuits. The office also provides legal advice to county officials and employees.
Position Type and Typical Work Schedule:
This is a full-time position.
Days and hours of work are typically Monday through Friday, with occasional additional hours, as necessary.
This position requires employees to work a 40-hour schedule from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and be able to work any shift between those hours.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Law Library employees may need to work from home, which requires that you have a dedicated workspace and reliable internet access.
As restrictions are lifted, the Law Library will resume public services under a phased reopening plan and staff may be required to work onsite.
This job typically operates in a public Law Library environment, and the person in this role uses standard office equipment such as computers, printers, scanners/copiers, and phones.
Physical and Mental Demands:
This role requires standing for prolonged periods, exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body, repetitive motions requiring dexterity such as keyboarding that may include the wrists, hands, and/or fingers, communicating with others to exchange concepts and information, problem-solving, decision-making, organization, the ability to read/write, and the ability to manage workplace stressors such as adversarial interactions.
The base compensation for this position will be determined on the candidate’s qualifications and the pay of other employees in the job function.
Total compensation includes attractive paid leave programs, health benefits, and retirement plans.
Employment may be contingent on passing a drug screen and meeting other standards.
Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date or at the discretion of the Hiring Department.
BENEFITSHarris County offers a competitive benefits program, including comprehensive group health and related benefits plan as well as defined benefit retirement plan. The following list of benefits is offered only to employees in regular (full-time) positions: Medical Dental Vision Wellness Life Insurance Long-term disability Employee Assistance Program 10 days of vacation each year for the first five (5) years of service. Accrual rates increase based on years of service. 10 county holidays plus one (1) floating holiday Professional development opportunities Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan Healthcare Reimbursement Account 457 Deferred Compensation PlanThe following benefits are also available to regular (full-time) employment and may be available to part-time employees: Retirement pension (TCDRS) Flexible schedules (varies by department) Transportation Assistance (Metro RideSponsor Program) In accordance with the Harris County Personnel Regulations, Group Health and related benefits are subject to amendment or discontinuance at any time. Commissioners Court reserves the right to make benefit modifications on the County’s behalf as needed.For plan details, visit the Harris County benefits website: https://hrrm.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/Medical.aspx