Circuit Law Librarian Law Libraries – Boston, MA

Working within the Trial Court Law Libraries of the Department of Support Services, the Circuit Law Librarian Performs professional library duties over a defined geographic area in the following areas: legal research and reference, cataloging, interlibrary loan, bibliographic services and acquisitions; assists Head Law Librarians in library operation; and may perform specific functions for the Trial Court Law Library system such invoice processing, collection development and maintaining a federal depository collection; performs related work as required. Employees are appointed at the entry level and are eligible for reclassification to the higher grade within this series consistent with the requirements in the job description. The position title reverts to the entry level of this series when there is a vacancy.

Work is performed primarily under the direction of the Director of Support Services and Manager of Law Libraries, or their designee, and is evaluated for professional soundness and conformity to policy.

Circuit Law Librarian I

Provides reference and information services to the clientele by responding to questions either in person or by telephone, locating and retrieving materials and assisting in legal research, by developing a comprehensive knowledge of legal bibliography and general reference sources.

Utilizes full knowledge of electronic databases and interlibrary sources, both legal and non-legal, to assist clientele in retrieving information needed.

Instructs library users in the use of library materials and equipment.

Adapts professional principles of cataloging, classification and indexing to the various components of the library’s collection. Manages and maintains automated cataloging and classification through a national database.

Works with other librarians on system-wide projects.

Performs necessary tasks for assuring security, proper protection, care and presentation of library’ materials, and

presentation of library’ materials, and

Performs related duties as required.

Circuit Law Librarian II

Employees at this level are expected to work more independently and perform more complex law library functions, original cataloging, inter-library loan or collection development, or maintaining a federal depository collection.

Maintains proficiency in the current state of professional library theory, legal research and practice, by attending and participating in meetings, conferences, seminars and training sessions in areas of professional library management and legal reference skills.

Develops methods of bringing the library’s resources and services to the attention of library patrons and other potential users.

Informs and makes recommendations to the Head Law Librarian on the development of the library and collection.

May train staff in aspects of library operation.

Implements directives of the Office of Court Management, and

In the absence of the Head Law Librarian, maintains the day-to-day library operations.


These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for a position of Circuit Law Librarian I:

Master’s Degree in Library Science from an accredited library school and 1 full year of full time experience in a professional capacity in a law library;

Knowledge of theory, principles and practices of library science and law library administration, including current methods and procedures in such areas as collection development, cataloging and legal research and reference;

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal effectively and respectfully with people;

Ability to work with judges, attorneys, court personnel;

Ability to use computer applications such as MS Office spreadsheets, text editing and publisher programs;

Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both oral and written form;

Ability to reach with hands and arms, bend, crouch, lift materials weighing up to 30 pounds, and climb stairs;

Ability to travel within the Commonwealth and work at other Trial Court Law Library locations when necessary.

Circuit Law Librarian II requirements

Four years of experience as a Circuit Law Librarian I;

Performs all of the duties of the lower level position title within this series;

Comprehensive knowledge of AALL Competencies of Law Librarianship;

Comprehensive knowledge of legal bibliography and terminology and the use of complex legal resources and indexes;

Ability to analyze and solve complex problems relating to library practices and procedures;

Ability to gather, analyze and effectively report and present data and convey information;

Ability to use an integrated library system, other online systems and the ability to learn and implement new technologies as they emerge;

Ability to train and educate users on the use of library systems and legal resources in print and online;

Official Title: Circuit Law Librarian
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Law Libraries
Job: Library Services
Agency: Law Libraries
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day
Job Posting: May 11, 2020, 9:55:58 AM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 69,160.59 – 91,166.25 Yearly
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