Law Librarian Judicial Council of California – 3.2 Fresno, CA

Full Job Description
The State of California, Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District, located in Fresno, California, is accepting applications for a Law Librarian.

Under the supervision of the Court’s Assistant Clerk/Executive Officer and Managing Attorney, the Law Librarian performs a full range of professional library duties, is responsible for directing library programs, and ensures the accomplishment of the library’s goals and objectives. The Law Librarian also assists with special projects and performs other related work as assigned.


Examples of duties (but not limited to):
Plans, organizes, and performs the full range of work involved in operating and maintaining a modern law library.
Instructs, trains, and assists justices, attorneys, externs, and other staff members in the types and functions of legal materials, manual research, and computerized and online legal research.
Performs complex legal reference and research.
Monitors and reconciles the law library budget.
Reviews and prepares for payment all items charged to the library budget.
Assists in negotiating contracts with publishers and library vendors.
Maintains current inventory of all books and periodicals and regularly monitors the book and periodical needs of justices and staff.
Formulates and implements library policies, programs, and scope of services.
Updates and maintains online library database to ensure quality, accuracy, and relevance of information.
Leads the exploration, adoption, and delivery of new library technology.
Assists with various technology-related initiatives and projects, including Microsoft SharePoint, digitization of court records, and Microsoft Power BI statistical reporting.
Manages library section of Court intranet (on Microsoft SharePoint), keeping it current and adding new information and resources when they become available.
Assists with providing and tracking training for justices and staff to meet their education requirements.
Updates materials located in the main library and common libraries and delivers library materials to judicial chambers libraries.
Develops and implements policies and procedures for collection development.
Partners with library vendors on new products, troubleshooting, and coordinating or conducting training.
Monitors news sources for articles relevant to the work of the Court and disseminates them accordingly.
Represents the Court’s library in professional committees and organizations.
Plans the layout of library space and recommends the acquisition of new library materials or consolidation of library materials when necessary.
Shares with and obtains information/resources from other law librarians, both within the judicial branch and within the larger community.
Monitors new legislation affecting the Court and informs justices and staff of its applicability.
Works on special projects as assigned.

Working Conditions:
May be required to work evening and weekend hours occasionally, including attending meetings outside normal working hours.
Must be able to transport books and boxes of books weighing up to approximately 40 pounds.
May be required to travel to local libraries and statewide as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:
Equivalent to possession of a master’s degree in library science from an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited institution, and three years of experience in a law library.

A bachelor’s degree and five (5) years of experience in a law library may substitute for the master’s degree.


Equivalent to possession of a law degree and three years of law library experience.


One year as an Assistant Law Librarian II with the Judicial Branch.

Desirable Qualifications:Knowledge of:
Principles and practices of budgeting and accounting;
Operation and management of a modern law library; and
Principles, practices, procedures, and trends of professional law library work.

Ability to:
Plan, organize, and perform the work involved in operating and maintaining a modern law library;
Instruct, train, and assist justices, attorneys, externs, and other staff members in library usage;
Perform complex legal reference and research;
Strategically plan a library that meets the current and future needs of the Court;
Knowledgeably and effectively represent the library on a variety of issues;
Use initiative and independent judgment within general policy guidelines;
Establish and maintain effective working relationships internally and outside the Court;
Communicate effectively in English, orally and in writing;
Maintain confidentiality; and
Adeptly use technology including various legal reference and research systems, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Power BI, and Microsoft 365.
Other Information

If you are selected for hire, verification of employment eligibility or authorization to work in the United States will be required.

As a condition of employment, employees must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. If you have questions about these requirements, you may confidentially submit them to Human Resources at [email protected].

How To Apply

To ensure consideration of your application for the earliest round of interviews, please apply by March 18, 2022; however, this position will remain open until filled. This position requires the submission of the official application, resume, and responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire.

To complete an online application, please click the Apply for Job button.


To obtain a printed application, please download a copy from the Careers page at under the Tips for Applicants section, and mail, along with your resume and responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire, to the following address:

Fifth District Court of Appeal
Re: Job Opening 5528
2424 Ventura Street
Fresno, CA 93721

Supplemental Questions

The supplemental questions are intended to provide more detailed information about your work experience and training which will allow us to better assess your qualifications. Responses to these questions must be completed and submitted with your application and resume for your application to be considered for review.

Physical books are an important part of the legal research process in the Court; however, electronic resources are our primary means of performing legal research. Please describe in detail your level of expertise with technology, your ability to train others in the use of technology, and any technology initiatives you have implemented in your career.
The Court’s librarian is solely responsible for all aspects of maintaining the book collections and electronic resources. This includes, but is not limited to, performing legal research, cataloging and shelving books, making sure invoices get processed and paid in a timely manner, training, and staying current in technology and legal research. Please describe in detail your experience with independently managing the functions of a library.
Pay and Benefits

Salary Range (salary commensurate with experience) :
$7,258 – $8,818 per month

Some highlights of our benefits package include:
Health/Dental/Vision benefits program
13 paid holidays per calendar year
Choice of Annual Leave or Sick/Vacation Leave
1 personal holiday per year
$130 transit pass subsidy per month
CalPERS Retirement Plan
401(k) and 457 deferred compensation plans
Employee Assistance Program
Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
FlexElect Program
Long Term Disability Program (employee paid/optional)
Group Legal Plan (employee paid/optional)
Free parking
Equal Employment Opportunity

The Court of Appeal of the Fifth Appellate District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.