Law Reference Librarian University of Oregon

Full Job Description

Job no: 531325
Work type: Faculty – Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Legal/Law, Library, Planning/Project Management

Department: Library
Rank: Assistant Librarian
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Salary:$65,000 – $80,000 per year

Review of Applications Begins

April 6, 2023; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with your online application, please upload a current resume or cv, and a cover letter.

Department Summary

The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. The University of Oregon is guided by a diversity framework that involves a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body while raising average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. The UO’s 295-acre campus features state-of-the-art facilities in an arboretum-like setting within the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya people. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 157,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant year-round climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.

About the UO Libraries:
The University of Oregon Libraries is an essential partner in the University’s educational, research, and public service mission. With five locations on the Eugene campus and branches at UO Portland and at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, the Libraries offer many flexible, service- and technology-rich environments for our users’ research and learning needs. The UO Libraries is committed to supporting and enhancing the diversity of the university community, providing a culturally inclusive environment where diversity of thought and expression is valued and respected, and disrupting systemic inequalities. With a focus on equity in service, we strive to create a powerful learning community, a welcoming space where faculty, students, and patrons of all ages and cultural and ethnic backgrounds can access the information necessary to achieve their personal and professional goals. Our mission is to actively support the student learning experience, enable the creation and stewardship of knowledge, and contribute to advancements in teaching, research, scholarship, and public service. We value intellectual freedom, user-centered service, evidence-based approaches, transparency, innovation, teamwork, diversity, and integrity.

The UO Libraries is the only Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member in Oregon. The library is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, SPARC, Center for Research Libraries, DuraSpace, the Council on Library and Information Resources, Coalition for Networked Information, EDUCAUSE, and other major organizations.

About the John E. Jaqua Law Library:
The John E. Jaqua Law Library is organized as part of the UO Libraries. It is located inside the Knight Law Center on the University campus. The Law Library supports the legal education program of the Law School. The Law School enrolls over 500 students in its JD, LLM, and master’s degree programs, and over 400 undergraduate students enrolled in its legal studies minor. We teach legal research skills, assist faculty with scholarships, and provide enhanced learning spaces. Law librarians are members of the UO Libraries career faculty. The Law Library provides comprehensive legal collections in partnership with the UO Libraries. Our collections support the Law School curriculum and special programs and meet campus legal research needs.

Position Summary

The John E. Jaqua Law Library has a new opening for a law reference librarian position! We seek an enthusiastic, creative, and service-oriented team player to fill a position that contributes essential research services and instruction to the educational mission of the UO Law School. We are excited to add to a reference team whose collaborative approach benefits from the unique strengths each librarian brings to our shared support of Law School and related University programs. The successful candidate will enjoy the support of highly experienced and collegial library staff, and the warm support of the Law School community. As a member of the UO Libraries system, your career growth as a law librarian will be further enhanced by a rich, multi-disciplinary network of library professionals. The posted salary range for this position is additionally supplemented with the University of Oregon’s robust benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off (visit for more information).

As a member of the reference team, the Law Reference Librarian provides extensive reference, instructional, and research services for sophisticated, research-oriented faculty and students in a technologically advanced information environment. The person in this position will teach legal research skills, including individualized research consultations with students; support faculty scholarship; perform collection development services including the selection of library materials; work collaboratively with other librarians on team projects; and participate in departmental planning activities.

The person in this position reports to the senior Law Reference Librarian and is expected to engage in service to the University, UO Libraries, and community through work on committees and similar groups; participate in appropriate professional development activities and organizations to stay current with trends and practices in the field; meet UO Libraries faculty criteria for promotion and retention, and contribute to the University’s goals regarding equity and inclusion.

Minimum Requirements

Minimum Qualifications for the Rank of Assistant Librarian:

  • Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution by time of appointment.
  • Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited program by time of appointment.

Minimum Qualifications for the Rank of Associate Librarian:

  • Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution by time of appointment.
  • Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited program by time of appointment.
  • Six year’s post-MLIS experience in an academic law library.

Professional Competencies

  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally.
  • Mastery of basic legal research sources and techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and/or provide instruction.
  • Database and Internet searching proficiencies.
  • Knowledge of legal information sources and related technologies.
  • Ability to achieve results in a collaborative environment.
  • Strong service orientation.
  • Commitment to learning new and emerging technologies.
  • Ability to support and enhance a collegial, cooperative, and diverse working and learning environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Reference and/or instructional experience in an academic law library.
  • Experience providing classroom instruction.
  • Experience using LibGuides.


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The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at [email protected] or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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Advertised: Feb 23, 2023 Pacific Standard Time
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