Reference & Student Services Association Librarian- Law Library University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI

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How to Apply


A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Please also include names and contact information for three professional references and indicate your professional relationship with each.




Under the general direction of the Assistant Director for Public Services, the Reference and Student Services Librarian will focus on a full slate of the Law Library’s reference, outreach, and instruction endeavors.


Who We Are


Founded in 1859, Michigan Law School is one of the world’s leading institutions of legal education and enjoys a reputation for academic excellence characterized by a powerful commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Michigan is consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation and enjoys international renown for its intellectual rigor, stunning physical surroundings, preeminent faculty scholarship, and a community noted for collegiality and warmth. Michigan Law has an exceptional and cooperative community of talented and interesting students, with 1000 in the J.D. and 40 in the LLM. programs. Our commitments to collegiality, constructive and challenging debate, and enabling our students to pursue a wide range of options explain why the Law School has long been committed to diversity along many dimensions. Our graduates serve with distinction in the private, public, non-profit, and academic sectors, in large numbers in every major market in the nation and internationally.

The Law Library holds one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of foreign, comparative, and international law materials. The University of Michigan is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is considered among the best places in the United States to live and work. At Michigan Law, we view our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as central to our mission as an educational institution and we seek to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to excel in our environment. We believe that diversity is necessary to individual flourishing, educational excellence, and the advancement of knowledge and we maintain a deep commitment to fostering a diverse community in which all students, staff, and faculty learn and work in an atmosphere of inclusion and respect. With over 1 million volumes, the Law Library has one of the world’s premier collections.


Why Work at Michigan?


The University of Michigan Law Library dedicates efforts to supporting a healthy work-life balance. Benefits include:

  • Paid Holidays, Season Days, and Vacation Days
  • Flexible work schedule
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting Many choices for comprehensive health insurance, including flexible spending accounts and dependent care expenses
  • Life insurance

For additional information, see U-M Career Benefits Website.




  • Work with the Assistant Director for Public Services to create and coordinate outreach and instruction initiatives for law students
  • Select materials for the collection in one or more jurisdictions under the direction of the Assistant Director for Collections & Access Services as a member of the collection development team
  • Collaborate with the Law Library’s social media team to develop social media strategy for marketing the library’s spaces, resources, services, and staff; create and post content on the Law Library’s social media accounts in accordance with Library policy
  • Provide reference service in all areas of law for all jurisdictions, as well as in non-law subject areas
  • Participate in the evening and weekend rotation at the reference desk
  • Provide ad hoc synchronous and asynchronous research instruction sessions for law school classes and individual or group research consultations
  • Perform in-depth, expert, legal and non-legal research for law faculty
  • Create and update research guides, FAQs, and other information provided to patrons
  • Fill in for other reference librarians and provide back-up supervision for unit functions during vacations and other absences, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned


Required Qualifications*


  • J.D. from ABA accredited law school
  • Master’s degree from an ALA accredited school of information or library science
  • Knowledge of and proficiency with a wide range of legal information sources and research methods
  • Some experience performing legal research in an academic, court or law firm setting
  • Strong service orientation
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organization skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team
  • Creativity and adaptability in the face of multiple simultaneous demands
  • Ability to work evening and weekends at the reference desk on a rotating basis


Desired Qualifications*


  • Licensed to practice law in one or more U.S. states
  • Experience performing reference work in an academic law library and/or experience in a large research library
  • Experience preparing and delivering educational programs
  • Ability to work with foreign language materials
  • Strong problem-solving and leadership skills
  • Proven ability to work effectively with other decision-makers
  • Experience using and familiarity with emerging technologies


Additional Information


This is a regular, full-time (12 Month), 100% appointment and is subject to the collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Lecturer’s Employee Organization, AFT Local 6244, AFL-CIO, Librarians, Archivists, and Curators Bargaining Unit.

Salary: minimum $68,000 at the Associate Librarian level, commensurate with experience and qualifications; benefits worth 28% of salary. Additional support is available for professional development activities.


Application Deadline


Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. Ideally a candidate would start by the beginning of the Fall term.


U-M EEO/AA Statement


The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


Job Opening ID


Working Title

Reference & Student Services Association Librarian- Law Library

Job Title


Work Location

Ann Arbor Campus

Ann Arbor, MI

Full/Part Time




FLSA Status


Organizational Group

Law School


Law Library

Posting Begin/End Date

5/02/2024 – 5/30/2024

Career Interest

Libraries & Museums