State Law Librarian Supreme Court of New Mexico

The Supreme Court of New Mexico is seeking applications to serve as the State Law Librarian for the State of New Mexico. It is a full-time, PERM, At-Will position #00000007-20500. Target Pay is $36.289/hr – $58.969/hr. The position is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the historic Supreme Court Building. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Acting under general direction manage the statewide law library operations of the Supreme Court for the New Mexico Judicial branch. Supervision is received from the Supreme Court Chief Justice and Justices. Finalist(s) may be subject to criminal background checks.

The State Law Librarian is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and controlling statewide Law Library activities.
Trains, supervises, evaluates law librarian staff, attorneys and other court and legal staff in legal research and analysis, and manages the work of the Supreme Court Law Library.
Develops strategic and tactical plans and maintains alignment of Law Library strategic objectives with the strategic direction of the Supreme Court.
Performs statutory duties of the State Law Librarian outlined in NMSA 1978 §§ 18-1-7 through 18-1-11.
Directs and oversees operating budget and ensures purchases are within budget and meet end user’s needs.
Provides research and reference services to assist and provide patrons with legal and government documents.
Participates in a network of librarian professionals and judicial peers.
Monitors and analyzes state and federal legislation related to library services and testify at local legislative hearings.
Identifies, formulates, and approves policies and procedures for the efficient statewide administration of law libraries and records program.
Direct formal planning, project management and performance measurement activities.
Serves as Judiciary’s authority on records retention; chair the Judiciary’s Records Retention Committee.
Performs the statutory duties required of a Public Records Commissioner as outlined in NMSA 1978 §§ 14-3-3 and 14-3-4 (1959, as amended through 1983).
Ensures technical resources are managed efficiently and technical solutions are implemented to meet needs of the library.
Coordinates and oversees the statewide provision of automated access to legal materials.
Serves on various committees to provide input regarding policies and procedures that affect the judicial libraries and state records.
Sets statewide policies, standards and provisions for access to legal information services and records management to other state agencies.
Serves and chairs as the Judiciary’s Records Retention Committee.
Oversees contract negotiations, maintenance agreements, contractual services and hardware purchases.
Makes final acquisition and retention decisions for library materials, taking into account considerations of budget, shelf space, probable historical importance, and immediate relevance to the members of the bench and bar.
Provides direction in vendor research and preparation of RFPs, scope of work, payment plans, and final approval on all purchases.
Maintains current knowledge of library science, computer applications, law and safety technology through course work, professional meetings and self-study.
Other duties as assigned.

The successful applicant should demonstrate knowledge of library administrative functions, including budgetary, human resources, collection development, and space usage; New Mexico and federal law, interpretation of case law, constitution and statutes, court rules and regulations; legal research and the legislative process; substantive law of copyright, privacy, public access to information, records retention and professional standards regarding library confidentiality and ethics; principles, methods and techniques of records management; court functions, responsibilities and procedures; supervisory techniques; budget processes; legal research and analysis; reference interview procedures; legal and interdisciplinary research methodology, resources, and analysis; digital publishing; library automation systems; government documents, library acquisitions processes; The library of Congress guidelines, machine readable cataloguing (MARC) standards and Anglo-American Cataloging Rules 2nd (AARC2), guidelines, standards, and schedules on bibliographic organization, and database structure and use; Federal Depository guidelines and practices and emerging trends in government information publication and dissemination; legal terminology; court case management; basic financial and accounting standards; and statistical analysis.

  • This job description is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions performed*



Education: Juris Doctor from American Bar Association accredited law school and Master’s Degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited college or university, which must include twelve (12) credit hours’ of public administration or library management and twelve (12) credit hours’ of computer science or records management. Education Substitution: Two (2) years’ managing administrative functions of a law library will substitute for the course work in public administration or library management.

Experience: Five (5) years’ experience managing administrative functions of a library; of which, three (3) years’ experience must have been supervisory and reference; and two (2) years’ legal working experience as an attorney. Certification: Records Manager (CRM), Novell Administrator (CNA), or a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) will substitute for the course work in computer science or records management.

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