Research Librarian, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA


Duties & Responsibilities

Under the general direction of the Manager for Research Services, this position provides research advice and support to HLS faculty, students, and staff. Serve as a liaison to specific faculty members, coordinating their library and research services. Responsible for interpreting and implementing policies and procedures related to library services. Develop training materials such as LibGuides, handouts and presentations. Work as a team member providing reference and research services in law and law-related disciplines, to faculty, students and staff of Harvard Law School, and to the broader research community. Actively participate in the library, law school and university community.


  • Provide coordinated research services to Harvard law faculty members, including preparation of bibliographies, facilitation of current awareness services, fact-checking, identifying relevant books and articles, etc.
  • Manage research inquiries by phone, online and in-person
  • Teach legal research concepts and skills to law students both formally, in library workshops and the law school's Legal Research and Writing course, and informally during research consultations
  • Participate in the development of instructional materials in legal research, including print and/or web-based tutorials, course sites and research guides
  • Serve as liaison to selected HLS journals, providing training, resources and article-specific advice; coordinate research services for journal groups
  • Serve as liaison to selected HLS program of study, providing training, resources and article-specific advice; coordinate research services for journal groups
  • Provide individual research consultations by appointment to faculty and students
  • Participate in collection development, including selecting materials for the collection and making recommendations regarding selection and cancellation decisions affecting the library's collection as needed
  • May serve as formal project manager for departmental work.
  • Works on cross-departmental projects and initiatives.
  • May participate in cross-training or job sharing within other library departments.
  • Serves on local and University-wide committees and participates in the intellectual life of the school
  • Participate in orientation and training for new reference department staff
  • Actively continues ongoing professional development, including maintaining a high degree of expertise in many facets of research service including information technology, knowledge of legal and law-related information sources, sources for business and corporate information, and instructional methods

Basic Qualifications

  • ABA accredited JD and Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution required
  • Teaching experience in a classroom or formal training setting required.

Additional Qualifications

  • 2-4 years legal reference experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully managing complex projects and deadlines preferred.
  • Experience researching in areas of business, corporate law, and economics preferred.
  • Strong information technology skills.
  • Familiarity with technology tools for example, experience with web publishing tools, developing content for the web, research platforms, and knowledge management platforms and tools.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute as a member of a team and work independently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in the implementation of library policies, practices, and priorities.

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