Reference Librarian, Biddle Law Library

Pennsylvania, United States
13 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
13 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

Reference Librarian, Biddle Law Library

Job Profile Title

Librarian C

Job Description Summary

The Biddle Law Library at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School seeks applicants for two temporary, full-time reference librarian positions.

Job Description

These positions are fully remote and there is no expectation that employees would relocate to Philadelphia while employed as a temporary reference librarian. Applicants must be able to attend some synchronous meetings and provide virtual reference services in the Eastern Time zone.
The successful candidates will join a talented team of librarians dedicated to providing outstanding educational programming and research support at a highly collaborative law school that prides itself on cross-disciplinary studies. These positions report to the Associate Director for Research & Scholarship.

We are particularly interested in candidates who have interest in one or more of the following:

  • Using technology to deliver and improve library and instructional services.
  • Teaching legal research.
  • Expanding existing and developing new library services for faculty publication and scholarship support, including developing robust support for measuring, analyzing, expanding, and promoting the scholarly impact of Penn Law’s highly interdisciplinary faculty.

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide reference and research assistance to students, faculty, staff, and the broader community via email, chat inquiries, and video conference.
  • Serve as a library liaison to provide personalized services to assigned faculty, including providing in-depth research support, identifying new resources, and providing current awareness services.
  • Create and update electronic research guides and tutorials.
  • Compile bibliographies to support the Faculty Appointments Committee as well as CLE programs at the Law School.
  • Participate in regular trainings for classes and clinics.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • JD from an ABA-accredited law school and a Master's degree from an ALA-accredited school of information or library science
  • A strong service orientation
  • Some experience performing legal research in an academic, court, or law firm setting
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team

Desired Qualifications:

  • Strong problem-solving and leadership skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with other decision-makers
  • Ability to work with initiative and flexibility in order to respond effectively to changing information needs

Required application materials:

  • Cover letter
  • CV or resume
  • Names and contact information for three professional references. Please indicate the nature of your professional relationship with each reference.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Law School

Pay Range

$50,684.00 - $91,232.00

Affirmative Action Statement 

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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