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Student Services Librarian

Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
Closing date
Feb 12, 2023

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Student Services Librarian

The Pritzker Legal Research Center of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law invites applications for the full-time, benefits-eligible position of Student Services Librarian. The successful candidate will join a team of experienced reference librarians who provide research and instructional support services to the Northwestern Law community, as well as to a broad range of library users throughout Northwestern University and beyond. Reporting to the Associate Director for Public Services, the Student Services Librarian has particular responsibility for outreach to student organizations, as well as providing reference and instructional services. We seek someone who is charismatic, courageous, collaborative and committed to excellence.

Primary duties and responsibilities
  • Participates in the Center’s extensive educational programs, including our first-year research program and advanced legal research courses
  • Coordinates outreach efforts to law students including orientation activities, services for moot court and trial teams and support for Northwestern’s student-edited journals
  • Serves as the primary liaison to law student organizations and student-facing law school departments including Career Strategy, Student Services, Academic and Professional Excellence (APEX), and the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Engagement.
  • Designs measures to gauge student satisfaction with the library, such as creation of a library student advisory board, surveys or focus groups
  • Provides in-person and online reference services, including development of tutorials, and guides
  • Develop informal instructional programming such as workshops, presentations, library tours, etc.
  • Contributes to Center’s website and social media presences

Required qualifications
  • J.D. from an A.B.A.-accredited institution
  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school, or related experience and interest in pursuing an M.L.S., or equivalent degree.
  • Demonstrated experience with legal research materials, techniques and strategies
  • Strong service orientation and enthusiasm for working with law students
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others in a collegial atmosphere; ability to manage and work efficiently on multiple projects

Preferred qualifications
  • Successful experience teaching legal research in the classroom
  • Professional experience in an academic law library

To apply, candidates should submit a resume and a cover letter explaining their interest in the position through Northwestern’s online application system at this link: Apply for Job. Candidates are encouraged to apply by February 24, 2023. Specific inquiries can be addressed to Jamie Sommer, Associate Director for Public Services, at

Please read ALL instructions and make preparations before proceeding to the application page:
  • Applications will only be accepted via online submission.
  • Please prepare all documents in advance as Adobe PDF files, and please be sure all information is entered correctly and accurately (especially names and email addresses), as there will be no opportunity for online revision after your application has been submitted.
  • All required fields in the application form are marked with an asterisk and must be filled before clicking the “Submit” button.
  • Be aware that incomplete applications cannot be saved.

Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website.

The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. We acknowledge and honor the original people of the land upon which Northwestern University stands, and the Native people who remain on this land today.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Click for information on EEO is the Law.

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