Deputy Director at Georgetown University Law Library

Deputy Director of the Law Library – Georgetown University Law Library

The Georgetown University Law Library is seeking applications for the position of Deputy Director of the Law Library.

The Deputy Director is responsible to the Law Library Director and assists in the development and implementation of the mission, goals, and broad policy directions for the Georgetown University Law Library.  The position works closely with the Director in providing leadership in strategic planning, administration, assessment, communication, and resource allocation; coordinates the activities and personnel in the law library; and assumes overall responsibility for the Law Library in the absence of the Director.  The Deputy Director supervises the majority of the library’s departments, including reference, access services, research services, cataloging, acquisitions, and collection development.

The position reports to the Law Library Director and supervises six department heads. The Deputy Director is a member of the senior management team and plays an active role in library planning and services.

Required:

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited school of library and/or information studies, or equivalent; minimum of 5 years’ significant and progressively responsible management experience in a law library; commitment to mentoring and support for staff professional development; knowledge of a wide range of library and information resources and services; ability to establish and maintain effective working and collaborative relationships; effective oral and written communication skills; ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

Preferred:

J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, or equivalent; experience in an academic law library in a university setting; successful instructional experience.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. To apply for this position, please submit applications via the Georgetown University Human Resources Joblist web site using Job Number 20141835. Address applications to Stacy Queen, and include a cover letter, a current resume, and the names and contact information for three references.

Review of applications will begin February 23, 2015.

Located in the nation’s capital and within walking distance of the U.S. Congress and the Supreme Court, the Georgetown University Law Center and its faculty are known for the strength of scholarship and quality of instruction.  The Law Center is often recognized for its exceptionally talented and diverse student body. The law library consists of the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library and the John Wolff International and Comparative Law Library. Focused on service, excellence, and innovation, it is among the largest academic law libraries in the nation.

Georgetown University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

 

 

 

Library Technician

POSITION:                               LIBRARY TECHNICIAN

DEPARTMENT:                        Senate Library

SALARY RANGE:                   $41,482 – $64,297

CONTACT:         Applications for the position must be submitted online; see the link below. 

If you need an accommodation to submit an application for this position, please contact Human Resources at 202-224-3625 or stop by the Human Resources office at SH-231B Hart Senate Office Building

FEDERAL RELAY SERVICE:       Speech/Hearing impaired persons may contact the Federal Relay Service at 1 (800) 877-8339 TTY

POSTING DATE:                         January 23, 2015

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:    February 6, 2015   Applications will NOT be accepted after 11:59 p.m.

REQUIREMENTS:        Please see the full vacancy announcement and position description.

Interview and relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

The online application link can be found below the posting for the open position under the Secretary of the Senate Office of Human Resources section of the Employment page on Senate.gov – http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/visiting/h_multi_sections_and_teasers/employment.htm.

All applicants must complete and submit the online Secretary of the Senate Application for Employment together with a cover letter and current resume to the Human Resources Department at the link listed above.  If claiming a veterans’ preference, an applicant must indicate that he/she is preference eligible on the application or resume, complete the Application for Veterans’ Preference portion of the online application, and submit the supporting documentation specified on that form. Qualified candidates will be contacted if selected for an interview.  Do NOT mail.    No phone calls please.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE:   To be eligible for a veterans’ preference, applicants must meet all of the requirements set forth in the VEOA and applicable regulations. The eligibility requirements are summarized in the Application for Veterans’ Preference portion of the online application. If the Office of the Secretary of the Senate does not receive the Application for Veterans’ Preference and supporting documentation by the closing date, the applicant’s claim for a veterans’ preference may be denied.

 

UELMA Introduced in Maryland

Good news! Last week The Maryland Uniform Legal Materials Act (HB 162) was introduced in the General Assembly and is sporting a growing list of sponsors throughout the state. Many thanks to Del. Cathy Vitale of Anne Arundel County who introduced the bill.

We need your help to increase the number of sponsors of the bill so we are asking LLAM members to contact their legislators to request their sponsorship of the bill.  If you do not know who represents you (there have been a lot of changes) see Locate Your Legislators.

Below is a sample message that will fit perfectly in the Contact Legislators form available for each legislator. FYI, this form has a 1,500 character limit and the sample message below is around 1400 characters.

Also, please mark your calendar for Maryland Library Legislative Day on February 18. The schedule begins with a terrific breakfast at the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court law library. Details will be forthcoming.

Time is of the essence so please contact your legislators right away and urge them to support UELMA.

For more information, you can contact:
Mary Jo Lazun
410-260-1441
mjlazun@gmail.com
-or-
Joan Bellistri
410-222-1387
joan.bellistri@gmail.com

 

SAMPLE MESSAGE TO DELEGATES

I write in support of House Bill 162, the Maryland Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act (UELMA). I strongly urge to you to sponsor this important legislation.

UELMA ensures that online state legal materials that are deemed official — for example, the Code of Maryland, Maryland Rules, reported appellate court decisions, Attorney General Opinions, and the Code of Maryland Regulations — will be preserved in unaltered form and made permanently available to the public.

In Maryland, there have been efforts to discard traditional print access with no method to ensure access, preservation, or authentication to these materials. For example, The Division of State Documents recently proposed offering online-only access to the Maryland Register. Last year the General Assembly exempted the state judiciary from publishing rules committee materials in the Maryland Register if they are promptly posted on the Judiciary web site. Some states no longer publish important legal materials in print — a decision that Maryland may eventually make as well.

UELMA is the people’s insurance policy that our state’s laws are available, preserved, and authenticated online.

To date, twelve states have passed UELMA. By adopting UELMA, Maryland will establish itself as a national leader and demonstrate its commitment to providing its citizens with access to legal materials regardless of format.

Copyright Series – Part 3 or “DRM”

Let’s talk about DRM.

Digital Rights Management, or DRM for short, can be generally defined as a system that restricts how one is able to view, save or share digitally acquired information. Much like the now ubiquitous “Terms of Use” agreement required to use most digital services, DRM is a way that publishers can control who, how and where material is being viewed.

DRMs can be particularly problematic for libraries. Librarians are being put in the position of either breaking the electronic locks in order to exercise their legal rights under the Fair use Exemptions or letting a company determine how best to serve library patrons. Fortunately, those put in this predicament now have some recourse. You might recall that in October there was mention of upcoming opportunities for public comment. That day has come! The Copyright Office published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.  <Proposed rule: http://www.copyright.gov/fedreg/2014/79fr73856.pdf >

Here are a few highlights of the proposed rules:

  • Space & Format shifting. “This proposed class would allow circumvention of access controls on lawfully made and acquired literary works distributed electronically for the purpose of non-commerical space-shifting or format shifting. This exemption has been requested for literary works distributed electronically in e-books.” (Proposed Class 10: Literary Works Distributed Electronically—SpaceShifting and Format-Shifting, 79 Fed. Reg. 73856, pg.73863 (B) (2).)  This would allow for the stripping of DRM or reformatting of content, for purposes of “backup copies” and other (Legal) purposes. This issue came up before in 2006 and was not adopted. Support and good examples might help it pass this time.
  • Jailbreaking-Dedicated E-book readers. “This proposed class would permit the jailbreaking of dedicated e-book readers to allow those devices to run lawfully acquired software that is otherwise prevented from running.” (Proposed Class 18: Jailbreaking—Dedicated E-Book Readers, 79 Fed. Reg. 73856, pg.73867 (3).) This would return some freedom of choice to consumers and library systems in how to purchase and read e-books. It could potentially reduce some of the administrative friction of getting an e-book to a patron. Imagine reading a book purchased on Amazon via a Nook rather than a Kindle or vice versa.

Re-reading the preamble, prior to commenting, is encouraged. The required formatting is very specific and it might be best to use the long or short form guidelines provided by the Copyright office.  <Link is here: http://copyright.gov/1201/comment-forms/>

Each of us is in a different and unique position to provide insight, guidance and advocate for our users. Go forth! February 6, 2015, is the deadline for comments.

Part 4 of our Copyright Series is forthcoming.

by Rachel Englander

Research and Reference Specialist

LAC Group is seeking a permanent Research & Reference Specialist to provide expert research and reference assistance for our client, a well-respected international law firm.   This position is located in Washington, DC and assists staff with research and reference request in a variety of legal and financial areas. RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide expert research and reference assistance to attorneys in all practice areas in a timely and effective manner using various print and electronic resources;
  • Provide expert reference assistance to support the functions of the various administrative departments of the firm including, but not limited to, Business Development and New Business/Conflicts;
  • Perform monitoring of news, dockets, and legislative and regulatory changes. Assist in preparation of updates, newsletters and other communications;
  • Maintain expert working knowledge of the library collections, online database resources, interlibrary loan availability, document delivery, and other resources as appropriate;
  • Participate in resource evaluation projects including pilots of new services, comparisons of resources, and preparation of related evaluative memos;
  • Support the maintenance of intranet reference collections by performing regular link checking and data collection/input to facilitate integration of subject-specific resources into larger firm portal.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Masters of Library Information Science (MLS/MLIS) or JD is required;
  • 3 years of reference/research experience in a legal or corporate environment;
  • Previous experience working in a large law firm is a plus;
  • Experience with Corporate/Securities research is strongly preferred;
  • Expert knowledge of print and digital legal and business resources and research techniques;
  • Advanced knowledge of legal and business electronic resources and databases, and in research and retrieval strategies;
  • Ability to work quickly, and with great attention to detail;
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate clearly and effectively;
  • Excellent organizational skills.

Apply at: http://goo.gl/lBlA4Y

Cataloger

LAC Group is seeking an experienced Cataloger for a full-time position located in Silver Spring, Maryland. This position is full-time, and the term of the contract is 1-year. The candidate selected will receive benefits and salaries commensurate of experience level. LAC Group projects require supporting a full range of cataloging tasks including: copy cataloging, original cataloging, catalog maintenance duties, withdrawals, maintain records for electronic publications, analytics, assigning call numbers, etc. All applicants must have an MLS or MLIS from an accredited library school as well as 2 or more years of cataloging experience. Experience with AACR2 and MARC Records is required and any RDA experience is preferred. Experience using OCLC and Sirsi Dynix or comparable ILS is required. All applicants must have demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging national cataloging standards, including MARC, AACR2 and historic book cataloging principles. He/she must be able to perform original/copy cataloging of books, journals, maps and agency publications. Please send a full resume including both technical skills and past experience for consideration.

 

Apply at: http://goo.gl/zM1OCO

Law Librarian

A vacancy announcement for a Law Librarian (GS-1410-11) has been posted on USAJOBS. The vacancy number is #150003. The application deadline is Friday, February 6, 2015. Additional details are available at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/391828900 .  Please share the announcement with anyone you feel might be interested in the position. Questions should be addressed to the Library of Congress Employment Office at (202) 707-5627 JobHelp@loc.gov.