Law Librarian – Charles County Circuit Court Public Law Library

Job Title: Circuit Court Law Librarian
Department: Charles County Circuit Court Public Law Library
Work Location: La Plata, Maryland
Starting Salary: $55,080 Annually
Job Type: Full-time
Closing Date: August 21, 2015

Job Description Summary: The Circuit Court Law Librarian is appointed by, and serves under the direction of, the County Administrative Judge, with general oversight provided by the Court Administrator. This professional-level position designs, coordinates, and manages all programs and activities involved with the administration and operation of the Circuit Court’s Public Law Library. The law librarian provides basic library services including: legal reference and research; collection development; resource cataloging and processing; and library policy establishment. Execution of job-related tasks requires evaluative thinking and considerable independent judgment, carried out in accordance with accepted library practices and applicable office procedures. This employee interacts extensively, and routinely, with judges, family magistrates, publishers, attorneys, law clerks, court personnel, and the general public.

Essential Functions: Instructs and/or assists court personnel and the general public in researching legal information and locating materials; uses independent judgment to define legal advice versus legal information; assists with Westlaw, Lexis, and other on-line database searches; provides information to court personnel as requested, and provides self-help legal services as appropriate. Performs legal reference and research using traditional and electronic research methods. Selects classification system and methods of catalog maintenance. Develops general policy and guidelines on library acquisitions and maintenance in accordance with budgetary allocations. Evaluates and selects materials for inclusion in, or removal from, the library’s collection. Researches, develops, and implements innovative technological legal research alternatives to print materials. Collaborates with the State Law Library, People’s Law Library, local library system, court personnel, Bar Association, etc. to establish, implement, and maintain a comprehensive array of self-help and public access to justice legal services and resources. Engages in space planning, taking into consideration the library’s collection, physical space, and accommodations. Manages the library budget and examines and authorizes payment of law library invoices. Maintains financial records and prepares periodic budget reports. Negotiates prices for products and contract services, within budgetary limitations. Represents the library in professional associations, acts as a court liaison to other organizations, and conducts public outreach initiatives.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Ability to work a full-time court schedule of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Expert knowledge of current library standards, technology, automation, legal materials, and vendors. Familiarity with laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, etc. Highly skilled in the operation of computers for computer-assisted legal research (CALR) and word-processing. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Lexis, Westlaw, and website development. Detail-oriented with excellent organizational abilities including time management, workload prioritization, and record-keeping accuracy. Aptitude for basic mathematical and accounting principles. Ability to identify problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and create viable solutions based thereon. Ability to exercise a high degree of tact, diplomacy, and competence in dealing with a wide variety of people, thereby establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships and promoting customer service. Ability to communicate effectively and accurately in spoken and written form. Ability to perform tasks, with minimal supervision, and make independent decisions based on experience, good judgment, and established library policies and procedures.

Education and Experience: Requires a Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science (MLIS), a Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS), or a Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) from an ALA-accredited school with a law specialty; or a Juris Doctor (JD) Degree from an ABA-accredited law school; or a Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science (MLIS), a Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS), or a Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) combined with a Juris Doctor (JD) Degree from an ABA-accredited law school. One to two years’ work experience in a law library environment and significant knowledge of professional law librarianship concepts, principles, and practices is highly desirable. Experience with traditional and online legal research methodologies, integrated library systems, Westlaw and Lexis, self-help legal assistance, website development, and general computer skills is preferred.

Excellent benefits including a defined benefit pension plan, deferred compensation, generous leave, and health care programs. The Charles County Employee Pension Plan honors portability of prior eligible Maryland State and local government services in other defined benefit pension plans. Applicants must submit a completed Charles County Government employment application and resume to be considered for this position.

Submit application and resume to the Circuit Court for Charles County, Maryland, Attention: Gail D. Graves, Administrative Assistant to the Honorable Amy J. Bragunier, P.O. Box 3060, La Plata, Maryland 20646. Materials must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the closing date. Faxed or electronically-submitted copies will not be accepted. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sexual orientation, race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability. Applicants who need accommodation for an interview should request this in advance.

Link to Charles County Government Application for Employment: