The Research and Outreach Librarian will be stationed at the Richard C. Lee Courthouse in New Haven, CT with travel to Headquarters Library and other locations as needed to assist with projects and other research matters. Typical job duties may include, but are not limited to, the tasks listed below. Assigned tasks may be changed to accommodate workload and organizational needs.
• Provide in-depth legal research services to judges, law clerks, court staff, and the general public.
• Conduct historical and archival research for special court events.
• Work on special projects, as needed.
• Develop outreach strategies and educational materials.
• Provide group and individual training sessions, both in-person and online, to judges, court staff, and the general public.
• Identify research and training needs; proactively create opportunities for education.
• Review, evaluate, and recommend new online and print resources.
• Participate in collection development, collection maintenance, and budget management.
• Contribute design, technical, and information architecture expertise in support of digital products and communications.
• Assist with the development of library marketing strategies and publicity materials.
• Work with library colleagues, diverse patron groups, and other stakeholders to develop strategies for library programs and community engagement.
• Attend occasional special events outside of regular business hours.
• Based in New Haven, CT, and providing services to courthouses and chambers primarily located in southern Connecticut and upstate New York.
• Occasional travel to other locations is also required.
The Research and Outreach Librarian will report to the Head of Research and Education
• Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program; Juris Doctor from an ABA-accredited law school is preferred.
• Minimum of three years of professional law library experience in a library that typically supports the knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position.
• Excellent research skills and ability to analyze legal issues.
• Expertise in analyzing and validating the authority of information, and extrapolating data from all types of resources.
• Experience teaching to groups, one-on-one, and via web platforms.
• Experience developing educational and promotional materials, and implementing outreach programs.
• Knowledge of tutorial production applications such as CALI Author, Camtasia, or Captivate.
• Ability to clearly summarize and communicate research results in writing.
• Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills. Self-motivated, resourceful, and creative.
About U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
The Second Circuit Library provides research services to over 200 circuit, district, magistrate, and bankruptcy judges, over 2,000 court staff, and also serves lawyers, self-represented litigants, and the general public. The Library currently employs 27 staff members circuit-wide and maintains six staffed branch libraries in New York, Connecticut, and Vermont. There are 17,475 titles in the full library collection, and a wide variety of legal and non-legal electronic resources.