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Research Librarian for Foreign Comparative amp International Law

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Harvard Law School.

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February 1, 2018


Cambridge, Massachusetts




Full Time - Experienced



Harvard University


Research Librarian for Foreign Comparative & International Law

Harvard Law School


Duties & Responsibilities

Under the general direction of the Manager for Research Services, this position serves as one of the department's experts on foreign, comparative, and international law. Works as a team member providing reference and research services in law and law-related disciplines, via print and electronic formats, to faculty and students of Harvard Law School, and to a broader research community. Serves as a liaison to specific faculty members, coordinating their library and research services. Responsible for interpreting and implementing policies and procedures with regard to the level of research service provided to various patrons, deciding how best to approach and carry out a research project and the like.


Serve as one of the department's expert in sources for and topics relating to foreign, comparative, and international law.

Provide advice and recommendations regarding selection and cancellation decisions, particularly those affecting the library's foreign, comparative and international law collection. Responsible for selection for one or more jurisdictions as needed.

Work closely with the school's graduate programs, including support and collaboration with the LL.M. writing workshops ,orientation support and support for the S.J.D students.

Provide coordinated research services to Harvard law faculty members, including preparation of bibliographies, facilitation of current awareness services, fact-checking, identifying relevant books and articles, preparing faculty research portals, etc. with a focus on foreign comparative and international law, but also including US law.

Teach legal research concepts and skills to law students with a focus on foreign comparative and international law, but also including US law.

Manage research inquiries by phone, email and in-person.

Participate in the development of instructional materials in legal research, including print and/or web-based tutorials, course sites and research guides.

Serve as liaison to selected HLS journals, providing training, resources and article-specific advice; coordinate research services for journal groups.

Serve as liaison to selected HLS programs of study, providing training, resources and coordinate research services.

Provide individual research consultations by appointment to faculty ,students and other patrons.


May contribute 20% time to other functional areas of the Library.

Participate in orientation and training for new reference department staff.

Actively continue ongoing professional development, including maintaining a high degree of expertise in many facets of research service including information technology, knowledge of legal and law-related information sources, sources for business and corporate information, and instructional methods.

Serve on local and University-wide committees, and participates in the intellectual life of the School.

Basic Qualifications

Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution required. ABA accredited JD or equivalent foreign degree required.

Additional Qualifications

Teaching experience in a classroom or formal training setting required.

Strong working knowledge of at least one major European (non-English) language required.

Strong information technology skills.

Familiarity with technology tools, for example, experience with web publishing tools, developing content for the web, research platforms, and knowledge management platforms and tools.

Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.

Strong customer service orientation.

Demonstrated ability to contribute as a member of a team and work independently in a fast-paced environment.

Ability to exercise sound judgment in the implementation of library policies, practices, and priorities.

Reading knowledge of a second non-English language, or a commitment to learn additional language(s).

At least one Romance language and one non-Romance language preferred, with a particular preference for Spanish as one of the languages.

Demonstrated experience successfully managing complex projects and deadlines.

1-3 years legal reference experience preferred.

Additional Information

All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.

Job Function

Library, Research

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USA - MA - Cambridge


Harvard Law School Library - Research Services

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00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

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"Founded in 1817, Harvard Law School is the oldest continuously operating law school in the United States. Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated facult whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the US and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a JD (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LLM (Master of Laws) or the SJD (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The law school community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging Publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper. Since 2006, the law school’s introductory curriculum has included new courses on problem-solving, legislation and regulation, and comparative and international law. The law school is deepening advanced programs of study in law and government; law, science and technology; international and comparative law; law and business; and law and social change; cross-university initiatives including joint degree programs; and study abroad opportunities. The library is the largest academic law library in the world, and continues to reinvent itself to meet the needs of the law school. The library seeks to offer empirical research support, collect more interdisciplinary and international materials – and to support Harvard Law School’s Programs of Study."

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