Research and Instruction Librarian

Lewis and Clark College
Oregon, United States
Salary Not Specified
May 27, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
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The campus is located on 137 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in Portland’s southwest hills. Our strong commitment to sustainability is reinforced through recycling programs, energy conservation, alternative transportation options, and farm to fork initiatives. For benefit-eligible positions, we offer a competitive benefits package that includes options for health, dental, vision, tuition, life insurance, retirement and more.

Lewis & Clark College is committed to achieving a diverse workforce. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status, such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or age.


The Research and Instruction Librarian serves as a member of the Research and Instruction team, provides legal reference and research services to law students, faculty, staff, the College community, and other patrons of the Law Library. This position also provides formal instruction in the legal research curriculum, and develops and conducts workshops and trainings with an emphasis on foreign and international law.

Application Requirements:

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

  • Diversity Statement (details in application process)


Reference & Research Support (35%)

  • Provide reference and research support to law school students, faculty, staff, the College community, and other patrons of the Law Library.

  • Provide reference services to library patrons at the reference desk, in individual student consultations, and via phone, email, and online chat.

Teach Legal Research (30%)

  • Teach upper-division legal research courses, with an emphasis in foreign and international research.

  • Provide instruction and curriculum support to Lawyering, clinical, and substantive law courses, with an emphasis in foreign and international law subjects.

  • Develop and conduct workshops and trainings.

Research Assistance (15%)

  • Provide in-depth research assistance to law school faculty, especially but not limited to researching foreign and international law subjects.

  • Participate in faculty research projects assigned to the research and instruction department.

Resource Evaluation & Selection (10%)

  • Participate in the evaluation and selection of informational resources, with an emphasis on foreign and international law materials.

  • Maintain current awareness of new research tools and resources.

Maintain Informational Materials (10%)

  • Create and update research guides, finding aids, and other content (both print and electronic) for Law Library website and online communication channels in order to assist patrons in conducting legal research and increasing access to library resources.


  • Master's Degree in Library Science (or equivalent).

  • J.D. (or foreign equivalent).

  • Self-motivated, with excellent attention to detail and superior organizational and analytical skills.

  • Ability to function in a team-oriented environment that emphasizes customer service and delivery of exemplary reference and research services.

  • Strong public services orientation and the ability to work with a diverse population and varied user groups.

  • Cultural competence and commitment to building an equitable, inclusive, and diverse instructional and scholarly environment.

  • Excellent communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to honor and work with all identities and individuals, particularly those who are underrepresented in the country and/or at Lewis & Clark College.


  • 3 Years relevant experience

  • Experience answering foreign and international law research questions and/or teaching in the FCIL area preferred.

  • 37.5 hrs/week

  • Full-Time

  • Benefits Eligible: YES

  • Salary Range $53,000 to $60,000

Directions for Cover Letter

Please upload your cover letter on the My Experience screen in the resume section.

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Reasonable Accommodation

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Background Check

Lewis & Clark College will conduct a background check on the finalist, which will include a criminal record check. If a conviction is discovered, a determination will be made whether the conviction is related to the position for which the individual is applying or would present safety or security risks before an employment decision is made. A criminal conviction does not necessarily automatically bar an applicant from employment.

Eligibility to Work

In order to comply with US Homeland Security Department regulations, all employees must complete an I-9 form in Workday prior to or no later than the first day of work and bring originals (no photocopies) of their supporting documentation to Human Resources no later than the 3rd business day of employment. Failure to have a completed I-9 form on file with the College will result in immediate termination of employment.

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