Vanderbilt University Research Services Librarian/Lecturer in Law in Nashville, Tennessee

Research Services Librarian/Lecturer in Law (Job Number: 1801506)


Position Summary:

The Alyne Queener Massey Law Library at Vanderbilt University seeks a creative, energetic, and highly service-oriented librarian to join our team. The Librarian for Research Services will provide legal reference and research services, participate in the faculty liaison program, and will have an interest and ability to teach legal research classes in the first-year Legal Research & Writing program. The person in this position may also teach in upper-division legal research courses and participate in the development of additional instructional programs. This is an entry-level to mid-career position, that reports to the Associate Director of the Law Library.

Work Environment:

This is an exciting time to be at Vanderbilt University! With an enrollment of over 12,000, Vanderbilt is ideally situated on a wooded campus in the heart of vibrant Nashville, Tennessee. The Jean and Alexander Heard Library System is an integral part of the intellectual and cultural life of the university and community. Vanderbilt University is ranked among the nation's top 20 universities by U.S. News and World Report and has ten nationally-ranked schools and colleges.

With a collection of over 600,000 volumes and access to leading legal electronic resources, the Alyne Queener Massey Law Library supports the curricular and research interests of the students and faculty as well as the editorial needs of four student publications. Our talented law librarians are actively engaged in the intellectual life of the law school, providing extensive legal research instruction to law students as well as support for faculty scholarship through an active liaison program. As part of Vanderbilt University's Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries, the Massey Law Library provides access to a broad range of non-legal resources, including business, science, and medical publications.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal reference and research services to students, faculty, the Vanderbilt community, and the public

  • Support faculty research, instruction, and publication through participation in the faculty liaison program

  • Teach legal research skills in the first-year Legal Research & Writing program

  • Develop course materials and teach upper-division legal research courses as needed

  • Participate in collection development activities

  • Create and update online research guides, tutorials, and other web content

  • Maintain professional growth by participating in educational programs and activities to ensure knowledge of current trends, practices, and developments

  • Participate in the work of Law School and University Libraries committees

  • Participate in professional organizations and engage in service and scholarly activities at the local, regional, and national level

  • Perform related duties as required



J.D. from an ABA accredited law school and M.L.S. or equivalent from an ALA accredited library school.

Experience : Substantial knowledge of legal bibliography and legal research process in both print and electronic formats. Teaching interest and ability. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Strong service orientation, and the ability to interact positively with law faculty, students, colleagues, and public patrons. Strong technology skills and knowledge of current trends in instructional and educational technologies.


Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Benefits are those applicable to exempt employees of Vanderbilt University, including health care insurance; retirement plan options; tuition discount program; and paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave.

APPLICATIONS : Applications should include a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references. Background screens will be performed and education will be verified prior to employment. Please be prepared to provide required information and/or documentation. Application deadline is Friday, October 5 at 5:00pm.

Vanderbilt is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Expressions of interest from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Job requires Masters and J.D., and 0 Years of experience or the equivalent.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 31220 - Law Library

Job: Academic Affairs Professionals

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