Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Remote Law Library Specialist Wanted

There is a current job opening at the University of Georgia seeking a Remote Law Library Specialist.

The Alexander Campbell King Law Library at the University of Georgia School of Law seeks a confident, dynamic and service-focused individual to serve as a Remote Law Library Research Specialist.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Remote Law Library Research Specialist will:

  • Provide a variety of research services for law faculty and administration
  • Assist in maintaining and updating Digital Commons, the institutional repository of the University of Georgia School of Law
  • Create and update libguides and video tutorials to assist patrons in using Law Library resources
  • Support the law librarians in their responsibilities, including collection development and creating materials for research courses
  • Perform other duties as assigned

SALARY: $10.00/hr – Guaranty of at least 20 hours per week.  This is a non-benefit position.

Required:  A J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school and a current enrollee (or recent graduate) of a M.L.S. or equivalent program at an ALA-accredited institution.

Desired:  Experience in providing legal research services to law faculty or attorneys.

This is an interesting position and one that I have never seen before. Many potential law librarians will love the ability to work remotely on these important law library functions.

But what's with the $10.00/hr salary? When a JD is required and the candidate must be at least enrolled in a master's program AND the position desires experience, that's a lot of expensive graduate education and skills acquirement for $10.00/hr.

The ability to research, maintain an institutional repository, create libguides and tutorials, and perform collection can all largely be done away from the office. So the notion of allowing law librarians to work remotely is a good one. I just fear that the salary creates a bad precedent for law librarian positions and ultimately devalues our work and education.

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