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Instructional Services and Research Librarian

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

In order to address the demands of the current law school environment, the Wise Law Library is in the process of re-envisioning the role of the reference librarian in the academic law library. Reference librarians are reaching out to the law library’s constituents to provide more research services and instruction. To help achieve this objective, the law library is seeking a librarian with a strong interest in teaching to fill the role of Instructional Services and Research Librarian. In this position, the librarian is required to provide formal classroom instruction, teach legal research to first year law students, participate in applying instructional design to the law library’s course offerings, and offer instruction in other settings such as clinical programs and in doctrinal classes. We are seeking an individual with a keen interest in the theory and practice of teaching, especially as it applies to teaching legal research. The librarian will also participate in reference and collection development and may supervise the document delivery technicians and their work. The William A. Wise Law Library is a collaborative and innovative library and is committed to empowering creativity and initiative. This is a non-tenure track position at the instructor rank and serves on law school committees. It reports to the Associate Director and Head of Public Services.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The University of Colorado Law School’s William A. Wise Law Library is seeking an innovative, enthusiastic, and service-driven librarian to fill the position of Instructional Services and Research Librarian to provide teaching, research and reference services for 21st century learners, educators, and scholars. The Law Library is a state-of-the-art modern library housing the largest collection of legal materials in the Rocky Mountain region. The Law Library supports the vision of the law school: A supportive and diverse community of scholars and students in a place that inspires vigorous pursuit of ideas, critical analysis, and civic engagement in order to advance the rule of law in an open, sustainable society. Please visit the law school’s website ( for more information about the University of Colorado Law School and Boulder, Colorado.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Participates in the library’s education program by teaching stand-alone research courses, including various advanced legal research courses.
  • Coordinates and provides first year law student research instruction.
  • Provides research instruction in doctrinal classes, clinics, seminars, CLE programs and in other venues, as requested.
  • Designs and prepares instructional materials in all media; keeps current with trends in adult education, bibliographic instruction, and electronic media by reviewing the academic literature and through attendance at conferences and workshops.
  • Provides research assistance to law school community members by serving a rotation on the Reference Desk and providing research consultations to students and others.
  • Develops research guides for various curricular areas.
  • Participates in collection development.
  • May supervise two library technicians responsible for interlibrary loan, document delivery and looseleaf filing.
  • Contributes to the law library, the University, and the profession through involvement in  committee work, research, publishing, and participation in professional organizations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

What We Can Offer

$75,000.00 - $95,000.00 annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an accredited institution.
  • J.D. from an accredited institution, or J.D. equivalent.
  • Experience using print and online legal resources to provide research and reference services.
  • Experience providing research instruction and making presentations.
  • Experience using technology tools.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and problem-solving skills; creativity; flexibility and ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrated teaching and communication abilities in a law school or other academic institution.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Background in educational theory and methodology, including statistical analysis.
  • Instructional design skills.
  • Strong familiarity with legal research databases including Bloomberg/BNA, ProQuest, Lexis and Westlaw; familiarity with Innovative Interfaces or Folio.
  • Supervisory experience.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references who will be contacted to provide letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.
For full consideration, please apply by November 15, 2021; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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