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Remote Research Librarian, Zief Law Library
University of San Francisco

USF Hilltop Campus

Job Title:
Remote Research Librarian, Zief Law Library

Job Summary:
Under the direct supervision of the Zief Law Library Director, the Remote Research Librarian will participate as a member of the overall law library team in delivering library services, productively collaborating on shared projects, and meeting department goals. The Remote Research Librarian will join a dedicated team consisting of the library Director, two Research Librarians, a Head of Collection Services, and four full-time Library Assistants, in addition to a rotating team of student workers who serve our community in access services.

The Remote Research Librarian will provide high-quality legal and non-legal research assistance to law library users including students, faculty, and staff. The candidate also will liaise with the library’s legal research database vendors, keeping abreast of product updates, arranging product trainings, obtaining and issuing passwords, and troubleshooting access issues for faculty, students and staff.

The Remote Research Librarian will participate in the law library’s faculty liaison program, providing research support to assigned faculty. This may include training and support of faculty research assistants.

The Remote Research Librarian will lead and oversee the library’s digital marketing, communications, and outreach efforts, including via the library’s blog, with support from other library staff members.

The Remote Research Librarian also will lead and oversee the library’s efforts to create and maintain online research and instructional guides, bibliographies, and other materials that enhance access to legal information, with support from other library staff members.

Depending on the interest, experience and skills of the candidate, and the needs of the library, the Remote Research Librarian also may collaborate with the research librarians in the creation of digital teaching materials.

In order to serve all of our students, including Black-identified and Latinx students-who make up 15% and 21% of our undergraduate student body respectively-the University of San Francisco is seeking to hire a cohort of new faculty whose scholarship and/or community-engaged research and creative work focuses on the experiences of people from underrepresented communities including but not limited to Black and Latinx communities, or antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion more generally, and who have proven expertise and experience in mentoring students from these communities or first generation college students.

USF is entering into the third year of a very successful faculty diversity hiring initiative. Junior faculty are invited to participate in mentoring, community building and peer to peer opportunities coordinated by the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion and Faculty Excellence. Faculty also enjoy peer support through affinity groups such as the Asian and Asian American Staff/Faculty Council, Black Community Council, La Colectiva of Latinx Staff and Faculty and LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Caucus.

In addition, all new faculty have access to a free membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity and support from the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Center for Research, Artistic and Scholarly Excellence.

Applicants must include a Diversity Statement with their application. The Diversity Statement must be at least 1-2 pages and include a robust reflection on ADEI practices with concrete and detailed examples.

Full Job Description:

Job Responsibilities:

The Remote Research Librarian may be responsible for some or all of the following based upon the candidate’s interest, skills and experience, as well as the needs of the library:
Participating in the virtual research service rotation approximately 15 hours per week.

Serving as library liaison for assigned law faculty, providing research and instructional support services.

Serving as liaison to the library’s legal research database vendors.

Leading and overseeing the library’s digital marketing, communications, and outreach efforts.

Leading and overseeing the library’s efforts to create and maintain online research and instructional guides, bibliographies, and other materials to enhance access to legal information.

Collaborating with the research librarian team on the creation and maintenance of other teaching materials.

Serving on law school committees or task forces as assigned by the Law School Deans or Library Director.

Performing other duties as assigned by the Law Library Director.


Minimum Requirements:
Understanding and commitment to USF’s Jesuit mission, vision, and values.

JD from an ABA-accredited law school; plus an MLS or the equivalent from an ALA-accredited graduate program, or currently enrolled in such a program; or some combination of education and experience sufficient to prepare the candidate for the position and meet the needs of the library.

Commitment to exemplary research support service.

Proficiency with legal research platforms and print materials.

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Flexibility, resilience, and exceptional interpersonal skills.

Ability to work collegially and cooperatively with library colleagues and across departments.

Ability to work 8:30 – 5 pm, PST/PDT.

Strong time management skills and ability to work under pressure and to set priorities.

An established record of service and teamwork.

Experience with or the ability to work with a diverse student body, faculty and staff. Strong equity lens, cultural humility and proven ability to work well in a diverse context.


Additional Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Up to three years law library experience; reference experience.

Demonstrated knowledge of interdisciplinary research sources and methods preferred but not required.

Prior experience with web publishing platforms, such as LibGuides / Springshare, and lecture capture software (Camtasia, Panopto) and/or an aptitude for similar technologies preferred.

Demonstrated ability to work with educational technologies and knowledge of instructional design preferred.


Full time

Pay Rate:

Salary Range :
$72,000 – $90,000 annualized; commensurate with experience

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The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities, and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student’s passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World From Here.” For more information, visit



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