O'Quinn Law Library


The O’Quinn Law Library at the University of Houston Law Center seeks a highly motivated and service oriented person with drive for a Reference/Research Librarian.

Responsibilities:   The duties of the reference/research librarian include: providing reference service to all patrons of the Law Library; serving as library liaison to faculty members; taking part in the evaluation and selection of information resources for collection development; preparing research guides, bibliographies, instructional materials, and other library publications; lecturing on legal research to various classes; assisting in the creation and maintenance of the Law Library’s web site; participating in regular reference desk duties, including some scheduled weekend and evening hours; and other duties as assigned by the Law Library Administration.

Required:   Required qualifications: A master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA accredited program and a law degree from an ABA accredited law school. Also required: a demonstrated ability to work flexibly with law faculty, students, staff, and a diverse research community; effective team-building; attention to details; and excellent oral and written communications skills. The position requires a service orientation, and the ability to work both independently and as a team member.

Preferred:   Preferred qualifications: Experience in academic law libraries and a history of increasing responsibilities. Knowledge of one or more European languages other than English or experience in teaching or public presentation is a plus.

Salary and Benefits:  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, with standard University of Houston package.

Other:   The O’Quinn Law Library is the largest public legal research institution in the nation’s fourth largest city.  With a very reasonable cost of living, Houston is a cosmopolitan city, with first-rate restaurants, symphony, opera, ballet, and theatrical companies and museums, as well as a port ranked number one in international shipping.  A sophisticated international and domestic legal practice provides a superb professional environment for law librarianship.  Law Center programs consistently rank among the best in the country.  The Law Center’s student body of nine hundreds, more than fifty full-time faculty members, and a rich complement of clinical and adjunct faculty provide the intellectual challenges and opportunities for professional growth.  The Law Center and the Law Library support the professional development and travel of professional staff. 

To Apply:   Official review of applications begins immediately until the position is filled.  Applicants should send a cover letter, a writing sample; a resume, and the names of three references to: Mon Yin Lung, Associate Director, O’Quinn Law Library, University of Houston, 12 Law Library, Houston, TX 77204-6054 or mlung@central.uh.edu. The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.