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Law Library Assistant I, Massachusetts Trial Court, Barnstable, MA


Major duties are performed under the direction of the Head Law Librarian and include processing incoming library materials, preparing fiscal documents, providing general and legal information, and implementing circulation and interlibrary loan policies. The Law Library Assistant assists the Head Law Librarian in system-wide activities such as long range planning, electronic library services, and special projects, and may be assigned by the Law Library Department to perform Law Library Assistant duties in other libraries as needed. In the absence of the Head Law Librarian and other law library staff, maintains the day-to- day operation of the law library.

Law Library Assistant I: This is the entry level position title within the series. Employees are expected to perform the full range of entry level duties and to train for the higher level (Law Library Assistant II)

Major Duties:

  • Processes incoming library materials for supplementation, maintains circulation records including the database of borrowers, and processes overdue notices using an integrated library system;
  • Files loose-leaf services, advance sheets, periodicals, and supplements; removes appropriate material and arranges disposition according to library policy; shelves materials;
  • Processes invoices, communicates with vendors about account problems, and maintains accounting records including budgetary spreadsheet
  • Provides reference and information services to those seeking legal information by responding to questions in person, by telephone or through e-reference; locating and retrieving materials; performing simple bibliographic searches; and filling interlibrary loan requests;
  • Participates in basic e-reference services;
  • Maintains and operates library equipment including computer networks, microform machines, copiers, scanners and fax machines;
  • Prepares current and historical material for binding;
  • In the absence of the Head Law Librarian or a Law Librarian, maintains the day-to-day operation of the law library;
  • Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree AND one (1) year of full-time experience as a paid paralegal OR one (1) year of full-time paid clerical experience in a law library OR An equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal effectively and respectfully with people;
  • Knowledge of procedures, interlibrary cooperation, and the types of resources and services available to librarians and library users;
  • Ability to use computer applications, such as MS Office spreadsheets, text editing and publisher programs;
  • Ability to perform Trial Court fiscal procedures in accordance with MMARS accounting System;
  • Ability to understand and implement all policies and procedures of the Trial Court Law Libraries;
  • Ability to gather, analyze and report information;
  • Ability to reach with hands and arms, bend, crouch, lift materials weighing up to 30 pounds and climb stairs;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form;
  • Ability to travel to multiple library locations.

How to Apply:

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Position closes October 3rd, 2022.