Access Services Librarian, Stanford Law School

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Access Services Librarian

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Access Services Librarian

Robert Crown Law Library, Stanford Law School

Application Deadline: January 13, 2023



Stanford Law School, on the campus of one of the world’s leading research universities, offers unmatched opportunities. We are known for our collegial culture, intimate and egalitarian. In this close-knit community, collaboration and the open exchange of ideas are essential to life and learning. Students, faculty, staff, alumni — all support and inspire each other to explore, excel and contribute to the world through law. At SLS, we are driven by a passion for new ideas and a commitment to transformative solutions. The Robert Crown Law Library, primarily serving Stanford Law School, seeks an Access Services Librarian who will provide excellent library services to the Law School and to the greater Stanford Community.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of the Robert Crown Law Library. We work to build and sustain an equitable and inclusive work and learning environment for all members of the community. Diversity enriches the library team through inclusion of a broad range of experiences and engagement with the world, helping the library identify challenges and implement solutions to the benefit of our research mission and our entire law school and university community.



The Access Services Librarian, reporting to and supporting the User Experience and Outreach Librarian, is responsible for on-site operations and management of Access Services Library Specialists and student assistants. This position is a leadership role, but the incumbent also spends a considerable amount of time on the “frontline” working alongside direct report team members.

Service points are priority for the Access Services Librarian and this position must ensure that the department is adequately staffed and expertly operated with a high-level of customer service.  Service points include the Borrowing Services Desk, self-service stations, library entries, stacks, scan & deliver services, and the SLS student coffee and tea room.  The incumbent also gives attention to library activities, library technology, and the upkeep of physical space and reports issues to SLS IT, Facilities, and senior management, as needed.

The Access Services Librarian oversees interlibrary loan, course reserves, and answers library patron queries. The incumbent seeks out and participates in cross-department collaboration for themselves and their team and invests time in getting to know the needs of all library users.

The Access Services Librarian regularly participates in planning, serves on committees, provides feedback, and makes recommendations for improvement.  Additionally, the incumbent prioritizes safety and emergency planning. Furthermore, this position analyzes the technical and access needs for Access Services.

This is a non-career track position expected to last three years with the expectation that, by year 3, we will assess the role for continuing status. The incumbent will work on-site, but may have infrequent remote days as approved by their supervisor.



  • Manages library specialists and student assistants.
  • Supervises course reserves processing, interlibrary loans, and borrowing services. 
  • Manages services points and daily operations, including overseeing opening and closing procedures.
  • Regularly staffs service points alongside reports.
  • Handles scheduling for the department including scheduling student assistants.
  • Manages physical library access, including issuing library cards and passes as requested by library leadership. 
  • Enforces and explains library policies and recommends changes to library policies. 
  • Works with and maintains library technology and integrated systems including the ILS, self-services systems, Springshare products, StackMaps, Tipasa, computing equipment, and other technologies that the department/library may use.
  • Responds to technical and building issues and works with IT and Facilities to resolve issues.
  • Reports and responds to emergencies in a timely manner according to established procedures.
  • Serves on library committees and works on special projects as assigned.
  • Partners with other Library and Stanford Law School departments.
  • Maintains statistics and produces monthly and annual reports. 
  • Follows developments in Access Services and emerging technologies and submits regular recommendations and proposals for innovation to leadership. 
  • Prepares engaging presentations for staff meetings and provides updates to all library staff when there are changes in Access Services.
  • Attends conferences and may present at conferences.
  • Other Duties may be assigned.


Education & Experience:

Advanced Degree in Library Science or a relevant academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of academic libraries and two or more years of relevant experiences in a relevant library setting or a combination of education and relevant experience.


  • Knowledge of relevant aspects of library operations including understanding of contemporary library practices, trends and emerging technologies.
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a wide variety of people.
  • Effective problem solving, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated broad knowledge of library discovery environments, office automation software, and online resources.
  • Ability to quickly learn and use print and online tools and resources and in the area of specialization.
  • Evidence of strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Substantial knowledge of the academic resource sharing ecosystem, including current trends and issues.
  • Demonstrated experience using a wide variety of library systems platforms, applications, and current library-related hardware and software.        

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least two years relevant experience in an academic or research library.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Understanding of networking, including cloud-based server technology.
  • Two years experience in training staff and creating training documentation.
  • Broad understanding of user experience techniques.
  • Supervision experience.

Certifications and Licenses:



  • Constantly sit, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, writing by hand, kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other).
  • Rarely use a telephone, operate hand controls.
  • Must be able to push and maneuver a fully-loaded cart weighing up to 650 pounds that requires an initial push force up to 50 pounds.

This is a 3-year fixed-term position with the expectation that, by year 3, we will assess the role for continuing status.  

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


  • May work in confined spaces and at heights 4-10 feet; be exposed to dust and mold.
  • May work extended hours, evenings and weekends.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

How to Apply

The deadline to apply is January 13, 2023. To apply, please:

Submit your resume, cover letter explaining your interest in and relevant experience for the position, and at least two references with contact information online via the Stanford Careers website.

Stanford Law School seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer.

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