Judicial Center Law Librarian, California Judicial Center Library, San Francisco, CA

Job Title: Judicial Center Law Librarian

Location: San Francisco, CA

Job Opening: 5009

The California Judicial Center Library (CJCL) is accepting applications for the position of Judicial Center Law Librarian. The CJCL is the consolidated library for the Supreme Court of California and the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District. Its mission is to anticipate and respond effectively to the legal information needs of the justices and staff of both courts, as well as the staff of the Judicial Council of California. The CJCL’s collection of more than 300,000 volumes and archival materials is housed in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles, and the library also provides access to a wide range of online research and reference services and materials.

Under the direct supervision of the Clerk/Executive Officer of the Supreme Court of California and the Clerk/Executive Officer of the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, and policy direction from the CJCL Governing Committee, the Judicial Center Law Librarian directs library programs and staff, ensures the accomplishment of the library’s goals and objectives, and functions with full supervisory authority, responsibility, and accountability. The Judicial Center Law Librarian is assigned to the CJCL’s headquarters in San Francisco, a 35,000 square foot facility located in the Ronald M. George State Office Complex.


  • Recommends, develops, and implements CJCL policies and procedures; manages technology and procurement of services and equipment; develops library performance standards; collects and analyzes statistical information; develops and maintains effective working relationships with court leadership.
  • Evaluates the existing collection, assesses information needs, and develops an appropriate collection policy; selects print materials or electronic services for purchase; directs cataloging and processing of CJCL materials in accordance with national standards; supervises cataloging policies and procedures; coordinates software and hardware upgrades; oversees an accurate and efficient circulation system; supervises maintenance of circulation records and statistics; develops, maintains, and enhances the CJCL’s online presence; evaluates the need for new and emerging technologies and implements required changes.
  • Establishes and implements reference service policies; oversees legal research skills training for justices and court staff; directs provision of reference and legal research using information resources in a variety of formats; oversees training on commercial research databases, coordinating with vendors when appropriate; monitors staffing, work flow, and processes to ensure uninterrupted research and reference services.
  • Manages Special Collections and Archives to support the study of California court and legal history; oversees the appraisal, accessioning, description, and arrangement of collections; coordinates outreach activities, including the development and support of programs to enhance public education regarding the judiciary and legal history; provides donor acknowledgements and oversees the solicitation of gifts.
  • Oversees and monitors annual CJCL budget, including staffing, operations, and purchases; reviews and approves for payment all items charged to the library budget; negotiates contracts with publishers and vendors in compliance with governing judicial branch procurement standards.
  • Develops CJCL web page content and presentation; promotes CJCL materials and services to justices and staff; assists users in the preparation of legal articles and other publications; explains policies and procedures to users.
  • Supervises, reviews and evaluates the work of all CJCL staff members; assures staff is available to instruct, train, and assist justices and staff in both manual and computerized legal research.
  • Responds to library correspondence.
  • Represents CJCL and the courts it serves in professional committees and organizations.
  • In coordination with the Supreme Court of California and the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, oversees the layout of CJCL space and facilitates its use for research and educational activities; authorizes the purchase of furniture, equipment, and supplies, as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:

Equivalent to possession of a master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited institution, and three years of professional library experience in a law library.

Additional directly related experience may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis.


Equivalent to possession of a law degree and three years of law library experience.


One year as a Law Librarian or two years as an Assistant Law Librarian II with the Judicial Branch.

The successful candidate must have a very strong service orientation and

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of employee supervision, including selection, work planning, performance review and evaluation, and employee training and discipline.
  • Principles and practices of budget development and administration.
  • Operation and management of a major law library.
  • Principles, practices, procedures and trends of professional law library work.
  • Legal research tools, including Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw, and other emerging electronic resources, as well as online court dockets.
  • Legal terminology, abbreviations, and proper citation format.
  • Familiarity with major California legal information resources, e.g., California Official Reports, California codes and statutes, and California legal treatises.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, and direct the work involved in operating and maintaining a law library.
  • Instruct, train, and assist justices and staff in effective use of the library.
  • Develop and administer a library budget.
  • Perform difficult legal reference and research.
  • Develop new user orientations.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Significant previous supervisory experience.
  • Strong organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate courteously and concisely, with both professional and nonprofessional staff, orally and in writing.
  • Law degree from ABA-accredited law school.
  • Familiarity with accepted standards for access to and preservation and conservation of archival and manuscript collections.
  • Experience with (or comfortable learning about) latest technology trends is a plus.

Please Note: If you are selected for hire, you will be required to provide verification of employment eligibility or authorization to legally work in the United States.

How To Apply

To ensure consideration of your application for the earliest round of interviews, please apply by August 11, 2019, however, this position will remain open until filled. This position requires the submission of our online application, a resume, and a cover letter.

To complete the online application, please visit our website at https://www.courts.ca.gov/careers.htm and search for Job ID #5009.

The Judicial Council provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities who request such accommodation. Reasonable accommodation needs should be requested through Human Resources at (415) 865-4260. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (415) 865-4272.

Pay and Benefits:

Monthly Salary Range: $9,108 – $11,067 per month

Some highlights of our benefits package include:

  • Health/Dental/Vision benefits program
  • 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Choice of Annual Leave or Sick/Vacation Leave
  • 1 personal holiday per year
  • $130 transit pass subsidy per month
  • Pre-Tax Parking Savings Program
  • CalPERS Retirement Plan
  • 401 (k) and 457 deferred compensation plans
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
  • FlexElect Program
  • Long Term Care Disability (employee paid/optional)
  • Group Legal Plan (employee paid/optional)

The California Judicial Center Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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