Position Profile

Job Title:  Law Librarian

Work Unit:  Resolution Services / Alberta Law Libraries

Ministry:  Alberta Justice and Solicitor General

Competition Number:  1046866

Date:  January 2018



Alberta Law Libraries (ALL) is a province-wide network of law libraries operating within Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, Resolution and Court Administration Services (RCAS) Division. The Libraries provide access to legal information resources and legal research services to the legal community (judiciary, crown prosecutors, lawyers, law students and court employees), other libraries and the public.

The Law Librarian plays a key role in connecting Albertans with legal information by providing outstanding information, research and training services to clients of Alberta Law Libraries. This position is involved in the design, promotion and implementation of effective client training programs on print and electronic legal information resources. Through targeted SDI, current awareness and/or research and training services, the Law Librarian actively works to meet and exceed the legal information needs of library clientele and other ALL team members. This position participates in the collection development process for the libraries, gathering feedback from library clients, reviewing new print and electronic products and providing recommendations to the Information Resources and Access Services Manager. These duties are carried out in accordance with Alberta Law Libraries’ applicable plans and procedures, in support of the information, research and training services provided to ALL clientele. This position reports to the Team Lead, South.

Responsibilities and Activities


Legal information and research services are effectively and efficiently delivered to all clients of Alberta Law Libraries.


  • Provides legal and non-legal information and research services using both print and electronic resources, including legislation, case law and secondary legal materials, as well as materials from other disciplines. Takes an active role in meeting and exceeding clients’ legal information needs through the investigation and implementation of SDI, current awareness and/or research and training services.
  • Works with the Team Lead, North and the Information, Research and Training Services (IRTS) Manager to develop and implement information resources and services that will enhance the legal research experience for all client groups.
  • Monitors the horizon for developments in information technology that will enable the team to add value to, or increase the efficiency of, Alberta Law Libraries’ information services.
  • Shares their expertise with members of the Alberta Law Libraries team, acting as a resource and distributing information about particularly effective resources or techniques used in information, research and training services.

Training services are effectively and efficiently delivered to clients of Alberta Law Libraries.


  • Provides outstanding and tailored personal and group legal research and database instruction to Alberta Law Libraries’ diverse client groups. These sessions may include conference presentations and seminars provided to external groups.
  • Takes an active role in the development and continuous improvement of instructional materials (e.g. manuals, pamphlets and pathfinders) designed for library clients and team members.
  • Encourages participant feedback and completes a thorough evaluation and report of all training sessions in order to implement continuous improvement to Alberta Law Libraries’ legal research training programs.
  • Participates in the development and evaluation of remote and “on demand” legal research training, in order to extend the reach of Alberta Law Libraries’ services to clients who are unable to access traditional training resources. Markets the availability of these learning resources to existing and future library clients.

Collections are effectively maximized in order to enhance the legal research experience for clients of Alberta Law Libraries.


  • Actively seeks client feedback on the research process and Alberta Law Libraries’ print and electronic collections. Makes recommendations to the Information Resources Manager based on this feedback.
  • Monitors industry trends in legal information and applies legal research experience in order to provide feedback to the Information Resources Manager. Notes useful resources accessed through the collections of other local library systems and through interlibrary loan.
  • Evaluates print and digital information resources for the purpose of selection or renewal of subscriptions and provides reviews comparing the resources to other similar products.
  • Provides feedback to publishers of legal information resources on improvements that would enhance the legal research experience.

Ensures the effective and efficient administration of the library and supports Alberta Law Libraries’ strategic direction.


  • Actively supports and participates in the library’s operations in a manner which embodies the vision, goals and objectives of Alberta Law Libraries.
  • Provides feedback and ideas for improvement of library services and procedures to the Team Lead, North and the Information, Research and Training Services (IRTS) Manager. Participates in organization wide committees as needed.
  • Promotes the library and its services through the development, implementation and evaluation of public relations and marketing initiatives and participation in relevant external activities.
  • Monitors developments in the legal information industry through active participation in professional organizations, professional reading, and attendance at professional programs and conferences. Communicates learnings to colleagues.

Other duties.


  • Carries out special projects and all other appropriate and reasonable duties that may be assigned as a member of the broader Alberta Law Libraries and Information Services team within Resolution Services.



The greatest challenge of this position is the consistent provision of outstanding information, research and training services to a diverse clientele in a fast paced environment. This position is the key contact for all clients of Alberta Law Libraries and serves as a conduit for feedback on information, research and training services, as well as collection development, to the management team. The incumbent in this position works with a large team of colleagues located throughout the province and takes an active role in sharing expertise with the entire team, thereby helping to ensure that Alberta Law Libraries continues to be a dynamic learning organization.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities



  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from an ALA accredited institution.


  • Law library experience or legal training preferred.
  • Experience providing bibliographic/electronic research training.


  • Knowledge of library principles, practices, procedures and trends.
  • Knowledge of computer applications and electronic resources.
  • Knowledge of information resources and trends in the legal information industry.
  • Knowledge of effective legal research techniques.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to create instructional materials for the various legal research resources supported.
  • Ability to plan, develop and improve upon individual and group legal research instruction sessions.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member as well as independently.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the continuous development of a client-focused, service-driven organization.
  • Ability to work efficiently under time constraints.
  • Effective communication skills, including excellent rapport with diverse clientele.



As a result of the Law Librarian’s responsibility to provide and market legal reference, research and training services for Alberta Law Libraries, the incumbent in this position interacts with diverse client groups (the legal community (judiciary, lawyers, law students and court employees, the public and other libraries). Internally, this position interacts with Alberta Law Libraries team members on matters related to the libraries’ collections, services and facilities. This position also interacts with colleagues in local, national and international libraries.

Supervision Exercised



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