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The Supreme Court of Montana is seeking a State Law Librarian to head the Montana State Law Library




Job Description – Law Librarian (16140717)
Position Title: 
Law Librarian  (16140717) 


The Supreme Court of Montana is seeking a State Law Librarian to head the Montana State Law Library. The mission of the State Law Library is to provide access to legal information consistent with the research needs of Montana’s judges and court personnel, members of the State Bar of Montana, state officers and employees, and members of the general public. The position of State Law librarian is highly technical and is charged with the development and maintenance of the law library collection and services to fulfill the needs of these many varied library users. The law librarian provides strategic vision and operational management of the law library, which includes a self-help center available for use by the public.
This position is located in beautiful Helena, MT cradled in the foothills of the Montana Rockies. Helena has a vigorous cultural and artistic life and offers a symphony orchestra, theatre, performing arts, museums and art galleries, as well as several minor league sports teams. The weather is beautiful year-round and amazing outdoor opportunities abound.
This position offers an excellent State Benefit package. The yearly benefits include:
  • A contribution of $11,712 /yr. towards health, life dental and optional vision insurance;
  • A choice between two retirement benefit plans and an option 457 (b) deferred compensation;
  • 15 days paid vacation, 12 days a sick leave, and 10 paid holidays to start;
  • Free access to the Montana Health Centers for primary care services and health coaching.
The State Law Librarian reports to the Montana Supreme Court Administrator and is appointed by the
Montana Supreme Court.
Key duties for the State Law Librarian position include:
  1. Selection, acquisition, cataloging and maintenance of the collection of laws, court decisions, law reports, text books, legal periodicals, journals, pamphlets, and miscellaneous books housed in the state law library.
  2. Development and delivery of electronic tools and resources.  Oversight of legal research in all information formats and training of library users in using research resources. Perform evaluation of the state law library collection with regard to retention, arrangement and condition. Classify new items according to library classification schedule and guidelines. Organize and supervises library programs and services.
  3. Oversight of the law library budget.  Prepare reports, monitor expenditures, and recommend projections of library spending for budgets; plan and manage library space and facilities.
  4. Assigns work, monitor progress and evaluate staff performance.  Supervise six employees.  Promote library services and stays abreast of library related issues.  May serve on professional boards and/or committees.
  5. Must be able to establish positive relationships with Supreme Court justices, district and municipal judges, Judicial Branch staff, the legal community, and the public.
  6. Assume a leadership role in the state in providing services to pro se litigants. The successful candidate must have extensive experience and vision related to serving pro se litigants in a rural environment.




The successful candidate will have a master’s degree in Library Science and a juris doctorate along with professional law library work.  Experience with budgeting and staff management is required.  Experience with pro se programming is preferred.
Along with your completed application, please submit your resume and a cover letter.  In the cover letter, tell us how your past experience will help you perform the duties of this position. This position is open until filled.  First candidate review will be conducted on April 4, 2016.

• A criminal background check is required for the successful applicant.
• An employee new to the Judicial Branch will serve a one-year probationary period.

The Judicial Branch is an equal opportunity employer.  Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.


Applicant Pool Statement:  If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. Training Assignment:  Not Applicable  


:  Library 

Salary: $

 68,000.00  72,000.00  Yearly Benefits Package Eligibility:  Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan  

Number of Openings

:  1 Employee Status:  Regular Schedule:  Full-Time 


:  Day Job 


:  No  

Primary Location

:  Helena 

   Agency:  Judicial Branch Union:  000 – None Bargaining Unit:  000 – None  

Posting Date

:  Mar 22, 2016, 4:47:21 PM 

Closing Date (based on your computer’s timezone)

:  Ongoing 

Required Application Materials:  Cover Letter, Resume  
Contact Name:  Kay Pace  |  Contact Email:  kpace2@mt.gov  |  Contact Phone:  406-841-2982