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New Haven, Connecticut
United States
Education, Training, Library
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Master's Degree

Research and Outreach Librarian

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit invites applications for the position of Research and Outreach Librarian.

ABOUT THE SECOND CIRCUIT LIBRARY: The Second Circuit Library provides research services to over 200 circuit, district, magistrate, and bankruptcy judges, over 2,000 court staff, and also serves lawyers, self-represented litigants, and the general public. The Library currently employs 27 staff members circuit-wide and maintains six staffed branch libraries in New York, Connecticut, and Vermont. There are 17,475 titles in the full library collection, and a wide variety of legal and non-legal electronic resources.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Research and Outreach Librarian will be stationed at the Richard C. Lee Courthouse in New Haven, CT with travel to the Headquarters Library in New York City and other locations as needed to assist with projects and other research matters. Typical job duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide in-depth legal research services to judges, law clerks, court staff, and the general public. 
  • Conduct historical and archival research for special court events.
  • Develop outreach strategies and educational materials.
  • Provide group and individual training sessions, both in-person and online, to judges, court staff, and the general public.
  • Identify research and training needs; proactively create opportunities for education.
  • Review, evaluate, and recommend new online and print resources.
  • Participate in collection development, collection maintenance, and budget management.
  • Contribute design, technical, and information architecture expertise in support of digital products and communications.
  • Assist with the development of library marketing strategies and publicity materials.
  • Work with library colleagues, diverse patron groups, and other stakeholders to develop strategies for library programs and community engagement.
  • Attend occasional special events outside of regular business hours. 
  • Based in New Haven, CT, and providing services to courthouses and chambers primarily located in southern Connecticut and upstate New York.
  • Occasional travel to other locations is also required.

The Research and Outreach Librarian will report to the Head of Research and Education.


  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program; Juris Doctor from an ABA-accredited law school is preferred. 
  • Minimum of three years of professional law library experience in a library that typically supports the knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position. 
  • Excellent research skills and ability to analyze legal issues. 
  • Expertise in analyzing and validating the authority of information, and extrapolating data from all types of resources.
  • Experience teaching to groups, one-on-one, and via web platforms. 
  • Experience developing educational and promotional materials, and implementing outreach programs.
  • Knowledge of tutorial production applications such as CALI Author, Camtasia, or Captivate.
  • Ability to clearly summarize and communicate research results in writing. 
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, oral and written communication skills. 
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills. Self-motivated, resourceful, and creative.

BENEFITS: 13 days of vacation for the first three years, which increases with tenure. 13 days of sick leave and 10 holidays. Choice of employer-subsidized federal health and life insurance plans, with optional dental, vision, and long-term care coverage. Flexible spending account program. Federal Employees Retirement System and employer-matching Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401K). On-site fitness center and cafeteria. Public transportation subsidy (budget dependent).

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident seeking U.S. citizenship. Positions with the U.S. Courts are excepted service appointments, which are “at will” and may be terminated with or without cause. Employees are hired provisionally, pending the results of a background investigation. Direct deposit of pay is required.

TO APPLY: For more information and application instructions, please visit the Court’s job posting site:


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