Job Opening:

Bilingual Reference Librarian for Public Library Outreach

Looking for an outgoing person, savvy with current technology, fluent in Spanish & English, experienced in legal research, who loves to be out in the community making personal connections and helping people with their legal research needs. This position truly embodies our motto of Law Made Public. We are bringing law to the people, where ever they are! Join our skilled team of professional librarians who love what they do! If you are self-motivated and believe that access to the law is providing access to justice, send us your resume and cover letter telling us why you would be a good fit for this position.

This job is with the San Diego Law Library, the only free public legal information resource in the county.


This position is part of a pilot program funded with supplemental California State monies with a definite end date after three years. The Law Library will endeavor to fund the project beyond this time period, but nothing is guaranteed. This position seeks out opportunities to fill the community’s need for legal knowledge and access to legal materials by leading our Public Library Outreach Program. This Program specifically seeks to help rural and/or Spanish speaking members of our community. This position requires constant contact with each partner library, traveling to partnership locations to provide in-person reference and database assistance to the public, using technology to provide remote assistance to partner locations when not there in person, and coordinating classes and programs with partnership libraries throughout San Diego County.



  • As part of the iDesk Team, provides excellent customer service and legal reference to patrons in person, via phone and email.
  • All librarians are expected to perform circulation functions, money transactions, and assist patrons with copier and computer usage while performing iDesk duties.


  • With the assistance of the Library Director and Assistant Director of User Experience (ADUE), develops and leads the Library’s Public Library Outreach Program.
  • Acts as the primary contact and coordinator with public library partners. Makes regular in-person visits to partner locations.
  • Uses technology to assist rural and underserved populations with legal resource needs.
  • Uses knowledge of Spanish language to assist Spanish speaking individuals in need of legal reference assistance.
  • Responsible for creating schedules with multiple partners (in-person and remote) and staffing shifts.
  • Responsible for exploring and developing new events with library partners.
  • Creates & coordinates training for public librarians, educating partners on free legal web resources and what the Law Library offers to the community.
  • Works with ADUE and partners to create properly branded content to promote services and events.
  • Develops web content and research guides, writes articles for our eNews and other local publications, and writes content for social media posts.
  • Has a working knowledge of different modes of learning and learning styles and able to tailor programs to fit the situation and target audience.
  • Must stay on top of legal research trends, legal databases including content and navigation, educational technology, and trends in law library public education, partnerships, and resources.


  • Uses assessment tools, metrics, and analyzes data relating to reference assistance and educational programming.
  • Assessment includes implementing surveys and capturing testimonials from participants.
  • Based on evaluation of assessment tools, develops actionable items to further the Library’s Strategic Plan and Mission, and show value to the community.



Masters in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA accredited school or Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited Law School or equivalent legal experience.


  • Must be fluent in English & Spanish (speaking, reading, and writing).
  • Three to five years law library experience or prior law practice. Significant legal research and bibliography experience in print and electronic formats.
  • Proven track record in creating and implementing programs and classes.
  • Use of web based programs, software, and technology to create learning materials and help people remotely.
  • Project management skills to develop and implement library wide programs.
  • Excellent verbal skills, ability to make public presentations as well as one-on-one communications.
  • Has a passion for working with people.
  • Experience and knowledge of teamwork tools and methodology.
  • Experience working with an integrated library system, preferably.
  • High degree of creativity, interactive engagement and problem solving ability.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office tools and standard office equipment at an intermediate to advanced level.


  • A strong background in library and team management, project management techniques, organizational structure, and demonstrated knowledge of the user experience literature, computer & information science, and marketing is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of California Civil Procedure.


  • Must have reliable transportation and be able to travel to various locations throughout San Diego County on a regular basis. Some of these locations may be remote and not serviced by a regularly scheduled train or bus.
  • May be required to work some Saturdays at Downtown location.
  • May be required to work outside of normal library hours at special events, classes, workshops, networking and outreach opportunities, etc.
  • Additional responsibilities, duties, and projects as assigned.


Send resume with cover letter and three professional references to 

Applications accepted until position is filled. No phone calls please.

DEADLINE: Applications accepted until position is filled.

The San Diego Law Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All interested parties are encouraged to apply.