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Assistant Law Librarian - Clark County Law Library - Vancouver, WA

08/19/2019 2:18 PM | WSPA (Administrator)

Announcing a recruitment for: Open: August 19, 2019 


First Application Review will occur on August 30, 2019 The recruitment is open until filled.
How to Apply – See page 2 

The Clark County Law Library is created by RCW 27.24 and under that statute provides a professional legal collection for judges, prosecutors, other lawyers and county and state officials. The Library is a unique entity, created by state statute but located in the county. We are governed by a five-member board of trustees, and the bulk of our revenue comes from our statutory share of filing fees. Use of the Law Library is available at no cost to the public during our open hours. The general public is the largest user of the Law Library, asking roughly 90% of the reference questions. The Library is open from 9-3 M-F, with the exception of opening at 9:30 on Tuesday. Work hours are 6.5 hours per day, and employees work through lunch pursuant to an agreement, which allows the Library to be open continuously for 6 hours a day. 


Applications will be accepted until an adequate number of applications are received or the position is filled. This recruitment may be closed at any time after the first review date. 

The Law Library is managed by a Board of Trustees, according to RCW 27.24. The Assistant Law Librarian reports to the Law Librarian and assists part-time in the operation of the Law Library. This is not a typical “librarian” position and does not require a library degree. Rather, legal background and knowledge is necessary. 

The work schedule is 2 days per week for a total of 13 hours per week and the scheduled days are currently Tuesday and Wednesday, but those days are open to negotiation. The ability to work extra days as needed is a plus as this position normally covers time off for the Law Librarian. The position is eligible for paid time off on a prorated basis. The Law Librarian works 3 days per week and overlaps with the Assistant Law Librarian one day per month, so the ability to work alone and be self-directed while asking appropriate questions is necessary. 

The position will primarily advise attorneys and the public in use of the Law Library; conduct reference interviews with patrons to learn what materials might be helpful for them to use; provide information on availability, location and use of legal materials and library equipment; provide excellent customer service while avoiding giving legal advice and within the confines of library rules; monitor and control circulation of library materials; send overdue notices and take other appropriate action to retrieve library materials; share and receive material through interlibrary loan; track circulation and use statistics; process mail; check in materials; maintain and update materials; control lending of materials; shelve all materials; and keep online catalog current. 

In addition the incumbent may also help with other projects and duties as assigned. Examples include but are not limited to networking with other agencies, preparing fliers and brochures, assisting with shifting the collection; placing notices in the bar newsletter; preparing internal reference and search tools to help patrons find materials; and assisting the Law Librarian in the legislative process to advance the interests of the county law libraries as assigned. 

The use of office software including Word, Excel, and Outlook is daily, as well as use of both free and fee-based legal and general internet sources. Multitasking skills and the ability to tolerate numerous interruptions while still maintaining a high level of attention to detail are required. The incumbent must be able to act as a resource for public librarians on legal reference matters as well as interact with the Clark County jail regarding legal research questions from inmates. Highly accurate cash handling skills also required. The ability to sit, stand, climb stools, reach, squat, and occasionally lift/carry boxes up to 50 pounds for short distances is required. 


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. 

A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: 

  • Increasingly responsible experience in the legal field. 
  • Experience in professional library work. 
  • Graduate level training in library science or law (i.e., law or library degree). 
  • Paralegal training and experience.

Candidates must have:

  • Demonstrable knowledge about legal procedures, terminology, and research methodology. 
  • Must be able to pass a background check. 
  • Strong skills with use of search engines. 

The ideal candidate will also have the following: 

  • Familiarity with either Lexis or Westlaw is preferred. 
  • At least three years of experience in a legal setting is preferred. 
  • Must have a genuine desire to work part-time. 
  • Flexibility with scheduling is a plus. 
  • A law degree and/or library degree with legal experience is strongly preferred. 

Knowledge of: principles and practices of general library administration and reference techniques; legal terminology, procedures, and both print and online research; principles and practices of record keeping and reporting. 

Ability to: work well with a varied patron base consisting of judges, attorneys, students, and pro se patrons, some of whom may be angry, poorly educated, or have difficulty with English; prioritize and multitask to accomplish assigned work with high level of accuracy; be self-motivated; communicate clearly and regularly with Law Librarian to allow a seamless work environment where both people work part-time; follow up on projects that are awaiting input from others; understand the meaning of legal advice and avoid providing it; understand the legal situations and procedures patrons face and provide appropriate material to them; type at a speed of at least 45 wpm; use Windows computers including Word and Excel; effectively use both print and online legal resources; work alone while following library rules and ask questions as needed. 


Salary range is $23.00 to $30.83 per hour. (Applicants can expect to be hired at the lower end of the salary range, depending on qualifications.) 


Application Review – Applicants must send a resume and cover letter to maria.sosnowski@clark.wa.gov indicating past experience, knowledge, and education/training to meet the requirements of the job. Incomplete applications will not pass the review. Candidates will be evaluated based on the content of their materials and those deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process. 

Oral Interview(s) – The interview(s) will be job related and may include, but not be limited to, the qualifications outlined in the job announcement. Candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process, which may include a job shadow interview. 

Employment References will be conducted for the final candidates, including verification of education and employment. Finalist must be able to pass a background check. 

NOTE: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract 


Applicants must send a resume and cover letter to maria.sosnowski@clark.wa.govindicating past experience, knowledge, and education/training to meet the requirements of the job. All applications will be acknowledged – if you don’t get a response your application was not received. Application materials are accepted until the position is filled. Please read the Job Posting material thoroughly to determine application requirements. 

Contact information for questions about the application process: 

Clark County Law Library
Phone: (360) 397-2268 Relay (800) 833-6388 E-MAIL MARIA.SOSNOWSKI@CLARK.WA.GOV 

Contact information for Clark County Board of Law Library Trustees: Email: Maria.sosnowski@clark.wa.gov Equal Opportunity Employer 

If you are in need of ADA/Section 504 assistance for accommodations, please contact Human Resources at (360) 397-2456; Relay (800) 833-6388. 

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