Postdoctoral Fellowships

Fellowship Description

The UNM Law Library launched its Postdoctoral Fellowship (PdF) program in 2016 to provide a foundational experience for individuals who are starting their careers in law librarianship. Each Fellow receives a faculty mentor who, together with the entire library faculty and senior staff, endeavors to supervise, encourage, and foster them in a manner consistent with their career goals.

PdFs generally have a forty hour work week in the law library which is spent working with library patrons at the reference desk, supporting legal research classes, assisting with faculty research requests, and learning about the library’s overall functions and practices. They might also create research guides, lead research training sessions to clinics and student groups, participate in outreach to various patron groups, and serve on library committees. PdFs are strongly encouraged to actively participate in the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries and the American Association of Law Libraries and receive paid membership in both organizations.

Past Fellows

Katelyn Golsby (2020-2021)

  • MLIS, University of Arizona; J.D., University of Massachusetts Law School; B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Post Fellowship: Reference Librarian and Assistant Professor, University of Miami School of Law Library

Kristin Greer Love (2019-2020)

  • J.D., A.B., University of Chicago
  • Post Fellowship: M.S. Candidate University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Logan Migliore (2016-2021)

  • M.L.I.S., San Jose State University; J.D., B.A., University of New Mexico
  • Post Fellowship: Reference and Outreach Coordinator, University of New Mexico Law Library


The Fellowship application period for 2021-22 has closed.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide reference services in both remote and traditional environments;
  • Assist law library faculty with class preparation and teaching, including developing assignments and exercises;
  • Provide research support to law faculty;
  • Participate in providing research instruction and presentations to students, other patron groups, and professional associations;
  • Assist with public services, collections, and systems projects.

Qualifications

Required:

  • MLS or equivalent degree from an American Library Association-accredited library program or J.D. degree from an American Bar Association-accredited law school;
  • Serious interest in pursuing a career in law librarianship.

Preferred:

  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities;
  • Familiarity with legal resources;
  • Reference desk or other customer service experience;
  • Teaching, training, or other instruction experience;
  • Experience using technology tools for teaching, presentations, or website content creation;
  • Experience managing social media for a group or organization;
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems and discovery platforms;
  • Familiarity searching, creating, and maintaining digital asset management systems; or
  • Familiarity with bibliographic classification systems, such as MARC, LC classification, or LCSH.

Salary and Benefits
This is a 12-month appointment that may be renewed up to 4 times; the salary and benefits are competitive with other postdoctoral fellowships and moving expenses are available. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Law Library Contacts

Reference
(505) 277-0935
lawlibrary@unm.edu

Circulation
(505) 277-6236
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