Established: 12/02
Revised:  4/09
FLSA: Exempt



Under direction, to supervise, plan, organize and coordinate the operations and activities of the County’s Law Library; to review operations and services for adequacy and effectiveness; to recommend and implement internal policies and procedures; and to do other work as required.


The Law Library within the Clackamas County Court facility is operated and governed by the Clackamas County Bar Association Law Library Committee in accordance with ORS 9.840. The main function of the Law Library is to assist judges, attorneys, litigants and the public in all areas of law and legal research.

The Law Librarian ensures the efficient daily operations of the County Law Library and performs specialized professional law reference services. The Law Librarian receives direction from the Clackamas County Bar Association Law Library Committee and the judicial appointment to this Committee.  The Presiding Judge over the Clackamas County Courts designates the judicial appointment.  

The Law Librarian differs from the Library Assistant by the Assistant’s involvement in cataloguing, shelving, filing, assisting customers and in general, by its more routine duties.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Plans, coordinates and implements patron services; provides technical assistance to judges, attorneys, litigants and the public in performing legal research via books and electronic legal databases; instructs and assists users in use of legal electronic databases; conducts specialized legal research as requested.
  2. Supervises and oversees the work of Library Assistants and temporary staff; recruits, screens and appoints professional, technical and temporary staff; conducts staff performance evaluations; provides general orientation to new employees; assigns and reviews the work of employees; administers counseling, coaching, progressive discipline and terminations, as appropriate; trains employees on library functions such as reference, filing, shelving, and accounting support. 
  3. Develops, prepares, recommends and administers the annual budget; generates financial reports; processes accounts payable and receivable; presents information to Law Library Committee and responsible Judge; and implements decisions.
  4. Negotiates license agreements and other contracts with vendors; modifies contract language for law applicability and negotiates terms; evaluates new technology, equipment and publications for suitability for law library; develops, implements and monitors collection development and acquisition policies; advocates and practices sustainability, particularly with regard to materials, supplies and equipment.
  5. Advocates for and provides information on Law Library services to Oregon Legislature and Clackamas County officials; participates in cooperative programs and services with other law libraries; promotes community awareness and support.
  6. Classifies and catalogues books, seminars, CD-ROM’s, and electronic format; accesses bibliographic utilities as a cataloging resource.
  7. Assists in the development of and recommends goals, objectives, procedures and policies to the Clackamas County Bar Law Library Committee; implements decisions and directives as approved and requested by the Committee; serves as secretary to the Committee; represents Law Library on committees and at meetings and conferences for law libraries.
  8. Plans long-range facility needs such as location, furniture, lighting and space configuration; recommends capital improvements to the Clackamas County Bar Association Library Committee; purchases supplies.


Thorough knowledge of: Principles and practices of librarianship including cataloging, reference and bibliography; library facilities and services; library programs and their relationship to community needs; : library management and operation; sources of law and legal research methods; principles and practices of general library administration, collection development, reference techniques, and cataloging; legal terminology; bibliographic methods and research; principles and practices of financial record keeping and reporting; basic bookkeeping techniques; basic principles of supervision and training techniques.

Working knowledge of: Principles and practices of supervision, personnel administration and organizational management.

Skill to: Plan, organize and supervise the work of law library employees; maintain law library operations; effectively advocate for the law library; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; negotiate license agreements with database vendors; prepare budgets and financial reports; evaluate technological advances and determine suitability for library; train others on how to conduct research on print and electronic databases; efficiently operate a computer; establish and maintain effective working relationships.


Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work.  Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Masters of Library Science (MLS) OR any satisfactory combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.