Reference Librarian – Ramsey County Law Library

Salary: $54,473.00 – $80,496.00 Annually
Location: Ramsey County Law Library (downtown St Paul), MN
Job Type: Full Time
Department: 19A01-Law Library
Job Number: 0792-17/07-001
Closing: 8/18/2017 4:30 PM Central

Basic Function

(This is an unclassified position. Please read the definition of “Unclassified” in the Exam/Screening Process section of the posting.)

To provide reference services to Ramsey County Law Library customers; to select and maintain materials for the collection; to support the law library’s use of technology, including website and social media; and to perform related duties as assigned. (It is expected that the incumbent will need minimal supervision.)

To view or print a copy of the complete Ramsey County job (class) description for this job, go to: Job Descriptions. Once at this page, you can browse the alphabetical list or search for a job description.

If an internal candidate is selected, salary will be set in accordance with the personnel rules.

Examples of Work Performed
1. Provide Law Library customers with materials or information in response to their reference questions by using online databases and other reference tools to search for information.
2. Instruct customers in the use of print and electronic resources.
3. Develop referrals for law library patrons for access to needed agencies or services external to the law library.
4. Develop and deliver library instructional programs for adults on topics such as the internet Using Westlaw, or use of print and online self-help materials.
5. Lead or serve on committees and task forces, both internal and external, as assigned:Partner with organizations in the legal community (e.g. local bar associations) to expand access to the law library’s services and resources, especially via new technologies.
6. Collaborate with departments, organizations, and agencies outside the library in the development of services and programs.
7. Act as the liaison with the Ramsey County Information Services Department (IS); troubleshoot PC and software problems and contact IS for assistance or service.
8. Maintain and develop the law library website; add user guides and helpful content; develop new applications to reach remote users (e.g. blogs, wikis, social media).
9. Select new materials for the Law Library.
10. Update selected subscription titles.
11. Make recommendations for new materials or withdrawal of older material; select and maintain various unclassified pamphlets and booklets.
12. May serve as the manager of library-wide projects.
13. Serve as the senior staff person at the Law Library in the absence of the Law Library Director.
14. Compile statistical and usage reports.
15. Pursue professional development by attending meetings and workshops and by on-going self-directed study.

(The work assigned to a position in this classification may not include all possible tasks in this work and does not limit the assignment of any additional tasks in this classification.  Regular attendance according to the position’s management approved work schedule is required.)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15Minimum Qualifications

Education: Master’s degree in Library Science or Library and Information Sciences/Services from an accredited school.
Experience: Two years of library experience.
Preferred: Juris Doctorate, completion of a paralegal program, experience conducting legal research, and/or experience providing reference services in a law library.

Exam/Screening Process Information

Examination/Screening Process:  This is an unclassified, at-will position, holding a confidential relation to the department head or elected official.  This position requires an open screening selection process.  There is no exam for this unclassified, at-will, position.  All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be forwarded to the department for consideration.

Definition of Unclassified from the Ramsey County Personnel Act:

Subdivision 1.General. “The appointing authority may discharge employees in the unclassified service with or without cause. Employees in the unclassified service have no right to a grievance appeal from discharge or other disciplinary action under sections 383A.281 to 383A.301. An employee in an unclassified position shall not have tenure but shall be entitled to all benefits associated with tenure such as vacation leave, sick leave, health insurance, and other benefits as determined by the county board.”

Interested candidates may apply by completing the on line application and submitting a cover letter and resume. The cover letter and resume may be submitted electronically as an attachment to the on line application.

If you have difficulty attaching your resume and cover letter please e-mail them to

Criminal Background Checks: All employment offers are conditioned upon the applicant passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought. However, making false statements or withholding information will cause you to be barred from appointment, or removed from employment.

E-Verify Participation: Ramsey County participates in the federal E-Verify program. This means that Ramsey County will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Ramsey County is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants and may not limit or influence the choice of documents you present for use on the Form I-9.

For further information regarding this posting, please contact or by phone at 651-266-2711.

Equal Opportunity Employer. Ramsey County provides equal access to employment, programs and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, public assistance or national origin.

Original posting and application information


For further information, please contact: Sara Galligan, 651-266-8391 ( or Mirian Simpson at 651-266-2711;


Ramsey County Is an Equal Opportunity Employer