Reference Assistant - Volunteer


The person in this position will assist patrons in their use of the Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library.


Provide reference and other assistance to the patrons of the Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library while making sure to not give legal advice.


Assist patrons in person, by telephone, and via e-mail by directing them to the Law Library’s print and electronic resources.

Assists patrons in their use of the Law Library's print and electronic resources.

Turn on, restart or otherwise keep Law Library work stations ready for use.

Assist patrons with the copier/printer.

Reshelve print materials and keep the Law Library neat and tidy.

Perform miscellaneous activities as needed to assist Law Library patrons.

Optional Duties:

Be responsible for opening, staffing, and closing the Law Library when the Law Librarian is absent for vacation, illness, or other reasons.


Possess good communication skills.

Personal computer experience.

Ability to navigate the Internet.

Ability to learn and operate the Lexis legal database on the Internet.

Ability to work courteously with people in routine and difficult situations.

Ability to pass a background check.


Previous library experience.

Previous experience performing reference assistance.

Experience with the Lexis legal database.

Experience with legal research.

Previous experience with photocopiers.

To apply for this position or to request more information, contact the Law Library at:

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Comments to: Webmaster: Kerry Altenbernd, Law Librarian, Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library, Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 East 11th Street, Lawrence, KS  66044.

Created: January 8, 2004; Revised: September 2, 2014