Law Library Director
Open date: October 1, 2022
Most recent review date: Monday, Feb 20, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
Reporting directly to the Dean of the School of Law, the Director manages all aspects of the law library’s operations, leading a team of 6.5 FTE librarians and 5.15 FTE staff. The Mabie Law Library is part of the UC Davis School of Law, a highly ranked U.S. law school with an international reputation. The Library’s primary mission is to provide information resources and services that support the instructional and research programs of the more than 60 faculty (tenure track, lecturers, and others) and 600 law students, and also to serve the legal information needs of the University, the legal profession, and the general public.
The Library’s operations include, but are not limited to, budget, collections, reference, personnel, space, instruction, strategic planning, and preservation of print and online information. The annual budget is approximately $2.1 million, with a collection of over 450,000 volumes and volume equivalents and access to a growing number of online databases. The Director provides leadership in establishing and implementing both technological and traditional methods access to, and of delivery of information.
Working under the leadership of the Dean, the Director is responsible for planning and executing the strategic vision of the Library, working with the faculty, student, and staff to develop the Library’s overall direction and its relationship to the law school’s programs. The position reports to the Dean of the Law School, and participates with senior administrators in regular meetings to discuss issues of significance to the law school community.
The Director holds a joint appointment as Lecturer in Law. The Director is engaged in developing and teaching courses in legal research, such as the Advanced Legal Research class, which is a 2-unit regular semester course. The Director may attend faculty meetings as an observer, serve on law school committees, and assists in establishing the priorities and direction of the law school programs.
The Director collaborates with outside professional, campus and community members, and organizations, in furtherance of the library’s mission.
Specific responsibilities include:
• Develop and implement a comprehensive plan to ensure that information resources and services are available to support and enhance the research and curricular mission of the Law School.
• Oversees and supervises (including preparing and reviewing performance evaluations for) a staff of 17, including librarians and support staff to provide academic services to the School of Law community; maintain a budget of more than 2 million dollars; oversee the continued development of the collection, in digital and print formats, and provide stewardship for a collection of more than 400,000 print and 100+ electronic resources.
• Coordinate the information services function of the Law Library with the information services of the Law School, including use of computer software, multimedia resources, course management, instructional technology, etc.
• Establish, implement, and regularly analyze an operating plan, in conjunction with the Dean of the School of Law and law faculty, which incorporates annual goals, objectives, and strategies in support of the School’s priorities,
• Lead and manage staff through the ongoing transition in the professional information environment, building stronger connections with the Law School faculty and staff and connecting with the Law School programs.
• Build strong and mutually beneficial relationships with academic leadership, including the Dean and Senior Assistant Dean for Administration faculty and staff of the Law School, including the Law School centers, clinicals, student organizations, joint degree programs, journals, prospective donors, etc. Similar relationships must be built with the campus, the legal community and the public.
• Provide a leadership role in the information community regionally and nationally in developing future strategies in the transformation of library services.
- J.D. and library degree from an ALA-accredited school or equivalent
- Knowledge of and experience in law library administration sufficient to support the law school’s program of legal education
- An appreciation for the changing roles of libraries in the information community and the creativity to adapt the library to new needs of students, faculty and other constituents
- A record of strong interpersonal, management and budgeting skills
- At least five years of professional academic law library service in increasingly senior positions
- Extensive knowledge of library databases, legal information vendors, integrated library systems, as well as other relevant information technologies and services
- Demonstrated experience as a legal research instructor.
- A record of active involvement in professional organizations such as the American Association of Law Libraries, and/or similar professional groups or organizations Background in supervision, management, leadership, and team building.
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