Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law seeks an outstanding librarian and academic administrator to lead its Law Library. Academic law libraries are facing dramatic challenges, including rapidly changing information technologies and new teaching pedagogies and research methods to support. At Villanova, these developments are occurring within the context of broader, equally dramatic changes. Villanova University was recently categorized by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral University, reflecting the University’s forward momentum as well as the strength of its academic programs and research. Under its first Provost, the University is enhancing collaborative relationships across colleges and programs. In 2016, a $25 million gift from Charles Widger led to the renaming of the Charles Widger School of Law. The Law School’s new Where Law Meets Business approach has introduced curricular innovations and facilitated the hiring of three new tenure-track and tenured faculty members in the last two years. These developments collectively create a unique opportunity for the Law Library Director to create a new vision for the Law Library and its relationship to the Law School and University, reflecting the library’s crucial role in shaping the future of legal education. Creating and implementing this vision will require strong leadership, including administrative, financial, organizational, and collaborative skills.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Director of the Law Library manages all aspects of the operation of the library, including the following:
Developing and managing the Law Library’s collections;
Overseeing library services to faculty, students, and other members of the Law School community;
Managing and supervising Law Library personnel;
Implementing and maintaining library technology;
Developing and implementing the Law Library budget;
Working collaboratively with Villanova University Library Director to ensure efficiencies and coordination of all library resources across campus; and
Managing the physical space of the Law Library to preserve and enhance its central role in the life of the Law School.
The Director of the Law Library will be a full-time continuing non-tenure track, tenure-track, or tenured member of the faculty, depending on the qualifications and aspirations of the successful candidate. In addition to the administrative position of Law Library Director, it is anticipated that the successful candidate will engage in law school teaching, service, and, for a tenure-track or tenured position, scholarship.
A Juris Doctor degree is required.
A Master’s Degree in Library Science or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited library or information science program is required.
A demonstrated ability or potential in academic law library administration is required.
Experience in law library administration is strongly preferred.
About Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values.