The University of Arizona College of Law is seeking applications for Director of the Law Library. We are looking for a leader who can help to shape legal education to produce graduates who are comfortable with existing technology and able to adapt to rapid changes in technology and the profession. The ideal candidate will have a focus on the intersection of law and legal education with data, technology, and innovation. The Director will help provide support for programs including Quant Law, Innovation for Justice, and other interdisciplinary work, as well as research analytics throughout the College.
The Director will assume administration of an established Law Library Fellowship Program currently in its 17th year. The successful applicant will teach or co-teach two fellowship-related courses: Law Library Practice and Administration and Teaching Legal Research. This position is continuing status eligible and reports to the Dean of the College of Law.
The College seeks candidates who are engaged with multiple communities, interested in working across disciplines, and thus prepared to serve the needs of its increasingly diverse and global student body. Candidates poised in their teaching and scholarship to respond to structural changes to legal education and the legal market are of particular interest.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Principal responsibilities include administration of a staff of seven continuing status and continuing status-eligible librarians, eight paraprofessionals, and the Law Library Fellows; day-to-day management of the law library including oversight and prioritizing of the law library budget and collections; support for law faculty research, scholarship, and teaching activities; and working closely with the Director of IT to support the evolution of educational and legal technology. Additionally, this position provides a unique leadership opportunity in the following innovative programs and activities: • Administration of the Law Library Fellows Program which provides part-time law library employment for anywhere from 5-7 JDs working towards their Masters degrees in Library and Information Sciences at the UA School of Information. The position has also traditionally taught the Law Library Practice and Administration and Teaching Legal Research classes that are cross-listed with the School of Information. • Support for the teaching role of law librarians. Currently, librarians at the Cracchiolo Law Library teach co-teach Legal Research, Analysis, and Communication with a legal-writing professor, Intermediate Legal Research, and Advanced Legal Research as well as a new course in Law Office Technology. Some librarians are also involved in online course development and teach online courses to a diverse population of students including JD, Masters of Legal Studies (MLS) and students in an innovative BA in Law program, which includes multiple foreign micro-campuses.
UA job posting can be found here: https://uacareers.com/postings/29623
Candidates must demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, strong organizational and administrative skills, a deep understanding of and interest in technology and the changing legal profession, an appetite for innovation, and demonstrated success working constructively in a collaborative environment.
• JD from an ABA-accredited law school. • Masters in Library Science from an ALA-accredited library school and significant senior-level administrative experience in an academic law library OR any equivalent combination of education and experience. • Willingness and ability to support the existing collegial and collaborative library working environment.